About Elizabeth Bader

Elizabeth Bader has successfully mediated a wide variety of cases, including complex, multi-party, tort-related litigation.  Her approach is multi-dimensional.

On the psychological level, Elizabeth’s approach is based on her award-winning insights into the fundamental importance of  issues of “face” and “ego” in mediation.

On the physical level, Elizabeth  has extensively studied the way the nervous system works during mediation.  She has been extensively trained in recognizing trauma, and is committed to  maintaining a safe space for all participants during the mediation.

Then there is the level of the law. Prior to becoming a mediator,  Elizabeth successfully argued cases before the California Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit.  She also has an extensive background in insurance.  Elizabeth uses her expertise to help parties view their options fairly but objectively.

Finally, Elizabeth has also been a committed spiritual practitioner for 40 years.  She believes serious conflicts,  sometimes even including business disputes, can sometimes raise profound, even existential questions for parties.  She strives to be sensitive and supportive to participants on this level as well.

Publications and Honors

Elizabeth has written about her unique approach to mediation in articles published in the Cardozo Journal of Dispute Resolution, the Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Law Journal (2010), the International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies (2011), and mediate.com. Her insights have been recognized in both the psychology and legal communities, both here and abroad.

Her writings earned Elizabeth the Margaret S. Mahler Psychiatric Research Foundation’s Literature Prize in 2011.  In Europe, her work has also been used to help “train the trainers” on multi-cultural mediation.

Elizabeth’s work has been studied in graduate programs at UC Berkeley (Boalt Hall), Golden Gate University, John F. Kennedy University, and the University of Oregon.

Teaching Activities

Elizabeth has taught privately and in many different settings. She has presented at the Bar Association of San Francisco, the American Bar Association, the American Group Psychotherapy Association, the Science and Nonduality Conference 2012, Boalt Hall, JFK University and other places. She has also led small groups for lawyers and therapists.

Work Within the American Bar Association

From 2009 to 2013, Elizabeth founded and chaired a committee within the American Bar Association that expressly included both psychology and spirituality in its mandate. In that role, she organized meetings on topics such as meditation, forgiveness and money. She now maintains a website on psychology, spirituality and conflict resolution in order to host collaborative discussions on these topics, and to publish articles of her own.

Elizabeth’s resumé is available here.