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Exceptionally skilled Mediator, Arbitrator, and Attorney with ten years of experience as a Conflict Resolution Specialist.

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IMI Certified Mediator
United States
Civil, Commercial, Consumer, Contract, Employment
English, Spanish
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Mediator, Arbitrator and ADR Specialist

Ms. Sambold is one of United States' leading figures in the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution. With over a decade of experience as a conflict resolution specialist, she has served as a neutral in over 1,000 cases across a broad spectrum of civil litigation matters. 

Fully bilingual (English/Spanish) and licensed Attorney in California, U.S. Federal Court Southern District and Colombia. Has worked in Latin America  and the U.S. Her unique common and civil law expertise and fluency in English and Spanish makes her extremely qualified to understand the cultural nuances and undertones that facilitate the resolution of disputes in multicultural settings and between multinational parties. Has worked with people of all nationalities and has a clear understanding of the dynamics of mediating and arbitrating across national boundaries.

Frequent speaker and author on ADR topics. Former adjunct professor of law at California Western School of Law masters program for international lawyers. Has taught extensively in conflict resolution, negotiation, cross-cultural communication and ADR in Europe, Asia and the Americas. 

As a prominent leader in the field, she serves as the American Bar Association (ABA) Dispute Resolution Section  Executive officer, ABA Advanced Mediation and Advocacy Skills Institute Co-Chair, California Lawyers Association Litigation Section-ADR Committee Advisor, and San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA) ADR Section Chair.  Former Co-Chair of the California Lawyers Association Litigation Section - ADR Committee and Board Director of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) North American Branch and the Southern California Mediation Association (SCMA).

Received her training and credentials in dispute resolution from Harvard Law School, Pepperdine University School of Law - Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) and Columbia Law School.

Ana Sambold, Esq. has successfully helped thousands of parties and attorneys to resolve their most challenging disputes involving commercial matters, breach of contract, fraud, contract interpretation, misrepresentation, partnerships, management, dissolution, creditor - debtor, insurance coverage, subrogation, torts, property damages, construction defect, defamation, personal injury, professional malpractice, attorneys’ fees, employment and labor, succession, trusts, family, consumer/business matters, government entities, and cases involving multinational and multilingual parties.

Ms. Sambold customizes her mediation style according to the type of dispute, parties involved and complexity of the case. She explores the parties’ underlying interests, needs, priorities, and emotional issues, carefully review the facts and legal issues and facilitate a fair process that permits each party to participate in the result. Accordingly, she might adopts a facilitative or evaluative style or a combination of both.

Prior to the mediation, she likes to learn all she can about the case. She normally requests mediation summaries and invite parties to submit all the information that might be helpful to resolve the case. During the mediation, she provides both parties with the opportunity to explain their perspectives and vent their frustrations and helped  them to objectively analyze the legal and factual claims of the case. Then, she works with everyone to help them through the process and find their unique solution. She always encourage parties to invent their own solutions, be creative and take an active role in the process. She respects parties' autonomy in mediation and only share her views of the respective parties' positions as a neutral when requested or when it appears that it will assist with resolution.  Her ultimate goal is bringing so much needed closure to the parties.

  • Business/Commercial: Resolution of disputes arising out of the purchase and sale of businesses, disagreements in the management, dissolution of partnerships, valuation, accounting, tracing and distribution of assets between former partners; joint ventures; non-compete agreements; banking; intellectual property; misappropriation of trademark and trade secrets; unfair competition; franchise agreements; breach of contract; licensing; distribution rights; bankruptcy; royalties; commercial transactions; debtor/creditor matters; guarantees;  professional negligence, fraud, misappropriation, and alleged misrepresentations. 
  • Employment: Disputes involving claims for wrongful termination, civil rights violations, discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, disabilities and failure to accommodate; retaliation, wage and hour, sexual harassment, hostile work environment; misclassification of employees as independent contractors; claims involving   Whistleblowers, denial of promotion, failure to hire, and negligent supervision.
  • Real Estate: Resolution of cases arising out of the purchase and sale of real estate; partition and title; claims of nuisance; necessary disclosures; loan refinancing and foreclosures; broker/agent/client disputes related to commission, procuring cause; property managements, landlord/tenant disputes involving breach of implied warranty of habitability/ quiet enjoyment, and property damages.
  • Torts - Wrongful Death - Personal Injury: Disputes resulting from motor vehicle accidents, tripping hazards, slip and fall, and premises liability claims; wrongful death; claims regarding injuries caused by medical and dental malpractice alleging improper diagnosis, treatment and surgery; civil assault and battery claims; legal malpractice; attorney fees disputes; defamation and slander per se.
  • Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith: Claims arising out of insurance coverage and subrogation matters, claims of insurance bad faith, duty to defend, indemnity, reimbursement and uninsured motorists.  
  • Wills, Trusts and Estates: highly emotional disputes between family members involving administration of family trust, will/trust beneficiaries, appointment of trustees, validity of testamentary bequests, breach of fiduciary duties;  partition actions; accounting, inventory, appraisal and distribution of assets among trust beneficiaries, administration of trusts, claims of undue influence; caretaker and competency issues between adult siblings and their parents; elder abuse.

