Terri Lubaroff

Terri Lubaroff
Terri Lubaroff, Esq. is a conflict resolution specialist, having honed her skills first as a film and television producer and later as a full-time mediator and arbitrator. She specializes in Entertainment, New Media, Employment, Consumer Torts and Business Disputes, and is adept at dealing with difficult personalities. She is a member of the Florida Bar and is a full-time neutral in Southern California.

The Need to “Win”

“I want to make him pay,” said the defendant.  “Why?” I asked, “What makes you think that the plaintiff – the one claiming to be wronged here – needs to pay you rather than the other way around?”“Because if I pay, that means he wins and I lose.  I don’t like...

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Great Expectations

Donald ambled into the conference room with difficulty. He looked like a nice, working class man in his retirement years, but the gray pall he carried indicated his health wasn’t going to let him do a whole lot of fishing on his beloved Lake Havasu any time soon....

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The Great Barrier Reef of Language

Living and working in a diverse culture has its challenges.  It gives us ample opportunity to work, interact, and live with people who speak very little English or none at all.  This presents many challenges for mediators trying to communicate effectively...

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Playing the Odds

Ever meet a professional poker player? They win or lose by playing the odds. A good poker player understands the cards, can anticipate the other players’ moves and knows the odds of winning. Mediation is not that different from playing poker. In mediation, the...

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Wink, Wink, Nudge, Nudge

Have you ever found yourself in the middle of a mediation listening to your overly emotional client talk about their bottom line?  Do you cringe when you hear that? “I won’t accept a penny less than” is a common phrase heard by mediators. It’s common enough that...

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“No” is NOT the Worst They Can Say

Remember when you were a kid and your mom forced you to ask a group of the “cool kids” to play? Close your eyes… you remember. As you walked toward the cool kids, your mouth felt dry. Your palms got sweaty. Your heart felt like it was going to burst from your chest...

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