Santa Barbara Superior Court
Calabasas, California 91302
per hour, 3 hour minimum. Sliding scale for half-day, full-day
or multiple days. Fee for actual mediation time only. No charge
for travel time (within 100 miles) or pre/post-mediation communications.
expenses only (Hotel or air travel, if necessary) as per prior
agreement with parties.
due upon confirmation of scheduled appointment.
of deposit with cancellation within 24 hrs of scheduled appointment.
among the parties, unless agreed otherwise by all parties.
of mediations conducted:
matter of mediations conducted:
of contract, business/corporate, civil rights, collections,
commercial, construction, contract, employment (discrimination,
harassment and termination), fraud, homeowners, insurance coverage,
landlord/tenant, legal malpractice, medical malpractice, partnership,
personal injury (auto and other), premises liability, product
liability, real property/estate, wrongful death and workmens
(corporate and partnership), Insurance, Construction, Real
of Mediation or Evaluation:
mediate at the office of counsel for one of the parties, at
the offices of the San Fernando Valley Bar Association (in Woodland
Hills) or at a centrally located rented conference room. Although
I am located in the San Fernando Valley, I am available to travel
to any location in the Southern California area and do not charge
for travel time.
with a flexible format, using both the facilitative and evaluative
mediation styles. In facilitation, I establish with the parties
in group discussion and private caucus, the status of the case,
goals of litigation, critical issues in dispute and how they
prefer to conduct the discussions. In evaluation, I use private
caucus to assist the parties in evaluating the possible results
at trial, the costs of obtaining each result and the value of
settlement. This includes discussion of factual issues, legal
issues, jury composition, jury verdicts, expert witnesses and
a brief written statement from counsel prior to the mediation
session. This is an informal and confidential statement of
facts, issues, damages, status of discovery and positions of
the parties. It may be in letter, memo or pleading form and
may be faxed or mailed. Service on opposing counsel is optional.
Where time is short, I will have a telephone discussion with
counsel instead of written briefing.
Information Updated: September 22, 2005
Biography: Laurel G. Kaufer
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