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Teri H. Sklar
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Teri H. Sklar, Mediator and Attorney At Law

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6201 Antioch St., Suite 300
Oakland, CA 94611
(415) 929-7355


Description of Practice

Teri Sklar is a full-time mediator. She has been an attorney since 1978 and currently focuses on mediating a wide variety of litigated cases as well as business, personal and community disputes. In 2004, Teri Sklar changed her focus from litigation to mediation because she believes that mediation is a powerful and positive way for people to resolve disputes; she has seen that providing people with the opportunity to voice their own views and understand the views of others involved in disputes provides a valuable, respectful and efficient way to resolve disputes. Teri Sklar has mediated disputes, including employment, wrongful termination, wage and hour, elder disputes (elder abuse, elder care, adult family disputes), trusts, wills, probate, personal injury, real estate, landlord/tenant, civil rights, business, disability rights, discrimination, education, attorney-client fees, restraining orders, family disputes, victim-offender, complaints against police officers, and neighbor disputes.

Professional Background

As an attorney for over 40 years, an active litigator until 2004 when her focus changed to mediation, and over 1000 hours of mediation training, Teri Sklar mediates litigated cases as well as business, personal and community disputes where the parties want to try to resolve their disputes without litigation. Teri Sklar is a graduate of Stanford University and Boalt Hall School of Law. She has extensive criminal and civil jury and court trial experience and has practiced in State and Federal Court. After working in the San Francisco Public Defender's Office for six years, including criminal defense and mental health work, she maintained her own private practice in San Francisco, including juvenile delinquency and dependency, special education, foster care eligibility, civil rights, personal injury, landlord/tenant, administrative law, employment law, and writs and appeals.


Teri Sklar has mediated a wide variety of disputes, including employment, wrongful termination, wage and hour, elder disputes (elder abuse, elder care, inheritance disputes, adult family disputes), probate, personal injury, real estate, landlord/tenant, civil rights, business, disability rights, discrimination, education, attorney-client fees, restraining orders, family disputes, victim-offender, complaints against police officers, and neighbor disputes. Teri Sklar is a panelist with the US District Court, Northern District of California; California Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District; Mediation Services and Attorney-Client Fee Dispute Arbitration Panel of the Bar Association of San Francisco; San Francisco Superior Court's Civil Mediation Panel; San Mateo Multi-Option ADR Project; Panel of Court Mediators for the Alameda Court ADR Program; San Francisco Community Boards; Office of Citizen Complaints; Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center; and San Mateo Juvenile Delinquency Mediation Program.


A.B. Psychology; Stanford University; 1975. J.D. UC Berkeley (Boalt Hall); 1978.


Dates    Trainer(s)    Title   
1994    Gary Friedman    Fundamentals of Mediation, Stanford Law School; 40 hours
1994    Jack Himmelstein, Martina Reaves, Kathy Stoner     Introductory Mediation; 34 hours
2004    Peter Robinson, Eric Lindauer, Pepperdine University School of Law (Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution)    STAR--A Systematic Approach to Mediation Strategies; 18 hours
2004    S.F. Community Boards    Volunteer Mediation Training; 30 hours
2006    Jeff Krivis, Eric Galton, Tracy Allen, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolutution    Specialized Mediation: Handling Challenging Employment, Medical Malpractice & Personal Injury Cases; 18 hours
2006    Howard Herman, Daniel Bowling, Robin Siefkin    Mediation and Advanced Mediation Training by U.S. District Court, Northern District of California; 26 hours
2007    Dana Curtis, California Court of Appeal, Third Circuit    Appellate Mediation; 29.75 hours
2009    Dana Curtis    Fundamentals of Elder Mediation; 19.5 hours
2015    Jessica Notini    Advanced Mediation--When Push Comes to Shove in the Bargaining Stage; 12 hours
2015    The Mediation Society    Bay Area Mediation Summit; 5 hours
2015    Legal Assistance For Seniors    10th Annual Conference on Elder Abuse; 8 hours
2016    Steve Sulmeyer, Martie Leys, Kathleen Adams    Basic and Intermediate/Advanced Integrative Mediation Training; 13 hours
See    Website for Significant Additional Training
    Over 1000 Hours of Mediation Training   


Teri Sklar's mediation style varies with the needs of the case and the desires of the parties. In order to enhance the possibility of a successful resolution to the dispute, Teri Sklar conducts an initial phone conference to set up the mediation and discuss the needs of the case. She requests written briefs 14 days before the date of the mediation, and she has additional individual phone conversations after reviewing the briefs in order to prepare for the mediation and further explore the best way to tailor the mediation to the needs of each case and the individual parties involved in the dispute. She has found that approaching the mediation with genuine interest and curiosity, and being ready and able to acknowledge and work with people's emotions during the mediation, helps people to successfully resolve their dispute. She encourages people to talk about what matters to them and why it is important to them, and gives them a chance to ask questions and understand the other side's perspective; as the mediation progresses, she assists the parties and their counsel to evaluate their case and consider and weigh their options for resolution. Her strengths as a mediator include patience, respect, creativity, energy, persistence, strong people skills, excellent client rapport and a strong belief in the value of the mediation process.


$400.00 per hour. Four (4) hour session minimum + 2 hours preparation. No charge for the initial phone conference. Payment of a $4,000.00 deposit, covering 8 hours of mediation and 2 hours of preparation, is required in advance of the mediation. For a two-party mediation, each party's deposit will be one-half of the deposit, or $2,000.00, out of the total deposit of $4,000.00. All deposits are due in Teri Sklar's office 14 days prior to the mediation. Teri Sklar will refund deposits for any unused hours, beyond the initial 4 hour session + 2 hour preparation minimum. Any confirmed mediation that is canceled within 72 hours of the confirmed date, or any case that settles where the parties fail to notify Teri Sklar and take the mediation off calendar will be charged half of the amount of the time booked. No cancellation fee if session rescheduled.

Other Information

In 1994, Teri Sklar was trained in mediation techniques at Stanford University Law School and The Center for Mediation in Law. She later received mediation training through Pepperdine University School of Law (Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution), San Francisco Community Boards, Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center, Bar Association of San Francisco, US District Court, Northern District of California, the California Court of Appeal, First and Third Appellate Districts, and Association of Conflict Resolution. Teri Sklar is conversant in Spanish and has conducted mediations in Spanish. She has multi-cultural sensitivity and enjoys working with people from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

Areas of Practice

  • ADA
  • Adult Family
  • Business
  • Civil (general)
  • Commercial
  • Community
  • Criminal
  • Cross Cultural
  • Education
  • EEOC
  • Elder
  • Employment
  • Estate Planning
  • General
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • International
  • Labor - Management
  • Land Use
  • Landlord - Tenant
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Home
  • Organizational
  • Parent-Teen
  • Partnership
  • Personal Injury
  • Pet Mediation
  • Police
  • Probate
  • Professional Fees
  • Public Policy
  • Real Estate
  • Restorative (Criminal)
  • Restorative (Juvenile)
  • Sexual Harrassment
  • Special Education
  • Trust Management
  • Victim - Offender
  • Workers Comp
  • Workplace

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Conflict Coach
  • Mediating Lawyer

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