How to Deal with Deal-Making - DOWNTOWN


Mediation and Settlement Conferences from the Pros

Date: Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Check In Time: 5:30 - 6:00 PM 
Program Time: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Location: SDCBA, Conference Center
Address: 401 West A St., Suite 120, San Diego, CA 92101
MCLE: 2.0 General

*Light Dinner Served Before Program Begins*

Program Summary:

This program, which is open to both plaintiff and defense attorneys, will focus on cutting edge strategies to get the most out of private mediation or settlement conferences.  The panelists include the Honorable Timothy Casserly who has extensive experience with settlement conferences, along with two highly-experienced private mediators, Denise Asher, Esq., of Judicate West, and Michael Roberts, Esq., of ADR Services.  These respected and accomplished neutrals will share their insights into what you can do, both in preparation and during the actual mediation or settlement conference itself, to maximize your chances of reaching a successful resolution. Discussions will include the following:

  • convening a mediation without conveying weakness; 
  • selecting the right mediator; 
  • preparing for mediation and mediation briefs;
  • developing an effective negotiation strategy; 
  • opening demands and initial offers; 
  • negotiating with the mediator; 
  • negotiating with difficult people; 
  • impasse breaking techniques; 
  • what works and what doesn't in mediation; 
  • enforceability of mediated settlement agreements.


  • Hon. Timothy Casserly
  • Denise Asher, Esq. 
  • Michael Roberts, Esq. 

This activity has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) by the State bar of California in the amount of 2 hours of General  MCLE Credit. CASD verifies that this activity conforms to the standards for approved education prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing MCLE.


San Diego County Bar Association

401 West A Street, Suite 120
San Diego, CA 92101


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Cancellation Policy

*Add $10 for registrations received after 4/11

*$25 refund fee for requests received after 4/11 (No refunds after this date)