Jeffrey Krivis

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Alternative Dispute Resolution Attorney in Encino, CA

First Mediation Corporation
 | 16501 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 606
Encino, CA 91436
Phone: 818-784-4544
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1980
Practice Areas:
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
Attorney Profile

With a mediation practice that has resolved thousands of disputes, attorney Jeffrey Krivis has earned the reputation for being one of the most respected neutrals in the state. Recognized as a pioneer in the field of mediation, he has resolved disputes involving wage and hour class action, entertainment, mass tort, employment, business, complex insurance, and consumer class action matters. His firm, First Mediation Corporation, has been arranging equitable resolutions for more than 20 years.

Mr. Krivis has made numerous presentations, instructed law students and attorneys, and written two books on the subject of mediation. He has also served as the president of the International Academy of Mediators and the Southern California Mediation Association. He and his firm are approved providers of mandatory continuing legal education for the California State Bar and include areas such as improvisation techniques in negotiation, ethics, alternative dispute resolution and mediation advocacy. His firm is located in Los Angeles with offices in San Francisco and Monterey, California.

Practice Areas
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Alternative Dispute Resolution (100%): Mediation

Focus Areas

Alternative Dispute Resolution: Mediation


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Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2017

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About Jeffrey Krivis

Admitted 1980, California

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Honors and Awards:

  • President's Award, International Academy of Mediators, 2011
  • Lawyer of the Year - Alternative Dispute Resolution, Best Lawyers in America, 2010
  • Highest Rating (AV) from Martindale-Hubbell
  • The Hollywood Reporter recognized him as one of the "Power Mediators" in the entertainment industry
  • Named him many times as one of the "Top Neutrals in the State", The Los Angeles Daily Journal Legal Newspaper

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Emeritus Member, Board of Visitors, Pepperdine Law School
  • Board of Directors, California Dispute Resolution Council
  • Board of Directors, California Academy of Mediation Professionals
  • President, Southern California Mediation Association (SCMA)
  • President, International Academy of Mediators
  • Board of Directors, Dispute Resolution Section, American Bar Association, 2011

