Business/Commercial, Construction, Real Estate, Landlord/Tenant, Homeowner/Contractor, Homeowner’s Association, Professional Negligence, Insurance Coverage/Bad Faith, Product Liability, Personal Injury, Premises Liability
CONFLICT RESOLUTION EXPERIENCE
After a decade of resolving litigated cases, Ms. Kaufer now works to address conflict before litigation, particularly in the resolution of construction, real estate and commercial disputes. Ms Kaufer has been instrumental in the restructuring of a public mediation panel through the Southland Regional Association of Realtors and regularly speaks throughout Southern California on Real Estate mediation. Ms. Kaufer also arbitrates Contractors State Licensing Board disputes and mediates through both the Santa Barbara CADRe program and the Ventura County Superior Court.
Prior to becoming a fulltime neutral, Ms. Kaufer was a sole practitioner specializing in civil litigation.
Most recently, Ms. Kaufer founded the Non-Profit Mississippi Mediation Project to provide Community Conflict Resolution programs to Hurricane Katrina victims, strengthening their physical, cultural and economic renewal.
ORGANIZATIONS & ACHIEVEMENTS
Diplomate and Advisory Committee Member, California Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
Member: California State Bar Association Standing Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution
California Dispute Resolution Council, Qualifications and Standards Committee, Standards of Conduct for Mediators in Court-connected Mediation Programs for Civil Cases
Author: “The Mediation Moment,” a weekly Internet subscription publication (9/01-12/04); numerous articles in publications such as the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journals and Broker Agent Magazine
Mentors Pepperdine and UCLA law students and masters degree students in dispute resolution
EDUCATION & TRAINING
B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, CA, 1982
J.D., Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, CA, 1986
Dispute Resolution Services, Los Angeles, CA, Certificate in Mediation, 1995
Pepperdine University School of Law, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Malibu, CA, Advanced Mediation Skills, 1999, 2007
Ms. Kaufer is available throughout Southern California.