Patricia Prince is described by attorneys who have used her mediation services as "brilliant and very tenacious in a tough, contentious, multi-party situation," "prepared, professional, flexible, personable and easy to work with" and "an extremely quick study and a very skilled communicator...Patricia [is] on my list of the five most effective mediators in the Bay Area."
Patricia Prince launched her mediation practice in 2001, providing dispute resolution services focusing in the areas of employment, business, intellectual property, personal injury and inheritance disputes.
In addition to mediation services, Ms. Prince conducts internal workplace dispute resolution and training, workplace investigations and early neutral evaluations.
Fluent in Spanish, Ms. Prince also offers Spanish–speaking services, bridging language and cultural divides.
Approach to Mediation
Ms. Prince is an energetic and tenacious mediator who gets to the root of the dispute. She uses her extensive legal expertise, strong negotiating abilities and personable demeanor to help parties craft realistic and enduring agreements. Ms. Prince creates a professional, yet empathetic, atmosphere through a combination of her legal knowledge, thorough preparation and ability to grasp issues quickly. She is a highly effective communicator who injects flexibility, innovation and creativity into the resolution of disputes.
Patricia Prince brings extensive and valuable experience as both a mediator and a civil litigator to the dispute resolution process. Ms. Prince has provided dispute resolution services for well over a decade, successfully resolving hundreds of mediated disputes in the areas of:
- Employment Law, including employment discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, and wage and hour cases
- Business Law, including management disputes, corporate and partnership accounting and dissolution disputes, breach of contract, fraud, misrepresentation, unfair competition, breach of fiduciary duty, family business succession and investment disputes
- Intellectual Property, including copyright and trademark infringement, patent infringement, misappropriation of trade secrets and licensing disputes
- Trusts and Family Financial Disputes, including inheritance disputes, trust accounting, will contests, breach of fiduciary duty, family partnership disputes, and elder financial abuse cases
- Personal Injury, including automobile, motorcycle and pedestrian cases, slip and fall cases, and premises liability cases
In addition to her experience as a mediator, Patricia Prince was a civil litigator for 15 years. Prince Law & Mediation began as a general civil litigation practice in 1999. Mediation services were added in 2001 and the firm became a full–time alternative resolution dispute provider in 2007. Prior to forming her own firm, Ms. Prince practiced complex civil litigation with the San Francisco law firm of Makoff Kinnear Counsel from 1993 through 1998, specializing in the areas of intellectual property, licensing, trademarks, securities, employment and general contract law for the investment, media, entertainment and high tech industries. Clients included investment advisors, mutual funds, major entertainment studios, network television broadcast media, technology companies and other corporate entities. Ms. Prince began her legal career in 1991, working for Feldman, Waldman and Kline, where she focused on securities, employment, franchise, commercial landlord/tenant, property and general contract law. Ms. Prince has represented clients in both domestic and international disputes, and has practiced in both state and federal courts.
Patricia Prince is fluent in Spanish and has used her language skills throughout her legal and mediation career. She began working with Spanish–speaking clients as a Student Lawyer (Fall 1990) for the University of San Francisco School of Law Refugee Clinic representing Central American refugees seeking political asylum and continued to use her language skills as an attorney in multinational business cases. As a mediator, Patricia Prince is able to communicate directly with mono–lingual Spanish–speaking parties, building rapport and understanding that is more difficult, if not impossible, to attain through translators.
Ms. Prince also has significant experience in the field of business as an analyst and a sales and marketing executive with family–owned and start–up businesses for six years prior to attending law school. Ms. Prince worked as a business analyst for Laventhol & Horwath, an accounting firm in San Francisco, where she performed market research and prepared feasibility studies. Clients were hotel development and management companies seeking funding for development projects. Prior to this, she worked as Director of Sales and Marketing for the Stein Eriksen Lodge, a luxury resort hotel located mid–mountain at the exclusive Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah, and then as Vice President–Marketing for a hotel development and management company.
Ms. Prince received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University in 1981 and her Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 1991. Ms. Prince is fluent in Spanish and conversant in French.
