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"My mediation style is informal and creative, and I take my cue from the parties and sometimes the attorneys.  I find that every set of clients and their attorneys has needs and expectations that must be heard and addressed at the outset of my engagement.  I try to 'tune in' at the beginning of each matter in order to speak to each case's context and diverse interests, including what may be driving the dispute. I find attorneys often have valuable insights that set the stage for my success with their clients and with them.  In that sense I always see attorneys in mediation as part of the solution and not part of the problem (which can be a different situation in litigated cases).  They know their clients far better than I, they know the history of the matter, and most times they can be quite supportive of resolution:  Indeed, it is often the attorneys who have suggested the Mediation process, and I always remain appreciative of that fact.

I have many years of Family Law experience, almost 20 as a Divorce attorney in Beverly Hills and 12 as a Family Law bench officer.  I am a Certified Family Law Specialist.  This gives me a unique blend of skills and insights.  My training has given me the ability to be directive when that is what is appropriate, but I adjust my style according to the needs of the most important folks in the room - those whose dispute it is I am helping to unwind.  I think of mediation as a lovely dance, which I help to choreograph.  I tend to become more directive when faced with impasse.  Most clients and their attorneys seem grateful for that."


Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Family: 100%
    37 years, 10 thousand cases



Hourly ($495-550/hour)

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  • Michael Christian Peterson

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    Michael Peterson Family Attorney
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  • Thurman Wesley Arnold III

    If you have a complex or highly charged divorce pending in Southern California, you would do well to consider using the mediation/private judging services of the Hon. Gretchen Taylor, Retired. She was our Indio, CA, family court commissioner from 1997 to 2003. She brought a sanity, predictability, and an immense intelligence borne of experience, compassion and insight to our desert community which we deeply miss. Before taking the bench in Indio she was a Certified Family Law Specialist in Beverly Hills , handling movie industry divorces, large assets, and high conflict families in relationship breakup. Upon leaving Indio she took over one of the downtown Los Angeles family law departments for another 6 years, retiring and so becoming available to resolve your case in mid-2009. Kind beyond description, I would hire her every day of the week to settle my own affairs over any other.


    Thurman Arnold Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

269 South Beverly drive
Suite 1316
Beverly Hills, CA, 90212


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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Retired Judge/MediatorAlternate Resolution Centers - ARC2009 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Southwestern University School of LawN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A