Rande Sotomayor is an acclaimed commercial mediator, recognized for the determination and optimism she brings to every mediation. Her down-to-earth, common sense approach distills the issues as she engages deeply with litigants and counsel. Rande approaches life – and dispute resolution – with curiosity and kindness, highly effective in the flexible process of finding durable solutions.

“Change happens by listening and then starting a dialogue with the people who are doing something you don’t believe is right.” ― Jane Goodall

USEFUL TECHNIQUES FOR GETTING THE BEST SETTLEMENT IN COMMERCIAL MEDIATION

Recently, I conducted a successful mediation session regarding a home purchase. The parties had a dispute over access to an adjacent lot also owned by the seller. The deal blew up; they were each alleging the other had breached the purchase agreement. Lawyers were engaged. Fortunately, the standard Residential Purchase Agreement in California requires the parties to mediate before pursuing any legal action.

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HOW TO HAVE PEACEFUL TALKS

The world is falling apart; we are seemingly on the brink of self-destruction. However, for the last three weeks, I have been virtually sequestered, caring for my 94-year-old Mom in a precious post-surgical bubble. Mom and I get along wonderfully well (it really is a wonder), and the time flew by with our attention diverted from current events.

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