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Daniel Shure Simon

Daniel Shure Simon

Practice areas:

Mediation

About Me

Dan Simon has been the director of Twin Cities Mediation since he founded it in 1998. Dan helps
with divorces, parenting differences, real estate issues, employment cases, business disputes, and
neighbor to neighbor conflicts.

Dan's advanced training in psychology and law allows him to help with all aspects of conflict.
Minnesota Law and Politics featured Dan Simon in the February 2000 issue, calling his process
"a kinder gentler mediation." The St. Paul Pioneer Press profiled Dan in 2003 as
"the man in the middle."


The Minnesota Law and Politics article: A Kindler, Gentler Mediation

The St. Paul Pioneer Press article: Man In The Middle.

Please check out the Dan Simon video collection in our media library.


As a teacher and practitioner of the transformative approach, Dan Simon helps parties have a
constructive conversation about their differences. He received his law degree, cum laude, from
the University of Minnesota School of Law, his M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the University
of Minnesota, and his B.A., with honors, from the University of California at Berkeley. Although
he is licensed to practice law in Minnesota, he prefers to practice mediation exclusively. Before
creating Twin Cities Mediation, Dan worked as a business litigation attorney and as a family business
consultant. Throughout his career, he has sought better ways to intervene in cases of highly emotional
conflict.


Here's an article where I describe how my approach differs from other mediators':  http://www.mediate.com/articles/SimonD1.cfm

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1992

  1. Mediation: 100%
    17 years, 900 cases

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($295-395/hour)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

4 total 

  • Bonnie Sue Westlin

    Dan is a skilled mediator, focused on supporting the needs and decision-making process of the parties concerning their dispute. The parties, rather than the mediator, direct the process, and ultimately the outcome of the mediation. In addition to providing mediation services, Dan routinely provides mediation training based upon the Transformative model. Dan would be an excellent choice for anyone seeking an alternative to the traditional legal framework for conflict resolution.

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    Bonnie Westlin Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Naomi T Stal

    Dan is a truly righteous, dedicated, outstanding individual. He is patient, trustworthy and has tremendous experience in mediation. Dan Simon would be the mediator to choose.

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    Naomi Stal General Practice Attorney
    Relationship: Other

Contact Info

Simon Mediation

790 Cleveland Ave S, Suite 204
St Paul, MN, 55116

Simon Mediation

11620 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 900
Los Angeles, CA, 90025

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Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
MNAuthorized to practice199204/19/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Named to the ADR Ethics BoardMinnesota Supreme Court2011
SuperbAvvo.com2009
Certified MediatorMediate.com2009
5.0 out of 5 "Preeminent"Martindale-Hubbell2009
Certified Transformative Mediator*Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation2007
First Certified Transformative Mediator in MinnesotaMinnesota Lawyer2007
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell2005
Named an AssociateInstitute for the Study of Conflict Transformation2004
"Man in the Middle"St. Paul Pioneer Press2003
"Kinder, Gentler Mediation Guy"Minnesota Law & Politics Magazine2000
cum laudeUniversity of Minnesota Law School1992

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Adjunct ProfessorHofstra University School Of Law2012 - Present
Director, MediatorSimon Mediation (formerly Twin Cities Mediation)1998 - Present
Family Business ConsultantMcGladrey and Pullen1997 - 1998
AssociateMaun & Simon, PLC1994 - 1995
Legal EditorWest Publishing1992 - 1994
Summer AssociateDunlap, Finseth, Berndt, and Sandberg1991 - 1991

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Institute for the Study of Conflict TransformationFellow2015 - Present
Institute for the Study of Conflict TransformationBoard Member2013 - Present
Minnesota State Bar Association's ADR SectionChair2012 - 2013
Institute for the Study of Conflict TransformationMgmt Team Member2011 - 2013
ADR Ethics BoardBoard Member2011 - Present
Minnesota State Bar Association - ADR SectionTreasurer2010 - 2012
Transformative Mediators of MinnesotaFounding Member2004 - Present
Society of Professionals in Dispute ResolutionBoard Member2000 - 2000
Minnesota State Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution SectionMember1998 - Present
Minnesota State Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember1998 - Present
Ramsey County Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present
Hennepin County Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present
Minnesota State Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present
Minnesota State Bar Association - Solo and Small Firm SectionMember1998 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Nobody v. NobodyNo litigation necessary.
U.S. Postal Service Employees v. U.S. Postal Service SupervisorsImproved work environment for all.

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
http://transformativemediation.orgTransformative Mediation Blog2012
Transformative Mediation SourcebookDivorce Mediation - The Transformatve Approach2009

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of MinnesotaCounseling PsychologyMA - Masters1998
University of Minnesota Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
University of California - BerkeleyHumanitiesB.A.1989

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
MSCSW SeminarClients in Conflict: Fostering Strength and Compassion Through Transformative Mediation2011
Mediation UpdateTransformative Mediation2011
Certified Mediation TrainingTransformative Mediation for Divorce2011
Advanced Mediation TrainingTransformative Mediation2011
Jewish Law vs. Secular LawMediation: The Transformative Model2010
Emotional and Psychological Issues in Estate Planning and ProbateTransformative Mediation of Probate Cases2010
Conflict Resolution TrainingThe Heart of Conflict2010
Certified Family Mediation Training - The Transformative ModelTransformative Mediation2010
Association for Conflict Resolution - National ConferenceTransformative Mediation of Divorce2010
ADR CourseMediation in Different Contexts2010
ADR CLETruth and Tensions in Family Mediation2010
Transformative Mediation TrainingCertified Divorce Mediation Training - The Transformative Model2009
Getting to the Heart of the ConflictGetting to the Heart of the Conflict2009
Certified Family Mediation Training - The Transformative ModelTransformative Mediation2009
Certified Civil Mediation Training - The Transformative ModelTransformative Mediation2009
Advanced Mediation Training - The Transformative ModelTransformative Mediation2009
Certified Civil Mediation TrainingCivil Mediation - The Transformative Approach2008
Advanced Mediation Training - The Transformative ModelTransformative Mediation2008
40-Hour Certified Family Mediation TrainingDivorce Mediation - The Transformative Approach2008
3rd International Conference on Transformative MediationTransformative Mediation, Santa Barbara, CA2008
U.S. Postal Service Mediation Training, Denver, COTraining of Postal Service Mediators2007
Training of U.S. Postal Service MediatorsU.S. Postal Service Mediation Training, Chicago, IL2006