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San Francisco Mediation Lawyer

The Law Office of Barry K. Tagawa provides mediation and arbitration services to individuals and businesses in the San Francisco region. Barry Tagawa has been a mediator for the Early Settlement Program for the San Francisco Superior Court from October 2001 through November 2012. He has also been an arbitrator for the San Francisco Superior Court from April 2000 through at least April 2012.

Mediation and arbitration are alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods that tend to be a faster and less expensive option than standard litigation procedures. In some cases, mediation can also afford more privacy than a courtroom.


During mediation, both sides meet with a neutral third party, known as a mediator, who helps to frame the negotiation and find a mutually acceptable solution for their dispute. The parties may be represented or unrepresented by legal counsel. The discussions are private, and the resolutions are legally binding. Because both sides participate in the discussions and provide input into the settlement, a settlement is only reached it all the parties agree to the terms of the settlement. This collaboration also tends to help build a relationship between individuals or businesses, laying the groundwork for resolving future conflicts.


Arbitration is a method for resolving conflict by presenting it to an impartial third party, or arbitrator. The parties may be represented or unrepresented by legal counsel. Arbitration can be either binding or non-binding, depending on the parties' agreement. The arbitrator considers the evidence presented by both sides and makes a decision. This process often results in a quicker and more convenient and efficient resolution than using the court system.

Experienced Bay Area Mediation and Arbitration Attorney

The Law Office of Barry K. Tagawa represents clients throughout San Francisco, California, and the Bay Area. For detailed examples of cases previously handled by Mr. Tagawa, visit the notable cases page. Call (415) 951-8600 to arrange a free initial consultation with Barry Tagawa, Esq., an experienced San Francisco mediation attorney.

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The Law Office of Barry K. Tagawa

Barry K. Tagawa
870 Market Street, Suite 1215
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 415-951-8600
Fax: 415-951-8626
E-mail: barry@sf-attorney.com
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