Cases requiring a mediator fluent in English and Spanish and with common and law expertise and multicultural background. 

$250.00/hour for the first two hours; $400.00/hour thereafter. $1,250 for a half day (4 hours) $2,500 for a full day (8 hours) There is a two hour minimum.

  • American Bar Association (ABA) 
  • California Lawyers Association (CLA) 
  • San Diego County Bar Association 
  • International Council for Online Dispute Resolution (ICODR) 
  • International Bar Association (IBA) 
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) North America Branch 
  • Southern California Mediation Association  
  • Mediators Beyond Borders International 
  • Rotary International (2016-2018) 
  • ArbitralWomen (2018 – Present)


- Michael Alfred, Esq.
7220 Trade Street, Suite 104
San Diego, CA 92121
Office (858) 566-6800
Fax (619) 330-2442
Email: [email protected]

- Kere K. Tickner
Tickner & McCliman
30211 Avenida de las Banderas, Suite 200
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688
P: (949) 888-6652
E: [email protected]

- Judy Posner:
22708 Mariano Street
Woodland Hills, California 91367-6128
tel: 818.340.1950/fax: 818.340.1990
[email protected]

- Shana Madigan:
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
975 F Street, N.W. | Washington, DC 20004
Direct: +1-202-828-3581 | Mobile: +1-202-270-3989 | Fax: +1-202-641-9266
[email protected] |

- Kevin Bond:
[email protected]
San Diego, California 92101

- Margaret A. Morrissey-Elder, Esq.
Chandra Gehri Spencer, Esq.
17011 Beach Boulevard, Suite 900
Huntington Beach, California 92647

- Kenneth A. Rutan, Esq.
1230 Columbia Street, Suite 210
San Diego, California 92101

Training and Education

Received over 800 hours of mediation and conflict resolution training from:

