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Professional Mediation Associates . . .
Advances the practice of mediation
Produces solutions for many kinds of disputes
Trains conflict-resolution professionals
Designs conflict-resolution programs

Mediation works.  It can be effective at any stage of a dispute, from its origin to after the onset of litigation and even on appeal.

At its best, it combines insight, practical analysis and skillful communication to reveal previously unnoticed possibilities.  It invites us to be openminded and creative in finding constructive solutions to disputes.

The flexibility and direct nature of mediation allows us to focus on the key issues and unique interests of each party.  It results in comprehensive, effective agreements.

The method one chooses to settle a dispute makes a great difference in how fair, how costly, how stressful, and how lasting the solution turns out to be.

We believe that, for most cases, mediation is the best way to find the best solutions.

Teresa V. Carey
Professional Mediation Associates

Mediation Services for Attorneys, Individuals,
Businesses, and Organizations

We have resolved litigated and nonlitigated disputes in the areas of:

 Employment:  Workplace relations, termination, discrimination, ADA, EEO,
and collective-bargaining negotiations
 Business: Contract disputes and partnership negotiations
 Health Care:  Administrative, employee, and patient-care matters
 Intellectual Property:  AIA, publishing, trade secrets, software, entertainment, and the arts
 Real Estate:  Purchase/sale agreements and neighbor disputes
 Construction:  Architectural-design, contractor, and subcontractor disputes
 Civil Rights
 Probate, Estate, and Trust Matters
 Personal Injury
 Personal Disputes and Family Issues

Please contact us at for further information, including case consultation at no charge, references, and fee schedules. 

Who We Are

Professional Mediation Associates is an affiliation of leading conflict-resolution professionals working independently or jointly, as required. Founded in 1993, it has been instrumental in developing the field of mediation, in producing solutions for many kinds of disputes, and in the the training of conflict-resolution professionals.

Principal Teresa Carey is an attorney, professional mediator, and conflict-resolution instructor. She is known for her pragmatic, skillful, and humanistic approach to resolving conflicts and her outstanding abilities as a mediation instructor.  A pioneer in the field, she cofounded the Marin County Superior Court ADR Program in 1992, the first court-connected mediation program in the State of California, and is the founder of Professional Mediation Associates, a network of leading conflict-resolution professionals.

Since 1980, she has served as a mediator in numerous disputes, both litigated and nonlitigated, for various courts, agencies, and organizations, including:

• United States District Court, Northern District
• California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District
• County Courts of Marin, Alameda, Contra Costa and San Mateo
• United States Postal Service
• Department of Fair Employment & Housing (DFEH)
• Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
• California Lawyers for the Arts, Arts Arbitration & Mediation Service (AAMS)
• University of California San Francisco Medical Center (UCSF)

Cases include labor and employment, business, intellectual property, trade secrets, real estate, architecture, construction, landlord/tenant matters, health care, personal injury, probate and trust disputes, publishing, education, the arts, and civil rights matters.

Ms. Carey designs and gives conflict-resolution training courses, including the well-known 40-hour Comprehensive Mediation Training program, several courses at Sonoma State University, and customized trainings for various governmental agencies and private firms.  She has served as an adjunct faculty lecturer and/or mediation trainer at Stanford University, Hastings College of the Law, Golden Gate University, the Marin County Board of Education, and the University of Kent at Canterbury, London Centre for International Relations.

• J.D., University of California, 1978; B.A., University of California, Cultural Anthropology, 1975
• Past Chair:  Marin County Bar Association, ADR Section
• Board Member:  Association for Dispute Resolution of Northern California (ADRNC, formerly NCMA), the Mediation Society, California Lawyers for the Arts (CLA), Educational Communications, Inc. (EC)

She has been a featured speaker for a variety of professional groups, including the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), the American Bar Association, the Mediation Society, and the League of U.S. Postal Service Postmasters.  Her publications include "Credentialing For Mediators," 30 USF LR, 1996; "Talking Mediation in London," 64 ADR-NC Quarterly, 2003; and "Survey of State Laws Governing Mediation in the United States:  A Review and Reference," 2003.

Other affiliated providers bring a wide range of background and experience to resolving disputes. Professional information available on request.

For information on additional services, including outplacement conflict-resolution services for business workplace issues, systems design, and onsite training workshops, visit our Workplace Solutions page.

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