Steven Rosenberg Steven Rosenberg
I have had personal experience with Steve in two construction defect cases. Steve’s strengths include a practiced and conscious patience that permits the attorney and client to explain their case without interruption or judgmental consequence. Throughout the process, Steve displayed an ability to listen that demonstrated his respect for the parties. His sense of humor softens even the most strident advocate and eases the tension and narrows the gap in perception by the common bond of shared laughter. When Steve engages in reality-testing, it is judiciously and tactfully employed and always respectful of those to whom it is directed. His strength is in interpersonal dynamics and helping people understand the non-economic as well as the economic considerations. His approach: Bring in life’s humorous but relevant lessons we all have experienced. Suddenly, there appears a common basis upon which the parties begin to repose trust, respect and to develop a settlement. Steve is quick and relentless in ascertaining the true nature of the dispute, even when this has eluded the lawyers and the parties. He works tirelessly and creatively with an innate sense of the practical limitations imposed by the parties and the law. Above all, he is honest. He is one of the few mediators who gets the big picture about how to resolve cases. He is firm and persuasive, without being offensive to the parties or attorneys. The plaintiffs typically like him because he is very empathetic to what they are going through and understands their needs. The defendants like him because he is a straight shooter and is equally honest with both sides. Steven Rosenberg mediated an extremely painful family dispute over a conservatorship. What’s unique about Steve is has an enormous capacity to stand and not take personally complex emotions that may get directed at him. It doesn’t faze him. I mediated an employment dispute with Steve Rosenberg and given the nature of this I was not hopeful that a settlement could be reached. Steve is a very skilled mediator, and my client, who is a practicing attorney, was very impressed with his ability to focus on the key issues. I was especially impressed by Mr. Rosenberg’s ability to transform this business dispute discussion from a negative one of claims and defenses to a positive one of possible solutions to the group’s collective problem. Steven Rosenberg recently tackled two of our most difficult cases and settled both. These cases were mired in economic and emotional gridlock. Mr. Rosenberg has three talents in abundance. He is quick of mind and communicates realistic signals. He inspires trust, and thus improves communication. He has a steady and good sense of humor. The matter involved a debilitating and permanent personal injury claim and the parties presented at Mediation in excess of $3.5 million dollars apart. Mr. Rosenberg performed an extremely capable job of defusing personal animosity between both the party plaintiff and the corporate defendant, as well as between counsel. At the end of a very long day of mediation, Mr. Rosenberg was able to complete a settlement that none of the parties would have thought possible. Two recent case I mediated with Steven Rosenberg involved difficult legal issues and emotional parties. On each occasion Mr. Rosenberg meditated these matters to settlement. He exhibited a trustworthy demeanor, leading the parties to come to the table with open minds. He used subtle strength to achieve the goal. Mr. Rosenberg ranks among the best. Steven Rosenberg never ceases to amaze me at his ability to get cases settled. He has the ability to adapt his process to suit the litigants and attorneys in resolving their differences. Usually he facilitates the litigants own compromise. In one case he suggested a very imaginative resolution that no party or attorney had considered. Mr. Rosenberg has my highest recommendation as a professional, well-educated and accomplished mediator. I appreciated Steve Rosenberg’s flexibility in dealing with the different circumstances these personal injury cases case. He were able to point out the difficulties in the case for both sides and hius assistance at bringing both parties to a median dollar figure to settle was invaluable. His ability to be part chameleon; changing your style to fit the needs of the parties and the particular case, was essential at pushing the cases towards resolution. Steve mediated a case in which the partners had a very serious falling out, with bitter personal antagonistic attitudes towards each other which undermined all prior settlement negotiations. I had little hope that mediation would resolve the issues, but to my great surprise and relief, after ten hours of non-stop mediation, the matter settled. It was only through Steve's great tact and perseverance that this matter settled without a bitter trial. I recommend Steven Rosenberg as a mediator, especially for those cases that are unique or out of the ordinary. The issues in a recent case that he mediated were overwhelming to the litigation system. Somehow the parties were able to get the case resolved, despite the fact that there were eight attorneys involved. That “somehow” was Steve Rosenberg’s mediation skill. I would like to thank you for the excellent work you have done as a mediator. In both cases there were serious impediments to settlement, yet we were able to bridge the differences and reach resolution that worked to everyone’s advantage. Given the one hundred and eighty-degree divergent legal theories propounded by the parties in this personal injury case, it seemed certain that the case was destined for hundreds of thousands of dollars in discovery costs and expert witnesses and a long, grueling, acrimonious trial. Thanks to Steven Rosenberg’s professionalism, experience and expertise, the case was settled for just under two million dollars. Kudos again for your creative and successful approach to our recent conservatorship mediation. This was a case involving deep emotions and a grievously divided family and you seem to have brought them together after years of bickering, violence and bitterness. I feared being in the same room with all of the warring factions but you were able to bridge the gaps from the beginning and achieved exactly the resolution that was desired. You discharged the tension on both sides and did a great job getting all of us to an economically rationale point. Thanks for your patience, skill and willingness to hang-in there, even after hours. I highly recommend Steven Rosenberg as a mediator. He is very knowledgeable regarding the mediation process. He is also very respectful of the role of the client in the mediation process and takes great strides to include the client in the process in a very constructive manner. He takes the time to learn the facts presented to him in advance of the mediation, and is prepared to discuss them. Mr. Rosenberg digs in where others hesitate to do much more than carry messages from one side to the other. Mr. Rosenberg always comes to the mediation with the firm goal of getting cases settled. Mr. Rosenberg in turn takes the time to read the briefs and digest the information so that the mediation session is devoted to bringing the parties together. Mr. Rosenberg brings to each mediation session a wealth of knowledge and experience. He does not hesitate, at the right time, to express his opinion as to the likely outcome should a matter proceed to trial. This I find useful and refreshing. Mr. Rosenberg mediated a small company split up and with skill and persistence. He was particularly skillful in establishing a rapport with the parties themselves, and getting them to understand what they really wanted to accomplish in the dispute. This office has conducted several real estate mediations before Steven Rosenberg and in each case they have resulted in successful agreements. He is highly regarded in the Bay Area for his skills as a successful mediator. This was an unusual lease dispute. There was difficulty in predicting a damage outcome and some emotional dynamics. You were sensitive to the needs of the parties to be heard and kept the discussions on track even when an impasse seemed likely. Mr. Rosenberg mediated a sexual battery and sexual harassment case. This was a highly charged situation where high emotions as well as claims and counter claims presented serious obstacles to settlement. Mr. Rosenberg was highly professional and calmly addressed these difficult issues to obtain a settlement. I want to say how pleased my client was after your recent mediation with them in the conservatorship matter you handled. This was a difficult, emotional case, which involved a grieving family. Your skill in directing the litigants to areas of shared mutual interests was critical to the parties reaching a quick, momentous breakthrough in the longstanding bitter dispute. I very much appreciated the time you spent with me in advance of the mediation to understand the issues, and especially to understand how to direct the order of presentation to achieve the best result. Steven Rosenberg performed as a mediator in a contested probate matter in which I represented one of the parties. The matter involved significant emotional issues. He got the parties to articulate their emotional concerns and communicate their positions. Once those concerns were manifest a resolution agreed to by all parties became available and the mediation was a success.
Steven Rosenberg