  • Harvard Law School – Program on Negotiation, Advanced Mediation Workshop; Mediating Complex Disputes (June 20-29, 2016)
  • Pepperdine University School of Law- Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution, Mediating the Litigated Case (August 6-11, 2012)
  • American Bar Association, Advanced Mediation and Advocacy Skills Institute (San Diego, 2011), ADR Section 14th Annual Spring Conference (Washington, 2012), ADR Section 15thAnnual Spring Conference (Chicago 2013), ADR Section 16th Annual Spring Conference (Miami, 2014), ADR Section 17th Annual Spring Conference (Seattle, 2015), 18th Annual Spring Conference (New York City, 2016), ADR Section 9th Annual Arbitration Training Institute (Chicago, 2016), ADR Section 19th Annual Spring Conference (San Francisco, 2017), Arbitration Awards: Potential Pitfalls & How to Avoid Them (2017), ADR Section 20th Annual Spring Conference (Washington, D.C., 2018), 2018 Corporate Counsel CLE Seminar (La Quinta, 2018), Section of International Law 2018 Fall Conference (Mexico City, 2018), Negotiation Institute (San Diego, 2019), ADR in Labor & Employment Committee Midwinter Meeting (Coronado, 2019), ADR Section 21th Annual Spring Conference (Minneapolis, MN, 2019).
  • National Conflict Resolution Center, Introductory and Advanced Mediation training (February 21-24, 2011), Mediator Credentialing Program (September, 2011), Mediating the Litigated Case (2011), Conflict Resolution in the Workplace (2013), The Exchange and Train the Trainer programs (2012 and 2013), Wrap Insurance Policies and Other Construction Insurance Issues (2015).
  • American Institute of Mediation, Advanced Track for Experienced Mediators (Pepperdine University, 2014 and 2015), The Soft Human Underbelly (2016), Client Relations Strategies, (2016), Ethics in ADR (2016)
  • Southern California Mediation Association, The Working Mediator: Improving the Culture of Conflict (Pepperdine University School of Law, 2012), Expanding the Field of Conflict Resolution (Pepperdine University, 2013), Lying for the Sake of the Deal (University of Southern California Law School, 2016), Annual Fall Conference Advanced Mediation Track (Los Angeles, 2015, 2016, 2018), SPEAKER, Non-Traditional Careers for Dispute Resolution Professionals, Fall Conference (2017) Mediation Certification and Mediation Confidentiality (University of Southern California Law School, 2016), #Metoo and Update on Employment Law (2018), Mediation and Collaborative Law with Forrest “Woody” Mosten (2019), When Good Mediators Make Bad Decisions (Los Angeles, 2019), Ethical Decision Making in Mediation (San Diego, 2019).
  • SCMA Employment Mediation Institute, Best Practices and Pitfalls in Negotiating Employment Law Disputes in Mediation, (Pepperdine University School of Law - Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, 2016), Mediating Employment Cases in Changing Times (2017), On the Front Lines: How Mediators Can Help Heal Workplaces in the #MeToo Era (2018)
  • State Bar of California, Getting to Yes: Advanced Tips on Effective Settling/Mediating your Labor and Employment Cases, Seeing the Forest within the Trees: Uncovering Bias in Mediation at Annual Meeting (San Diego, 2016), Mediation Confidentiality at Annual Meeting (San Diego, 2017)
  • California Lawyers Association (CLA), How to Get more out of your Mediator and your Mediations (2018), SPEAKER, Effective Techniques to Maximize Settlement in Mediation at the Real Estate Section Retreat (San Francisco, 2018), Navigating the ADR Provisions in the California Association of Realtors Residential Purchase Agreement (RPA) (2018), SPEAKER: Master Mediators: Effective Techniques and Strategies to Maximize Settlement in Mediation at 2018 Litigation Summit (San Francisco 2018), SB 766 – The International Arbitration California Gold Rush! (2018), The Art of Mediating Employment Cases (2018), The Saga of Donald Trump and Stormy Daniels Arbitration and Confidentiality Agreement (2018), What Every Litigator Needs to Know about Arbitration; A Primer (2019), SPEAKER: But you Didn’t Tell me that: New Mandatory Disclosures Before Mediation (2019)
  • American Arbitration Association (AAA), Arbitration Fundamentals and Best Practices for AAA Arbitrators (Los Angeles, 2016), Arbitration Awards: Safeguarding Deciding & Writing Awards (2016), Drafting ADR Provisions (San Diego, 2016), Addressing the Challenges of Demanding Arbitrations (2017), Ten Essential Tips to Succeed in ADR: Mediation, Arbitration & More (2017), Ethics for Mediators: Think Globally, Mediate Locally (2017), Process Management Agendas in Arbitration: Roadmap to Success (2017), Arbitrator Performance and Demeanor: Meeting Participants Expectations (2018), Advanced Mediator Training Series: Blending and Fusing Mediation Philosophies, Styles & Strategies (Los Angeles, 2018).
  • San Diego County Bar Association, Recognizing and Overcoming Barriers to Settlement in Mediation (2011), Mediation of Employment Cases (2011), Becoming an Arbitrator (2011), Mediation Potpourri: From Law to Impasse and Beyond (2012), Mediation - From the Adjuster’s Perspective (2012), ADR Legal Developments, Recent Legal Developments in ADR (2012), What’s Getting in the Way of Settlement (2013), Advanced Mediation Skills for Mediators: Issues and Challenges (2014), Confidentiality exception proposed legislation (2015), Mediation Series: Advanced Mediation Strategies – Taking your Mediation Skills to the Next Level (2015), Family Law Mediations: Dealing with Emotions and Relationships (2015), Employment Arbitration: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (2016), Mediating Real Estate Cases (2016), SPEAKER, Mediation Confidentiality and Attorney Malpractice (2016), Settlement Issues in Probate/ Trust Litigation (2017), Court Practice Series: Decoding your Local Court (2016), Nuts & Bolts: Reaching Common Ground – Working with Opposing Counsel to Resolve Employer/Employees Disputes (2017), Opening your Practice – Important Client Communications (2017), Dispute Resolution Agreements: Functional and Dysfunctional (2017), Civil Trial Advocacy (2017), Effective Advocacy in Probate & Trust Mediation (2018), Addressing Toxic Mold to Avoid Personal Injury (2018), 2018 Law & Technology Summit (2018), SPEAKER: New Mandatory Disclosures Before Mediation & All the Key Confidentiality Issues (2019), Nuts & Bolts: 10 Tips for a Successful Mediation (2019) For more information about her trainings, visit:
