“Judith's creativity, ability and persistence can usually find a bridge where any resolution of a dispute seems hopeless.”
"Judith’s professional approach, perseverance and understanding of the facts and legal issues of a very complex case, made settlement possible.”
" In spite of fractious parties and recalcitrant adjusters, Judith was able to keep the process moving forward. At the end of the day, my client felt that he had been listened to, understood, and dealt with in a fair manner.
quick grasp of complex issues was remarkable…”
Judith Rubenstein began her mediation practice in 1985 when lawyer-mediators in the United States were rare. She has practiced in Southern California since 1990. Her background in both law and psychology gives her a unique ability to work from both the legal and human dynamic perspectives. Judith has resolved thousands of complex disputes – including probate, real estate, employment, business, and tort matters. Judith’s strengths include her ability to absorb, analyze and distill complex matters, to deal with difficult parties and to resolve emotionally-charged disputes. Judith has resolved well over 90% of the cases she has mediated as a result of her quiet tenacity and creative uses of the process. Ms. Rubenstein is also known widely as a trainer in mediation and negotiation skills. She is the director of Conflict Management Institute of Santa Barbara, which has certified new mediators since1990, and has been an adjunct professor at UCSB in Dispute Resolution since the early 90’s.
MEDIATION TRAINING: Harvard University Negotiation Program, Pepperdine University Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution; Dispute Resolution Services Mediation Certificate Program, Yarborough Group Training (Colorado).
EDUCATION: Columbia Law School (J.D., 1972, Law Review); Pacifica Graduate Institute (M.A. in Psychology, 2003), University of Michigan (B.A., 1964, Phi Beta Kappa).
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Principal, Rubenstein & Sorensen Mediation (2007-present); Mediation Practice since 1985; Settlement Master, SB Superior Court (1995– present); Mediation and Negotiation Trainer, 1985-present; Director, Conflict Management Institute (1990-present); Director/Founder, Franklin County Mediation Program, University of Massachusetts, (1985-1990).
RECENT PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS: ADR Committee, Santa Barbara Superior Court; ADR Committee Chair, Bench and Bar Committee, SB Bar Association; Southern California Mediation Association; Master, William L. Gordon Inn of Court; Board of Directors, Conflict Solutions Center- Community Mediation of Santa Barbara.
CONTACT INFORMATION: phone: (805) 637-6850; fax: (866) 423-9058; firstname.lastname@example.org
Information Updated: November 2, 2010
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