Mediation Curriculum Vitae: Hon. Steven G. Cohen, (ret.)

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HON. STEVEN G. COHEN,  (ret.) specializes in mediation and arbitration with over 28 years of ADR experience. He has presided over litigated matters for the Courts, the Federal & State government and the private sector. His practice areas include Real Estate and Construction matters, Family Law (divorce, custody and property division), Labor & Employment, Title VII, Discrimination and other Workplace disputes, Probate matters and other Commercial Transactional Disputes.

JUDGE COHEN is a qualified expert in building construction and real property matters and serves as a neutral on the Construction, and Commercial Mediation panel for the American Arbitration Association (AAA.) He is a certified Property Mold Specialist in mold inspection and mold remediation. He additionally holds a Real Estate Broker's license and a General Building (class "B") and General Electrical (class "C10") Contractor's license. He is also a qualified expert in real estate standards of care and duty, broker's and agent's disclosure and property management duties and has served as an expert in this field since 1985. He is a member of the International Code Council (ICC), formally (ICBO) International Conference of Building Officials.

JUDGE COHEN studied Divorce Mediation and Domestic Relations Dispute Resolution under the Academy of Family Mediators in 1995 at Pepperdine University. Over the past 15 years he has successfully mediated dissolution/divorce issues that include child custody/co-parenting, spousal support and child support, and distribution of assets. He continues to help parties in divorce reach closure in a dignified manner.

JUDGE COHEN also has extensive business litigation and contractual dispute background. His MBA includes a major in finance and economics and he has over 18 years of experience with boards of directors, financial planning, economic models and profit and non-profit corporations.

In the area of Labor & Employment he is an approved Mediator on numerous State and Federal panels and has mediated disputes for the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC), the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), the U.S. Postal Service, L.A. Superior Court, California State Department of Insurance and the USDA & US Forest Service through the Center for Dispute Resolution (CEDR.)  He can mediate employment disputes that do not present a conflict of interest to his bench duties.

JUDGE COHEN has been an adjunct professor and has taught Arbitration, Mediation and Negotiation on the graduate, undergraduate and Corporate level. He earned his MBA from Pepperdine University School of Business and the Graduate Level Certificate in Dispute Resolution (ABA approved) from Pepperdine University School of Law. He earned his Doctorate of Law-Jurisprudence (JD) degree from British American University School of Law. Mr. Cohen is licensed to practice law in the State of California and the United States District Court, Central District.

He received special recognition in 1995, 1997, 2002 and 2003 "Who's Who in Business Professionals & Executives" and is now a lifetime achievement member. He is currently a member of the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR), the Southern California Mediation Association (SCMA) and the American Arbitration Association (AAA). He is also a member of the American Bar Association (ABA), the LA County Bar Association's Alternative Dispute Resolution Section and the Santa Monica Bar Association.

JUDGE COHEN has a style and approach to conflict resolution that results in a high level of settlement.  Better than 90% of the cases he presides over in mediation result in parties settling their disputes.  He helps parties put their dispute behind them in a respectful and dignified fashion and helps create settlement agreements that have longevity and truly address the needs of the parties.

DISCLOSURE: In compliance with C.C.P. §1281.91 and Ethical Standards for Neutral Arbitrators in Contractual Arbitration §10 adopted by the Judicial Council of California, written disclosure is made that Steven G. Cohen is a retired Administrative Law Judge with the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board (CUIAB) in which he heard matters involving unemployment insurance, disability eligibility and employer tax cases. Under Government Code §10(c), Cohen "may act as an arbitrator or mediator (or practice law) which will not not directly or indirectly be related to the functions and responsibilities of the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board". Under C.C.P. §1281.91, additional disclosures shall be made in writing upon the initial appointment.

Areas of Practice:

  • Real Estate Disputes, Disclosure, Standards of Care and Duty
  • Construction Defects and Contract Disputes
  • Divorce Mediation / Dissolution of Marriage; Child Custody, Spousal & Child Support, Division of Property
  • Discrimination and Other Workplace Disputes
  • Commercial Transactional Disputes
  • Insurance and Bad Faith Claims
  • Labor & Employment
  • Real Estate Broker & Agent Transactional Disputes
  • Real Property Contract Disputes
  • Title VII

Certification / Specialties:

  • Domestic Relations Dispute Resolution (Dissolution of Marriage), Family of Academy Mediators, 1994
  • Certified Mold Specialist, Mold Inspectors & Contractor's Institute, 2002

Bar Admissions:

  • California
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California


  • Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, California
    Graduate Level Certificate in Dispute Resolution
  • British American School of Law, Santa Ana, California
    J.D., Doctorate of Law-Jurisprudence
  • Pepperdine University School of Business

Published Works:

  • "Tag-Team" Mediation, 76 Los Angeles Lawyer, July-August, 2004

Classes/Seminars Taught:

  • Adjunct Professor, Arbitration, Mediation and Negotiation, Pepperdine School of Law
  • Teacher, Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Teacher, Tort Law and Criminal Law for the Paralegal Program, ATS Training Services in Irvine
  • Guest Speaker, Mediation to the Residential Real Estate Professional, Southern California Mediation Association

Honors and Awards:

  • Who's Who in Business Professionals & Executives, 1997
  • Who's Who in Business Professionals & Executives, 2002 - 2003
  • Who's Who in Business Professionals & Executives - Lifeime Achievement Award

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • American Arbitration Association (AAA)
  • Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR)
  • American Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Section (ABA)
  • Southern California Mediation Association (SCMA)
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Section
  • LA County Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
  • Santa Monica Bar, Dispute Resolution Section
  • International Code Council (ICC), formerly (ICBO) International Conference of Building Officials
  • Los Angeles Superior Court (LASC)
  • Contractor's State License Board (CSLB)
  • California State Department of Insurance
  • Department of Fair Housing and Employment (DFEH)
  • Center for Employment Dispute Resolution (CEDR)
  • Los Angeles and Albuquerque District Offices of the EEOC