Patricia Prince believes that ongoing exploration, evaluation and analysis of the practice of mediation is essential for a top tier mediator. As part of her professional development, Ms. Prince regularly participates in training seminars, professional practice groups and trade associations. In addition to continuing legal education in her legal areas of expertise, Ms. Prince has had extensive mediation training with private mediators, state and federal court ADR programs, and mediation organizations, including:
- Steve Rosenberg′s Mediation Training (2001)
- U.C. Hastings College of the Law–Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution (Critical Moments in Negotiation, 2005)
- Bar Association of San Francisco (Facing Your Toughest Mediation Challenges, 2005))
- Bar Association of San Francisco (Expectations, Skills and Success in Mediation, 2006)
- U.S. District Court – Northern District of California (Mediation Training, 2006; Advanced Mediation Practice Group, 2007–present)
- U.S. District Court – Northern District of California (Effectively Mediating Claims About Money, 2009)
- The Elder Mediation Group (Fundamentals of Elder Mediation: A Workshop for Experienced Mediators, 2010)
- J.R. Hastings (Marin Symposium for Estate Planning Advisors, 2011)
- U.C. Hastings College of the Law – Center for Negotiation and Discovery Resolution (eDiscovery Symposium: Negotiating Solutions to Your eDiscovery Problems, 2013)
- The Bar Associate of San Francisco, ADR Services (Advanced Mediation Skills Training with Ron Kelly: How You Can Turn Looming Failure Into Success, 2013)
- The Bar Associate of San Francisco, ADR Services (Attorney/Client Fee Dispute Arbitrator Training, 2014)
- Ongoing mediation training and monthly practice groups, as well as regular participation in continuing legal education in principal legal areas of practice
Ms. Prince has been asked to appear as a speaker on a variety of mediation topics. Recent speaking presentations and panel discussions include:
- Case Evaluation and Settlement, Plaintiffs′ Employment Lawyers Association (PELA) and Bay Area Employment Lawyers (CABAL), (Presentation with Hon. John True, III (Ret.) and Cynthia Remmers, June 2015)
- Strategies for Developing Your ADR Practice, Bay Area Women Neutrals (Presentation with Cynthia Remmers, April 2015)
- Mediating Partnership Disputes, UC Berkeley (Guest lecture for Teresa Carey′s Mediation Training Course, March 2015)
- The Road to Cultural Understanding in a Diverse World, Alameda County Bar Association (Presentation with Malcolm Sher, November 2014)
- Lions and Tigers and Bias! Recognizing Bias to Improve Legal Analysis and Litigation Outcomes, Parts I & II, Marin County Bar Association Labor & Employment Section (Panel with Francine Ward, Barbara Monty and the Hon. Roy Chernus, Sept. 2014 & Nov. 2014)
- Navigating Wonderland: The Path to Successful Cross–Cultural Negotiations, UC Berkeley School of Law (Guest lecture for Negotiations Course taught by the Hon. Rebecca Westerfield (Ret.) and the Hon. Jamie Jacobs–May (Ret.), April 2014)
- Successfully Mediating Business Disputes: A Case Study, UC Berkeley (Guest lecture for Teresa Carey′s Mediation Training Course, November 2013)
- Motivated Reasoning (Why Don′t "They" Analyze This Logically?), Association of Dispute Resolution of Northern California (November 2013)
- New Tools and Techniques for the Mediator, The Mediation Society 2013 Education Program (Presentation with Michael Carbone, Malcolm Sher and Leonel Figueredo, May 2013)
- Cross–Cultural Currents: Mediating with Spanish–Speaking Clients, UC Hastings College of the Law (Guest lecture for Mediation Course taught by Jennifer Reich, April 2013)
- Mediating Cross–Cultural Disputes, UC Berkeley School of Law (Guest lecture, Negotiations, by the Hon. Rebecca Westerfield (Ret.) and the Hon. Jamie Jacobs–May (Ret.), March 2013
- New Perspectives on Business Mediation from Abroad, The Mediation Society (Panel with Dana Curtis, the Hon. Rebecca Westerfield (Ret.), Bruce Edwards, Ellen Bass, Sept. 2012)
- Getting a Business Back on Track: Mediating Partnership Disputes with Self–Represented Parties, The Mediation Society (June 2012)
- Mediating in an Economic Downturn: What Should We Do Differently? Marin County Bar Association ADR Section (May 2011)
- Gender Bias in Mediation, Marin County Bar Association (September 2010)
- Me, Myself & I: Psychological Dimensions of "Face" in Mediation with Elizabeth Bader, Association of Dispute Resolution of Northern California (November 2010)
- Recognizing Motivated Reasoning for Better Mediation Results, The Mediation Society (April and August 2010)
- Ten Reasons Mediations Fail (and How to Avoid Them) with Jeffrey Ross, Bar Association of San Francisco (2006).
- Mediation Panelist, United States District Court for the Northern District of California, Alternative Dispute Resolution Program
- Mediation Panelist, Bar Association of San Francisco, Early Settlement Program & Mediation Services Program
- Settlement Conference Panelist, Marin County Superior Court
- Mediation Panelist, Contra Costa Superior Court ADR Program
- State Bar of California, 1991–present
- Bar Association of San Francisco, 1991–present
- Marin County Bar Association, 2002–present; ADR Section Treasurer, 2003; ADR Section Chair, 2004
- Marin County Women Lawyers, 2004–present
- Queen′s Bench, 1991–present; Director, 2000–2001;
- The Mediation Society, 2005–present; Board of Directors, 2006–present
- Association for Dispute Resolution of Northern California, 2002–present
Various Committee Chairs 1997–2003
Patricia Prince is fluent in Spanish and conversant in French.