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Amanda D. Singer, Esq., MDR, CDFA™

Growing up my mom was a therapist and I learned early on how important our feelings can be to our relationships and that we need to tell other people how we feel or they won’t know what needs to be changed. I learned about mediation in college at Brandeis University during one of my last classes for my legal studies minor. This class made me realize that there was a career option that would allow me to blend the emotional side of conflict with the pragmatic problem-solving side. I completed my JD at Chapman University School of Law while earning my Masters in Dispute Resolution (MDR) from The Straus Institute of Dispute Resolution and Pepperdine University School of Law. Both of these degrees allowed me to learn more about the law as well as better understand conflict, how people deal with conflict and the ways in which we can resolve it.  

I know that family law is an area where people can benefit from mediation because couples getting divorced are going through a change in their life and the court does not have the time, energy or resources to effectively work with each couple to recognize this and help them move forward. Mediation on the other hand blends the emotions that they are feeling about the past and what has happened and assist them in moving forward, not only through the legal process but in problem solving ways to effectively maintain a relationship and not hate each other at the end of the process, especially when kids are involved. I am also the co-owner and professional family mediator of San Diego Family Mediation Center.

The Most Important Thing I Want All Clients To Know

I want clients to know that conflict is ok and we all have it in our life, but learning how to communicate with each other effectively is what matters. I know what it’s like to step outside of your comfort zone and try to do something that you’re not used to; I’ve completed five marathons, many half marathons and two triathlons. It can be uncomfortable in the moment, but the feeling after makes it worthwhile to fight through to the end. I currently serve on the Board of Directors for the Academy of Professional Family Mediation. I am a member of the State Bar of California, the American Bar Association and ProVisors amongst other organizations.