About this Talk: In this installment of the ADR Times “Meeting the Mediators” series, our Contributing Editor Zach Ulrich sits down with renowned mediators Jeffrey Krivis and Mariam Zadeh, of First Mediation Corp., to discuss the origins of their partnership and how they have worked to create one of the most successful dispute resolution practices in the United States.
About Jeffrey Krivis: 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, over 20 years later and having resolved thousands of disputes — including mass tort, employment, entertainment, business, complex insurance, catastrophic injury and class action matters — Krivis is recognized not only as a pioneer in the field, but also as one of the most respected neutrals in the state. Website—
About Mariam Zadeh: Mariam Zadeh was an active trial lawyer in New York City until September 11, 2001, at which time her life was dramatically changed. She moved to Los Angeles, obtained her L.L.M. in Alternative Dispute Resolution from the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University, and became a partner with Jeffrey Krivis. Since joining First Mediation, Mariam has successfully mediated employment, class actions, commercial, premises & professional liability, catastrophic injury, mass torts, complex insurance, ERISA and other tort actions. Website—