Susan Feder brings a creative, flexible and effective approach to conflict resolution.

What I Do Whatever it Takes

I tailor my approach to each situation. I listen carefully to find the best path to success. I come well prepared for the case at hand. When necessary, I follow up relentlessly. I engage with the parties, as well as with counsel, to discover any hidden issues fueling the dispute. I am optimistic and keep a positive attitude. I work hard before, during and after the mediation to obtain the best results.

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Representative Cases Getting Results

Personal Injury

BICYCLE ACCIDENT /PREMISES LIABILITY case against PUBLIC ENTITY for alleged defects in storm drain which plaintiff claimed caused bicycle tire to become wedged in storm drain grate. Case settled against public entity and construction company that installed drain and grate. more

PROFESSIONAL NEGLIGENCE

Settled MEDICAL MALPRACTICE/WRONGFUL DEATH case brought by parents against doctor for alleged negligence in OVER PRESCRIBING OPIATES to their 28 -year old son, who died of an apparent overdose. Parents claimed that son’s doctor breached standard of care in failing to appropriately monitor the controlled substances he was prescribing. Plaintiff also argued that physician should be held liable for treble damages under statute directed at drug dealer liability. more

REAL PROPERTY CASES

REAL ESTATE BREACH OF LEASE action by landlord against former tenant, in which allegations of CONSTRUCTIVE EVICTION AND BREACH OF IMPLIED WARRANTY OF HABITABILITY were litigated. Case also addressed propriety of withholding of security deposit, and applicable statutory penalties. more

FAMILY DISPUTES

Settled FAMILY DISPUTE between widower and adult children of late wife centering on home owned by children. Issues involved clams of EVICTION, VIOLATION OF PRIVACY, and EMOTIONAL DISTRESS by widower. more

COMMERCIAL LITIGATION

Settled BREACH OF CONTRACT case arising out of PARTNERSHIP DISSOLUTION. Partners had been engaged in the rodeo business, and the dispute involved issues of reimbursement of profits, collection of sponsor fees, and division of rodeo equipment and other assets.
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EMPLOYMENT

Employment, WRONGFUL TERMINATION PRE-LITIGATION CLAIM brought by SAME SEX COUPLE alleging they were both terminated from employment for unlawful reasons. Employer claimed that employees voluntarily terminated, or that, in any event, LEGITIMATE, NON DISCRIMINATORY REASONS existed for the severance from employment. Matter settled before Federal Court action filed. more

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Upcoming events

MCLE Fair with the Marin County Bar

By Susan Feder | September 25, 2019

On November 14, Susan is helping to organize this all day MCLE program as President Elect of MCBA.

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Susan Feder Volunteers Her Time for the Community

By Susan Feder | July 18, 2019

Susan Feder is volunteering her time to the community through Legal Aid of Marin by mediating Unlawful Detainer hearings at the Marin County Superior Court.

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Susan Feder Joins Panel to Talk About Mapping Toward a Mediation Practice

By Susan Feder | July 12, 2019

Susan Feder joins a panel of other experienced neutrals on July 10 for the program “Mapping Toward a Mediation Practice”, giving practical advice and lessons learned about developing an ADR practice.

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Testimonials What People Say

“I have had the pleasure of mediating several cases with Susan Feder and have found her to be an effective neutral that is inventive in her strategies to bring the parties to an agreement. She has repeatedly demonstrated excellent insight in the case strengths and weaknesses, and leverages those to craft an acceptable resolution.”

- Defense counsel in auto accident personal injury case.

“I am writing to share my experience with Ms. Feder as a neutral in an employment lawsuit. I am a solo practitioner that represents employees in Southern and Northern California. I value early ADR assessment but must balance that with the comparative costs of ten to twenty thousand (in some cases) of a daily rate for a neutral. Ms. Feder’s reasonable rate structure in addition to her effective diligence was without comparison. I particularly appreciated the follow up in a difficult mediation session that did not settle. Within two business days (one including a holiday), Ms. Feder had followed up with both sides to confirm a resolution. I find her analysis fair and balanced and would select Ms. Feder both on the defense and plaintiff side. Ms. Feder also brought sector-specific sensitivity to a type of defendant entity which aided all parties in recognizing a practical and reasonable approach to the dispute. I hope to have an opportunity to work with Ms. Feder in the future.”

- Plaintiff counsel in employment dispute.

“Thank you for all of your hard work yesterday and for sticking with us today to get this wrapped up. I look forward to working with you again in the future.”

- Defense counsel in employment dispute.

“Susan Feder is an exceptional mediator.  I worked with Susan on a personal injury matter with numerous challenges and obstacles.  She was able to successfully bring the opposing parties together and settle a very difficult case.  She listened carefully to both sides and provided invaluable guidance and feedback throughout the mediation.  The mediation proceeded flawlessly from beginning to end.  I highly recommend Susan Feder.

