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Dan Bechtol, MA
Dan Bechtol, MA

Senior Mediator

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Dan Bechtol, MA

While Southwest Iowa Mediation Services, LLC (S.I.M.S.) is a general practice mediation firm, offering our clients expertise in the resolution of a variety of disputes, we nevertheless also have particular interest in the resolution of family law and GLBT issues. Our family law mediations include domestic violence screening.

ADR Experience

Over twenty (20) years of professional mediation experience covering a variety of conflict resolution areas including: business to business disputes, community/ neighbor to neighbor issues, debtor-creditor disputes, divorce/custody/parenting (including domestic violence screening)/separation issues; elder care issues, GLBT issues, labor-management/workplace disputes, landlord-tenant disputes, school truancy issues and small claims disputes.

Selected to Inaugural Panel of Senior Mediators with the “Common Ground” Project through the University of California, Santa Cruz Extension Campus.

Approved Family Law Mediator with the Iowa Fourth Judicial District Court.


Depending upon the specific needs and requests of the mediation participants, my approach to mediation will be one of facilitation and/or evaluation. I have also engaged in a “binding mediation” at the specific request of the parties.


AA from Iowa Western Community College, 2006

BA in Sociology and LPS (Law, Politics & Society)from Drake University, 2008

MA in Conflict Resolution & Reconciliation from Abilene Chirstian University, 2010

Areas Of Practice

  • Adult Family
  • Business
  • Commercial
  • Community
  • Contracts
  • Cross Cultural
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • EEOC
  • Elder
  • Employment
  • Family
  • General
  • Insurance
  • Labor - Management
  • Landlord - Tenant
  • Marital Mediation
  • Online Mediation
  • Personal Injury
  • Real Estate
  • Special Education
  • Victim - Offender
  • Workplace

Additional Services

  • Conflict Coach
  • Facilitator
  • Fact-Finder
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Mediation Trainer
  • Parenting Coordinator

Fees and Provisos

$200.00/hr. ($100/per party/per hr.) with a two hour minimum

Sliding fee schedule available with income verification

Liability Insurance

  • Yes

Professional Associations

  • ACR - Assoc. for Conflict Resolution
  • AFM AP - ACR Acad. Family Mediators AP
  • ACR AWP - ACR Adv. Workplace Practioner
  • IAM - Iowa Association of Mediators