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Voluntary Early Mediation (VEM) Program

Testimonials for BASF Mediation Services Panelist: Mark Divelbiss


“Mark handled a very difficult mediation for us with parties that were not on good terms at all. His demeanor and his approach at the mediation brought the clients to the realization that settlement, not litigation, was the better way to proceed. His experience with construction defect litigation gave his recommendations the credibility and authority that we used to confirm with our client that the case was not worth the effort or the cost, notwithstanding how the facts may have played out at trial. We would highly recommend Mark as a neutral.”
-John P. McGill, Esq., Archer Norris   



“Mr. Divelbiss, as a mediator for me on two unrelated cases, demonstrated a keen ability to focus the parties and zero in on the legal and factual issues involved. He also handles the psychological component of mediation very well, allowing parties to be heard without deteriorating the process.  In sum, I would highly recommend Mark Divelbiss as a mediator and plan on using him again should the opportunity arise.  I can unequivocally state that Mark Divelbiss is an outstanding mediator.” 
- Ari J. Lauer, Esq.



“I have been impressed with your character and professionalism, not to mention what you do and how you do it.  I feel that you are someone who cannot only be trusted, but your word is your bond.”
- Hank Crowle, Esq.



Mark Divelbiss assuaged the significant concerns I had at the outset of my first experience with the conflict resolution process. With disarming patience, he carefully explained the methodology behind his approach as a mediator, citing clear examples of the benefits of facilitative discussion. Every step of the way, he ensured that I was comfortable without being patronizing or overbearing. As the direct result of his exceptional listening ability, I felt confident that each of my concerns were accurately represented, even when I wasn’t in the room with him.

Mr. Divelbiss is meticulously observant, yet completely non-judgmental. I was particularly impressed by his frankness and transparent communication style; he remained absolutely neutral, but in a refreshingly approachable way. To my relief, he never pressured me — not even implicitly — to make a decision, answer a question, or do anything that I wasn’t ready to do on my own. I could not have had a more positive mediation experience.

Whether you are innately distrustful of most things, mildly apprehensive about a few things, or somewhere in between, I can assure you that you will not be disappointed by Mr. Divelbiss.



These testimonials or endorsements do not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter. (Pursuant to Rules of Professional Conduct 1-400 and the standards adopted by the Board of Governors of the State Bar of California).