Santa Barbara Superior Court
CADRe Program


Name: Laurel Greenspan Kaufer
Address: 22287 Mulholland Hwy. #224
Calabasas, California 91302
Phone Number: (818) 888-4840
Fax Number: (818) 348-5169
E-mail Address:

Fee: $400.00 per hour, 3 hour minimum. Sliding scale for half-day, full-day or multiple days. Fee for actual mediation time only. No charge for travel time (within 100 miles) or pre/post-mediation communications.
Administrative Costs: NONE
Expenses: Extraordinary expenses only (Hotel or air travel, if necessary) as per prior agreement with parties.
Deposit: $150.00 due upon confirmation of scheduled appointment.
Cancellation Policy: Full refund of deposit with cancellation within 24 hrs of scheduled appointment.
Payment Responsibility: Borne equally among the parties, unless agreed otherwise by all parties.
Years as a mediator: ten
Number of mediations conducted: Over 1000
Subject matter of mediations conducted: Breach of contract, business/corporate, civil rights, collections, commercial, construction, contract, employment (discrimination, harassment and termination), fraud, homeowners, insurance coverage, landlord/tenant, legal malpractice, medical malpractice, partnership, personal injury (auto and other), premises liability, product liability, real property/estate, wrongful death and workmen’s compensation.
Areas of expertise: Business (corporate and partnership), Insurance, Construction, Real Estate
Location of Mediation or Evaluation: I usually mediate at the office of counsel for one of the parties, at the offices of the San Fernando Valley Bar Association (in Woodland Hills) or at a centrally located rented conference room. Although I am located in the San Fernando Valley, I am available to travel to any location in the Southern California area and do not charge for travel time.
ADR Style and Requirements: I mediate with 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.
Brief Requirements: I request a brief written statement from counsel prior to the mediation session. This is an informal and confidential statement of the facts, issues, damages, status of discovery and positions of the parties. It may be in letter, memo or pleading form and may be faxed or mailed. Service on opposing counsel is optional. Where time is short, I will have a telephone discussion with counsel instead of written briefing.
Panelist Information Updated: September 22, 2005
Biography: Laurel G. Kaufer

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