Testimonials

Dear Rande,

Last year 2 of my key personnel were at odds over a disagreement. Business suffered and the work environment was tense for everyone. Both were long term employees and therefore very valuable to our business and to me. I tried everything I could think of to remedy the situation, nothing worked. Then I called you.

Through your efforts and talent as a mediator you made a tremendous, positive impact on my business. Your patience, impartiality and abilities ended a months-long issue between them. The employees began working together again as a team and a year later they continue to work together very well. It was really amazing what you accomplished. It is something that I could not have done myself.

With heartfelt thanks,

J.H., Business Owner

"In addition to your skills to achieve an amicable resolution, I applaud and thank you for your kind and encouraging words you shared with [my client] yesterday. Thank you for your expertise."

Ric Jones, Law Offices of Richard A. Jones

I used Ms. Sotomayor as a mediator in a real estate litigation matter with positive results. The case was settled with a fair and reasonable outcome for all parties. Ms. Sotomayor was professional, well prepared, and demonstrated a keen eye and ability to navigate through some tough legal issues. Ms. Sotomayor worked tirelessly to bring the matter to its final conclusion, and took the time to ensure that a full Compromise Agreement and Mutual Release memorializing all terms was signed by all parties before the mediation concluded. Additionally, Ms. Sotomayor demonstrated that she was conscientious of managing the mediation costs by addressing the issues that were the most important head-on and early in the process, thereby avoiding countless hours of unproductive time spent on superfluous issues.

Justin Romig, Esq., Law Offices of Justin Romig

From the moment I initially spoke to you on the telephone in a conference call with my co-counsel and opposing counsel, I developed a sense that you had a demeanor highly conducive to a positive mediation process. You consistently spoke in terms of reaching a settlement, and indeed, you orchestrated that result. You made it look simple, and for that all parties are grateful.

Gerald M. Cobb, Esq.

I believe, but for your efforts, this matter would not have resolved. Given the way the public views police misconduct cases in today’s highly disruptive climate, most of these cases require trial. Your ability to encourage the parties to look at the issues realistically was the major impetus for this settlement. I specially appreciate your providing the plaintiff the opportunity to vent the frustration that he has felt over this incident. As a result of your unique mediation skills, you were able to have the parties deal with the issue of settlement and not get bogged down in the emotionality of the circumstances. I believe that your expertise undoubtedly was the moving factor in bringing about this resolution.

Bruce M. Kaufman, Esq., Kaufman, Kaufman & Miller LLP

Ms. Sotomayor not only quickly understood the clients and the legal issues, but she understood and dealt intelligently with the attorneys – appreciating their legal duties as advocates. Our mediation meeting failed to end in settlement; however Sotomayor contacted the attorneys again after a few days to “check in”, after the parties and attorneys had had some time to think in retrospect about the mediation itself. This was a smart move, and demonstrates her dedication to this process. I believe “round two” was a key factor in the ultimate out of court resolution.

Michele Brooke, Esq., Brooke Law Group

Thank you for doing such a great job. You made the process easy.

Insurance Claims Representative

Rande is a phenomenal mediator! She was instrumental in settling several extremely difficult cases for our firm. She is a sharp mediator who knows when to listen, when to push and what to do in difficult situations. She is willing to go out of her way to make sure that all options are exhausted before the parties walk away from a settlement. Moreover, her prices are extremely reasonable and her professionalism is second to none. We highly recommend her!

Fadi K. Amer, Esq., Law 22, APC

We've gotten more accomplished in the last two weeks [working with you as a consultant] than we have in the last five years.

Business Owner

Mrs. Sotomayor defused an emotionally charged civil rights action and assisted the parties in reaching a very, very good result.

Pasadena Attorney

Rande astutely managed a complicated construction defect mediation for counsel and clients who didn't know where to begin. She quickly identified phases of issues and got the parties to agree on steps to take to resolve each phase.

Los Angeles Attorney

Rande is an experienced ERISA attorney who understands the unique issues in ERISA benefits litigation. Consequently, she was able to efficiently tackle this kind of case and get the parties to "yes" in a reasonable amount of time. We couldn't have done it without her.

Los Angeles Attorney

Thank you so much for all your help and perseverance ...! I can't believe we settled this ...! I really appreciate all you did.

Pasadena Attorney

Rande is tenacious, friendly, and effective. She did a tremendous job and helped difficult parties and counsel reach an agreement that nobody expected would be achieved.

Pasadena Attorney

Rande facilitated excellent settlements in multiple cases among difficult and tenacious parties and attorneys. She did an exemplary job.

Los Angeles Attorney

We had an unusually difficult ERISA case. Rande worked tenaciously and sensitively to help us reach a settlement.

Los Angeles Attorney

My client and I both felt that you did a great job. I look forward to working with you again.

Marina del Rey Attorney

Terrific lawyer and neutral.

Los Angeles Attorney

An outstanding mediator in all areas of civil litigation, including ERISA, insurance, consumer, unfair trade practices, personal injury, employment, and civil rights litigation.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge

Thank you very much for the time and effort you put into the mediation. We accomplished much more than I anticipated. I appreciate your hard work.

Sherman Oaks Attorney

Rande surprised many experienced litigators in the room with an unexpected approach to the mediation hearing. It led directly to a very desirable settlement that nobody thought would happen.

Los Angeles Attorney

I sincerely appreciate your dedication to making this [mediation] happen and not giving up. I'm impressed you got it to settle in a few hours!!!!!

Los Angeles Attorney

Ms. Sotomayor was able to bring in a very tough case where there were very bad feelings between the parties. She is on our short list for mediators.

Los Angeles Attorney

You were excellent. . . . I much appreciate your pre-mediation effort, your ability to gain trust on both sides. I felt your introduction at the beginning was very good, giving positive confidence to getting this case settled, and the way you hung tight and were gritty during the negotiations. You clearly had the respect of [all of the attorneys and clients].

This was a difficult mediation because of the players and very different perspectives brought to the case. You handled those aspects of the mediation very well indeed.

I am most prepared to give anyone who would ask my highest recommendation about you.

Santa Rosa Attorney

Thanks for all your efforts yesterday. Your indefatigable spirit carried the day and I think this was a case where a settlement truly benefited both parties!

Los Angeles Attorney

My partner and I sought mediation and could not be happier with our choice to go with Rande. She saved us a lot of time and money by having us prepare and get everything down on paper first before we would meet. Her style is very easy yet straight forward. In addition, she has lots of resources for small businesses. I can foresee working with Rande in the future.

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