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Laurel Kaufer, Mediator & Arbitrator, Calabasas, California.

Laurel Kaufer

Kaufer Mediation Services
22287 Mulholland Hwy. Suite 224
Calabasas, CA 91302
Tel: (818) 888-4840
Cell: (818) 445-5287
Fax: (818) 348-5169
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Recognized to California Chapter for Mediation & Arbitration

Regularly travels out of state to: Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico

Other ADR Services: Fact Finding, Insurance Umpire, Med-Arb, Mini-Trial Judge


My mediations are handled in a flexible format, using both the facilitative and evaluative mediation styles. In facilitation, I establish with the parties in group discussion and private caucus, the status of the case, goals of litigation, critical issues in dispute and how they prefer to conduct the discussions. In evaluation, I use private caucus to assist the parties in evaluating the possible results at trial, the costs of obtaining each result and the value of settlement. This includes discussion of factual issues, legal issues, jury composition, jury verdicts, expert witnesses and credibility. I meet with all parties to help them negotiate a mutually acceptable resolution to their case. I do not impose a decision on the parties, but rather assist the parties in exploring options for resolution, typically focusing on the parties' interests. Disputants retain total control of the outcome. A mediation can often be set quickly and be completed within a single day, making it considerably faster and more cost effective than traditional litigation. All mediations are conducted in accordance with the CDRC Standards of Practice for California Mediators.

Case Experience

  • Appellate
  • Arts (Fine/Performing)
  • Automotive
  • Civil Rights
  • Commercial/Business
  • Community Associations
  • Condominiums
  • Construction
  • Consumer Fraud
  • Contract Disputes
  • Cross Cultural
  • Education
  • Family Businesses
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Libel & Slander
  • Local Govt./Municipalities
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Natural Disasters
  • Non-profit Organizations
  • Partnerships
  • Personal Injury
  • Police
  • Probate
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Fees
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Real Estate
  • Religious Institutions
  • Title Disputes
  • Torts
  • Trusts / Estates
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Wrongful Death


  • University of California, Los Angeles, CA, B.A.1982
  • Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, CA, J.D., 1986
  • Dispute Resolution Services, Los Angeles, CA, Certificate in Mediation
  • Pepperdine University School of Law, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Malibu, CA, Advanced Mediation Skills
  • Santa Barbara Superior Court, Santa Barbara, CA, Certificate in Neutral Evaluation

Memberships & Affiliations

  • State Bar of California - Chair, Standing Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • ABA Section in Dispute Resolution
  • SCMA - Southern California Mediation Association
  • Consumer Attorney's Association of Los Angeles

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