Before I became a mediator, I practiced law for 14 years. In 1992, I graduated from UCLA and moved to San Diego to attend law school, where I clerked for the California Attorney General’s Office in the criminal writs and appeals section. After passing the CA Bar Exam, I worked for a law firm defending doctors, dentists and hospitals in malpractice claims and later I went on to start my own estate planning practice, where I helped families preserve their wealth and avoid probate. Although each area of law involved its own set of rules, the common goal was clear… resolve matters as effectively and efficiently as possible.
Now, I am 100% dedicated to mediating disputes. I bring the tools I learned from litigation and resolving disputes, to all of my mediations. I am not an attorney, judge or arbitrator. I am a highly skilled, unbiased problem solver, who has seen the aftermath of litigation, too many times. In fact, after my own 7-year divorce, I personally know the devastation years of litigation can do to your family, finances and profession. My job is to apply my experience, through dedication and determination in helping you find closure to the stress and anxiety that comes from an ongoing dispute, (regardless of how impossible that goal may seem right now), so no one has to suffer through years of unnecessary litigation.
Contact our office now, for a free half hour consultation at (619) 990-7019.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Jennifer Kammerer, J.D., C.M.
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WHAT IS THE MEDIATOR’S ROLE?
The mediator is not a judge and does not make a decision or impose a solution on the dispute. Rather, the mediator helps those involved in the dispute talk to each other, thereby allowing them to resolve the dispute themselves. The mediator manages the mediation session and remains impartial.
HOW DOES MEDIATION WORK?
At the mediation session each person involved in the dispute presents a summary of his or her point of view. If you have an attorney, he or she may go with you to the mediation session if you want. The mediator will meet with everyone together and may also meet individually with each side. This offers participants the opportunity to communicate to the mediator their real interests in the dispute as well as to vent anger or frustrations outside the presence of the opposing side. The mediator will work with each person until the terms of an agreement are reached. Those terms are put into a “Memorandum of Understanding.” The Memorandum is then brought to an attorney for review and then used to prepare the necessary paperwork to translate the Memorandum into a court order.
HOW LONG DOES MEDIATION TAKE?
The time required for mediation varies. It depends on the complexity of the issues and the concerns of the people involved. It is often necessary to meet with the mediator more than once. However, the parties are in control as to when and how long they meet with the mediator. The goal is to keep negotiations going at a pace that is comfortable for everyone involved.
WHO PAYS FOR THE MEDIATION?
The cost of mediation is usually shared equally by the persons involved, unless they agree otherwise.
WHAT TYPES OF DISPUTES CAN BE MEDIATED?
Landlord and Tenant
Neighbor and Community
Employer and Employee
Divorce and Family
Personal and Real Property
Other Civil Matters
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF MEDIATION?
People keep control over the resolution of their own problem.
Disputes can be settled promptly. A mediation session can be scheduled as soon as everyone agrees to use mediation to resolve the dispute, even before a lawsuit may be filed.
Mediation costs are significantly less than taking a case to trial.
Mediation promotes better relationships through cooperative problem-solving and improved communication.
Mediation is private and confidential. The mediator and the people in the dispute must maintain the confidentiality of the information disclosed during mediation.
Mediation is voluntary. Although a judge may order a case to proceed to mediation, the mediation may be terminated at any time by the people involved or by the mediator. Settlement is also entirely voluntary. If you cannot reach an agreement, you still have the right to take the dispute before a judge or jury. Mediation is a tool to be used by the parties to maintain control of cost and results.