Mark Baer

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Alternative Dispute Resolution Attorney in Pasadena, CA

Mark B. Baer, Inc., APLC
 | 301 E. Colorado Boulevard, Suite 320
Pasadena, CA 91101
Phone: 626-389-8929
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1991
Practice Areas:
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (80%),
  • Family Law (20%)
Attorney Profile

I am a peace-maker and problem-solver. That's true, whether I'm acting in my capacity as a mediator, attorney or conflict resolution coach. Mediators are peacemakers, in my opinion. When operating in my capacity as an attorney, I view my role as a "counselor at law."  

The mantra I live by is set forth in the following quote by Abraham Lincoln:

"Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner is often a real loser--in fees, expenses, and waste of time. As a peacemaker the lawyer has a superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough."

Family law is known as the vampire of the legal system because the cases never die.  I strive to handle my cases, such that they don't become vampires.  

My philosophy and approach is consistent with the title of the book in which I co-authored two chapters, which is "Putting Kids First in Divorce: How to Reduce Conflict, Preserve Relationships and Protect Children During and After Divorce."  I assist people in conflict solve their problems, rather than merely broker deals on the legal issues.  I have a knack for capturing the essence of a conflict and moving people to a place of empathy and compassion so as to reduce financial costs and improve relationships.  I help people to see things from different perspectives and to focus on the bigger picture.

I am best known as an empathetic, compassionate and intelligent deep thinker with a very strong grasp of the process tools available to mediators and insight into human behavior and psychology.  I strive to and am able to discover, and effectively deal with not only the obvious issues, but also those below the surface issues which often make the difference in conflict resolution.

From my perspective, lawyers can either solve problems or create them.  

What really makes me unique is the knowledge, skill set and insight that led to my having been selected "Most Compassionate Family Mediator - California" for the 2015 Legal Elite Awards, "Best Collaborative Divorce Practitioner - California" for the 2015 AI Legal Awards, and one of only four lawyers / law firms in the entire state of California to receive the Corporate LiveWire 2016 Global Award for "Litigation and Dispute Resolution." That award category encompasses mediation, collaborative law, and conflict resolution coaching, which are the primary focuses of my practice.

When a potential client walks into my office, they can expect to find a competent, caring, and compassionate professional who is determined to assist them in resolving their conflicts and disputes constructively, rather than destructively.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Alternative Dispute Resolution (80%): Mediation

Family Law (20%): Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law

Focus Areas

Alternative Dispute Resolution: Mediation

Family Law: Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 6 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2017

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About Mark Baer

Admitted: 1991, California

Professional Webpage: http://www.markbaeresq.com/Attorney-Profile.aspx

Honors and Awards:

  • Best Child Custody Mediator 2016 - Los Angeles , Corporate America Legal Elite, 2016
  • Mark B. Baer, Inc., APLC was one of only four law firms in the entire state of California to receive the Corporate LiveWire 2016 Global Award for "Litigation and Dispute Resolution." That award category encompasses mediation, collaborative law, and conflict resolution coaching, which are the primary focuses of Mark's practice., Best, Corporate LiveWire Global Awards, 2016
  • Best Family Law Attorney - Pasadena, Corporate LiveWire Global Awards, 2015
  • Best Collaborative Divorce Practitioner - California, AI Legal Awards, 2015
  • Southern California "Super Lawyer" 2012–2016
  • Selected by The Corporate America Legal Elite of 2015 as "Most Compassionate Family Mediator – California."

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • The State Bar of California Family Law Section ADR/CDR Standing Committee (South), Member, 2011
  • California, License No.: SBN 152512, 1991

