Since becoming a full-time mediator in 1994, Lee Jay Berman has successfully mediated over 1,250 litigated matters and is on the national panels of the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and the CPR Institute's National Panel of Distinguished Neutrals. He is a Fellow with the International Academy Mediators and a Diplomat with the California Academy of Distinguished Neutrals.
He is Director of the "Mediating the Litigated Case" program for the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine University School of Law, which was ranked #1 nationally by US News for the fourth consecutive year, and from 2003-2007, he served as National Chair of the Dispute Resolution Training Committee for the American Bar Association. Mr. Berman has also conducted mediation trainings for mediators in post-war Croatia, for the Delhi High Court in India, for Judges from The Kingdom of Jordan, and has trained in Amsterdam and Dubai, as well as domestically for the AAA, the California Academy of Mediation Professionals, and multiple companies, law firms, bar associations, courts and insurance companies. Mr. Berman was the inaugural Alternative Dispute Resolution Director of the Court Administered Dispute Resolution (CADRe) Program for the Santa Barbara County Superior Court.
Today, Mr. Berman enjoys a thriving commercial mediation practice and teaching mediation, negotiation and conflict resolution skills.