Steven Rosenberg

26 Recommendations Mill Valley, CA
Locations Coverage California, CA Nevada, NV Oregon, OR Hawaii, HI Washington, WA San Francisco, CA Oakland, CA Sacramento, CA Santa Rosa, CA Walnut Creek, CA San Rafael, CA Santa Barbara, CA Los Angeles, CA Portland, OR Bend, OR Eugene, OR Seattle, WA Friday Harbor, WA
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Description of Practice

Steven Rosenberg is a state and national leader in the field of mediation. Steven provides mediation services throughout the Bay Area and Northern California and mediation training throughout California and the U.S. With over forty years of legal practice, including twenty devoted to mediation, he has developed a reputation for understanding the legal issues parties face as well as the emotional needs of those involved in disputes ranging from business and real estate to family and probate matters

Steven Offers mediation services in the flowing practice areas;
Civil & commercial
Real estate
Probate & trust
Workplace & Employment
Divorce & Separation

Professional Background

1992 - Present: 	Mediation Offices of Steven Rosenberg, Mill Valley, CA;
1993 - 2004:	Adjunct Professor, Mediation and Negotiation, University of San Francisco, School of Law;
1976 - 1992:    	Law Offices of Steven Rosenberg, Mill Valley, CA;
1987 - 1988:	Adjunct Professor, Business Law, University of San Francisco;
1975 - 1978:    	Trecker, Rosenberg & Fritz, Kailua & Honolulu, Hawaii;
1974 - 1975:    	Staff Attorney, Wounded Knee Legal Defense Committee;
1972 - 1974:    	Rosenberg & Trecker, Heidelberg, Germany;
1969 - 1972:    	Judge Advocate, U.S. Marine Corps
Trial and litigation practice from 1969 to 1992.  Experience includes representing both plaintiffs and defendants in civil litigation.  Obtained the highest slip-and-fall and second highest personal injury award in the history of Napa County.

