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Urs Martin Laeuchli, Esq.

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One Market Street
Spear Tower, 36th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105


Description of Practice

My mediation practice reflects my diverse background. I come from a multilingual European country, and have an affinity for international, cross-cultural, procedurally loaded and complex matters.

Professional Background

I am an international attorney and dispute resolution consultant. I received my education in Switzerland, at Georgetown, and Stanford University (dissertation on justice). I am admitted to practice law in CA, NY, before the U.S. Supreme Court, and in Switzerland. I have worked as an ADR instructor and consultant for over 20 years. I have taught negotiation, law, business, and economics.


Broad and covers over 20 years. Worked in court-annexed consulting and mediation for the labor law court in Zurich. Handled many mediation cases in the international arena, and worked as a consultant and instructor for many companies. Founded several enterprises. A typical international case involves companies from two or more countries with commercial, jurisdictional, and other issues.


- lic.iur., University of Zurich, Switzerland - LLM, Georgetown U. Law Center, Washington, DC - JSM, Stanford Law School, Palo Alto, CA - JSD, Stanford Law School, Palo Alto, CA


Dates    Trainer(s)    Title   
1988-2005    Rupert Lay    var.
1991    Roger Fisher    Getting to Yes
1993-1994    Frank Sander, Linda Singer, Michael Lewis    Mediation
2003-2004    Gary Friedman    Mediation, etc.


My approach is a mixture of pragmatic and dynamic leading. In general, I intervene actively in the process. For some cases, when a more neutralized role of the mediator is indicated, I emphasize facilitation. I'm neither afraid of nor adverse to having lawyers present in the sessions. I prefer joint sessions over "shuttle diplomacy".


My fee schedule is based on social responsibility and an efficient motivational system. It ranges from no fees (PRO BONO) up to $600/hour. Factors determining my fee include the financial situation of the parties, the complexity of the case, and my present case load. The parties will receive a fee range in advance, and a final determination after disposition of their case.

Other Information

I have published articles in the following fields: rhetoric, cross-cultural negotiations, economics, psychotherapy, and jurisprudence. I speak English, German, French, Italian. I'm the founder of a non-profit institute for leadership and ethics. My hobbies are: hiking, dancing, sailing, tennis, swimming, biking, chess, golf, traveling, playing the violoncello, and listening to music.

Areas of Practice

  • Business
  • Commercial
  • Community
  • Congregational
  • Construction
  • Contracts
  • Cross Cultural
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Entertainment
  • Environmental
  • General
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International
  • Landlord - Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Marital Mediation
  • Maritime
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Online Mediation
  • Organizational
  • Partnership
  • Personal Injury
  • Postal Service
  • Probate
  • Professional Fees
  • Public Policy
  • Real Estate
  • Securities
  • Tax
  • Technology
  • Victim - Offender
  • Workplace

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Systems Designer
  • Counselor
  • Estate Planner
  • Advanced Mediation Trainer
  • Communication Skills Trainer
  • Fact-Finder
  • Mediator-Arbitrator
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Mediation Trainer
  • Representational Lawyer
  • Staff Developer
  • Ombud
  • Conflict Coach
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Arbitrator
  • Collaborative Professional
  • Facilitator



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