About

Recognized as one of the Top 50 Neutrals in California and Named California Super Lawyer in ADR every year since 2010

Jan Frankel Schau, Esq. settles litigated cases arising out of employment, business and tort disputes. With over twenty years of experience as a litigator, half in Insurance Defense and half representing Plaintiff’s in employment and personal injury, Jan has an unique ability to understand and evaluate both sides of every claim.  She is also a professional speaker and author of the new book, “View from the Middle of the Road:  A Mediator’s Perspective on Life, Conflict and Human Interaction”.

Why hire JAN FRANKEL SCHAU as Your Mediator?

  • Jan Frankel Schau has settled over 90% of the cases she’s been hired to mediate in a single day–saving you and your clients hours of time and thousands of dollars in litigation.
  • Jan Frankel Schau has mediated over 1,000 cases with more than 10 years experience.
  • Jan Frankel Schau was a litigator in insurance defense for 9 years handling employment and tort disputes, including professional negligence AND represented Plaintiffs in employment, business and personal injury cases for more than 8 years. SHE CAN SEE BOTH SIDES.
  • Jan Frankel Schau is widely recognized as an expert by her peers and clients–she has earned the reputation and experience that you and your clients can trust.

ADR Affiliations

  • Board of Governors of the International Academy of Mediators, 2014
  • Distinguished Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators since 2009
  • Appointed as Member of the ADR Committee of the California State Bar, 2008
  • Elected President of the Southern California Mediation Association, 2007
  • Appointed Arbitrator and Mediator for American Arbitration Association, Commercial and Employment Panel, 2005
  • Appointed as Civil Service Hearing Officer: Los Angeles County, City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Unified School District, 2004
  • Appointed Arbitrator and Mediator for Kaiser Permanente, 2004
  • Appointed Arbitrator and Mediator for FINRA, 2006

Formal Education and ADR Training 

  • Pomona College, B.A., International Relations and Diplomacy, Claremont, Ca. 1978
  • Loyola Law School, J.D., Los Angeles, Ca. 1981
  • L.A. County Bar, Dispute Resolution Services, Mediation Training Certificate, 2000
  • Straus Institute of Dispute Resolution, Advanced Mediation Skills, Malibu, Ca, 2003, 2005 and Professional Skills Intensive Workshop, 2015
  • American Arbitration Association, Advanced Training in Arbitration, 2005, 2007
  • FINRA, Advanced Training in Securities Arbitration, 2005
  • Western Center for Disability, Advanced Training in Disability Mediation, 2001
  • Extensive conferences including: Southern California Mediation Association’s Annual Conference (Past Chair) and Employment Mediation Conference (Past Chair), ABA Dispute Resolution Section Annual Conference (Presenter, 2005 and 2009)
  • Los Angeles Superior Court (Participant in Training and Trainer, 2008)

Jan Frankel Schau offers a unique and rare combination of talents and experience:

  • Over an 80% settlement rate in a single day.
  • Mediates over 100 cases every year.
  • Litigated Insurance Defense cases for 8 years.
  • Represented employees and personal injury plaintiffs for 9 years.
  • Jan’s experience allows her to be fair, objective and neutral, yet as evaluative as you require to get your case settled effectively.
  • Jan has the experience to set your clients at ease with the process of mediation and get down to the negotiation efficiently.
  • Jan quickly gains credibility with both sides as an approachable, friendly, low-key, but realistic professional: She leaves you and your client more than satisfied with both the process and the outcome you achieve.