Susan has been a full time mediator since 2010. She uses insight and intuition to bring a fresh and creative approach to reaching settlement. Before becoming a mediator, Susan was a business litigator with an international law firm, practiced in house as litigation counsel for a large national bank, and since 1985, has closely followed personal injury cases of all types. Susan has a natural ability to read people and can skillfully uncover the real issues fueling the dispute and redirect the parties towards settlement
She is bright, tenacious and hardworking, and has mastered the art of follow up to achieve resolution. One attorney commented that her "expertise, intelligence, humor and commitment were the key to bringing both sides together in what seemed like an impossible feat." Susan guides the negotiation with empathy and exhibits genuine care and concern for the embattled parties. When not mediating privately, Susan assists the burdened Court system by settling cases of all types, and works with schools and parents to resolve educational conflicts.
A mother of three, Susan is an enthusiastic cyclist, hiker, water skier, boater, linguist and traveler. She is also fluent in French and proficient in Spanish.
"I wanted to reiterate that I think this was one of the most difficult mediations I have seen in a long time and I thought you handled it extremely well, despite the many obstacles and unique personalities involved."
- Attorney on a Multi-Party Personal Injury Auto Dispute
"Susan Feder is an exceptional mediator. I worked with Susan on a personal injury matter with numerous challenges and obstacles. She was able to successfully bring the opposing parties together and settle a very difficult case. She listened carefully to both sides and provided invaluable guidance and feedback throughout the mediation. The mediation proceeded flawlessly from beginning to end. I highly recommend Susan Feder."
- Attorney on a Personal Injury Auto Matter
"Susan Feder uses a fresh approach to getting parties to settle. She handled a most difficult construction defect matter with a personal injury twist for us and it was her determination, fortitude and willingness to consider novel ideas that got the matter resolved. I would recommend her to anyone with difficult issues, difficult parties, or both. I will certainly recommend her to my professional friends in the bay area."
- Partner, Sacramento, California
"Susan did an excellent job navigating a complicated family dynamic to reach a settlement for my client. She was persistent and impressive in her follow up efforts with both sides. I look forward to mediating with her again soon!"
- Attorney on a premises liability case
"“Thank you to the incredible Susan Feder and the team at Judicate West for assisting in a difficult mediation yesterday. Great outcome for our clients, as well as much needed peace of mind.”"
- Attorney on a Personal Injury Dog Bite Matter
"I have had the pleasure of mediating several cases with Susan Feder and have found her to be an effective neutral that is inventive in her strategies to bring the parties to an agreement. She has repeatedly demonstrated excellent insight in the case strengths and weaknesses, and leverages those to craft an acceptable resolution."
- Attorney on a Personal Injury Auto matter
"I appreciated that after our initial mediation found the parties entrenched in our respective positions, Susan continued to work with the parties while
discovery progressed. She was invested in the process, knew the issues and was committed to achieving a fair result. Susan reached out to the parties at regular intervals despite
being told over and over that the case was not going to resolve. Susan ultimately proved us wrong by settling the case via phone two weeks before trial. It was a great result and
I would absolutely use her services again."
- Attorney from a Commercial Dispute
"Her expertise, intelligence, humor and commitment were the key to bringing both sides together in what seemed like an impossible feat…she was terrific and her tenacious efforts were most admirable…She is our number one 'go to' mediator."
- Attorney, Los Angeles
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