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Contributing Author, "Stories Mediators Tell", American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution, 2012
  • Author, "Improvisational Negotiation: A Mediator’s Stories of Conflict About Love, Money and Anger – and the Strategies that Resolved Them", Wiley/Jossey Bass, 2006
  • Author, "How To Make Money As A Mediator And Create Value For Everyone", Wiley/Jossey-Bass, 2006
  • Presenter, Workshop for Neutrals, First Mediation Corporation, 1991
  • "Working With ADR," San Gabriel Claims Association, March, 1992
  • "Integrating ADR Into Claims Handling," West Valley Claims Association, Woodland Hills, June, 1992
  • "Cooperation Agreements," Defense and Dispute Resolution Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii, November, 1992
  • "Mediation of Insurance Disputes," Southern California Mediation Association, Pepperdine University-Malibu, November, 1992
  • "ADR, It's Here and It's Now," American Prepaid Institute, Palm Springs, March, 1993
  • "I Create Solutions," Two Day workshop for lawyers and claims personnel on winning strategies using dispute resolution techniques.Willis Corroon Administrative Services, Nashville, Tennessee, March, 1993
  • "The Business of Mediation," (3 workshops-Southern California Mediation Association), December 1993; January 1994 and February 1994
  • "How To Avoid Lawsuits," Regular seminars at real estate brokerage offices throughout California on ADR, and legal updates. Regular Continuing Education Seminars at Law Firms throughout Los Angeles
  • "Mediation Training for Superior Court Mediators," Presented in association with the Los Angeles Superior Court Mandatory Mediation Program and the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Association, September and October, 1994
  • "Mediation As A Business Strategy In The Real Estate Industry," Legal Affairs Forum, California Association Realtors Convention, September 23, 1994
  • "Mediation In The Real Estate Industry," Presentation to selected retired Judges at Judicial Arbitration & Mediation Services, October 19, 1994
  • "Mediation As An Affirmative Business Strategy In The Real Estate Industry," Pepperdine Institute For Dispute Resolution/Southern California Mediation Association 6th Annual Conference, November 19, 1994
  • "An ADR Protocol For The Insurance Industry," American Bar Association Litigation Section, Tucson, Arizona, March, 1995
  • "Mediation In The Workplace," American Society of Trainers and Developers, Annual Conference, Dallas Texas, June 1995
  • "Marketing Yourself as a Professional Mediator," ADR Section of the Beverly Hills Bar Association, July 22, 1995
  • "Mediation Skills Training," The Dispute Resolution Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 24 - 27, 1995
  • Online Interview with Ken Andrichik, Director of Mediation for NASD, ADR Forum, Lexis Counsel Connect, September, 1995
  • "Dispute Resolution in Excess and Surplus Lines Insurance," American Bar Association, Los Angeles, Oct 26, 1995
  • "Mediation Training," Faculty Member of the National Association of Securities Dealers, November 8, 1995
  • "The Continuum of Conflict," California Association of Realtors/Risk Management Institute, January, 1996
  • "Online Interview with Judge Bert Glennon," Lexis Counsel Connect, January 1996
  • "ADR For Intellectual Property Lawyers," Los Angeles Intellectual Property Lawyers Association, May 1996
  • "Mediation Advocacy For Trial Lawyers," Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles, May 1996
  • "Expand Your Law Practice With The Use of Facilitated Negotiations," Beverly Hills Bar Association, June 1996
  • Panel Member and Presenter at "Court Annexed Mediation" program at annual SPIDR Conference. Other panel members included: James Alfini, Robert Baruch Bush, John Heyman, Robert Dulberg, Janice Small, Oct, 1996
  • "Negotiation Training," Ventura County Dispute Settlement Services, September, 1996
  • "Evaluative v. Facilitative Mediation," Society of Professionals In Dispute Resolution, Annual International Conference, October, 1996
  • "Skills Training For Mediators," Ventura County Dispute Settlement Services, October, 1996
  • "Using ADR To Resolve Employment Disputes," Counsel Connect, January, 1997
  • "ADR In Insurance Bad Faith and Tort Litigation," American Conference Institute, March 18, 1997
  • Mediation Skills, Visiting Professor Hamline Law School/Dispute Resolution Institute, June 1997
  • "Convening The Mediation," National Association of Securities Dealers, May and June, 1997
  • "From The ADR Toolbox: Using The Internet to Settle Disputes," American Bar Association annual conference, San Francisco, California, August 1, 1997
  • Southern California Mediation Association, Hotel Queen Mary, Long Beach, California, September 13, 1997
  • "Mediating Employment Discrimination Cases," 10th Annual SPIDR San Diego conference, La Costa Resort, Carlsbad, California, January 31, 1998
  • "ADR - How To Use It To Your Advantage," 5th Annual ALI-ABA Course of Study, San Francisco, California, March 19 - 20, 1998