-Plaintiff counsel in auto accident personal injury case.

“I have had the pleasure of mediating several cases with Susan Feder and have found her to be an effective neutral that is inventive in her strategies to bring the parties to an agreement. She has repeatedly demonstrated excellent insight in the case strengths and weaknesses, and leverages those to craft an acceptable resolution.

-Defense counsel in auto accident personal injury case.

“Thanks Susan. We really enjoyed working with you and you did a superb job of getting this one resolved”.

- Plaintiff counsel in employment dispute

“Susan, I appreciate your hard work yesterday. I did not think that the case had a chance of settling but you did a great job with plaintiff. I look forward to working with you again soon”.

-Defense counsel in personal injury/auto case.

“Susan Feder is an exceptional mediator.  I worked with Susan on a personal injury matter with numerous challenges and obstacles.  She was able to successfully bring the opposing parties together and settle a very difficult case.  She listened carefully to both sides and provided invaluable guidance and feedback throughout the mediation.  The mediation proceeded flawlessly from beginning to end.  I highly recommend Susan Feder”.

-Plaintiff counsel in personal injury/auto case.

“[Susan] did an amazing job bringing both sides together and getting this difficult matter settled”.

-Defense counsel in PI case.

“Thanks for all the grit, determination and stamina. You’re at the top of our list for mediations and referrals to colleagues.”

-Defense counsel in business dispute involving former partnership.

“Thank you so much for your extraordinary assistance. I have done many hundreds of mediations, but have never encountered anyone with your skill set and dedication. I will recommend you to anybody who will listen!”

-Plaintiff counsel in business dispute involving former partnership.

“Susan, you were fantastic yesterday .. we are spreading your name around to our firm and our friends.. thanks for spending to time to get to know (my client) and his family”

-Plaintiff counsel in personal injury case alleging traumatic brain injury from assault.

"I recently took on a case that had challenges on liability, causation, damages, and client control. The defense knew it. This was not a recipe for success, but I believed in the case, and knew that the right neutral at the right time could help achieve a fair result. Susan Feder was the perfect choice. Her persistence and creativity created the breakthroughs that allowed the case to not just resolve, but to achieve an excellent result for my clients. Maybe even more importantly, Ms. Feder found ways to reassure my clients that they were being truly “heard,” and had a voice in the mediation process. In the end, my clients were able to walk away happy with the result AND happy with me. I look forward to working with Ms. Feder again.”

- Plaintiffs’ counsel in premises liability case

"Susan’s expertise, intelligence, humor and commitment were the key to bringing both sides together in what seemed like an impossible feat. She worked tirelessly to eventually forge a settlement, which was most impressive. Susan was terrific and her tenacious efforts were most admirable; our number one ‘go to’ mediator!"

- Los Angeles area plaintiff’s counsel in medical malpractice case.

"Susan is an extremely effective mediator who obtains highly satisfactory outcomes for embattled litigants. She is intelligent, dedicated, hard-working, and ethical. Susan has superb people skills and works hard to help the parties achieve a settlement. Her optimism helps the parties enjoy the process and feel good about their resolution."

- Bay Area retired supervising judge

"Susan Feder has the admiration and respect of those who know her. Her combination of intelligence, common sense and people skills is exactly what mediation needs."

- Bay Area plaintiff’s personal injury counsel and law school mediation professor.

"Your persistence and grace under pressure were appreciated, and because of your approach we were able to settle this matter right before trial. I am happy to recommend your mediation services in the future!"

- Bay Area plaintiff’s counsel in construction defect and personal injury case

"Susan continued to work with the parties while discovery progressed. She was invested in the process, knew the issues and was committed to achieving a fair result. Susan reached out to the parties at regular intervals despite being told over and over that the case was not going to resolve. Susan ultimately proved us wrong by settling the case via phone two weeks before trial. It was a great result and I would absolutely use her services again."

- Bay Area insurance counsel in product defect subrogation action.

“Thanks for doing a great job, with a really fine result for our plaintiff clients.  You have a real talent for listening and great emotional intelligence. I recommend my team of lawyers use you for future cases.” 

-SF Plaintiff lawyer in Landlord tenant dispute

“Susan did an excellent job navigating a complicated family dynamic to reach a settlement for my client. She was persistent and impressive in her follow up efforts with both sides. I look forward to mediating with her again soon!”

-Plaintiff counsel in premises liability case

“Thank you, Susan, for a great job on our tenant habitability suit!”

-Plaintiff counsel in landlord tenant case

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I mediate in the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento and Los Angeles.

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Susan Feder, Conflict Resolution