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Susan Davidson
Dispute Resolution Specialist

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697 Colusa Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94707
Fax: 415-975-7863


Description of Practice

Private mediation, arbitration, facilitation. Real estate, including construction, contract interpretation, partition, leasing, structure and supervision of specific performance commitments. International business and personal disputes. Large group facilitation. Employment disputes. Personal Injury. Product Liability. Pre-litigation conflict prevention. ADR coaching. California Court of Appeal Mediator. California Northern District Federal Court, Mediator. Chair Alameda County Bar Association ADR Excom, Board of Directors, The Mediation Society. City of East Palo Alto Hearing Examiner. Santa Clara County Arbitrator, Mediator, Settlement Neutral. Alameda County Mediator, Arbitrator.

Professional Background

Board of Directors, The Mediation Society. Chair ADR Executive Committee Alameda County Bar. California Court of Appeal Mediator. United States Northern District Federal Court Mediator. Santa Clara County Arbitrator, Mediator, Settlement Neutral. Alameda County Mediator, Arbitrator. California northern District Federal Court Mediation Panel. Mediator, Hearing Examiner, City of East Palo Alto. Former Chair ADR section SCCBA. Mediation & Advanced Negotiation, Stanford Law, 100 hours. Commercial Mediation,40 hours. Advanced Mediation, Steve Melamud, 40 hours. AAA Mediation/Arbitration, 40 hours. Mediation, FMCS Railway Labor, 40 hours. Mediation, Steve Marlow, 40 hours. 40 hour Court Centered Mediation, Ken Bryant. Taught Neuro Linguistic Programming for mediators. Ongoing intensive research and development dedication to the advancement practice of alternative dispute resolution. Hearing Examiner State of California Public Employment Relations Board. Labor Attorney, City Attorney Office, San Jose Ca. Litigation Associate Sher and Bassett. Sunnyvale, Ca.


LLM Labor Relations, New York University Mediation/Arbitration. 33 years experience in full time ADR. 2009 example: Major U.S. major internet provider dispute with dissident users in China disseminating pro democracy content: identities disclosed to government with resulting torture and imprisonment. Additional case descriptions upon request.


L.L.M., New York University. J.D. Golden Gate University. B.A. Mills College


Dates    Trainer(s)    Title   
5/2012    Dana Curtis, Howard Herman et. al.    California Court of Appeal 3rd. District. 29 hours
12/2004    Daniel Bowling et al.    Northern District Federal Court 125 hours
6/2000    Maude Pevere    Stanford law, Negotiation, full semester Gould Center
9/1975-6/1976    NYU School of Law    LLM In Labor Relations Emphasis on Mediation/Arbitration


Practice ranges from evaluative and directive intervention to purely facilitative assistance depending upon the needs and preferences of the parties, the area of conflict and the social context surrounding the dispute.


$450.00 base fee per hour. Sliding scale and selective pro-bono availability.

Other Information

Conversational Spanish. Extensive international experience. Please refer to biography available on the Federal Court mediator page. References available upon request.

Areas of Practice

  • ADA
  • Adult Family
  • Agriculture & Ranching
  • Appellate
  • Boundary Disputes
  • Business
  • Civil (general)
  • Commercial
  • Community
  • Construction
  • Contracts
  • Criminal
  • Cross Cultural
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Education
  • EEOC
  • Elder
  • Employment
  • Energy
  • Engineering
  • Entertainment
  • Environmental
  • Estate Planning
  • Family
  • Foreclosure
  • General
  • Government
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International
  • Labor - Management
  • Land Use
  • Landlord - Tenant
  • Marital Mediation
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Native American
  • Nursing Home
  • Oil and Gas
  • Online Mediation
  • Organizational
  • Partnership
  • Personal Injury
  • Postal Service
  • Prenuptial
  • Professional Fees
  • Public Policy
  • Real Estate
  • Sexual Harrassment
  • Technology
  • Transportation
  • Trust Management
  • Workers Comp
  • Workplace

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Counselor
  • Parenting Coordinator
  • Advanced Mediation Trainer
  • Communication Skills Trainer
  • Fact-Finder
  • Mediator-Arbitrator
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Mediation Trainer
  • Staff Developer
  • Conflict Coach
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Ombud
  • Arbitrator
  • Collaborative Professional
  • Facilitator
  • Online Mediator
  • Online Arbitrator
  • Custody Evaluator


Ken Bryant Stephen Ford City of East Palo Valery Armento City Attorney Elizabeth Stricklind Administrator SCC Superior Court ADR Daniel Bowling Federal Court ADR attorney Howard Herman Federal Court ADR attorney Fredrick Hertz Mediation Trainer Hon. James Emerson Judge SCC Superior Court Hon Kevin J.Murphy ADR Commitee Chair SCC Superior Court Rene Ackerman 3rd District Ca. Court of Appeals

This dispute resolution professional keeps professional liability insurance.