After more than 25 years litigating on the central coast, I became passionately focused on mediation and began making the transition to full-time mediator. After completing intensive training at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine University School of Law (ranked the number one dispute resolution program by U.S. News and World Report for the seventh consecutive year), I began settling cases at a high rate privately and through the Court(s).
You may be wondering what is different about me. I am told by mediation participants that I have a unique ability to read and understand people, to diffuse tense and emotional situations, and to quickly identify intangibles that might be interfering with settlement. These attributes work well in combination with my penchant for diplomacy and my long history evaluating and resolving my own civil cases. My approach is focused, efficient,cost-effective, and results oriented. I have developed a reputation for persistence and enthusiasm and I will follow up at no additional cost on any matter I have mediated, until it is settled!
My background gives me credibility and an “ear” with both the defense and plaintiff bar. My legal career began in insurance defense as an associate with Archbald & Spray (1986-1992), progressed to a partnership of mixed plaintiff and defense work at McIvers & Lindenauer (1992-1994), and ultimately led me to a solo practice in plaintiff PI (beginning in 1994).
I am an approved mediator by Santa Barbara Superior Court, Ventura Superior Court and San Luis Obispo Superior Court.
I mediate many types of personal injury and business matters. I look forward to working with you to settle your next case!
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Dean's List scholar||UC Santa Barbara||1985|
|Highest Achievement- Wills and Trusts||Matthew Bender||1981|
|Volunteer Tutor||Westside Boys & Girls Club of Santa Barbara||2010 - Present|
|President||Law Offices of Victoria Lindenauer, A Professional Law Corporation||1994 - Present|
|Settlement Master/Court Approved Mediator||Superior Courts, Santa Barbara and Ventura||2011 - 2015|
|Partner||McIvers & Lindenauer||1992 - 1994|
|Senior Attorney||Archbald & Spray||1986 - 1992|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles||Member||2005 - Present|
|United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth Circuit||Member||1998 - Present|
|Santa Barbara County Bar Association||Member various years||1986 - Present|
|State Bar of California||Member||1985 - Present|
|United States District Court for the Central District of California||N/A||N/A|
|American Inns of Court chapter||Member||2000 - 2015|
|Santa Barbara Barristers Club||Member||1986 - 1992|
|Ms. W vs. Anonymous||$275,000.|
|Minor v. Anonymous||$200,000|
|Ms. T v. Anonymous||$90,000|
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|Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School of Law||"Mediating the Litigated Case" program||N/A||2012|
|Santa Barbara COL||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1985|
|Univ of California Santa Barbara||Law & Society||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1980|
|Santa Barbara High School||Career Counseling||2003|