Dana L. Curtis was among the first attorneys in the country to devote her career exclusively to mediation of civil matters, 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, Ms. Curtis has maintained her Bay Area–based practice, Dana Curtis Mediation. She has been recognized by the Daily Journal has recognized her as a "Top 50" neutral in California; by Who's Who Legal: California, as one of __ leading practitioners, Alternative Dispute Resolution Category; The Mediation Society of San Francisco for her Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Mediation award; California Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, as a Diplomate Member; and the Expert Network, with its Distinguished Lawyer designation.
Ms. Curtis is experienced in a wide range of ADR processes and has written widely on the subject of mediation. She has also been active in the mediation community, serving for 10 years as Co-Chair of the Mediation Committee of the Bar Association of San Francisco; as a member of the California State Bar ADR Committee; as a member of the boards of directors of the California Dispute Resolution Council and the California Dispute Resolution Institute; as a founder and board member of RockRose Institute, promoting nonviolent conflict resolution; and as a member of the board of directors of the Foundation for Sustainable Rule of Law Initiatives, assisting courts in developing nations to implement culturally relevant mediation programs. She is a charter member of The Mediation Society of San Francisco. Ms. Curtis serves on numerous Bay Area court and national mediation panels, including the US District Court for the Northern District of California, most Bay Area state trial and appellate courts and the Employment Mediation Panel of Boston Law Collaborative.
Ms. Curtis teaches mediation internationally and throughout the U.S., including at Santa Clara Law school for a total of ten years, where she served as the Director of Santa Clara Law School's Conflict Resolution Program, for ten years at Stanford Law School's Gould Center for Dispute Resolution and, since 20013, at the Harvard Law School's Program on Negotiation, where she co-teaches the five-day training, “Mediating Disputes.” She has written widely on mediation, including, with Brendon Ishikawa, Appellate Mediation: A Guidebook for Attorneys and Mediators (2016, ABA Publishing).