Kathy Bazoian Phelps is an experienced lawyer and mediator in Los Angeles and throughout the country, with substantial experience in bankruptcy, commercial and fraud-related disputes. With over 30 years of experience, Kathy is an effective facilitator and mediator of disputes on a variety of issues, including:
Kathy’s broad range of experience enables her to see both sides of a dispute and help the parties to fashion a mutually acceptable resolution in lieu of costly, time-consuming, and uncertain litigation. She is a trained mediator and can offer both facilitative and evaluative styles of mediation depending on the needs of the parties. Her professional, objective style of mediation, along with her dedication and tenacity to reach a resolution makes her an extremely effective mediator. She enjoys working with all kinds of personalities. Her people skills encourage openness and help to guide the parties through the process to reach a fair resolution. She is known for her excellent negotiating skills, her keen business sense, and her trustworthiness.
Kathy remains highly alert to the needs of the parties, knowing what questions to ask and knowing how to evaluate the value and veracity of the information provided. She is attentive to the interests and personalities of the parties, knowing when press a little harder and when to take a break. She constantly watches the verbal and nonverbal communications of the parties with an eye to getting the case resolved.
Patience is another important qualification that Kathy exercises no matter the length or difficultly of a mediation. Kathy is professional, remains objective throughout the process, and does not promise what cannot be delivered. As the mediation process unfolds, Kathy is adaptable and can shift her techniques to best guide the parties in their discussion about resolution. Her rapport with the parties ensures that each party’s interests are heard and understood. Kathy will ask the parties to look at their cases with candor and openness and then use the resulting opportunity to assist the parties in finding a creative and acceptable alternative to a litigated outcome.
Kathy serves on the mediation panel for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California. She was trained as a mediator at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution affiliated with Pepperdine Law School.
Kathy also serves as a mediation consultant, advising clients about the mediation process and its benefits, and assisting them in both pre-mediation preparation as well as the mediation itself to reach the best possible outcome.
Kathy’s mediator rates are available upon request, and she mediates disputes nationally.