Welcome to First Mediation

First Mediation Corporation was formed in 1990 and serves as the administrator of cases for Jeffrey Krivis and Mariam Zadeh, as well as a resource for clients and colleagues in the ADR field. The firm is also involved in training, consultation and advice to the legal community and is active in designing protocols for resolving disputes using both the internet and videoconferencing, particularly where companies are faced with difficult geographic challenges. We have conducted cases online and are continuing with efforts to expand the internet as a resource for online communication.

Jeffrey Krivis


Jeffrey Krivis began his mediation practice in 1989, when lawyer-mediators in Southern California were rare, and litigators had to look outside the state for experienced practitioners. Now, over 20 years later and having resolved thousands of disputes -- including mass tort, employment, entertainment, business, complex insurance, catastrophic injury and class action matters -- Krivis is recognized not only as a pioneer in the field, but also as one of the most respected neutrals in the state.

Mariam Zadeh

Mariam Zadeh was an active trial lawyer in New York City until September 11, 2001, at which time her life was dramatically changed. She moved to Los Angeles, 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. Since joining First Mediation, Mariam has successfully mediated employment, class actions, commercial, premises & professional liability, catastrophic injury, mass torts, complex insurance, ERISA and other tort actions.

San Francisco and Monterey Area ...

Monterey, CA

Jeff regularly handles cases in San Francisco as well as the Carmel/Monterey area, where he maintains a part time residence.

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