Jeff KrivisJeffrey Krivis
mediation practice in 1989, when lawyer-mediators in Southern California were rare, and litigators had to look outside the state for experienced practitioners.Now, 19 years later and having resolved thousands of disputes -- including mass tort, employment, entertainment, business, complex insurance, catastrophic injury and class action matters -- Krivis
is recognized not only as a pioneer in the field, but also as one of the most respected neutrals in the state. An adjunct professor at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law since 1994, Krivis teaches negotiation and mediation skills to lawyers and judges.His experiences as both a working mediator and academic prompted him to write two books: "Improvisational Negotiation: A Mediator's Stories of Conflict About Love, Money and Anger - and the Strategies that Resolved Them" and "How To Make Money As A Mediator And Create Value For Everyone (Wiley/Jossey-Bass 2006).
Improvisational Negotiation received the 2006 Outstanding Book Award from the CPR Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution
.Krivis is a past president of both the International Academy of Mediators and the Southern California Mediation Association.
The Los Angeles Daily Journal legal newspaper named him one of the "top 20 neutrals in the state," and he
continues to appear since its inception on the "Super Lawyer" list published by Los Angeles magazine
and Law & Politics Media.He
is featured in the recent edition of "Best Lawyers in America."The Hollywood Reporter recognized him as one of the "Power Mediators" in the entertainment industry.Krivis
received the highest rating (AV) from Martindale-Hubbell.Jeffrey Krivis
has expanded his
practice to the scenic and relaxing environment of Monterey,Californa.
Books and PublicationsMr. Krivis
is the author of two books published by Wiley/Jossey Bass
"Improvisational Negotiation""How To Make Money As A Mediator"
In addition, the following is a list of articles and guides published by Mr. Krivis
in the area of alternative dispute resolution:Three Quick Tricks for "Reading Minds," Courtesy of Improvisational Negotiation by Jeffrey Krivis
has presented dispute resolution programs for superior court judges, corporations, federal agencies, insurance companies, law firms and trade associations.
...Mr. Krivis has served as the President of the International Academy of Mediators and the Southern California Mediation Association (SCMA).He has served on the Board of Directors of the California Academy of Mediation Professionals, the Economic Alliance and the California Dispute Resolution Council.He is on the Board of Visitors of Pepperdine Law School.He is a member of the ABA Dispute Resolution Section where he has participated on various committees and programs. Mr. Krivis
and First Mediation Corporation
are approved providers of Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) for the California State Bar
MCLE presentations are in the areas of Improvisation Techniques in Negotiation
, Ethics, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Mediation Advocacy.