September 26, 2017

Mariam Zadeh ’95 at First Mediation Corporation

Mariam Zadeh is a full time independent commercial mediator. In 2004, she partnered with Jeffrey Krivis, a pioneer in the field and founder of First Mediation Corporation. She specializes in mediating complex, high risk litigated matters involving class action, employment, insurance (life, health and disability), catastrophic personal injury and commercial matters.

Before starting her mediation practice, Zadeh spent over a decade handling a variety of litigation disputes in California, New York and New Jersey, practicing for both the plaintiff and defense side. She was an active trial lawyer in New York City and worked at the Law Offices of Peter G. Angelos and Martin Clearwater & Bell LLP. After the World Trade Center attack on September 11, 2001, she moved to Los Angeles, California and worked as a litigation attorney for Safeco Insurance, while pursuing her LLM degree in ADR from the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University which she obtained in 2005.

Most recently, Zadeh was awarded the Los Angeles Lawyer of the Year Honoree in Alternative Dispute Resolution by Best Lawyers in 2017. She is a distinguished fellow and former board member of the International Academy of Mediators. She has been featured since 2007 as a SuperLawyer in Southern California Super Lawyers magazine and since 2010 in the Best Lawyers in America for her steadfast commitment to achieving equitable results, her personal concern for the parties and her persistence and willingness to work at all hours to attain closure.

Zadeh encourages students to “manage their own expectations,” by recognizing that the path to becoming a full time mediator is far different than that of hanging a shingle as a practicing attorney. One’s mediation practice develops over a period of time with a mindset of “slow and steady wins the race.” This requires a focus towards building relationships one at a time and networking with professionals in the field who can serve as mentors. When Zadeh first moved to Los Angeles in 2003, she made it a priority to meet with attorneys in different practice areas on a regular basis to develop and understand their perspectives, challenges and expectations when it comes to mediation. Zadeh believes that as a result of these efforts she is better able to understand the needs of her clients (the lawyers) and work collaboratively with them to advance their client’s goals. She stresses that the path to a successful mediation practice has the same requirements of a successful mediation: patience, persistence and perseverance.