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • In this article, I explain why both spouses are equally responsibile for the decicision to handle their family law matter through combat (litigation), as opposed to cooperation (mediation or collaborative law).  , Author, Cooperation or Combat? The Choice Is Yours!, Huffington Post, 2016
  • In this article, I discuss how the media's coverage of adversarial conflict resolution (an oxymoron) for the sake of profit has resulted in the public being misinformed and advised with regard to the most appropriate ways of handling emotional conflicts and factual disputes., Author, I Call Foul on the Media’s Coverage of Divorce and Conflict in General, Huffington Post, 2016
  • Mr. Baer co-authored the first two chapters in "Putting Kids First in Divorce: How to Reduce Conflict, Preserve Relationships and Protect Children During and After Divorce", which was published on February 7, 2016.  Moreover, the book's Introduction opens with his quote, "Outcomes are typically determined by the way in which the 'game is designed."  The book has received the following reviews, in addition to those which can be viewed on Amazon: "I will be recommending Putting Kids First in Divorce to all who want to preserve their child(ren)’s sanity during dissolution." - Joan T. Daniels, Esq. "A commonly needed text of information, the newly released book, Putting Kids First in Divorce, is a child-centered guide for parents who are considering divorce or separation, co-authored by Attorney and Mediator Mark Baer. Check it out and pass it along to clients, friends, and family." - Global Association for Interpersonal Neurobiology Studies  GAINS is a Global Association of "therapists, educators, artists, community planners, scientists, health care providers, parents, spiritual directors and seekers, researchers - and individuals interested in creating a resilient, compassionate world." It is described as follows: "We promote and support the application of the scientifically-grounded principles of Interpersonal Neurobiology to the art of human relationships, across disciplines, in both our personal and professional lives, in the service of a more awake and compassionate world for individuals, families, and communities.", Co-Author, Putting Kids First in Divorce: How to Reduce Conflict, Preserve Relationships and Protect Children During and After Divorce , 2016
  • The program description was as follows:  "Learn what you can do to be an agent for social change in what has been referred to as ‘the last civil rights movement’: LGBT rights. Notwithstanding the Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage equality, a number of states do not prohibit employment or housing discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Additionally, religious liberty laws are being enacted in various states, which permit discrimination against LGBT individuals. Panel members will share their own experiences relating to issues that members of the LGBT community face, and will assist those that attend this program to acquire an insight that will aid in the empathetic process when faced with such issues in mediation.", Moderator and Panelist , Equal Rights for the LGBT Community: The Last Frontier of the Civil Rights Movement,, Southern California Mediation Association, 2015
  • This program addressed the ethical do’s and don’ts of 3rd party involvement in our family law cases from the payment of fees to a determination of who and who is not the client—and a lot more in between., Panelist, The Ethical Do’s and Don’ts of Knowing When 3’s a Crowd, ABA Family Law Section , 2015
  • This is Part 7 of a 7-Part series describing how family law lawyers contribute to their clients' problems, rather than the solution. , Author, How Family Law Attorneys Tend to Think, Final Part, Huffington Post, 2015
  • This is Part 6 of a 7-Part series describing how family law lawyers contribute to their clients' problems, rather than the solution. , Author, How Family Law Attorneys Tend to Think, Part VI, Huffington Post, 2015
  • This is Part 5 of a 7-Part series describing how family law lawyers contribute to their clients' problems, rather than the solution. , Author, How Family Law Attorneys Tend to Think, Part V, Huffington Post, 2015
  • This is Part 4 of a 7-Part series describing how family law lawyers contribute to their clients' problems, rather than the solution. , Author, How Family Law Attorneys Tend to Think, Part IV, Huffington Post, 2015
  • This is Part 3 of a 7-Part series describing how family law lawyers contribute to their clients' problems, rather than the solution. , Author, How Family Law Attorneys Tend to Think, Part III, Huffington Post, 2015
  • This is Part 2 of a 7-Part series describing how family law lawyers contribute to their clients' problems, rather than the solution. , Author, How Family Law Attorneys Tend to Think, Part II, Huffington Post, 2015
  • This is Part 1 of a 7-Part series describing how family law lawyers contribute to their clients' problems, rather than the solution.  , Author, How Family Law Attorneys Tend to Think, Part I, Huffington Post, 2015
