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Mari Frank

Mari J. Frank, Esq.
Attorney/Mediator- Master Mediator, 35 years in practice;
Professor, Dispute Resolution, Negotiations, Mediation,
Leadership Skills;
Professional Speaker/Trainer, Qualified Member National Speaker’s
Certified Information Privacy Professional, Expert Witness;
Certified MCLE Trainer, St Bar of CA;
Webinar Trainer, Private and Epic Training Company;
Author, several books/treatises/numerous published articles;
Radio Talk Show Host, Podcaster;
Media Commentator;
Supreme Court of Florida Certified Family Mediator
Supreme court of Florida Certified Circuit Mediator

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Licensed member State Bar of California 1985 to present (practiced insurance defense, general civil, family- now exclusively mediation since 1996);
Certified Privacy Professional CIPP US 2006 to present (International Association of Privacy Professionals);
State Bar of California Certified Trainer, Continuing Education of the Bar 1995 to present;
National Speaker’s Association- Qualified Member;
Advisor Law Practice Management and Technology Section, California Lawyer’s Association to present;
Qualified Mediator, Orange County Superior Court Mediator Panel (CA) 2010 to present;
Member Judicial Committee, Orange County Superior Court, Civil Mediation Program 2010- present;
Mediator for Orange County Bar Fee Dispute Program;
Author of five books and dozens of professionally published articles;
Orange County Sheriff Reserve, Professional Services 2001 to present;
Radio Host at 88.9 FM in Irvine CA. 2005 to present;
Former Chairperson State Bar of California, Legal Services;
Former Chair Privacy Committee, Law Practice Management and Technology Section of California State Bar;
Former Mediation Panel, American Arbitration Association, Franchise Mediation and Arbitration;
Former College Professor, California State University Fullerton, Saddleback College, CA;
Former College Professor, Western State College of Law, University of CA Irvine Brandman University;
Former President Society for Professionals in Dispute Resolution;
Former Secondary School teacher, Spanish, ESL, New York, Virginia

ADR Experience

AAA Training in Commercial Arbitration and Advanced Commercial and Construction Training- 20 hours;
Specialized Mediation Training, AAA in Irvine, California for Mediation Panel (one of 13 trial lawyers);
Joel Edelman, Esq., Master Mediator, Santa Monica, California 25 hours;
Various SPIDR Programs, State Bar of California Programs and Workshops, ABA Training, Rutters Group, etc. 200 hours over the years;
Orange County Bar Association: Mediation Fee Dispute Training 10 hours;
Served as Trainer for – Mediation Center for 8 years training beginning and advanced mediation 159 hours;
Numerous MCLE training in ADR;
Circuit Court Mediation Certification Training – Florida Mediation Training – 40 hours – 2020;
Professor of Negotiations Western State College of Law , Fullerton for 8 years;
University of California, Irvine Instructor/professor School of Continuing Education taught negotiations and Mediation Certification Program for 7 years;
Mediator for Orange County CA , Superior Court Civil Mediation Program;
Mediator for American Arbitration Association;
Mediator for Orange County, CA Bar Association;
Mediation Trainer for the Mediation Center, Brandman University, the OC Sheriff’s Department, the State Bar of California (numerous off-line and webinars) Private MCLE training in Mediation and Conflict Resolution;
Mediating hundreds of civil cases privately from 1986 to the present


Mari practices her unique “solutioneering” positive approach to resolving conflict. She uses neuro research techniques to empower disputants to calmly and effectively explore solutions while gaining understanding of their underlying motivations, so that they can arrive at a formidable, durable settlement and leave the mediation feeling relieved and satisfied.


University of Wisconsin, Madison (B.S.);
Universidad de Mexico, DF- 3 months while in college- exchange student;
Hofstra University, New York (M.A.);
Western State College of Law, Fullerton, California (J.D.);
Harvard Law School, Boston, Massachusetts, Negotiation and Mediation Training summer intensive 60 hours;
McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, California, Specialized Mediation Training for the State Department of Education 80 hours plus mentoring in co-mediation 30 hours
Pepperdine School of Law, Malibu California;
Negotiation Advocacy for Trial Lawyers Program, Mediation Training 25 hours;
Circuit Court Mediation Certification Training – Florida Mediation Training – 40 hours – 2020

Areas Of Practice

  • Adult Family
  • Bullying
  • Business
  • Civil (general)
  • Civil Union Dissolution
  • Commercial
  • Community
  • Congregational
  • Construction
  • Contracts
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Education
  • EEOC
  • Elder
  • Employment
  • Estate Planning
  • Family
  • General
  • Health Care
  • HOA
  • Hospitality
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Landlord - Tenant
  • Marital Mediation
  • Neighbor to Neighbor
  • Non Profits
  • Online Mediation
  • Organizational
  • Parent-Teen
  • Partnership
  • Personal Injury
  • Pet Mediation
  • Police
  • Prenuptial
  • Probate
  • Professional Fees
  • Public Policy
  • Real Estate
  • School/Education
  • Sexual Harrassment
  • Small Claims
  • Special Education
  • Technology
  • Workplace

Additional Services

  • Advanced Mediation Trainer
  • Collaborative Professional
  • Communication Skills Trainer
  • Conflict Coach
  • Counselor
  • Facilitator
  • Fact-Finder
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Mediation Trainer
  • Mediator-Arbitrator
  • Parenting Coordinator
  • Staff Developer
  • Systems Designer

Fees and Provisos

Usual Standard Hourly $500;
Discount for first two hours with the Orange County Superior Court;
Daily fees depending upon the case specifics.

Liability Insurance

  • Yes

Professional Associations

  • ABA DR - ABA Section of DR
  • SCMA - S. California Mediation Assoc.
  • AAA - American Arbitration Assoc.
  • ACR - Assoc. for Conflict Resolution
  • AAM - Association of Attorney-Mediators