Carol M. Kingsley is an attorney mediator with over 25 years of experience. She works exclusively as a mediator, specializing in the areas of business disputes, real estate/construction and estate/trust conflicts.
Carol brings to mediation her substantial experience as a business and tax lawyer: negotiating transactions; facilitating business formations, mergers, acquisitions, and dissolutions; estate planning; creating trusts; handling real estate and construction matters; and advising on general corporate, partnership, securities, consumer, intellectual property, tax and employment law.
She earned a JD with MBA in Taxation as well as a National Association of Securities Dealers license. She has had an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell for more than 25 years. She has mediated hundreds of cases and has approximately 300 hours of mediation and other dispute resolution training.
Carol uses a flexible solutions-oriented approach to mediation employing methods and various techniques as appropriate to suit the nature of the dispute and involved parties. She favors facilitating discussion among conflicting parties until they reach resolutions based on their respective interests and mutual understanding. However, Carol also assists parties in traditional negotiations where resolution is based solely on money, and when requested by all parties to the dispute, evaluates the conflict and possible solutions.
She understands that to be an effective mediator, you need to be a good listener and assist parties in conflict to continue to dialogue through challenges. Over the years, her unique approach to mediation has been extraordinarily successful in helping parties in conflict reach agreement.
In addition to her private practice as an independent mediator, Carol has mediated cases for non-profit and government entities including: Congress of Neutrals where she supervises mediators, Contra Costa Courts, The Bar Association of San Francisco, and Marin Mediation Services.