About Dan Simon
Simon Mediation uses Transformative Mediation to revolutionize the way people handle conflict. Founder Dan Simon has trained hundreds of mediators and has used this method to transform countless conflicts, saving his clients time, money and stress. After practicing as a business litigation attorney and receiving his MA in Counseling Psychology, Dan began studying and practicing transformative mediation in 1998. He has taught his method in law schools and practiced it with people embroiled in all types of conflict—from corporate law to divorce.
Certified by the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation, Dan received his law degree, cum laude, from the University of Minnesota School of Law, his M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Minnesota, and his B.A., with honors, from the University of California at Berkeley. Before creating Simon Mediation, he worked as a business litigation attorney and as a family business consultant. See Dan’s CV here.
Dan is a past Chair of the Minnesota State Bar Association’s ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) Section, and served for 6 years as a member of the Minnesota Supreme Court’s ADR Ethics Board (responsible for upholding ethical standards of ADR providers). He’s a member of the Board of Directors and also a Fellow of the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation. Dan maintains the highest possible rating (AV – Preeminent) from Martindale Hubbell and the highest possible rating (10.0 – Superb) on Avvo.com. He divides his time between Los Angeles and Minnesota, and works with corporations and individuals globally.
Transformative Mediation* supports clients in their own process of gaining the clarity and confidence to pursue what they need while they increase their capacity to bring a challenging situation to a peaceful conclusion. It’s incredibly efficient because it helps clients focus directly on the heart of their conflict. Clients most often reach solutions that they feel genuinely good about in a matter of hours. Transformative Mediation inspires clients to stand up for themselves, while facilitating their understanding of each other. This is because transformative mediation addresses conflict at its most important level—its core reason for being. Rather than imposing a settlement on the parties, the transformative mediator supports both parties in their own efforts to improve their interaction. As they discuss their conflict, they can either uncover and address underlying issues, or they can proceed directly to working out the terms of an agreement. Transformative mediation is the approach that is most likely to lead to settlement of the dispute.
Transformative Mediation is used to resolve cases of highly emotional conflict, as well as cases that are all about money. Hiring Simon Mediation saves you or your company time, money, and stress, and is the next-level in conflict resolution. Dan Simon also teaches transformative mediation to attorneys, therapists, and mediators who wish to become certified in Transformative Mediation.
*Transformative Mediation was first articulated by Robert A. Baruch Bush and Joseph P. Folger in The Promise of Mediation (Jossey-Bass, 1994). Dan Simon is grateful for their revolutionary insights into the most meaningful aspects of human conflict. Simon has been closely involved with Bush and Folger’s think tank, The Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation, since 1998. For more information about that organization, see http://transformativemediation.org