Mediation Experience

Served as a mediator in more than 1,200 cases involving commercial, real estate, employment, probate, personal injury, and family law matters.  Formerly a member of the American Arbitration Association Commercial Panel of Mediators.  One of six individuals selected by the American Arbitration Association to develop and serve on their first Family Law Mediation Panel in the United States.  Has trained more than 1,000 professionals in mediation.


As Chair of the Marin County Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, was responsible for the development and implementation of Marin County's extensive and innovative court-annexed ADR program.

Mediation Training

US District Court: 6/93, 16 hours

No. California Mediation Ctr: 11/89, 35 hours U.S. Arbitration & Media

U.S. Arbitration & Mediation: 1/90, 16 hours

Advanced Practitioner, Association for Conflict Resolution

MCBA ADR: 2/91, 20 hours

American Arbitration Assn: 1/93, 11 hours

Mediation Approach & Philosophy

Mr. Rosenberg’s approach follows a facilitative model focusing on helping the parties create their own solutions. While his is willing and able to point out reasons why settlement is appropriate, he does not force parties to settle contrary to their own best interests

Representative Cases Handled as a Mediator

Civil & commercial Real estate Probate & trust Workplace & Employment Divorce & Separation

Fees

$500 per hour for a two party Mediation $550 per hour for a three party Mediation $600 per hour for four or more parties

References

See Attached Reference Letters

Other Information

As Chair of the Marin County Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Section,Mr. Rosenberg was responsible for the development and implementation of Marin County's extensive and innovative court-annexed ADR program

Mr. Rosenberg was selected as a member of The Training Design Consultation Project, funded by the Hewlett Foundation for the development of training resources for mediation

Stats

Number of Cases Mediated 1000+
Number of Multi Party Cases Handled 100+
Years in Practice 20

 

 

 

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I have had personal experience with Steve in two construction defect cases. Steve’s strengths include a practiced and conscious patience that permits the attorney and client to explain their case without interruption or judgmental consequence. Throughout the process, Steve displayed an ability to listen that demonstrated his respect for the parties. His sense of humor softens even the most strident advocate and eases the tension and narrows the gap in perception by the common bond of shared laughter. When Steve engages in reality-testing, it is judiciously and tactfully employed and always respectful of those to whom it is directed.

This testimonial was reported by Steven Rosenberg on behalf of Samuel F. Barnum., 2017

His strength is in interpersonal dynamics and helping people understand the non-economic as well as the economic considerations.

This testimonial was reported by Steven Rosenberg on behalf of William Orrick., 2017

His approach: Bring in life’s humorous but relevant lessons we all have experienced. Suddenly, there appears a common basis upon which the parties begin to repose trust, respect and to develop a settlement. Steve is quick and relentless in ascertaining the true nature of the dispute, even when this has eluded the lawyers and the parties. He works tirelessly and creatively with an innate sense of the practical limitations imposed by the parties and the law. Above all, he is honest.

This testimonial was reported by Steven Rosenberg on behalf of Jon Webster ., 2017

He is one of the few mediators who gets the big picture about how to resolve cases. He is firm and persuasive, without being offensive to the parties or attorneys. The plaintiffs typically like him because he is very empathetic to what they are going through and understands their needs. The defendants like him because he is a straight shooter and is equally honest with both sides.

This testimonial was reported by Steven Rosenberg on behalf of Shahrad Milanfar., 2017

Steven Rosenberg mediated an extremely painful family dispute over a conservatorship. What’s unique about Steve is has an enormous capacity to stand and not take personally complex emotions that may get directed at him. It doesn’t faze him.

This testimonial was reported by Steven Rosenberg on behalf of Virginia Palmer., 2017

I mediated an employment dispute with Steve Rosenberg and given the nature of this I was not hopeful that a settlement could be reached. Steve is a very skilled mediator, and my client, who is a practicing attorney, was very impressed with his ability to focus on the key issues.

This testimonial was reported by Steven Rosenberg on behalf of Robert Jaret., 2017

I was especially impressed by Mr. Rosenberg’s ability to transform this business dispute discussion from a negative one of claims and defenses to a positive one of possible solutions to the group’s collective problem.

This testimonial was reported by Steven Rosenberg on behalf of Don Black., 2017

Steven Rosenberg recently tackled two of our most difficult cases and settled both. These cases were mired in economic and emotional gridlock. Mr. Rosenberg has three talents in abundance. He is quick of mind and communicates realistic signals. He inspires trust, and thus improves communication. He has a steady and good sense of humor.

