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Voluntary Early Mediation (VEM) Program

Choosing a Mediator

File the Mediation Consent form (43KB PDF) or contact us at 415-782- 9000 x8787 or mking@sfbar.org.


Barbara S. Bryant

Mediation Law Offices of Barbara S. Bryant


Areas of Experience: Civil Rights, Discrimination, Education, Employment, Fee Disputes, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual Issues, Women's Issues


Barbara Bryant is known for providing a supportive, personalized and effective mediation process. She has an excellent settlement track record in her more than six hundred mediated cases. She consistently demonstrates the power of mediation to resolve even the most challenging and/or emotional disputes.

She mediates cases in all areas of employment and discrimination law, as well as discrimination and harassment cases in housing, educational and business settings. She was a litigator of individual and class-action cases in state and federal courts for nineteen years, with emphases in employment, sexual harassment and discrimination law. She has taught the Sexual Harassment Law course at Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley, since 1989. She is the author of the “Sexual and Other Harassment” chapter of the Continuing Education of the Bar's Wrongful Employment Termination Practice.

Bryant has served as a Mediator, Special Master, Settlement Commissioner and Workplace Investigator since 1994. In addition to her private practice, she is a member of mediation panels for the U.S. Northern District of California, the First and Third District California Courts of Appeal and Alameda and Contra Costa County Superior Courts, as well as a mediation coach for training programs of the California Courts of Appeal and Stanford Law School.

Bryant has served on the executive boards for the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice, Boalt Hall School of Law, the Alameda County Bar Association, the Earl Warren Inn of Court, California Women Lawyers, and the Labor and Employment Law Section of The Bar Association of  San Francisco.

Hourly Rate: $450 for mediations