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Robert Duval Terris

Mediation Attorney at Berkeley, CA

5.0   3 reviews
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2004
    Active No misconduct found

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Robert is both a licensed attorney and family therapist who has been practicing understanding-based mediation for 12 years in a variety of family and legal settings. He is committed to helping people work through legal problems and preserving relationships.

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Posted by Matthew | October 12, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A very knowledgable and even-handed mediator
It is such an advantage that Robert is both a lawyer and an MFT. My wife and I have a mutual/amicable divorce, and Robert walked us through all of the details and potential pratfalls with confidence and good humor. He was great for our situation, and I imagine he would be equally capable with more complex separations.
Posted by Chris | July 16, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
navigating rocky waters
Robert was a close family friend who we engaged to mediate our divorce. Very sensitive issues and strong emotions were involved so it was risky to employ a friend, but we trusted Robert's fairness, sensitivity, and professionalism. He deftly navigated us through rocky waters such that my ex and myself are able to cooperatively co-parent with a minimum of acrimony, which has been a huge benefit to our son. And our friendship with Robert thankfully survived the experience. I am forever grateful and happy to recommend his services.
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Posted by anonymous | June 24, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Great...balanced and resourceful
My ex and I had as good a mediation as I think possible, given the circumstances. Robert was very balanced, and quite skilled at keeping us focused on the issues and coming to agreements. He was very impartial. I also really appreciated the wisdom and advice he offered as far as helping our kids get through divorce.


  • Hourly Rates $ 300-350 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 8.9 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Adjunct Professor
  • Hastings College Of Law
  • 2013 - Present
  • Organizational Consultant
  • Contra Costa Regional Medical Center
  • 2012 - Present
  • Mediator
  • Family Counseling & Mediation Center
  • 2008 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Golden Gate University School Of Business
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Associate
  • Steefel Levitt & Weiss
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Associate
  • Howrey & Simon
  • 2004 - 2006
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  • Wright Institute
  • MA - Masters
  • 2009
  • University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2004
  • Gothenburg University
  • MS - Master of Science
  • 2000


  • Alameda County Superior Court
  • ADR Panel Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • California Court of Appeals, Third Appellate District
  • Mediation Panel Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Contra Costa Superior Court
  • ADR Panel Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Collaborative Practice East Bay
  • Steering Committee Member
  • 2010 - 2014
  • Alameda County Bar Association, ADR Section,
  • Executive Committee Member
  • 2009 - 2013
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Languages Spoken

  • English


  • San Francisco Daily Journal
  • “Keeping Mediation on Course”
  • 2007
  • San Francisco Daily Journal
  • "Taking the Fight Out of Mediation"
  • 2007
  • San Francisco Daily Journal
  • "Learning from Palestinian Law"
  • 2007
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Speaking Engagements

  • Alameda County Bar Association
  • “Why Negotiations Fail: Barriers to Settlement”
  • 2015
  • Alameda County Bar Association
  • “Recognizing and Understanding Mental Health Issues in the Context of Negotiations”
  • 2014
  • UC Hastings School of Law
  • “Recognizing and Understanding Mental Health Issues in the Context of Negotiations”
  • 2013
  • The Mediation Society
  • "Conflict Resolution in the Middle East"
  • 2013
  • Association for Dispute Resolution of Northern California, Annual Conference
  • "Mediating Family Property Disputes"
  • 2013
  • UC Hastings School of Law
  • “Collaborative Practice in Family Law”
  • 2013
  • Alameda County Bar Association
  • "Walking the Tightrope: Advanced Skills in Mediating High Conflict Cases"
  • 2012
  • Collaborative Practitioners of East Bay
  • “What is Your Communication Style?”
  • 2012
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Divorce and separation Attorney | May 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Robert Terris as a uniquely skilled and effective family law (divorce) mediator. I have referred a number of my own clients and others to Robert for neutral mediation and have found that his training and experience as both a family therapist and a licensed attorney have greatly benefitted everyone I have referred. Strongly endorse Robert Terris."
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Berkeley Mediation Lawyer Robert Duval Terris
Robert Duval Terris
Mediation Attorney
Berkeley, CA
Licensed for 18 years