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Voluntary Early Mediation (VEM) Program

Choosing a Mediator

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Teri H. Sklar

Attorney at Law and Mediator

Areas of Experience: Business, Civil Rights, Complaints Against Police Officers, Co-Ownership Conflicts, Commercial, Disability Rights (including ADA access), Discrimination, Elder Issues (Adult Family Disputes, Elder Abuse, Trusts, Estates, Probate), Education, Employment, Attorney-Client Fee Disputes, Family Disputes, Government, Intra-Organizational, Labor, Landlord/Tenant, Land Use, Neighborhood Conflicts, Personal Injury, Real Estate, Women’s Issues, Wrongful Termination, Victim-Offender


With 32 years of legal experience and over 450 hours of mediation training, Teri Sklar currently focuses on mediation.  In 2004, she changed her practice to focus on mediation instead of litigation; she believes that mediation is a powerful, respectful and efficient way for people to resolve disputes.

Sklar’s mediation style varies with the needs and desires of the parties.  In order to enhance the possibility of a successful resolution to the dispute, she conducts an initial phone conference to set up the mediation and discuss the needs of the case; she has additional individual phone conversations after reviewing the briefs.  She begins the mediation with a primarily facilitative approach; as the mediation progresses, she assists the parties and counsel to evaluate their case, and consider and weigh their options for resolution.

Sklar’s strengths as a mediator include patience, respect, creativity, energy, persistence, strong people skills and excellent client rapport.  She 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.

Sklar is a 1975 graduate of Stanford University and a 1978 graduate of Boalt Hall.  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 & mental health work, she maintained her own private legal practice in San Francisco, including juvenile delinquency and dependency, special education, foster care eligibility, child support, civil rights, personal injury, landlord/tenant, administrative law, employment law, and writs and appeals.

In 1994, Sklar was trained in mediation techniques at Stanford Law School and at The Center for Mediation in Law; she has continued her training through Pepperdine University (Straus Institute); US District Court, Northern District of CA; CA Court of Appeal, 1st and 3rd Appellate Districts; ACR; San Francisco Community Boards; and PCRC, among others. Sklar is on Court Mediation Panels, including San Francisco, Alameda and San Mateo Counties as well as the US District Court, Northern District of CA, CA Court of Appeal, 1st and 3rd Districts.  She is a panelist with BASF’s Mediation Services, Early Settlement Program, and Attorney-Client Fee Dispute Arbitration Panel, San Francisco Superior Court’s Pre-Arbitration Panel, San Francisco Community Boards, San Francisco Office of Citizen Complaints, PCRC, San Mateo Juvenile Delinquency Mediation Panel and San Francisco North Beach Community Court.

Hourly Rate: $400