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susan davidson

Senior Mediator

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susan davidson

Private mediation, arbitration, facilitation.

I perform 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.

ADR Experience

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.

  • 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.


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.


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

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

Additional Services

  • Advanced Mediation Trainer
  • Communication Skills Trainer
  • Conflict Coach
  • Counselor
  • Custody Evaluator
  • Fact-Finder
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Mediation Trainer
  • Mediator-Arbitrator
  • Staff Developer

Fees and Provisos

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

Liability Insurance

  • Yes

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Conversational Spanish