I have used Rande Sotomayor's mediator services in employment cases twice so far, and in both situations the cases were somewhat complex and in no way easy to settle. However in both cases Rande has been able to work through the complexities to eventually lead the parties to settlement. In the most recent one, an early attempt at settlement failed because one of the parties was simply not ready to settle. Rande, like a bulldog, would not let go and continued to stay in regular touch with the parties to be a resource when needed. When the time was right almost a year later, she intervened to get discussions going again, ultimately guiding the parties to settlement through some very strongly held positions. I would recommend Rande Sotomayor for any of my employment law colleagues out there. I know I will use her again.

— Irvine attorney

It was truly a pleasure to work with Rande. She is tenacious and does not give up. In an extremely difficult mediation where there was no chance at settlement, Rande kept in contact with the parties for the months that followed. She was relentless (in a good way) and was ultimately able to bring the parties together to resolve the case. I look forward to working with Rande in the future.

— Los Angeles attorney

Rande, I wanted to thank you for your hard work yesterday. The client and I are pleased with the result . . . We’re glad to be done with [the litigation] and will keep you at the top of our list of preferred mediators.

Lake Forest Attorney

Thank you again for your help in resolving this case. You did a great job bringing the parties together in what was a very emotional case with baggage going back 40+ years.

La Canada Attorney

I was so happy when the personal injury claimant picked Rande to mediate his claim. Rande always comes up with out-of-the box ways to get cases settled, create win-win situations, and somehow have everyone leave happy.

Long Beach Claims Adjuster

I had my doubts about the effectiveness of a mediation so far out from a trial date, but it worked. That is due in large part to your efforts Rande. Thank you again for your efforts.

Walnut Creek attorney

The mediation ended up being more helpful than I could have imagined. It created a venue where parties could engage in earnest settlement talks. I would definitely call upon you again should the occasion arise.

Walnut Creek attorney

Ms. Sotomayor was able to identify the key issues, and the realistic settlement range of our matter. She worked extremely hard to get the parties to move off of their respective positions, and to a place where settlement could be achieved. Given the low expectations that all of the parties involved had for settling this matter, we were all particularly pleased that she was able to get this matter settled.

Irvine Attorney

I appreciate so much your effort and expertise to help our clients move forward towards a resolution today.

Pasadena Attorney

I was very impressed with the amount of preparation you put into the mediation and your commitment to settling the case because it was in the best interest of the parties and the Court. Your effort was very much appreciated and I would definitely recommend your mediation services to my colleagues. I will personally inform others in my office of your great work.

Los Angeles Attorney

You went the extra mile on a case with little chance of settling.

Palmdale Attorney

Thank you for your continued kindness. You've given us much more than we deserve. Just know that you will always be the hero of this story, and we are forever in your debt. I hope to have the opportunity to work with you again and look forward to that day. Thanks again for everything.

Business Owner

Thank you so much for a great mediation.

Personal note from an individual party plaintiff

We are grateful for your expertise and hard work to get this case settled.

Beverly Hills Attorney

I wanted to let you know I thought you did a great job on the mediation yesterday under a tough set of circumstances. I was highly concerned that we would not be able to get [the opposition] to an acceptable number but you worked on [them] all day. I had been working on my clients for some time and you helped me get [them] down as well. Thank you and I would definitely recommend you and use you again.

Westlake Village Attorney

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.

Orange County Attorney

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.

Pasadena Attorney

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.

Encino Attorney

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.

Encino Attorney

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.

Los Angeles Attorney

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!

Woodland Hills 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

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

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

Insurance Claims Representative

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 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

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

Los Angeles Attorney

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

Pasadena 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

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

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

Los Angeles 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

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

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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