Stephen H. Sulmeyer, J.D., Ph.D. Mediator

STEPHEN H. SULMEYER, J.D., Ph.D. is a lawyer, clinical psychologist, mediator and collaborative coach in Marin County, California. As a mediator, Steve blends his experience in law, business, and psychology to create an approach that views legal disputes not primarily as legal events, but rather as human events that have emotional, legal and financial components, each of which must be addressed in order to achieve an optimal outcome. In particular, his years of experience working with people and organizations in conflict has convinced him of the value of identifying and working with, rather than shying away from, the underlying psychological obstacles that are often the real barriers to the resolution of conflicts. By attending to all aspects of disputes, Steve has found that parties are generally able to achieve the most comprehensive and durable results, and to maximize efficiency and conservation of resources. Steve’s dispute resolution work covers a wide range of subject areas including family and divorce, business/commercial, intellectual property, employment, discrimination, partnerships, personal injury, and community matters. He is also a trainer both in psychology and in various modalities of dispute resolution.

Steve is a former chairperson of the Marin County Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, and a member of the Association for Dispute Resolution of Northern California (ADR-NC), the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR), the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), as well as numerous legal and psychological organizations. He received his undergraduate and law degrees from Stanford University, and his Ph.D. from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, where he has taught as a member of the adjunct faculty. He serves on mediation panels of the Marin County and Alameda County Superior Courts, the First District Court of Appeals, and the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. Steve is also the co-founder (with Judge Verna Adams) of the Marin Superior Court’s interdisciplinary settlement conference program, in which mental health professionals and lawyers trained in dispute resolution team up to assist judges in settling cases. He is also the founder and president of Integrative Mediation Marin, which teams up mental health professional- and attorney-mediators in a conjoint mediation model in family law cases.

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