Alternative Dispute Resolution

Successful Mediation Settles Disputes and Satisfies Clients

You and your fellow disputant are having trouble reaching a solution. You need a process to help you reach an agreement that satisfies both sets of interests. You need a neutral place to meet the other party on equal footing. You need an objective person to help you communicate and set a productive tone. You need mediation—successful mediation.

I am an expert in the process; I provide the place; I am passionate about fairness; and I will work tirelessly to facilitate and protect a constructive communication process that results in a mutually satisfactory, lasting agreement.

Successful Mediation


What I bring to the table

  • Respect and Trust: Good rapport with the mediator is essential to successful mediation. I do everything in my power to ensure that both parties trust my neutrality and respect the process.
  • Active Listening: You have to be heard to be understood. I bring empathy and curiosity to the mediator’s chair because conflict involves stories, and stories tell you where people have been, where they are now, and where they want to go.
  • Creative Thinking: Courts restrict parties and decision-makers to legal thinking. Mediation takes legal thinking and expands it with insight, connection, and creative solutions. Law is only one possible frame; we can re-frame the problem in whatever way will most likely solve it.
  • Common Ground: You have come to mediation because you think finding common ground will be faster and less traumatic than winning or losing in litigation. My job is to hear your stories, seek connections, and help you find enough common ground to go away with an enduring resolution.

What you bring to the table

  • Voluntary commitment: Mediation is your choice. By seeking a mediated solution, you are taking control of the next stage of your problem—and your life.
  • Openness to collaboration: As a mediator, my job is to see both parties go away satisfied. That can only happen if collaboration is an option. You are in mediation to settle things together.
  • Willingness to talk and listen: You will tell your story, you’ll listen to the other party’s story, I will listen and ask questions, and we’ll all offer ideas that lead us to a solution that works for both of you.

Our Goal

The goal is simple: a clearly expressed set of terms that satisfies both parties’ interests and becomes binding when you each sign it. You will leave satisfied, with your dispute settled.

  • Contact Charles Spiegel

    Main Office and Mailing Address: 1102 Sanchez St
    San Francisco, CA 94114

    (415) 644-4555

    Also Seeing Clients:
    at 870 Market St., S.F., Ca.
    and in Montclair (Oakland)
    and in Orinda.

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  • About Charles Spiegel

    Charlie Spiegel's San Francisco practice includes prenuptial planning, divorce and custody mediation, adoption, surrogacy and real estate matters. Charlie served as Co-Chair of the National Board of Lambda Legal, and was a founding Executive Director of Our Family, the bay area's LGBT family organization. He served on the Board of Directors for and Collaborative Practice California; and and now serves on the Board of

    Charlie has had 20 years of wide experience in real estate since graduating New York University School of Law with honors, He received a Fammy award from San Francisco's Jewish Family & Children's Services in 2009 for his advocacy for families. He has lived and raised his family in the SF Bay Area since just before the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989.