Jeffrey Krivis

Jeffrey Krivis

Jeffrey Krivis First Mediation Bio

Jeffrey Krivis began his mediation practice in 1989, when lawyer-mediators in Southern California were rare, and litigators had to look outside the state for experienced practitioners. Now, years later and having resolved thousands of disputes - including wage and hour and consumer class actions, entertainment, mass tort, employment, business, complex insurance, product liability and wrongful death matters - Krivis is recognized not only as a pioneer in the field, but also as one of the most respected neutrals in the state.

An adjunct professor at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law since 1994, Krivis teaches negotiation and mediation skills to lawyers and judges. His experiences as both a working mediator and academic prompted him to write two books: "Improvisational Negotiation: A Mediator's Stories of Conflict About Love, Money and Anger - and the Strategies that Resolved Them" and "How To Make Money As A Mediator And Create Value For Everyone (Wiley/Jossey-Bass 2006). Improvisational Negotiation received the2006 Outstanding Book Award from the CPR Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution. He is also a contributing author to the book entitled "Stories Mediators Tell," published in 2012 by the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution

Krivis is a past president of both the International Academy of Mediators and the Southern California Mediation Association. The Los Angeles Daily Journal legal newspaper named him many times as one of the "top neutrals in the state," and he continues to appear since its inception on the Super Lawyer list published by Los Angeles magazine and Law & Politics Media. In 2010 and 2014 he was awarded "Lawyer of the Year" for both Alternative Dispute Resolution and Mediation by the "Best Lawyers in America." The Hollywood Reporter recognized him as one of the "Power Mediators" in the entertainment industry. In 2011 he was recognized by the International Academy of Mediator's with the President's Award for leadership and vision. Krivis received the highest rating (AV) from Martindale-Hubbell.

Krivis practices primarily in Southern California, San Francisco and Monterey, California.