Member Profile: Laurel Kaufer

Laurel Kaufer
Kaufer Mediation Services
22287 Mulholland Hwy. Suite 224
Calabasas, CA 91302
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Tel: (818) 888-4840
Fax: (818) 348-5169

CA Chapter:

Laurel Kaufer regularly travels out of state to Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico

ADR Services Include:

Mediation; Early Neutral Evaluation; Med-Arb; Facilitation & Systems Design; ADR Training/CME


Laurel Kaufer has substantive case experience in the following areas...

Arts (Fine, Performing)
Civil Rights
Community Associations
Consumer Fraud
Contract Disputes
Cross Cultural
Family Businesses
Health Care
Intellectual Property
Legal Malpractice
Libel & Slander
Local Govt./Municipalities
Medical Malpractice
Natural Disasters
Non-profit Organizations
Personal Injury
Product Liability
Professional Fees
Professional Liability
Professional Malpractice
Professional Negligence
Real Estate
Religious Institutions
Title Disputes
Trusts / Estates
Workers' Compensation
Wrongful Death



My mediations are handled in a flexible format, using both the facilitative and evaluative mediation styles. In facilitation, I establish with the parties in group discussion and private caucus, the status of the case, goals of litigation, critical issues in dispute and how they prefer to conduct the discussions. In evaluation, I use private caucus to assist the parties in evaluating the possible results at trial, the costs of obtaining each result and the value of settlement. This includes discussion of factual issues, legal issues, jury composition, jury verdicts, expert witnesses and credibility. I meet with all parties to help them negotiate a mutually acceptable resolution to their case. I do not impose a decision on the parties, but rather assist the parties in exploring options for resolution, typically focusing on the parties' interests. Disputants retain total control of the outcome. A mediation can often be set quickly and be completed within a single day, making it considerably faster and more cost effective than traditional litigation. All mediations are conducted in accordance with the CDRC Standards of Practice for California Mediators.


  • University of California, Los Angeles, CA, B.A.1982
  • Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, CA, J.D., 1986
  • Dispute Resolution Services, Los Angeles, CA, Certificate in Mediation
  • Pepperdine University School of Law, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Malibu, CA, Advanced Mediation Skills
  • Santa Barbara Superior Court, Santa Barbara, CA, Certificate in Neutral Evaluation


English, Spanish

Memberships & Affiliations

  • State Bar of California - Chair, Standing Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • ABA Section in Dispute Resolution
  • SCMA - Southern California Mediation Association
  • Consumer Attorney's Association of Los Angeles


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Laurel Kaufer 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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