Dana Curtis

Ms. Curtis is a pioneer and leader in the Bay Area conflict resolution field. She was among the first attorneys in the country to devote her career exclusively to mediation of civil disputes, beginning her full-time practice in 1991. Since serving for four years as a Circuit Mediator on staff with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, she has maintained a private Sausalito-based mediation practice. The Los Angeles Daily Journal has recognized her as one of the 50 “Best Neutrals” in California. The Mediation Society of San Francisco honored her for her Outstanding Contributions to the field of Mediation.

Ms. Curtis is also a respected mediation teacher. She has designed and facilitated hundreds of programs for law schools, businesses, court panels, private groups, bar associations and professional conferences throughout the United States and internationally. She continues to teach mediation for Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation. She has previously served as a lecturer-in-law at Stanford Law School, where she taught mediation and negotiation for ten years, and as an adjunct faculty member at Santa Clara Law, where she taught a variety of mediation courses for eight years.

Ms. Curtis is a ‘87 graduate of Santa Clara Law. Prior to becoming a mediator, Ms. Curtis served as law clerk to Associate Justice Edward A. Panelli (’53) of the California Supreme Court and practiced commercial and employment litigation with McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen in San Francisco and San Jose. Before becoming a lawyer, Ms. Curtis taught public school in Idaho, where she directed a program for school-age parents and was honored as a national teacher of the year.


J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law, ’87

M.A., University of Idaho

B.A., University of Montana

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Mediation: Theory and Practice Spring 2020