- Mediation IS Effective:
- Mediation is arguably the most
effective way for parties to reach a settlement, especially
when they employ a well-trained and skilled mediator to act
as a neutral who actively engages the parties in negotiating
a resolution to their conflict. Frequently, parties find that
mediating a case can be faster, more cost effective and efficient
than direct negotiations between the parties. It is much more
effective to have a trained and skilled mediator working diligently
with the parties to determine where an agreement is possible.
If there is a deal to be found, a good mediator will find it
and effectively guide the parties to reach the terms of their
- Brent D. Peterson, Attorney
and Trained Mediator:
Attorney - As a licensed
attorney for over 14 years, Mr. Peterson has helped his clients
both in transactional practice (by drafting high quality legal
documents) and in effectively representing clients in contested
civil and family litigation matters. Over time, Mr. Peterson
has witnessed the challenges that litigation has brought to
his clients, in terms of financial and emotional costs, even
when there has been a clear "win" in court. Thus,
in representing a client in any civil or family litigation matter,
Mr. Peterson works tirelessly to first seek out solutions that
limit a client's costs and the emotional toll of litigating
the matter only by virtue of court hearings and trials.
Mediator - Mr.
Peterson received his mediator training at the USC Gould School
of Law, earning a post-doctoral certificate in ADR after more
than 500 hours of course work. At USC, Mr. Peterson was engaged
in a rigorous curriculum of graduate law courses alongside other
law students, attorneys and judges, which provided him with
greater theoretical and practical knowledge to effectively resolve
litigated and pre-litigation cases. Mr. Peterson further honed
his mediation skills during his clinical work at USC as a mediator
in the Los Angeles Superior Court through USC's partnership
with the Center for Conflict Resolution.
- About Brent Peterson: -
Mr. Peterson was raised in San
Luis Obispo County and is a proud graduate of Atascadero High
School. Mr. Peterson later graduated (in the top 10% of his
class) from UC San Diego, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree
in French Literature (2000). After working briefly for a
telecom company in San Diego, Mr. Peterson's desire to become
an attorney led him to California Western School of Law where
he earned a degree of Juris Doctor in 2005. That same year,
Mr. Peterson returned to the Central Coast to practice law.
More recently, and inspired by his late father, David C. Peterson's
legacy as one of the profession's greatest mediators, Mr.
Peterson returned to law school at the University of Southern
California in order to transition into Alternative Dispute Resolution
(ADR) by way of mediation. Mr. Peterson received his Graduate
Certificate in ADR from USC's Gould School of Law and is
a candidate for the LLM degree (2021).