About Us

rebeccaRebecca M. Picard is a mediator and coach with a background in law. Before developing a fulltime practice in alternative dispute resolution, she had considerable experience in civil litigation and family law. Rebecca has mediated hundreds of cases, has given presentations on mediation topics locally and nationally, and has taught negotiation, mediation and arbitration as an adjunct law professor. She was Chair of the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Section in 2000-2001 and served on a Minnesota Supreme Court Task Force on Visitation and Child Support in 1995 and 1996. She gives workshops on topics such as “How to Prepare for a Negotiation or Mediation” and “Insights from Neuroscience for Collaborative Practice.”

Rebecca is passionate about assisting people in addressing relational conflict with respect, practicality and awareness of opportunities for growth. She has taken extensive training in psychology, communication, spirituality and personal growth. Rebecca pays attention to research on the Bowlby/Ainsworth attachment theory, developmental needs throughout the lifespan, the effects of divorce on children, and new findings from neuroscience regarding emotions and decision-making. Clients appreciate her compassion, insight and professionalism. Rebecca is highly skilled at both substantive and emotional issues. Rebecca is a licensed attorney in the states of Minnesota and Washington. However, she no longer represents clients as a lawyer and has not applied for licensure as an attorney in California.

Rebecca M. Picard, J.D., L.L.M. – Mediator Qualifications

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Education and Training

  • Full semester law school class on negotiation, mediation and arbitration, 1981-1982
  • J.D. Willamette University College of Law, 1982
  • L.L.M. University of Virginia School of Law, 1983
  • 30 Credits in graduate psychology classes; Alfred Adler Graduate School, 1993-1998 (4.0 GPA)
  • The Coaches Training Institute Core Courses (116 hours) 2003; Leadership Training 2005-2006
  • More than 400 hours of mediation training including 1981 law school training, 20-hour Bill Lincoln Training, 40-hour divorce mediation trainings through AAA, The Mediation Center and Erickson Mediation Institute; Conflict Resolution, Mediation and Family Law Conferences every year through organizations such as Association for Conflict Resolution, AFCC, Minnesota CLE, and the Collaborative Law Institute;
  • 2007 Harvard Negotiation Insight Initiative Advanced Mediation Course July 9-13, 2007

Relevant Work Experience

  • 1983-1988: Associate Attorney at Garvey, Schubert & Barer, Seattle, Washington extensive litigation experience including employment cases
  • 1993-1997: Mediator (1993 – present), Family Law Attorney (1995-1997), Advocate for fathers through the non-profit Father’s Resource Center (1994-1996)
  • 1998 – April 2000: Full time mediator at Erickson Mediation Institute; family, employment and some civil cases
  • April 2000 – Present: Mediator and Coach; 2005-06: Mediator, Coach, Collaborative Law Attorney and Arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association
  • 2009 -2011: Adjunct Professor of ADR at William Mitchell College of Law
  • Mediated hundreds of casesQualified neutral under Minnesota Gen. R. Practice #114 and 310 since their inception
  • Licensed to practice law in the States of Washington and Minnesota; not licensed to practice law in California

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