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Does Criticism of Florida Home Mortgage Mediation Apply Locally?

Started Nov 15, 2011 0 Replies

Here is some food for thought about home mortgage mediation in Florida from a reprint from a recent post found at…Continue

Tags: Mediation, Mortgage, Home

Is It Time for Organized Compassionate Legal and Political Action?

Started Jul 17, 2011 0 Replies

I've struggled for a long time with personally finding the right form and mix of outer action and inner work.  And the idea of compassionate listening as a lawyer and an activist has added dimension…Continue

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It's Time to Work with Compassion

Started Jul 8, 2011 0 Replies

It has always seemed strange to me that while we talk about "the spirit of the law" I've never really been able to pin down in my own mind just what that might be.  Is fairness spirit? Justice? Due…Continue

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Conflict Counselor, Legal Analyst, Mediator/Arbitrator
Law Offices of John Shaffer
Services Provided
Legal Advice & Counsel, Advocacy, Arbitrator, Collaborative Law, Litigation, Mediator
Practice Areas
Business, Collaborative Law, Consumer Law, Corporate, Employment (Non-Union), Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury, Real Estate
Occidental College, California, A.B. (Diplomacy and World Affairs, with Departmental Honors)
Boalt Hall, University of California at Berkeley, J.D.
Pepperdine University School of Law, LL.M (Master of Laws, Dispute Resolution), Licensed to practice law in Washington and California.

Successful resolution of hundreds of highly contested conflicts and disputes. Mentor Mediator. Civil Litigator, Peer Review Rated Highest Legal Skills and Ethics, Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.

Mediator and settlement facilitator for the Seattle Federal Executive Board ; Rule 39.1 Panel, Federal Court, Western District of Washington; Washington State Bar Association Fee Dispute ADR Panel; Certified Mentor Mediator, Washington Mediation Association; King County and City of Seattle ADR Mediator; Extern and Civil Litigation Mediator, The Honorable Alexander H. Williams, III, and Los Angeles Superior Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Program, 2004-2005.

Adjunct Faculty, Straus Institute, Pepperdine University Law School, 2009.
Continuing Legal and Conflict Education Writer, Lecturer and Presenter.

Lifetime student of human growth process with emphasis on personal growth through conflict
transitions, political, psychological and social effects of personal and organizational change. Training and leadership roles with Creative Initiative Foundation, Project Survival, Beyond War, Foundation for Global Community, Leadership Mid-Peninsula-Palo Alto, CA, Washington Mediation Association, The Compassionate Listening Project Delegation to Israel and Palestine, 2010.

CURRENT PRACTICE: Conflict and Legal Conflict Problem Solving Systems Conflict Assessments and Response, Including Management and Executive Level Conflict Counseling Expediency and Cost Assessment Conflict Counseling Mediation and Arbitration Services (Focus areas include Employment, Work Place, domestic, Insurance, Contract, Commercial, Business, and Government Processes and Disputes)
Selected Consultations Civil Litigation

Washington Mediation Association including Board of Directors (2007-2011)
The Compassionate Listening Project Israel-Palestine Delegation 2010
American Bar Association; Washington State Bar Association; King County Bar Association
Board of Directors, Washington Mediation Association (2007-2010)
Committee Service Dispute Resolution Sections KCBA and WSBA

Lawyering, Law and Thanksgiving, King County Bar Bulletin November 2004.
Getting to the Heart of Employment Disputes, King County Bar Bulletin September 2006.
Taking Professional Stock with Atticus Finch, King County Bar Bulletin, July 2006.
Fudging the Truth as a Negotiation Tactic, King County Bar Bulletin, December 2006.
What Does Buddhism, Taoism, and Love Have to Do with Laywers, Mediators and Others Dealing with Conflict, Washington Mediation Association E News, Winter 2007 – 2008.
Suggesting Resolution via Mediation Does Not a Wimp Make, King County Bar Bulletin January 2008.
Right Is Sometimes Wrong – Right … or Wrong? King County Bar Bulletin, March 2008
Clients Are People, Too, King County Bar Bulletin, April 2008.
Keys to Success in Mediating Your Clients’ Disputes: Understanding the Ethics, Emotions, and Tensions of Fulfilling the Lawyer’s Role, Program Chair, Continuing Legal Education Panel Presentation, King County Bar Association, September 17, 2008.
Where Does Conflict Come From, How Does It Work, and How Should We Respond as Lawyers? Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, King County Bar Association, two part presentation, February 12 and March 12, 2009.
New Communities for 21st Century Lawyers, King County Bar Bulletin, June 2010.
Conflict Resolution in the “Holy Lands”, King County Bar Bulletin, January 2011.

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Lawyers as Problem Solvers and Warriors

Posted on July 8, 2011 at 4:30pm 0 Comments

Lawyers are, at least in large part, problem solvers. As litigators we deal with vibrant conflict, disputants who want to resolve their differences ... or not. As transactional lawyers we deal with the possibility for conflict in the future and try to plan for it. As negotiators, we try to help our clients resolve actual or anticipated conflicts without the aid of a third party decision maker. (And we should note, litigators are sometimes transactional, and transactional lawyers are…


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