Dan Simon, Certified Transformative Mediator
(Certified by the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and by Mediate.com)
As a teacher and practitioner of the transformative approach, I help parties have a constructive conversation about their differences. I received my law degree, cum laude, from the University of Minnesota School of Law, my M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Minnesota, and my B.A., with honors, from the University of California at Berkeley. Although I am licensed to practice law in Minnesota, I prefer to practice mediation exclusively. Before creating Twin Cities Mediation, I worked as a business litigation attorney and as a family business consultant. Throughout my career, I have sought better ways to intervene in cases of highly emotional conflict.
I currently serve as the Chair of the Minnesota State Bar Association’s ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) Section. Also, I am a member of the Minnesota Supreme Court’s ADR Ethics Board (which is responsible for upholding ethical standards of ADR providers). I have the highest possible rating (AV – Preeminent) from Martindale Hubbell and the highest possible rating (10.0 – Superb) on Avvo.com.
J.D., cum laude, University of Minnesota
M.A., Counseling Psychology, University of Minnesota
B.A., Humanities, University of California at Berkeley.
“Transformative Mediation for Divorce: Rising above the law and the settlement”, chapter in Transformative Mediation – A Sourcebook(ACR & ISCT, 2010)
LICENSES, CERTIFICATIONS, AND QUALIFICATIONS
Licensed to practice law in Minnesota since 1992.
Qualifed Neutral on the Minnesota Supreme Court Civil Roster since 1996.
Qualified Neural on the Minnesota Supreme Court Family Roster since 1998.
Certified by the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation as a “Certified Transformative Mediator since 2007.
Certified by Mediate.com as a “Certified Mediator” since 2009.
AV – highest possible rating, Martindale -Hubbell.
10.0 out of 10, Superb, Avvo.com .
RECENT SPEAKING AND TRAINING
Advanced Mediation Training: The Transformative Approach to Elder and Family Cases, Pasadena, CA, February 28 – March 2, 2013.
Certified Civil Mediation Training, Saint Paul, MN, January 24 – 28, 2013.
“Approaches to Commercial Mediation”, panel discussion at the ADR Institute, Minneapolis, MN, October 26, 2012.
"I recently had a phone consultation with another mediator who was working with one of my clients. From the moment we got on the phone, the guy never stopped talking. No wonder my client felt overwhelmed in his presence. When you consult with Dan Simon, he never stops listening. This is what distressed couples need. They do not need another person talking at them or pressuring them into making critical decisions about their lives before they're ready."- Betsy Sansby