February 19, 2018



3001 Bridgeway, Suite. K-130 • Sausalito • CA 94965
415-331-5158 • 415-663-0423 (fax)
dlc@danacurtismediation.com • danacurtismediation.com


Dana Curtis Mediation, Sausalito, CA  1997-present
Mediation and facilitation of wide range of civil and workplace matters
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, San Francisco, CA  1993-1997
Full time Circuit Court Mediator, mediating hundreds of federal civil appeals
Mediation Law Offices, Mill Valley, CA  1991-1993
Private mediation practice in employment, tort, commercial and family disputes
McCutchen, Doyle, Brown and Enersen, San Francisco and San Jose, CA  1988-1991
General commercial, tort and employment litigation and labor practice
California Supreme Court, San Francisco, CA  1987-1988
Law clerk to Associate Justice Edward A. Panelli


Over twenty years as a full-time mediator, mediating over 1,000 broad-ranging matters, including: business and commercial, civil rights, education, employment and labor, government and public policy, elder (abuse, adult family disputes), environmental, intellectual property, non-profit boards, partnership dissolutions, intellectual property, personal injury, probate, product liability, professional malpractice, real property, sexual abuse and securities.  Recognized by the Los Angeles Daily Journal as a “Top 50” California neutral and, by The Mediation Society, for outstanding contribution to the field of mediation.


Courts of Appeal, First, Second and Third Appellate Districts  2000-present
Designed and taught 5-day training for 250 court mediators
Elder Mediation Group  2008-present
Designed and taught 3-4 day elder mediation trainings in the Bay Area, Ventura, CA and Minneapolis, MN
Bhutan Law and Policy Project, Thimphu, Bhutan  2010
Sponsored by Stanford Law School, designed and taught workshops on mediation and court-connected mediation for the Bhutanese judiciary
International Summer School on Business Mediation, Admont, Austria  2010 and 2012
Faculty member, teaching mediation seminars to mediators from throughout the world
Stanford Law School  1997-2007
Lecturer in Law, mediation and negotiation, Gould Center for Conflict Resolution
Arizona, Hawaii, Minnesota and Nevada Supreme Courts  1995-2009
Designed and taught appellate mediation and mediation advocacy training
Stanford Law School Executive Education  2003
Mediation and Mediation Advocacy Training 5-day program for lawyers
University of Rome La Sapienza and Hamline University School of Law, Rome, Italy  2003
Designed and co-taught Mediating International Business Disputes
Santa Clara University School of Law, Adjunct Professor  1988-1997
Designed and taught Mediation Theory and Practice (for lawyers and law students)
Hundreds of courses and presentations for businesses, institutions, bar associations,
law schools, professional organizations and public entities

Over 1,000 hours of mediation training, including Harvard Program on Negotiation, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1995; U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, San Francisco, 1998; Center for Mediation in Law, Mill Valley, California, 1990-1994

Santa Clara University School of Law, J.D.  1987
University of Idaho, M.A., English  1970
University of Montana, B.A., English  1968

Bonner County School District, Sandpoint, ID  1970-1983
English and Child Development teacher; Idaho and National Teacher of the Year
North Idaho College, Coeur d’Alene, ID  1972-1983
Director of satellite campus; instructor of American Literature and Composition

Member, Board of Directors, California Dispute Resolution Council  2011 – present
Recipient, Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Mediation, The Mediation Society  2010
Academy of Distinguished Neutrals (Diplomate Member)  2006-present
Member, State Bar ADR Committee  2005 – 2008
Co-chair, Bar Association of San Francisco Mediation Committee  1997 – 2005
Board of Directors, California Dispute Resolution Institute  2002 – 2003
Member, California State Bar ADR Standing Committee  1999-present
Member: The Mediation Society; California Dispute Resolution Council; ABA Section of Dispute Resolution; Association for Conflict Resolution of Northern California; Marin County Bar Association ADR Section
Mediator Panelist: U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California; Courts of Appeal, First, Second and Third Appellate Districts; Alameda, Marin, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Sonoma Superior Courts; Boston Law Collaborative Employment Panel; Resolute Systems
Founder, Director and Secretary, RockRose Institute, San Francisco non-profit 501(3)(c) supporting conflict resolution through dialogue and collaboration

Guide to Elder Mediation, ABA Publishing, forthcoming in 2012
California Arbitration and Mediation Practice Guide – Court-connected ADR, by John Toker, Supplement Editor 2010-present
Mediation and Geriatric Care Management,” chapter in Handbook of Geriatric Care Management (Third Edition), by Cathy Jo Cress, Jones & Bartlett 2011
Litigator’s Guide to Representing Clients in ADR, co-author of two chapters, “Preparing for Mediation“ and “The Mediation Process,” Continuing Education of the Bar 2005
Ninth Circuit Education Programs on Court Sponsored ADR, Western Justice Center 2006
Representing Clients in Appellate Mediation: The Last Frontier,” Dispute Resolution Alert, December 2000 (with John Toker)
The Power of Forgiveness,” California Lawyer, December 2000
The Role of Empathy in Reconciliation,” chapter in ADR Personalities and Practice Tips, ABA 1998