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Dan Simon
Dan Simon

Senior Mediator

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Dan Simon

Meet in person in Brentwood or Santa Barbara, or meet online anywhere. Dan provides transformative mediation of all types of disputes. He’ll support you in having a high quality conversation about your situation. He’ll help you gain clarity about the possibilities and about each other. He is the author of the chapter on divorce mediation in the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation’s (“ISCT”) TRANSFORMATIVE MEDIATION SOURCEBOOK.

Dan is the Immediate Past Chair of the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Section. He also serves on the Minnesota Supreme Court’s ADR Ethics Board (which is responsible for upholding the ethical standards of ADR providers). He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation. He has trained mediators throughout the country for the ISCT, the U.S. Postal Service, and as an Adjunct Professor at the Hofstra University School of Law.

Dan helps with any conflict, regardless of the topic. He is especially skilled at handling highly emotional situations. He is licensed to practice law and has a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. He has also been designated by the ISCT as a “Certified Transformative Mediator”. He holds the highest possible ratings from both Martindale Hubbell and

Besides creating and directing Simon Mediation, Dan has directed the Jewish Family and Childrens Service Divorce Mediation Program, and is a founding member of the Transformative Mediators of Minnesota. He holds an M.A. in Counseling Psychology and a Law Degree (J.D.), cum laude, from the University of Minnesota. Before he became a full-time mediator in 1998, Dan was a business litigation attorney and a family business consultant.

ADR Experience

Dan has mediated over 1000 divorce or parenting cases since 1996. He has also worked on over 500 employment disputes, family business cases, real estate disputes, and construction cases. Dan is a leader in the field of transformative mediation, has written about it, and has conducted trainings in it nationwide for the US Postal Service, the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation, and as an Adjunct Professor at the Hofstra University School of Law.


As a teacher and practitioner of transformative mediation, Dan supports parties in having constructive conversations.


J.D., cum laude, University of Minnesota, 1992.
M.A., Counseling Psychology, University of Minnesota, 1998.
B.A., with Honors, Humanities, University of California at Berkeley, 1989.

Areas Of Practice

  • Accidents
  • ADA
  • Adoption
  • Adult Family
  • Art
  • Autism
  • Automotive
  • Aviation
  • Bioethics
  • Business
  • Civil (general)
  • Commercial
  • Community
  • Congregational
  • Construction
  • Contracts
  • Copyright
  • Criminal
  • Cross Cultural
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Education
  • EEOC
  • Elder
  • Eminent Domain
  • Employment
  • Energy
  • Engineering
  • Entertainment
  • Environmental
  • Estate Planning
  • Family
  • Foreclosure
  • Franchise
  • General
  • Government
  • Health Care
  • Hospitality
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International
  • Labor - Management
  • Land Use
  • Landlord - Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Marital Mediation
  • Maritime
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Native American
  • Natural Resources
  • Nursing Home
  • Organizational
  • Parent-Teen
  • Partnership
  • Patent
  • Personal Injury
  • Pet Mediation
  • Police
  • Postal Service
  • Prenuptial
  • Probate
  • Professional Fees
  • Public Policy
  • Real Estate
  • Restorative (Criminal)
  • Restorative (Juvenile)
  • School/Education
  • Securities
  • Sexual Harrassment
  • Social Security
  • Special Education
  • Sports
  • Tax
  • Technology
  • Trademark
  • Trust Management
  • Victim - Offender
  • Workers Comp
  • Workplace

Additional Services

  • Advanced Mediation Trainer
  • Communication Skills Trainer
  • Conflict Coach
  • Counselor
  • Facilitator
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Mediation Trainer
  • Mediator-Arbitrator
  • Staff Developer
  • Systems Designer

Fees and Provisos

Dan will work with you to establish a very reasonable fee based on your case.

Liability Insurance

  • Yes

Professional Associations

  • ACR - Assoc. for Conflict Resolution
  • ISCT - Inst. for Study of Conflict Trans.