“Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. As a peacemaker the lawyer has superior opportunity of being a good man.”

Abraham Lincoln



Lincoln’s words are as applicable today as they were during his life . . . (save, of course, for the now politically incorrect gender specific reference, but let’s save that discussion for another day).  Mediation is an opportunity for people in conflict to come together to clarify issues, consider options, and to reach a mutually acceptable resolution to their dispute.  It gives the parties control of their own destiny. It gives them power.

As a mediator, Carl Botterud brings substantial experience in business as well as his service as a trial lawyer, law professor and general counsel to the table.  With a practice focused on labor and employment law, higher education, civil rights, disability, contracts, business disputes and personal injury, Mr. Botterud has represented plaintiffs and defendants, in hundreds of matters and served as a neutral in over sixty mediations.

 Mr. Botterud’s mediation style is flexible depending on the needs of the parties.  A facilitative approach can be used in situations where the parties are trying to resolve a conflict with an eye towards continuing a relationship.  In the litigated case, Mr. Botterud, in consultation with counsel, may use an evaluative approach to help the parties the view their case from a neutral perspective.  More than anything, Mr. Botterud is dedicated creating a mediation process in which the parties and their representatives feel respected, valued, and confident that they are being heard.


“I realized that the true function of a lawyer was to unite parties riven asunder.”

Mahatma Gandhi


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Carl Botterud’s direct mobile number is (626) 720-4391

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