Focusing on Divorce & Business Mediation

Orange County Mediators focused on Divorce, Custody & Support, and Business disputes. The right experience at the right time!

Mediation and other forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution can save thousands of dollars, not to mention valuable time and the emotional toll of traditional litigation. We can help you!

  • Divorce & Family Law
  • Custody & Support
  • Business Disputes
  • Personal Injury

OCDR mediators and have successfully resolved cases regardless of type, complexity, or location. Resolving cases early in litigation and before trial will save time and money.

OCDR neutrals are trained and skilled in mediation. They know how to get YOUR CASE resolved now!

We are typically available on very short notice for those last minute cases heading towards trial, so give us a call today!



OCDR’s panel of trained mediators are skilled in resolving complex, emotional and difficult cases. Each panel member has had over 20 years of experience in their respective fields. They have diverse backgrounds and are well versed in what it takes to facilitate and help resolve disputes. Our mediators are knowledgeable, patient, and persistent. Their goal is the same as yours – to resolve your dispute. Whether you need help resolving a recently filed divorce or complex business litigation matter, we are ready to jump and help.

With training by the renowned Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution, and vast personal experience in the field, we can help!

Call us today at 714.505.5655 find out more or to schedule a mediation or arbitration!

Our Mediation Services:

  • Business & Corporate Disputes
  • Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
  • Shareholder Derivative Actions
  • Employment Disputes
  • Breach of Contract & Warranty
  • Breach of Fiduciary Duty
  • Fraud, Concealment & Misrepresentation
  • Real Estate & Construction Disputes
  • Non-Competes, Unfair Competition and Trade Secrets
  • Intellectual Property Disputes
  • Commercial Disputes
  • Personal Injury (Auto, Trucking, Trip & Fall, Products)
  • Family Law (Divorce, Modifications, Custody, Support)



Michelle M. Charbonneau

Gregory G. Brown


What Is Mediation

Mediation, as used in law, is a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), a way of resolving disputes between two or more parties with concrete effects. Typically, a third party, the mediator, assists the parties to negotiate a settlement. Parties to a dispute may mediate disputes in a variety of domains, such as commercial, legal, diplomatic, workplace, community and family matters.

The term “mediation” broadly refers to any instance in which a third party helps others reach agreement. More specifically, mediation has a structure, timetable and dynamics that “ordinary” negotiation lacks. The process is private and confidential, possibly enforced by law. Participation is typically voluntary. The mediator acts as a neutral third party and facilitates rather than directs the process.

Mediators use various techniques to open, or improve, dialogue between disputants, aiming to help the parties reach an agreement. Much depends on the mediator’s skill and training. As the practice gained popularity, training programs, certifications and licensing followed, producing trained, professional mediators committed to the discipline.

The benefits of mediation[1] include:

» Cost—While a mediator may charge a fee comparable to that of an attorney, the mediation process generally takes much less time than moving a case through standard legal channels. While a case in the hands of a lawyer or a court may take months or years to resolve, mediation usually achieves a resolution in a matter of hours. Taking less time means expending less money on hourly fees and costs.

» Confidentiality—While court hearings are public, mediation remains strictly confidential. No one but the parties to the dispute and the mediator(s) know what happened. Confidentiality in mediation has such importance that in most cases the legal system cannot force a mediator to testify in court as to the content or progress of mediation. Many mediators destroy their notes taken during a mediation once that mediation has finished. The only exceptions to such strict confidentiality usually involve child abuse or actual or threatened criminal acts.

» Control—Mediation increases the control the parties have over the resolution. In a court case, the parties obtain a resolution, but control resides with the judge or jury. Often, a judge or jury cannot legally provide solutions that emerge in mediation. Thus, mediation is more likely to produce a result that is mutually agreeable for the parties.

» Compliance—Because the result is attained by the parties working together and is mutually agreeable, compliance with the mediated agreement is usually high. This further reduces costs, because the parties do not have to employ an attorney to force compliance with the agreement. The mediated agreement is, however, fully enforceable in a court of law.

» Mutuality—Parties to a mediation are typically ready to work mutually toward a resolution. In most circumstances the mere fact that parties are willing to mediate means that they are ready to “move” their position. The parties thus are more amenable to understanding the other party’s side and work on underlying issues to the dispute. This has the added benefit of often preserving the relationship the parties had before the dispute.

» Support—Mediators are trained in working with difficult situations. The mediator acts as a neutral facilitator and guides the parties through the process. The mediator helps the parties think “outside of the box” for possible solutions to the dispute, broadening the range of possible solutions.