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Mari Frank

  • Attorney/Mediator
  • Professor, Dispute Resolution
  • Professional Speaker/Trainer
  • Certified Information Privacy
  • Certified Trainer, St Bar of  CA
  • Author, several books/treatises
  • Radio Talk Show Host
  • Media Commentator


Mari Frank is an attorney, mediator, and certified information privacy professional (CIPP), author, professor, and radio show host in private practice in Laguna Niguel, California. She has successfully resolved thousands of disputes as an attorney mediator  since 1985.

Ms. Frank served for three years as founding Chair of the State Bar of California Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the Legal Services Section.  She presently is a qualified member of the Civil Mediation Panel for the Orange County Superior Court and serves on the Executive Committee of the Orange County Courts Arbitration and Mediation Administration Committee. She mediates for Fee Disputes for the Orange County Bar Association. Ms. Frank has taught hundreds of law students as a law professor, and thousands of attorneys as a certified trainer for continuing legal education for the Bar. She has taught negotiation, mediation and conflict resolution at the University of California, Irvine  Brandman University, and was  an adjunct professor at Western State University School of law for eight years. She served as a Board Member of the Orange County Bar Association ADR Section. She is an advisor to the Law Practice Management and Technology Section of the California Lawyer’s Association.

Mari presents interactive MCLE programs, and group  negotiation coaching for professions on-line and in person. She provides keynotes and training to national companies and law firms in the area of conflict management, leadership, and privacy.

She has authored the textbook Negotiation Breakthroughs, and many published articles/booklets dealing with conflict resolution. She is also co-author of Steppingstones to Success.   She is co-author of Fighting for Love; Turn Conflict into Intimacy, A Couples Guide  and three other books. She is the radio host of “Fighting for Love: Turn Conflict into Collaboration” on KUCI 88.9 FM in Irvine airing on Monday mornings at 8:30 A.M. and

Ms. Frank is a Certified Privacy Expert (Certified Information Privacy Professional) and provides consulting, training, and expert testimony on privacy issues nationwide.

Ms. Frank has testified several times before the U.S. Senate and the California Legislature, the FTC, and the Social Security Administration. She has been a Sheriff Reserve in Orange County. Since 2000. She served on the advisory board of the California Office of Privacy Protection.

As a media commentator, she has appeared on NBC, 48 Hours, , CNN, ABC Nightly News Investigative Reports, and dozens of other national television shows. She has been featured in the New York Times, LA Times, U.S. News and World Report, Your Money Magazine, Parade Magazine, and dozens more national publications. Ms. Frank has been interviewed on over 350 radio shows.

Ms. Frank uses a variety of “solutioneering” techniques as a mediator, legal advisor, privacy expert, and expert witness.  She has a unique expertise as a mediator of civil, privacy and technology disputes. Visit:,, and


Articles By Mari J. Frank, Esq.


Competency & Mindfulness in Your Law Practice

Empowering Your Negotiations

Gender Negotiations

Lawyer Civility

Successfully Managing Anger in Your Office

Win Your Case Through Mediation

Mediation is a Panacea for the Budget Crisis

Dealing with the Stress of Being a Family Law Lawyer

Identity Theft - Protecting Yourself and Your Clients

Ethics & Settlement: Successful Negotiations and Mediation in Your Office





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