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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.


Frederick C. Hertz

Law Offices of Frederick Hertz

Areas of Experience: Real Property, Non-Marital And Marital Dissolutions, Co-Ownership Conflicts, Business Partnership Disputes, Family Disputes, Land Use & Environmental Conflicts, Neighborhood Conflicts


Frederick Hertz graduated from Boalt Hall in 1981, clerked with the Minnesota Supreme Court, and subsequently received a Master's Degree in Urban Geography from the University of California, Berkeley. He currently practices real estate and non-traditional family law in Oakland, California, with a practice focusing on both the formation of real property co-ownership agreements and the resolution of property and financial disputes between unmarried couples, both same-sex and opposite-sex. He provides both transaction and negotiation counsel and also serves as a mediator and arbitrator in these areas.

Hertz writes and speaks nationally on the laws affecting unmarried couples. He is the author of Legal Affairs: Essential Advice for Same-Sex Couples (Owl Books 1998) and co-author of two Nolo Press books: A Legal Guide for Lesbian and Gay Couples and Living Together and A Legal Guide for Unmarred Couples. Hertz has appeared as a panelist for California Continuing Education, Rutter Group, State Bar, and The Bar Association of San Francisco programs.

Hourly Rate: $400