  • "Recent Legislative Developments In ADR," California Dispute Resolution Council program, Los Angeles, California, March 27, 1998
  • "Annual CDRC Program -Recent Developments In ADR Legislation," Los Angeles, April, 1998
  • "Mediation Advocacy for Lawyers," Los Angeles County Bar Association, May, 1998
  • "Legislative Update," California Dispute Resolution Council, July, 1998
  • Mediation Advocacy for Securities Lawyers, San Diego, CA, NASD, August 24, 1998
  • Guest Speaker, Employment Issues for Human Resource Professionals, Sidley & Austin
  • Trainer, San Fernando Valley Bar Assn Mediation Training
  • 10th Annual SCMA Conference - "Marketing Your Mediation Practice," November 21, 1998
  • SCMA Employment/Workplace Disputes - Luncheon speaker on "Creating Value For Disputants In Employment Mediations," December 7, 1998
  • "Dispute Resolution - Catch The Next Wave," American Bar Association, Panel Workshop on Tort and Insurance Issues in Mediation, February 5 - 6, 1999
  • Presenter, Mentor Program, San Fernando Valley Bar Association, March 6, 1999
  • Presenter, "Case Evaluation, Risk Management & Loss Assessment," 1999 Orange County Mediation Week Conference, March, 1999
  • Presenter, "Using Technology to Resolve Disputes," ABA Techshow Conference
  • Presenter, "Defining The Parameters of Evaluative Mediation", International Academy of Mediator Conference, San Diego, California
  • Presenter, "Negotiating The Litigated Case," Los Angeles Superior Court, April 21 and June 29, 1999
  • Presenter, "Getting The Other Side to the Table," Annual Convention of the Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles, Las Vegas, October 1999
  • Presenter, "Negotiation Strategies In Mediation" Annual Conference, Consumer Attorneys of California, San Francisco, November, 1999
  • Presentation, "Cross Cultural Negotiations," Los Angeles Superior Court, January and February, 2000
  • Presenter, "Using Mediation To Create Value In School Related Disputes" Millenium School Law Annual Conference, County Counsel's Association, Monterey, California, Feb 4, 2000
  • Presenter, "Employment and Workplace Mediation" Southern California Mediation Association, Long Beach, California, April 15, 2000
  • Presenter, "The Uniform Mediation Act" International Academy of Mediators Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, May 8, 2000
  • Trainer, "Negotiating Litigated Cases" Los Angeles Superior Court, April, 2000
  • Trainer, "Mediation: A Skills Building Program" Continuing Judicial Studies Program/Judicial Council of California, Dana Point, California, August 2000
  • Facilitator, "How To Deal With The Emotional Distress Claim In Employment Disputes," Association of Southern California Defense Counsel, November 9, 2000
  • Presenter, "Mediating In Cyberspace," International Academy of Mediators Conference, Scottsdale, Arizona, November 2 - 4, 2000
  • Presenter, Masters Forum at Pepperdine Law School/Straus Institute For Dispute Resolution, (Resolving Personal Injury Claims; From Trial Lawyer to Successful Mediator), October, 2000
  • Trainer, "Mediation Skills," Universidad Panamerica (Guadalajara, Mexico), September, 2000
  • Facilitator, "Resolving Employment Disputes," presented in association with, September, 2000
  • Presenter, "Managing The Emotional Litigant In Mediation," Association of Southern California Defense Counsel, November 2000
  • Presenter, "Resolving Environmental Disputes," Los Angeles County Bar Association, February, 2001
  • Presenter, "Technology and ADR" ABA Dispute Resolution Section, Washington, D.C, April 2001
  • Workshop Leader, "Mediation Skills for Judges," Judicial Council of California/CJER, San Diego, August, 2001
  • Presenter, "The Truth About Deceit In Mediation," Consumer Attorneys of California, September, 2001
  • Workshop Leader, "The Business of Mediation," International Academy of Mediators conference, Hilton Head, South Carolina, November 2001
  • Trainer, "Mediation Advocacy" American Arbitration Association (Los Angeles), March 13, 2002
  • Dialogue Leader, "Technology in ADR, A New Wave or The Perfect Storm," The Masters Forum, Pepperdine University, March 14, 2002
  • Workshop Leader, "Mediation Skills for Judges," Long Beach and Monterey, San Diego, August 2002
  • Workshop Leader, "Mediation Skills for Judges," Judicial Council of California/CJER, January & March 2002
  • Trainer, "Federal Court Mediation Program," Los Angeles, April, 2002
  • Trainer, "Los Angeles Superior Court Mediation Skills Training," (Glendale, Pasadena, Palmdale, Long Beach, Encino, Culver City and Pomona), 2000 - 2002
  • Presenter, International Academy of Mediators conference, St. Louis, May 2003
  • Professor, "Advanced Mediation," Summer Skills Program, Pepperdine Law School/Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, June 2003
  • Workshop Leader, U.S. Federal Magistrate Mediation Program, Lake Arrowhead, California, September 13, 2003
  • Presenter, "Strategies For Breaking Impasse," San Fernando Valley Bar Association, October 9, 2003
