A. Peter Rausch Jr. – Mediator
Peter Rausch has been litigating complex business and commercial disputes for over twenty five years and has participated as an advocate in countless mediations and settlement negotiations. After seeing first hand the value and benefit of facilitated voluntary dispute resolution, Peter developed an interest in the study of the art and science of negotiation and the psychology of human communication in the context of alternative dispute resolution. After training to serve as a small claims court judge pro tem with the San Joaquin County Superior Court and periodically presiding over the court’s small claims calendar, along with serving on the Court’s Judicial Arbitration Panel and conducting arbitrations in the Court’s ADR program, Peter trained to serve as a neutral in the context of mediating business related civil disputes.
In addition to other formal mediator training programs, in the fall of 2005, Peter completed the intensive five (5) day Steve Rosenberg mediation training and began offering private mediation services ancillary to his litigation practice. Peter completed the Rosenberg advanced mediation training in the Spring of 2007. In 2009, Peter completed the Pepperdine University, Strauss Institute week long Mediator Training Program and joined the San Joaquin County Superior Court Mediation Panel. In the summer of 2012, Peter completed the Dana Curtis five (5) day Mediation Training Program as part of the California Court of Appeal, Third District Appellate Mediation Program and now serves on the Third District’s mediation panel handling appellate mediations.
Peter tends to approach mediation with a facilitative perspective, allowing the parties to use their own creativity and judgment to guide the mediation toward settlement. He believes that an effective mediator must be extremely prepared for each case and needs to understand the factual contentions and assess and analyze the laws surrounding the dispute thoroughly before settlement discussions begin. The most successful mediations tend to be those cases in which the mediator is most prepared. In addition to preparation, creativity, flexibility and a firm yet diplomatic utilization of evaluative reflection are important ingredients to any successful mediation