Mediator and Attorney
Gail Jonas
PO Box 973
Healdsburg  CA 95448
SB #: 74601
Phone: 707-433-6845
Fax: 707-433-8314
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If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we would find sorrow and suffering enough to dispel all hostility.
                      
 --Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Mediation style
By working as a team, we can get more done in less time and at greatly reduced cost. I initiate the mediation process by sending you a worksheet so you can gather all of the information you need to negotiate a settlement. I encourage you to be creative, because mediation allows for parties to come up with something that works for them rather than being forced to use the “law model” utilized by the court.  I discuss your legal rights so you will be informed before you reach an agreement. I also explain the “law model” so that all parties know what is likely to happen in court if you don’t reach an out-of-court settlement.
Summary of qualifications
  • Attorney at Law in solo private practice since 1977; mediator since 1982
  • Substantive areas include family law, including pre and post-nuptial agreements; estate planning and trust administration; elder law; real estate; small business law
  • 142 hours mediation training
Professional experience
  • Practiced family law since 1977, with emphasis on negotiated settlement. I also draft and review pre- and post-nuptial agreements.
  • Mediated hundreds of cases, mostly in the family law area
  • Also mediate and arbitrate real estate disputes, elder law problems, contractual disputes and small personal injury cases
  • Substantial concurrent estate planning practice
Professional activities
  • Domestic Settlement Conference Officer, Sonoma County Superior Court
  • Author profiles of members of the county legal community for publication in the Sonoma County Bar Association Quarterly, since 1997.
Awards
  • 2003 Outstanding Volunteer of the Year for volunteer work as Judge Pro Tem for the Sonoma County Superior Court
Professional associations
  • Sonoma County Bar Association (SCBA)
  • Member of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Section of the SCBA
  • Member of Association for Conflict Resolution
  • Panelist for Council On Aging Legal Referral Service since 1999
  • State Bar of California Family Law Section
  • State Bar of California Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Section
  • Sonoma County Commission on Human Rights
Mediation references (all have indicated willingness to be contacted)
  • Betsi Lewitter, Healdsburg: 707-434-4920
  • Dolph D. Green, Cloverdale: 707.894.0277
  • Peter Tracy, Santa Rosa: 707-539-6156
General Reference (willing to be contacted)
Scott O'Brien, Attorney and Mediator, Sebastopol: 707-829-0522
Education
  • Hastings College of the Law, J.D., 1976
  • University of Maryland, B.S., 1962
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