Member Profile: Debra L. Mellinkoff Esq.

Debra L. Mellinkoff Esq.
Mellinkoff Mediation
1001 Bridgeway #203
Sausalito, CA 94965
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Tel: (415) 289-0300
Fax: (415) 289-0400

CA Chapter:

Debra L. Mellinkoff Esq. regularly travels out of state to Arizona, Florida, New York, Washington

ADR Services Include:

Mediation; Early Neutral Evaluation; Fact Finding; Discovery Referee; Special Master


Debra L. Mellinkoff Esq. has substantive case experience in the following areas...

ADA Disability
Banking & Finance
Business Dissolution
Civil Rights
Class Actions
Contract Disputes
Elder Abuse
Entertainment Sector
Intellectual Property
Land Use/Planning
Legal Malpractice
Libel & Slander
Local Govt./Municipalities
Mergers & Acquisitions
Mortgage Foreclosure
Personal Injury
Professional Fees
Professional Liability
Professional Malpractice
Professional Negligence
Public Policy
Real Estate
Religious Institutions
Sexual Harassment
Shareholder Disputes
Trusts / Estates



Debra Mellinkoff has been a professional mediator for 39 years and has resolved thousands of cases throughout the United States and Europe. For thirteen years, she also practiced law in New York City and San Francisco and specialized in civil litigation.

Ms. Mellinkoff's high settlement rate is a result of diligent preparation, an ability to quickly identify obstacles to settlement, and her extensive experience in dealing effectively with a variety of personalities.

In addition to a full time mediation practice, Ms. Mellinkoff has trained attorneys both to be effective advocates in mediation and to use this ADR process to resolve disputes before they escalate into litigation.

ADR Experience & Qualifications:

  • Member of mediation panels for United States District Court Northern District of California, San Francisco Superior Court, Marin County Superior Court, San Mateo Superior Court, California Court of Appeal, United States Bankruptcy Court and FINRA, Inc.
  • Successfully resolved numerous disputes before a lawsuit was ever filed.
  • Noted for resolving disputes which involve parties with preexisting business or personal relationships.
  • Conducted independent fact-finding in employment, discrimination and sexual harassment claims, including interviews of key witnesses and review of confidential information.
  • Authored Department of Defense's manual "Use Mediation to Resolve Base Closure Disputes."


  • J.D. University of California Hastings College of the Law, 1981 (Recipient of Moot Court Award)
  • Judicial Intern for the Honorable Charles E. Stewart, United States District Court Southern District of New York.
  • B.A. University of California Santa Cruz, 1976 (Recipient of Crown Zellerbach Fellowship)

Memberships & Affiliations

Member of Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution, The Mediation Society, ABA Committee on Mediation, ABA Committee on International Alternative Dispute Resolution, Association for Dispute Resolution of Northern California and California Dispute Resolution Council.

Active member, State Bar of California and New York

Former Member of the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Bar Association

Chairperson of Legal Employment Action Program of the San Francisco Bar Association


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Debra L. Mellinkoff Esq. is a member of our CA chapter, California Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, California's premier roster of preeminent mediators and arbitrators. The CADN profile includes more specific local information, such as counties and regions served, and can be visited directly at


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