Mariam Zadeh Resume

Mariam Zadeh, a native New Yorker and active trial attorney, relocated her litigation practice to Los Angeles in 2001, at which time she obtained her L.L.M. in Alternative Dispute Resolution from the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University, and became a partner with Jeffrey Krivis. As trial counsel, Mariam spent over a decade handling a variety of litigated disputes in California, New York and New Jersey, practicing for both the plaintiff and defense bar. She specializes in mediating employment, class action, life, health and disability, catastrophic personal injury and commercial matters. Mariam serves on the Board of Directors of the International Academy of Mediators and is a former board member of the California Dispute Resolution Council. She has been featured since 2007 as a SuperLawyer in Southern California Super Lawyers magazine and since 2010 in the Best Lawyers in America for her steadfast commitment to achieving equitable results, her personal concern for the parties and her persistence and willingness to work at all hours to attain closure.

Mariam practices primarily in Southern California and San Francisco.

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Articles and Publications

Workshops and Presentations

  • Presenter, “News from the ADR Front II,” CPR Annual Conference 2015
  • Presenter, “How to Save the Doomed Employee,” CELA Annual Conference, 2011.
  • Presenter, “Mediating Disputed Health Insurance Claims,” ICA Annual Conference, 2010.
  • Professor, “Improvisational Mediation,” 3-Day Program for trial attorneys and judges, Pepperdine Law School/Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, June 2009, 2008, and 2007.
  • Workshop Leader, “The Mind of the Mediation Advocate,” WEMED (Los Angeles), 2008.
  • Presenter, “Improvisational Skills for Trial Lawyers,” Arab-American Bar Association, 2008.
  • Assistant Professor, “Advanced Mediation Course,” Pepperdine Law School/Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Spring Semester 2008 and 2007.
  • Presenter, “The Missing Link: Enhancing Mediation Success by Understanding the Working Mind,” Southern California Mediation Association, 2006.
  • Presenter, “Debunking the Top Ten Mediation Myths,” Riverside County Bar Association, 2006
  • Co-Workshop Leader, “Behind the Scenes at a Mediation,” Mediation Café Seminars, 2005.
  • Trainer, “Advanced Mediation Skills,” Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, 2005.
  • Presenter, “Closing Techniques for Mediators,” Southern California Mediation Association, Pepperdine Law School/Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, 2004.
  • Workshop Leader, “Advanced Negotiation Skills,” Safeco Insurance Company, 2004.
  • Trainer, “Appellate Mediation Training,” Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, 2004.
  • Presenter, “When It All Comes Down to Money,” Court of Appeal, 2nd Appellate District, 2004.


  • Pepperdine School of Law: L.L. M. in Alternative Dispute Resolution. (2006)
  • Yeshiva University, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law: J.D. (1995)
  • New York University, Stern School of Business: B.S. (1993)

In The Media

2014 Advocate – Mediation Methodology: An interview with mediator Mariam Zadeh on the mediation process

2013 Super Lawyers – At the Forefront of Alternative Dispute Resolution

2010 – 2015 – The Best Lawyers In America

2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 – Southern California Super Lawyers

2010 Plaintiff’s Magazine – Mediation: Learn to speak your adversary’s language

2009 Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Law Journal – The Missing Link: Enhancing Mediation Success Using Neuro-Linguistic Programming

2008 International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution – Five Steps to Maximizing Dollars When the Objective Is Money
Parties come to mediation with different objectives. Some want closure, confidentiality, or free discovery. Others were referred by the court and attend by obligation. Most, however, participate because they want to maximize their recovery dollars. If you fall into this category, read on … (more)

2008 Los Angeles Daily Journal – The Zen of Mentoring
One who refuses to seek the advice of others will eventually be led to a path of ruin. A mentor helps you to perceive your own weaknesses and confront them with courage. The bond between mentor and protégé enables us to stay true to our chosen path until the very end,” said the Buddhist philosopher Daisaku Ikeda … (more)

2007 Los Angeles Daily Journal Profile – Lawyer Finds Her Niche as Mediation Maven
Lawyer Finds Her Niche as Mediation Maven: LOS ANGELES—There are no coincidences in the world of Mariam Zadeh. This Buddhist sensibility, that everything happens for a reason, fuels both her dogged pursuit of resolution and her creative approach to mediation… (more)

2006 Los Angeles Daily Journal – To Tell the Truth in Deception, First Be Aware That It’s There
Although few will admit to it, there is no doubt that deception plays an active role in mediation between both sides and their communications with the mediator. This is because every negotiator wants to leave the negotiating table believing that he or she obtained the best possible result for his or her client. Most believe that to accomplish this goal… (more)

2005 Los Angeles Daily Journal EXTRA – Common Ground
The X factor in mediation is the ability to influence the other side to pay more or take less. Finding the elusive X factor is the challenge for most mediators, and is often done in the face of uncertainty. This uncertainty takes many forms and can serve as a barrier if not acknowledged… (more)