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"I appreciate this opportunity to introduce myself as a mediator available to serve your future alternative dispute resolution needs.
I am a conflict resolution specialist committed to meeting the time constraints of people, disputants, attorneys and their clients.
The method of mediation I use facilitates communication amongst all parties exposing interests that so often block the development of relationships. When people feel like they truly have been heard settlement becomes simple. The key factor of this process is their participation in a non-adversarial environment."
Donald Fischer is a mediator centrally located in Fresno, California. The Association for Conflict Resolution, Academy of Family Mediators certifies him as an Advanced Practitioner. He serves as a Fresno County Superior Court Settlement Officer and is a recognized mediator on the Court's ADR panel.
His background is founded with a Master's Degree in Conflict Resolution and Peacemaking at Fresno Pacific University. He was Director, FPU Mediation Services Civil & Probate Division, Superior Court, County of Fresno for 12 years. He holds a BA in Rhetoric with an emphasis in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley (’77). He maintains continuing education with excessive hours of certified mediation training from the California State Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He is trained in construction dispute arbitration certified by the New Mexico Bar and as an employment mediator by the EEOC. Donald has twenty-eight years of experience in retail business ownership and real estate management. He has contracted as a Research Consultant and advanced mediation trainer for the Fresno County Superior Court. He was an associate with the Center for Peacemaking and Conflict Studies mediation panel, Mediation Associate.This well rounded experience is the foundation of a true conflict resolution specialist.
Donald has educated and persuaded complainants and respondents to accept the opportunity to mediate voluntarily their conflicts. Superior Court Civil Limited, Unlimited, Probate (Guardianship, Conservatorship, Trust, Wills and Estates), and Family are the case categories he served as lead mediator and Director of FPU Mediation Services in Fresno Court's jurisdiction. Each party was assisted in developing their voice to participate efficiently in a constructive conflict resolution process. He mentored Master's candidate graduate assistants by contributing mediation experience through this program. The Fresno Pacific University contract with the Superior Court, County of Fresno, and independent work has provided more than 1500 mediation experiences since 2003.
Not every conflict can be mediated but these are rare. Most cases resolve before trial and mediation presents you with the opportunity to resolve this matter through a cost effective process. Mediation can preserve relationships that can deteriorate through the long adversarial option of litigation.
Additionally, Donald's experience with Superior Courts, Judges, attorneys, mediators, groups in business, finance, education and cross-cultural communities provides the background for him to train people in the art and science of constructive conflict management. This focus of early intervention helps the participants communicate more effectively to achieve greater goal satisfaction.