This testimonial was reported by Steven Rosenberg on behalf of Thomas W. Cain., 2017

The matter involved a debilitating and permanent personal injury claim and the parties presented at Mediation in excess of $3.5 million dollars apart. Mr. Rosenberg performed an extremely capable job of defusing personal animosity between both the party plaintiff and the corporate defendant, as well as between counsel. At the end of a very long day of mediation, Mr. Rosenberg was able to complete a settlement that none of the parties would have thought possible.

This testimonial was reported by Steven Rosenberg on behalf of Michael L. Kelly., 2017

Two recent case I mediated with Steven Rosenberg involved difficult legal issues and emotional parties. On each occasion Mr. Rosenberg meditated these matters to settlement. He exhibited a trustworthy demeanor, leading the parties to come to the table with open minds. He used subtle strength to achieve the goal. Mr. Rosenberg ranks among the best.

This testimonial was reported by Steven Rosenberg on behalf of Gary Nadler., 2017

Steven Rosenberg never ceases to amaze me at his ability to get cases settled. He has the ability to adapt his process to suit the litigants and attorneys in resolving their differences. Usually he facilitates the litigants own compromise. In one case he suggested a very imaginative resolution that no party or attorney had considered. Mr. Rosenberg has my highest recommendation as a professional, well-educated and accomplished mediator.

This testimonial was reported by Steven Rosenberg on behalf of Robin Orme., 2017

I appreciated Steve Rosenberg’s flexibility in dealing with the different circumstances these personal injury cases case. He were able to point out the difficulties in the case for both sides and hius assistance at bringing both parties to a median dollar figure to settle was invaluable. His ability to be part chameleon; changing your style to fit the needs of the parties and the particular case, was essential at pushing the cases towards resolution.

This testimonial was reported by Steven Rosenberg on behalf of Mark J. Helmueller., 2017

Steve mediated a case in which the partners had a very serious falling out, with bitter personal antagonistic attitudes towards each other which undermined all prior settlement negotiations. I had little hope that mediation would resolve the issues, but to my great surprise and relief, after ten hours of non-stop mediation, the matter settled. It was only through Steve's great tact and perseverance that this matter settled without a bitter trial.

This testimonial was reported by Steven Rosenberg on behalf of Michael Samuels., 2017

I recommend Steven Rosenberg as a mediator, especially for those cases that are unique or out of the ordinary. The issues in a recent case that he mediated were overwhelming to the litigation system. Somehow the parties were able to get the case resolved, despite the fact that there were eight attorneys involved. That “somehow” was Steve Rosenberg’s mediation skill.

This testimonial was reported by Steven Rosenberg on behalf of John Haapala., 2017

I would like to thank you for the excellent work you have done as a mediator. In both cases there were serious impediments to settlement, yet we were able to bridge the differences and reach resolution that worked to everyone’s advantage.

This testimonial was reported by Steven Rosenberg on behalf of Gregory W. Poulos., 2017

Given the one hundred and eighty-degree divergent legal theories propounded by the parties in this personal injury case, it seemed certain that the case was destined for hundreds of thousands of dollars in discovery costs and expert witnesses and a long, grueling, acrimonious trial. Thanks to Steven Rosenberg’s professionalism, experience and expertise, the case was settled for just under two million dollars.

This testimonial was reported by Steven Rosenberg on behalf of Richard. C. Bennett., 2017

Kudos again for your creative and successful approach to our recent conservatorship mediation. This was a case involving deep emotions and a grievously divided family and you seem to have brought them together after years of bickering, violence and bitterness. I feared being in the same room with all of the warring factions but you were able to bridge the gaps from the beginning and achieved exactly the resolution that was desired.

This testimonial was reported by Steven Rosenberg on behalf of Richard Grabstein., 2017

You discharged the tension on both sides and did a great job getting all of us to an economically rationale point. Thanks for your patience, skill and willingness to hang-in there, even after hours.

This testimonial was reported by Steven Rosenberg on behalf of Mitchell J. Green., 2017

I highly recommend Steven Rosenberg as a mediator. He is very knowledgeable regarding the mediation process. He is also very respectful of the role of the client in the mediation process and takes great strides to include the client in the process in a very constructive manner. He takes the time to learn the facts presented to him in advance of the mediation, and is prepared to discuss them.

