Susan E. Spar, Esq.
Phone: (707) 544-7279
Fax: (707) 544-7239
Fee Structure: $200 per hour plus one-
time $200 prep/administration fee.
Sliding Scale available.
Ms. Spar uses a combination of understanding-based, facilitative and evaluative
mediation, depending on the case. She establishes a collaborative, rational, and flexible
environment in which to explore creative solutions, while ensuring that each party’s
interests are addressed. She has particular expertise in mediating highly emotional
disputes. In cases where the parties have an ongoing relationship, her goal is to maintain
Mediation Experience: Ms. Spar has successfully mediated several hundred cases,
including business and personal disputes, torts, family, employment, real estate,
intellectual property, insurance, unfair competition, community, personal injury,
guardianship, and children’s law matters. Having moved to Santa Rosa from Los
Angeles four years ago, she has been Co-Chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution
Section of the Sonoma County Bar Association for the past three years.
Mediation Training Received:
Basic Mediation Training (Sonoma County Superior Court, Los Angeles County Superior
Court), Appellate Mediation (Second Appellate District), Mediating the Litigated Case
(Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution), Civil Mediation (Gary Friedman), Advanced
Family and Divorce Mediation (Forrest S. Mosten, Los Angeles County Bar
Association), Los Angeles County Attorney/Client Mandatory Fee Arbitration, Advanced
Mediation Skills (Lee Jay Berman). Studied with Kenneth Cloke.
Other Education and Professional Background:
Columbia University School of Law, J.D., 1987, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
Mount Holyoke College, B.A., 1970, Theater Arts and Speech.
Acknowledgements: “I recommend Ms. Spar unreservedly for any mediation
assignments”- Hon. Richard L. Fruin, Jr., Superior Court of Los Angeles. “Ms. Spar
succeeded in bringing the parties to a fair resolution of a matter in which all previous
attempts at settlement had failed.”-Peter Eric Goldbeck, Esq.
Affiliations/Associations: Sonoma County Bar Association (Alternative Dispute
Resolution Section-Co-Chair), American Bar Association (Corporations and Alternative
Dispute Resolution Sections), Southern California Mediation, Association of Corporate
Counsels, Los Angeles County Bar Association Corporate Round Table - 2003, 2004.
Also Directors Guild of America 1971 – present.