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Karen Matcke Crosby
Karen Matcke Crosby

Associate Mediator

Associate MediatorThis mediator has at least 40 hours of mediation training, has mediated at least 10 cases for at least 40 hours, agrees to take part in at least 12 hours per year of continuing mediation education, and subscribes to's required standards of mediation practice..Featured Member

Karen Matcke Crosby


Karen Matcke Crosby – Top Attorney – Mediator (

Legal experience with cases involving contracts, business, construction, permits, land use, real estate, administrative law, government/municipal, injury, landlord/tenant, mortgages, consumer affairs, education, trusts, conservatorships, elder care, and many other areas.

Attorney for more than 25 years with legal practice experience in both private and government practice, negotiations, transactions and litigation experience. Experienced in administrative and government policy, practices and procedures.

ADR Experience

Legal mediation experience both private and with the courts.
Community mediation and facilitation.
Member of the Congress of Neutrals
Certificated Professional Mediation Training (over 100 hours).
Humboldt County Community Mediation Training.
Served on the Humboldt County Mediation Board of Directors


The power to resolve the dispute is in the hands of those who participate in the mediation.  Court outcomes are never predictable or controlled by the participants. Mediation puts the participants in control of the outcome. It is essential that all parties have a clear understanding of the issues in dispute. I strive to give the parties tools they can use to problem solve and come to resolution on their own when possible. I encourage the examination of other impacts and consequences, and outside influences, not restricted to legal rules or proceedings that can impact the outcome and positions of the parties. Relationships, reputations, repeat business, along with personal and business dealings can all improve with improved communication skills. We support ethnic and cultural diversity and considerations relating to differences in perception.


1988 Juris Doctor From University of Santa Clara
1989 Member of the California State Bar
1985 BA Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
2009 Mediation Certificate from Professional Mediation Associates

Mediation Training from Humboldt Mediation Services

Congress of Neutrals

Court and Bar Association Mediation Trainings

Numerous locations available for in-person or online.


Areas Of Practice

  • Accidents
  • ADA
  • Autism
  • Automotive
  • Boundary Disputes
  • Bullying
  • Business
  • Civil (general)
  • Civil Rights (discrimination)
  • Community
  • Construction
  • Contracts
  • Cross Cultural
  • Education
  • EEOC
  • Elder
  • Eminent Domain
  • Employment
  • Energy
  • Environmental
  • Evictions
  • Foreclosure
  • General
  • Government
  • Health Care
  • HOA
  • Hospitality
  • Land Use
  • Landlord - Tenant
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Neighbor to Neighbor
  • Nursing Home
  • Online Civil
  • Online Mediation
  • Online Workplace
  • Organizational
  • Personal Injury
  • Professional Fees
  • Public Policy
  • Real Estate
  • School/Education
  • Sexual Harrassment
  • Small Claims
  • Special Education
  • Trust Management
  • Workplace

Additional Services

  • Communication Skills Trainer
  • Conflict Coach
  • Counselor
  • Facilitator
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Representational Lawyer



Fees and Provisos

All mediation forms, deposit and intake questions must be answered and turned in before mediation date and time will be scheduled. Phone intake is required.

Community rates, progressive rates, scaled rates vary from $200 to 400 per hour, depending on the complexity and number of parties and whether written briefs or written decision is required. One hour no charge for arrangement time spent to set up mediation. Completion of factual summary statement required. Three-hour block mediation minimum scheduling.
Adjusted fee for HOA and community mediation available.

Liability Insurance

  • Yes

ADR Training


  • Continental Who's Who
  • Who's Who Top Attorneys of North America
  • Top 100 Attorneys in North America

Professional Associations

  • San Francisco Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of California