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Voluntary Early Mediation (VEM) Program

Choosing a Mediator

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Elizabeth E. Bader
Bader Conflict Resolution Services

Areas of Experience: Healthcare, Intra-organizational, Medical Malpractice, Partnership Dissolution, Professional Malpractice, Real Estate.

When cases don’t settle, it is often because of emotional issues.
The problem is fairly straightforward: most people take the conflict personally and the outcome of the mediation as a reflection of who they are.

To deal with this, Elizabeth Bader’s approach to mediation is geared to dealing with issues of self and identity — also known as “face” or “ego” issues —  as these are often the chief obstacle to resolution. She is an expert on the subject: her award-winning publications, which integrate law, psychology, neurobiology and spirituality, have won her high praise within the legal and psychology professions. 

Bader is also keenly aware that some people experience contact with the other side as traumatic, or the mediation itself may act as a trigger related to traumatic events from the past. She has completed a three-year program on trauma with the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute, a cutting-edge trauma program. As a result, she is trained in how to read body language for indications of trauma, and how to create safe spaces for parties and counsel.

Realism about the law and the courts and what they can and cannot do for litigants is also an important part of attaining successful resolution of disputes. Bader has been a lawyer for almost 30 years. Prior to becoming a mediator, she was an appellate lawyer, and litigated cases before the California Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She uses her decades of experience to emphasize to parties the importance of being practical and realistic in their settlement positions.

Using her unique blend of psychology and conflict resolution skills, Bader has successfully mediated complex, multi-party, mass-tort-related litigation, as well as  cases in a variety of other subject matter areas. She is open to using therapists and other experts in mediation as helping professionals if to do so will help resolve disputes.

Bader has been recognized, both here and abroad, for her award-winning insights and publications on the psychology of mediation. In Europe, the project to Train Intercultural Mediators for a Multi-cultural Europe, which brought together universities, VET organizations and public authorities in seven countries to train intercultural mediators, relied on Bader's work extensively to develop training materials on the psychology of mediation. Their materials can be found here:

Bader's own publications include:

The Psychology Of Mediation, Part I: The Mediator’s Issues Of Self And Identity,

The Psychology and Neurobiology of Mediation, Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution (Winter 2016)

Understanding the Deeper Meaning of "Face" in Mediation,, Int'l J. of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies (December, 2011)

The Psychology of Mediation: Issues of Self & Identity and the IDR Cycle,, Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Law Journal (2010)


Hourly Rate: $375 for up to three parties; an additional $50 per hour for each additional party