Ms. Pierce is an experienced Trial Attorney, Mediator and Arbitrator. Ms. Pierce has completed
extensive mediation certification at both Pepperdine University’s Straus Institute and at the Mandell-Gisnet Center for Conflict Management at Monterey College of Law, where she also taught trial advocacy. She has mediated and arbitrated in excess of 200 cases, and conducts pro bono fee arbitrations for the Monterey County Bar Association. She has served on the Monterey Superior Court Task Force for Alternate Dispute Resolution since 2008, and has served as a judge pro tem for settlement conferences at Monterey County Superior Court. Ms. Pierce has been associated with Compassionate Care Alliance (founding member and legal counsel); the Breast Care Center of Community Hospital (Advisory Board); St. Mary’s By-The-Sea, Pacific Grove; “The Celtoid Kids” Celtic Music program; The Diocese of El Camino Real; and the Executive Committee of the Monterey County Bar Association. She also is a musician and promotes community engagement through music in various capacities, including serving as legal counsel to Orchestra In The Schools, Inc.
Mr. Daunt is an attorney-mediator whose practice focuses on resolving legal issues presented in real estate and small business contexts. Mr. Daunt has served as an ADRA-trained and certified commercial mediator since 1993. He has served as a ``Resolution Advocate`` for the US Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California’s Bankruptcy Dispute Resolution Program since 1994. He completed additional mediation training with the Conflict Resolution & Mediation Center of Monterey County in 1995 and has served as a volunteer mediator with that organization. He has served on the Mediator Panel of the Monterey County Superior Court’s Court-Directed Mediation Program since 2006. He has served on the California Association of Realtor’s Attorney Referral Panel since 2014. He has served on the Mediator Panel of the California Association of Realtor’s Mediation for the Consumer Program since 2014. He has practiced law on the Monterey Peninsula since 1984 and has been the principal of Strategic Loan Solutions, a short sale facilitation company, since 2007. He also served as an Adjunct Professor at the Monterey College of Law between 2006 and 2009. He is fluent in French and has a knowledge of Spanish and German.
Jed Peace Friedland is an attorney, certified mediator /family mediator, conflict coach, law school professor, conflict specialist, mentor and member of the Monterey County Superior Court panel of Court Directed Mediators. He is the Vice-Chair of the National Association for Community Mediation (NAFCM), and Chair of its Membership Enhancement Committee. Jed is the curriculum designer and instructor of the 32 hour Core Mediation Certification Training offered at Mandell-Gisnet Center, Monterey College of Law, and Kern County College of Law. He has also developed a wide variety of advanced mediation, facilitation, communication and leadership programs offered statewide through his firm Parallax. Jed has presented nationally on mediation related subjects and as a repeat guest on podcasts for the Society of Emotional Intelligence (SoEI), as a speaker/mediation modeler at the annual convention for the Professional Fiduciary Association of California (PFAC), and on radio shows and at bar association and service organization events. He has authored articles on community mediation for ACResolution magazine and for JAMS. As a lawyer, Jed has litigated a wide variety of complex cases for 3 decades and has participated as an advocate in hundreds of evaluative mediations. As a mediator Jed has presided over 100+ mediations including divorce/property division, real estate/land use, trusts, intellectual property, personal injury, elder abuse, professional negligence, commercial/contractual rights, RV parks, faith communities, nuisance, animal welfare, school, workplace/employment and parent/teen. Jed has been active as a volunteer mediator/facilitator and mediation trainer at the Conflict Resolution Center of Santa Cruz County as well as the Mandell-Gisnet Center Neighbor Project. Jed currently acts “Of Counsel” for Fischer/Kerney LLP in construction defect litigation throughout Northern California. He is also very active as a musician, producer, technical advisor, personal manager and writer.
Lejla Bratovic is the Executive Director of the Conflict Resolution Center of Santa Cruz County, offering accessible mediation and training services throughout the county. At CRC, Lejla established a new partnership with the County’s Probation Department and the District Attorney’s Office, where they are co-designing a Neighborhood Courts Program, a community based alternative to the justice system. She is also a co-founder and President of Global Majority, an NGO dedicated to promotion of nonviolent conflict resolution through education, training, advocacy, and mediation. Through Global Majority, Lejla has initiated and executed programs locally and globally focusing on “Promoting Peace through Dialogue,” encouraging the use of interest-based negotiation as a preferred method for conflict resolution. Lejla was a recipient of the prestigious Weinstein International Mediation Fellowship, assisting in complex multiparty mediations at the JAMS San Francisco office, and participating in the “Making Peace Our Business” initiative, which was focused on mediating violent conflicts over natural resources. She was also an Ariane de Rothschild fellow on social entrepreneurship and cross-cultural dialogue at Cambridge, UK. She specializes in mediation and training and has consulted with various United Nations organizations and educational institutions. Although much of her work has been international, Lejla has a strong community focus. She spends much of her time working towards institutionalizing conflict resolution education in our public schools and volunteering at the peace focused youth camps.
Originally from Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lejla Bratovic came to the United States as a refugee in 1993. She received a Master’s degree in International Policy Studies and a Certificate in Conflict Resolution from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and additional training in post-conflict reconstruction, DDR, humanitarian negotiations, and natural resource management. She is an advocate for peace, nonviolence and love.