  • In this article, I discuss the practical and ethical problems that third party meddlers cause in divorce and other family law related cases.  , Author, When Divorcing, Beware of Meddlers!, Huffington Post, 2015
  • In this article, I explain the importance of empathy in our work as lawyers and why future lawyers should be screened and trained for empathy.  , Author, Future Lawyers Should Be Screened and Trained for Empathy, 2015
  • In this article, I explain why, if the consequences weren’t so tragic, the manner in which people tend to address their conflicts and disputes would make for great comedy., Author, The Greek Comedy We Call Litigation, Huffington Post, 2015
  • In this article, I explain why custody battles are so harmful to children., Author, Parents Should Think Twice Before Engaging in a Custody Battle Over Their Children, Huffington Post, 2015
  • In this article, I demonstrate why to resolve or manage conflict, you must address the actual cause of the problem.  , Author, To Resolve or Manage Conflict, You Must Address the Actual Cause of the Problem, Huffington Post, 2015
  • In this article, I quote various governmental entities from all over the world regarding the damage caused by litigating family law matters and the benefits of mediating such issues.  , Author, Litigation Should Come with a Warning, Huffington Post, 2015
  • In this article, I describe lawyer paternalism and explain why it is such a serious problem in the legal field, particularly in the field of family law.  , Author, Lawyer Paternalism Is A Very Serious Problem, Huffington Post, 2015
  • In this article, David Ellis, CPA and I discuss the complexities involved in family law matters and why it is essential for the legal community to embrace the power of collaboration for everyone's benefit.  , Co-Author, The Tax Consequences of Dividing Marital Property, Practical Tax Strategies, 2014
  • Author, Expose' on, Blogs on Divorce, 2014
  • "The Power of Empathy," Huffington Post, December 8, 2014, Author, 2014
  • Co-presenter at the 2013 California Psychological Association Convention with Stephen H. Sulmeyer, J.D., Ph.D. on The Cutting Edge of Psychological Practice: Mental Health Professionals and Dispute Resolution, 2013
  • Co-Presenter, Facilitating Rational Problem-Solving Into an Otherwise Destructive Divorce Process, San Gabriel Valley Psychological Association, 2012
  • Are Attorneys and the Legal System Facilitating the Creation of Post-Divorce Functional or Dysfunctional Families?, Speaker, The Financial Planning Association of the San Gabriel Valley, May 2012
  • Industry Trends and Perspective on the Future of Divorce Practice, Keynote Speaker, The Divorce Expo, Detroit, Michigan, 2012
  • Navigating the Emotional Currents of Collaborative Law, Panelist, American Bar Association, Family Law section: Spring CLE Conference, 2013, Panelist
  • "Are You Facilitating the Creation of a Post-Divorce Functional or Dysfunctional Family?", The World of Collaborative Practice magazine, May 1, 2012, Author
  • "Navigating the Emotional Waters within Collaborative Family Law," The World of Collaborative Practice magazine, March 2013, Author
  • "Inside the Minds: Strategies for Family Law in California," 2013 ed., published by Aspatore Books, 2013, Author
  • "When the Law Is Involved, Do Feelings and Notions of Fairness Matter?", DR Currents - A Publication of the Dispute Resolution Section of the State Bar of Georgia, 2013, Author
  • Heal from past relationships to help you move on and find love," ExpertBeacon, 2013, Author
  • "The Perfect Storm: Lawyer Limitations and the Adversarial Model in Family Law," The American Journal of Family Law, Winter 2014, Author
  • 12 part "Expose' on 'Divorce Corp.', the "documentary" film, Blogs on Divorce, January 2014, Author
  • "3 Things To Think About Before Filing For Divorce," MariaShriver.com, February 12, 2014, Author
  • "'Collaborative Divorce' Is Collaborative in Name Only," DR Currents - A Publication of the Dispute Resolution Section of the State Bar of Georgia, 2014, Author
  • "The Impact of Relationship Apps on Family Dynamics," Huffington Post, June 19, 2014, Author
  • "When Divorcing, Don't Hire a Pit Bull Attorney," Psychology Today, October 8, 2014, Author
  • "'How To Select The Best Mediator' Is a Must Read for Everyone," Huffington Post, November 18, 2014, Author

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Educational Background:

  • University of California, Los Angeles, B.A. in Economics/Business, cum laude, 1987

Industry Groups

  • Academy Of Professional Family Mediators
  • Association For Conflict Resolution
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association
  • International Academy Of Collaborative Professionals
  • LA Collaborative Family Law Association
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Pasadena Bar Association
  • San Gabriel Valley Psychological Association
  • Southern California Mediation Association
  • Office Location for Mark Baer

    301 E. Colorado Boulevard
    Suite 320
    Pasadena, CA 91101

    Phone: 626-389-8929

     

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