Representative Mediations


Cases Ms. Curtis mediates vary widely in their subject matter and complexity, from two-party unrepresented partnership dissolutions to multi-party disputes involving complex legal and practical issues. She routinely mediates disputes in the following areas:

  • Trust and estate, eldercare and other adult family conflicts
  • Employment - discrimination, sexual harassment, disability, privacy, workplace
  • Partnership - small business and law firm disputes and dissolutions 
  • Intellectual property - misappropriation, trademark and trade name infringement
  • Personal injury
  • Real property - HOA, HUD, neighbor disputes

High-Conflict Disputes

Ms. Curtis is especially skillful in mediating high-conflict disputes. A wide array of interests and personal qualities equip her to work effectively in these challenging cases: understanding of conflict theory and neuroscience; a fascination with human behavior; and the  capacity for curiosity, compassion and kindness. 


Ms. Curtis served as a Circuit Mediator for the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit for 4 years and, since then, has mediated scores of appeals privately and as a panelist for California Courts of Appeal. She is a nationally recognized appellate mediation trainer and consultant to courts in the field of appellate mediation and co-author (with Brendon Ishikawa) of Appellate Mediation: A Guidebook for Attorneys and Mediators published by the ABA in 2016. She is an experienced appellate lawyer, who served as law clerk to California  Supreme Court Associate Justice Edward A. Panelli and as appellate counsel for the First District  Appellate Project.

Appellate cases Ms. Curtis has mediated include:

  • Breach of contract and loan fraud
  • Breach of a shareholder agreement
  • Product liability with catastrophic injury
  • School civil rights 
  • Anti-SLAPP 
  • Trustee liability 
  • Wrongful death and premises liability