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Lucia Kanter St Amour
Lucia Kanter St Amour

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Lucia Kanter St Amour

Lucia Kanter St. Amour is a VP for UN women USA, practicing attorney, law professor, international mediator and negotiation expert, and best-selling author. With a deep background in mediation, she was one of the original designers of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s mediation program ini 1996 for the San Francisco regional office.

She teaches people how to harness their everyday negotiation superpowers, so they can land a dream job, get their kids to eat their peas, and be the most powerful person in the room. Launched in February 2022, her podcast, Forces of Good: The Superpower of Everyday Negotiation, garnered an immediate dedicated following for its inclusive storytelling and social-cultural-historical approach to negotiation as it relates to everyone every day.

As the best-selling author of the most inclusive and comprehensive 21st century negotiation guide you’ll ever need, For the Forces of Good, Lucia knows that negotiation isn’t just for business. It’s everybody’s business. And sometimes negotiations reach impasse, which is when parties might need reinforcements: a skilled mediator!

A member of the Neuroleadership Institute, Lucia has specific training in behavioral science, and applies this blend of science and law to the art of mediation. She understands how real people act in real conflict situations and decision-making. Specializing in Dispute Resolution since 1993, Lucia is a Certified Online Mediator. Practicing law since 1998, She offers Mediation, Negotiation coaching, Witness Preparation, Training, and Facilitation. She has practiced in the private sector, public sector, non-profit, and has taught and trained in both academic and corporate contexts in the U.S. and abroad. Her breadth and depth means she offers insights and skills that serve individualized needs. She does not apply a generic approach to clients and disputes. She has particularized training and keen ability to listen to the circumstances and interests of each situation, and to tailor her approach accordingly.

What separates Lucia from others is her techniques in the psychological dynamics of negotiation and dispute resolution, including her training in emotional micro-expression and lie detection, and integration of neuroscience and decision analysis into every dispute or negotiation.

She has over 350 hours of mediation and negotiation training, in addition to 10 years of law school teaching, and has mediated hundreds of cases.

You can always fight later! By bringing your dispute to mediation, you don’t give up your option of fighting later on. 75% of cases in mediation reach agreement, and you can do it online from anywhere in the world.

A VP for UN Women USA (San Francisco); Practicing California Attorney since 1998 in private, public, and nonprofit sector; 10 years of adjunct teaching (Negotiation and Mediation) at UC Hastings College of Law and UC Berkeley Law; 40-hour Mediation Certification from Harvard Law School Program On Negotiation; 20-hour Online Mediator certification (see full list for additional trainings)

ADR Experience

One of the small team of original designers of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s pilot mediation program in 1996 for the San Francisco Regional Office, and later earned 40.0 hour mediation certification from Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation. Lucia has mediated cases for the EEOC; the Department of Fair Employment and Housing; San Francisco Superior Court; City and County of San Francisco; the Department of Industrial Relations; and various school districts. She has consulted and mediated general civil and business disputes; community disputes; and has specialized in workplace / employment and special education disputes.

She also served for a number of years as a Judge and Mediator for the annual International Chamber of Commerce Mediation and Negotiation Competition in Paris, France


Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation – 40-hour Mediator
Certification 2008
UC Hastings College of Law – J.D. 1998
UC Berkeley – B.A. 1992

Areas Of Practice

  • ADA
  • Autism
  • Bullying
  • Business
  • Civil (general)
  • Commercial
  • Community
  • Contracts
  • Education
  • EEOC
  • Employment
  • General
  • HOA
  • Landlord - Tenant
  • Neighbor to Neighbor
  • Non Profits
  • Online Mediation
  • Online Workplace
  • Organizational
  • School/Education
  • Sexual Harrassment
  • Small Claims
  • Special Education
  • Workers Comp
  • Workplace

Additional Services

  • Facilitator
  • Mediating Lawyer

Fees and Provisos

$2,600 for up to 4 hours of mediation, $650/hour thereafter. See website for Mediation Policies, Fees and FAQ’s

Publications & Presentations

  • For the Forces of Good: The Superpower of Everyday Negotiation

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Italian
  • Spanish
  • French

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