This testimonial was reported by Steven Rosenberg on behalf of David King., 2017

Mr. Rosenberg digs in where others hesitate to do much more than carry messages from one side to the other. Mr. Rosenberg always comes to the mediation with the firm goal of getting cases settled. Mr. Rosenberg in turn takes the time to read the briefs and digest the information so that the mediation session is devoted to bringing the parties together. Mr. Rosenberg brings to each mediation session a wealth of knowledge and experience. He does not hesitate, at the right time, to express his opinion as to the likely outcome should a matter proceed to trial. This I find useful and refreshing.

This testimonial was reported by Steven Rosenberg on behalf of James Proctor., 2017

Mr. Rosenberg mediated a small company split up and with skill and persistence. He was particularly skillful in establishing a rapport with the parties themselves, and getting them to understand what they really wanted to accomplish in the dispute.

This testimonial was reported by Steven Rosenberg on behalf of Mark Romeo., 2017

This office has conducted several real estate mediations before Steven Rosenberg and in each case they have resulted in successful agreements. He is highly regarded in the Bay Area for his skills as a successful mediator.

This testimonial was reported by Steven Rosenberg on behalf of James B. McKenney., 2017

This was an unusual lease dispute. There was difficulty in predicting a damage outcome and some emotional dynamics. You were sensitive to the needs of the parties to be heard and kept the discussions on track even when an impasse seemed likely.

This testimonial was reported by Steven Rosenberg on behalf of Jeffrey Shopoff., 2017

Mr. Rosenberg mediated a sexual battery and sexual harassment case. This was a highly charged situation where high emotions as well as claims and counter claims presented serious obstacles to settlement. Mr. Rosenberg was highly professional and calmly addressed these difficult issues to obtain a settlement.

This testimonial was reported by Steven Rosenberg on behalf of John F. Prentice., 2017

I want to say how pleased my client was after your recent mediation with them in the conservatorship matter you handled. This was a difficult, emotional case, which involved a grieving family. Your skill in directing the litigants to areas of shared mutual interests was critical to the parties reaching a quick, momentous breakthrough in the longstanding bitter dispute. I very much appreciated the time you spent with me in advance of the mediation to understand the issues, and especially to understand how to direct the order of presentation to achieve the best result.

This testimonial was reported by Steven Rosenberg on behalf of Peter S. Myers., 2017

Steven Rosenberg performed as a mediator in a contested probate matter in which I represented one of the parties. The matter involved significant emotional issues. He got the parties to articulate their emotional concerns and communicate their positions. Once those concerns were manifest a resolution agreed to by all parties became available and the mediation was a success.

This testimonial was reported by Steven Rosenberg on behalf of Edward Napier Thompson., 2017
Panels & Associations Martindale-Hubbell Rated AV Preeminent ® Senior, Certified Mediator (mediate.com) Recognized as a Diplomat Member of the California Academy of Distinguished Neutrals Panel of Mediators, California Appellate Court, 1st District Panel of Mediators, U.S. District Court (N.D. CA.) Panel of Mediators, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara County Superior Courts Panel of Mediators, National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) Panel of Mediators, U.S. Postal Service Advanced Practitioner, Association for Conflict Resolution
Mediation Practice Areas Business/Commercial Complex Cases Employment Family/Divorce Landlord/Tenant Personal Injury Real Property Trusts and Estates
Degrees Law Degree: JD, University of Iowa, 1969 Undergraduate Degree: Undergraduate Degree: BA, Political Science, University of Iowa, 1966 Post Graduate: Naval Justice School, Newport Rhode Island, 1970
Professional Services Mediator Attorney Mediator Mediation Consultant Mediation Trainer
Languages English

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Contact Information Send Email (415) -38-3-55
Panels & Associations Martindale-Hubbell Rated AV Preeminent ® Senior, Certified Mediator (mediate.com) Recognized as a Diplomat Member of the California Academy of Distinguished Neutrals Panel of Mediators, California Appellate Court, 1st District Panel of Mediators, U.S. District Court (N.D. CA.) Panel of Mediators, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara County Superior Courts Panel of Mediators, National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) Panel of Mediators, U.S. Postal Service Advanced Practitioner, Association for Conflict Resolution
Mediation Practice Areas Business/Commercial Complex Cases Employment Family/Divorce Landlord/Tenant Personal Injury Real Property Trusts and Estates
Degrees Law Degree: JD, University of Iowa, 1969 Undergraduate Degree: Undergraduate Degree: BA, Political Science, University of Iowa, 1966 Post Graduate: Naval Justice School, Newport Rhode Island, 1970
Professional Services Mediator Attorney Mediator Mediation Consultant Mediation Trainer
Languages English

 

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