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The Role of Mediation

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At the Schoenberg Family Law Group, we are deeply committed to resolving cases outside of court when a favorable outcome for our clients can be achieved. While our attorneys are principally litigators, we seek to resolve all cases short of a contested trial. A resolution which is the product of mutual compromise is often more satisfactory to our clients and their opponents than an outcome reached at trial, and is often more cost-effective. We promote the use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), including mediation and other judicial or quasi-judicial settlement conferences.

Although we promote and applaud mediation and other forms of ADR as an alternative or companion to contested litigation, the attorneys at our firm are not trained in mediation nor do we offer such services to our clients. We work with our clients to ensure that they are aware of the availability of mediation and other forms of ADR and, in appropriate cases, encourage our clients to utilize such services; however, we are not equipped to provide mediation services to our clients.

Although we are not trained as mediators, in every case that we handle, we utilize negotiation and settlement techniques with the goal of reducing the amount of contested litigation and reaching a favorable outcome without the necessity of a full trial.

“I was very pleasantly surprised how comfortable I felt dealing with Ms. Schoenberg. She not only was clear and honest yet also respectful of my needs. She at first asked if my situation could be handled with mediation to save cost and then after hearing my specifics suggested and gave a few names of excellent mediation folks. I do wish you also have the same experience in this difficult time and if you talk with Ms. Schoenberg I believe it will be the least difficult it could be. Should my situation go downhill I will use Ms. Schoenberg to handle all the rest of my legal needs!”

— D.W. (See more testimonials.)

Solid Legal Advice For Mediated Divorce

The experienced family law attorneys of Schoenberg Family Law Group serve diverse clients throughout the San Francisco Bay Area counties. Contact us online or call 415.834.1120 to discuss mediation and all facets of your divorce or custody case in a confidential consultation.

Our Awards and Memberships

Schoenberg Family Law Group, P.C., recognizes that family law matters involve complex, sensitive issues that can have a lasting impact on you, your family, your finances and your future.

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10.0 Avvo Superb Top Attorney Family Law, Divorce
Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal
American Jurist Institute Top 10 Attorneys 2017
2020 Most Trustworthy Companies of the Year
100 TOP WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESSES Women Who Lead
AMERICAN ACADEMY OF MATRIMONIAL LAWYERS (AAML)
2022 Client Satisfaction American Institute of Family Law Attorneys 10 Best
100 Fastest-Growing Private Companies In the Bay Area San Francisco Business Times
2021 LGBTQ-OWNED BUSINESSES Business Pride
10 Best Female Attorneys 2017 American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
San Francisco Bay Area's Best and Brightest Companies to Work For Winner 2021
2018 Best Lawyers Best Law Firms U.S. News & World Report
California Board of Legal Specialization (CBLS) State Bar of California
2020 Client Champion Debra R. Schoenberg
San Francisco Business Times Corporate Philanthropy Awards 2019
Expertise Best Divorce Lawyers in Concord 2020
2018 Expertise Best Divorce Lawyers in San Francisco
Fast 100
Lead Counsel Rated
Litigation Counsel of America (LCA) Fellow
National Board of Trial Advocacy
2017 Parents' Press Best of The Bay
San Francisco Business Times
Rated By Super Lawyers Debra R. Schoenberg
The Recorder Law Business Technology Best of 2021 Winner
The Business of Pride
2021 Best Businesses Three Best Rated
San Francisco Business Times Corporate Philanthropy Awards & Summit
American Jurist Institute Top 10 Attorneys of 2018
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