  • Presenter, "Winning Strategies for Mediation," Southern California Defense Counsel, Century City, California, January 21, 2004
  • Presenter, "How To Be A Closer," California State Bar, Santa Monica, California, January 23, 2004
  • Presenter, "A View of Mediation in America," Lamport Hall Group, London, England, April 2004
  • Presenter, "Preparing For Mediation," Defense Research Institute (Life, Health & Disability section), Washington, D.C, April, 2004
  • Presenter, "Disputes with Especially Difficult People," Beverly Hills Bar Assn., September, 2004
  • Presenter, "Mediation: It's Saturday Night," International Claims Association, Nashville Tennessee, October 2004
  • Workshop Leader, "Closing Techniques for Mediators," Southern California Mediation Association, Pepperdine Law School/Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, November 4, 2004
  • Presenter, "The Reputation of the Mediator," International Academy of Mediators," Cancun, Mexico, November 12, 2004
  • Presenter, "Mediation In The Insurance Industry," Eastern Claims Conference, New York, February, 2005
  • Workshop Leader, "Mediation Skills Program-ABA Dispute Resolution Conference," Los Angeles, April 2005Trainer, "United States District Court Mediation Program," Los Angeles, California, March 2005
  • Workshop Leader, "Mediation Advocacy Skills," California State University office of General Counsel, November 2005
  • Professor, "Advanced Mediation Course," Pepperdine Law School, January - April, 2006
  • Trainer, "Advanced Skills for Mediators," CEDR, London, England, February 2006
  • Workshop Leader, "Improvisational Negotiation," American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section, Atlanta, Georgia, April 2006
  • Presenter, "Improvisation and Mediation," Harvard Law School, April 2006
  • Workshop Leader, "Advanced Negotiation Skills for Mediators," New Orleans, Mediation and Arbitration Professional Services (MAPS) May 2006
  • Interview, "How To Make Money In Mediation and Create Value For Everyone," Houston Bar Association, March 2007
  • Presenter, "Top Ten Pet Peeves In Mediation," Chicago, Illinois, Defense Research Institute (Life, Health, Disability & Erisa) seminar, March 2007
  • Workshop Leader, "Biggest Mistakes I Made In A Mediation," International Academy of Mediators, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May 2007
  • Workshop Leader, "Advanced Mediation Skills," Resolute Systems, Memphis, Tennessee, May 2007
  • Presenter, "Improvisational Skills for Trial Lawyers," Arab-American Bar Association, January 2008
  • Keynote Speaker, "The Mind of The Advocate In Mediation, "Utah Bar Association, March 15, 2008
  • Presenter, "Improvisation and Negotiation," Southern California Mediation Association, Malibu, California, November 3 - 4, 2008
  • Presenter, "Decision Making In The Insurance Industry," International Academy of Mediators, San Diego, California, November 11 - 13, 2008
  • Workshop Leader, "Improvisation for Trial Lawyers," Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, January 2009
  • Presenter, "Mediating Entertainment Disputes," Texas Bar Association Entertainment Law Institute, October 2, 2009
  • Presenter, "Successfully Mediating A Class Action Case," 2nd Annual Class Action Symposium, Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, Oct, 23 - 24, 2009
  • Workshop Leader, "Improvisational Negotiation: Adaptive Mediation Techniques For Advanced Practitioners," San Diego Superior Court, November 12, 2009
  • Trainer, "Using Improvisational Techniques In Mediation," San Diego Association of Realtors, November 21, 2009
  • Professor, "Specialized Mediation," Summer Skills Program emphasizing Employment, Personal injury and Medical malpractice disputes at Pepperdine Law School/Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, 2004 - present (Malibu and Vermont)
  • Presenter, "Negotiating Class Action Cases," 3rd Annual Class Action Symposium, Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, October 2010
  • Trainer, "Mediating The Litigated Case," 6-Day Program for senior level attorneys and judges, (Irvine, Encino and Los Angeles), Pepperdine Law School/Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, 1994 - present
  • Professor, "Advanced Mediation," Pepperdine Law School, 2006 - present
  • Professor, "Improvisational Negotiation," 3-Day Program for trial attorneys and judges, Summer Skills Program, Pepperdine Law School/Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, 2007 - 2011
  • Trainer, "Using Improvisational Skills In Mediation," Canadian Institute of Resources Law, University of Calgary, June 2011

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • "Improvisational Negotiation" received the Outstanding Book Award from the CPR Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution, 2006

Educational Background:

  • San Diego State University, 1976
Office Location for Jeffrey Krivis

16501 Ventura Boulevard
Suite 606
Encino, CA 91436

Phone: 818-784-4544


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Last Updated: 10/17/2016

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