Member Profile: R. Elaine Leitner

R. Elaine Leitner
Leitner Mediation
6114 La Salle Avenue
Box 474
Oakland, CA 94611
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Tel: (510) 339-7375
Fax: (510) 339-9402

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ADR Services Include:

Mediation; Early Neutral Evaluation; Med-Arb; Discovery Referee; Special Master; ADR Training/CME


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R. Elaine Leitner has substantive case experience in the following areas...

ADA Disability
Arts (Fine, Performing)
Banking & Finance
Civil Rights
Consumer Fraud
Contract Disputes
Eminent Domain
Intellectual Property
Land Use/Planning
Legal Malpractice
Libel & Slander
Non-profit Organizations
Personal Injury
Product Liability
Professional Fees
Professional Liability
Professional Malpractice
Professional Negligence
Public Policy
Real Estate
Shareholder Disputes
Workers' Compensation



Full time mediator since 1991, successfully mediating the diverse array of business, insurance, and employment disputes which were the focus of my 13 year litigation practice at Keker & Van Nest. In solo mediation practice, having been one of the American Arbitration Association's employment and commercial panelists from 1995-2002.

Adjunct Professor at Hastings College of the Law since 1998 teaching "Negotiation and Settlement"


  • J.D. 1978 - Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C.
  • B.S. 1975 - Tufts University, Medford, Mass, Psychology, Magna Cum Laude
  • Listed in "Best Lawyers in America", 1987 Ed.

More than 200 hours of training/speaking experience:

  • U.S. District Court Training for Court Mediators - 20 hours 7/93
  • Bill Lincoln - Understanding Conflict - 20 hours - 3/93
  • Bill Lincoln - Impasse Resolution & Mediation - 20 hours - 5/93
  • Conciliation Forums of Oakland - 30 hours - 11/92 & 3/94

Speaker and trainer/teacher at numerous MCLE programs and law firm training sessions on mediation topics, including:

  • 1/96 - AAA Arbitration Mediation Day - Employment ADR
  • 1/96 - ALI-ABA - Making ADR Work for YOU
  • 4/96 - COAC Annual Meeting - Lake Tahoe
  • 5/96 - Labor & Employment Section St. Bar - Legal issues in Mediation
  • 5/96 - Faculty - State Bar mediation training- Monterey
  • 8/97 - U.S. District Court "Mediating & Evaluating Sexual Harassment Cases
  • 7/00 - Mediation Advocacy - AAA Sponsored seminar
  • 1/05 - Everything An Advocate Needs to Know About ADR Ethics, Hastings/Bar Assoc. of SF program with co-speaker David Meadows
  • 1/06 - Everything An Advocate Needs to Know About Mediation Ethics, Hastings/Bar Assoc. of SF Program with David Meadows
  • 2011, 2012, 2013 - Coach at Hastings Leadership Academy for Women

Memberships & Affiliations

  • SPIDR-Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution; ACR- Association for Conflict Resolution
  • The Mediation Society, Board of Directors 2008-present;
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers;
  • Northern California Mediation Assn;
  • CDRC-California Dispute Resolution Council;
  • S.F. Women Lawyers Alliance & California Women Lawyers


$500/hour for Bay Area two-party cases
daily rates for counties outside the Bay Area
Please call for multi-party and daily rates


R. Elaine Leitner 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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