Lindenauer Mediation News Fall 2012

Fall 2012

Dear Friends and Colleagues,
If I haven’t yet had the pleasure of speaking with you directly, I am pleased to let you know that my mediation practice is up and running. Last year, after more than 25 years litigating on the central coast, I became passionately focused on mediation and began making the transition to full-time mediator.  Since then I have completed intensive training at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine University School of Law, and I have been settling cases at a high rate both privately and at the Friday MSC calendar in Santa Barbara Superior Court, for both local and out-of-town counsel.  
You may be wondering what is different about me.  I am told by mediation participants that I have a unique ability to read and understand people, to diffuse tense and emotional situations, and to quickly identify  intangibles that might be interfering with settlement.  These attributes work well in combination with my penchant for diplomacy and my long history evaluating and resolving my own civil cases.   My approach is focused, efficient, cost-effective, and results oriented.  I have developed a reputation for persistence and enthusiasm and I will follow up at no additional cost on any matter I have mediated, until it is settled!  Several fee structures are available.
My background gives me credibility and an “ear” with both the defense and plaintiff bar.  My legal career began in insurance defense as an associate with Archbald & Spray (1986-1992), progressed to a partnership of mixed plaintiff and defense work at McIvers & Lindenauer (1992-1994), and ultimately led me to a solo practice in plaintiff personal injury (beginning in 1994).  
Since starting the mediation practice, I have gained the trust, confidence and respect of those who have used my services.  I would love to hear from you with questions, feedback, and to discuss mediation options on your case.  You may review my information at:
Until then, I leave you with a few comments from recent mediation participants, and I am happy to provide you with additional local references upon request.

“Ms. Lindenauer worked tirelessly and efficiently to move the parties in a successful direction towards settlement.  She was open, approachable and effective in her method of mediation.  My client was truly made comfortable by Ms. Lindenauer’s approach during the otherwise stressful situation and we were both extremely pleased with the result.  I would highly recommend Ms. Lindenauer as a mediator in the future, and have already done so to many other attorneys.”  Chad Prentice, Attorney at Law, Santa Barbara 

“Victoria has an intuitive and efficient approach that minimizes conflict and gets cases settled.”  David Reinard, Attorney, Law Offices of David Reinard, Seal Beach
“Thank you for all your help in bringing about the resolution this litigation. My client is quite happy and I believe everyone involved had a positive experience. This is the way all litigation should be resolved.”  Mr. F, Attorney at Law, Westlake Village
“Thank you so very much for your efforts today.  We had been close on two previous occasions, but had never been able to seal the deal.  I will certainly recommend you to the partners here and others mediating in Santa Barbara and will definitely keep you in mind next time I have a case up that way.”  Mr. S, Attorney at Law, Los Angeles
“ Ms. Lindenauer is an excellent and knowledgeable mediator . She helped us settle a case that I thought could not be settled . She listened to my clients and was able to explain to them why settlement and defendant’s offer made sense for all concerned . Her demeanor made everyone comfortable and facilitated settlement. I would highly recommend her.”  Jorge Garcia, Attorney at Law, Los Angeles 
“I appreciate your professional handling. You knew the case, were straightforward, keep the mediation focused and guided the process to an equitable conclusion...  I think you were able to create a sense of trust in both parties that allowed a sense of even handiness in your handling of the process.”  Rex Melton, California Field Claims Adjuster, California Casualty Management Company
“... it is obvious from the successful conclusion, that you were able to convey to the opposition our side of the argument, along with being able to focus each side within settlement parameters that were obviously directed toward a successful resolution, rather than being directed to the rote process... I want to thank you for doing such a wonderful job, and I would look forward to working with you again in the future.”  Martin F. Goldman, Attorney at Law, Encino

Mediation Inspiration...
Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret. – Ambrose Bierce
In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. – Albert Einstein
Don’t fight forces; use them. – Buckminster Fuller
Whenever two people meet there are really six people present. There is each man as he sees himself, each man as the other sees him, and each man as he really is. – William James
If it’s mentionable, it’s manageable. – Mr. Rogers
Out beyond ideas of wrong doing and right doing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there. – Rumi
Why not go out on a limb? Isn’t that where the fruit is? – Frank Scully

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P.O. Box 30306
Santa Barbara, CA 93130-0306


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