  • Adjunct Professor at California Western School of Law Master’s program (2016 – 2018))
  • Trainer for the National Conflict Resolution Center in mediation, communication, negotiation skills, conflict management, collaborative bargaining, and intercultural diversity (2011- Present)
  • Mentor Mediator for University of San Diego School of Law and Peace & Justice Institute students at the San Diego Superior Court -SCC- South Bay and Central Branch (2012 – Present)
  • Facilitator for the San Diego Restorative Justice Mediation Program, Victim Offender Reconciliation Program (2014- Present)
  • Trainer for San Diego Mediation and Restitution Services, Peer Mediation Training Program (2012 - Present)
  • Trainer for the San Diego County Bar Association Children at Risk Committee in Mediation and Conflict Management (2011 -2018)
  • Guest Speaker,  Learn to Mediate Online Podcast - Tips and strategies to get your case settled (Dec. 2020)
  • Guest Speaker, Alinea Centro de Mediación Podcast, Mediación Comercial - Historias Exitosas (Mexico, Dec. 2020)
  • Speaker, La Mediación en un Entorno Virtual, Comisión de Mediación del Club Español del Arbitraje (Spain, Dec. 15, 2020 webinar) 
  • Speaker, Inauguration Session of Center for Excellence in ADR, ICFAI University, Dehradun (India, Dec. 7, 2020)
  • Speaker, Habilidades Esenciales para Resolver Conflictos Eficazmente y de una manera Colaborativa, Organización Latino Americana de Derecho Colaborativo (Argentina/Chile/Peru/Panamá/Colombia, Dec. 4, 2020 webinar) 
  • Guest Lecturer, Negotiation and Mediation Tips and Strategies to Resolve Ethnic Conflicts, Brussels School of International Studies (Belgium, Dec. 3, 2020 webinar) 
  • Speaker, Advanced Issues on Online Mediation, Mediate.Guru  (India, Nov. 30, 2020 webinar) 
  • Judge, American Bar Association Regional Law School Virtual Negotiation Competition at California Western School of Law (San Diego, Nov. 13, 2020)
  • Negotiation Coach, NLIU International Virtual Negotiation Competition 2020 (India, Oct. 28 - Nov. 1, 2020) 
  • Guest Lecturer, Habilidades y Principios de la Mediación/Conciliación,  Escuela de Estudios e Investigación Judicial del Poder Judicial del Estado de Guanajuato, (México, Oct. 20 & 22, 2020 webinar) 
  • Speaker, Mediation as a tool for Access to Justice, American Bar Association (ABA) Mediation Week (Oct. 22, 2020 webinar) 
  • Speaker, El Futuro de la Mediación: La Convención de Singapur, International Mediation Institute (IMI), (Sept. 23, 2020 webinar) 
  • Speaker, Shattering Glass Ceilings: Women in ADR, MSheLe (Oct. 14, 2020 webinar) 
  • Chair, first American Bar Association (ABA) Dispute Resolution Tech Expo (Sept. 11-18, 2020)
  • Speaker, Advances Issues in Online Mediation, American Bar Association (ABA) Dispute Resolution Tech Expo  (Sept. 17, 2020 webinar) 
  • Moderator, Online Mediation Confidentiality, American Bar Association (ABA) Dispute Resolution Tech Expo (Sept. 18, 2020 webinar) 
  • Speaker, Mediation in the US and Latino America, ODR Latino America  (August 20, 2020 webinar) 
  • Speaker, La Convención de Singapur: La Joya de la Corona, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) México  (August 13, 2020 webinar) 
  • Moderator, Resolving Conflict Among Business Owners - Understanding the Impact of Covid-19, San Diego County Bar Association (August 4, 2020 webinar) 
  • Judge, ADR-ODR International and European Center for Conflict Resolution International Virtual Negotiation Competition ( July 24-26, 2020) 
  • Guest Speaker, Ex Curia International Podcast, Online Dispute Resolution and Cross-cultural Conflict (July, 2020)
  • Speaker, Reducing Bias: A Diversity Icebreaker, American Bar Association (ABA) (July 9, 2020 webinar) 
  • Speaker, U.S. Perspective on the Singapore Convention on Mediation, International Mediation Institute (IMI) (June 24, 2020 webinar) 
  • Speaker, Online Mediation Best Practices for Advocates, La Jolla Bar Association (June 11, 2020 webinar) 
  • Moderator, Catastrophic Injury Mediation, San Diego County Bar Association (May 27, 2020 webinar) 
  • Speaker, Do’s and Don’ts of Online Mediation, California Lawyers Association (CLA) (May 26, 2020 webinar) 
  • Speaker, Overcoming Cultural and Language Barriers in Mediation, first-ever American Bar Association (ABA) Dispute Resolution Section Virtual Annual Conference (May 18, 2020 webinar) 
  • Moderator, Arbitration and Mediation in the Time of Coronavirus - How ADR Providers are Conducting Arbitrations and Mediations During the Crisis, ABA Dispute Resolution Section (April, 2020 webinar)
  • Negotiation/Mediation Coach, International Chambers of Commerce (ICC) International Mediation Competition (Paris, Feb. 6-12, 2020) 
  • Speaker, International Mediation Congress, Commercial Mediation (Angers, France, Feb. 5, 2020)
  • Speaker, The Singapore Convention, San Diego County Bar Association (January 31, 2020) 
  • Speaker, Ethical Decision Making in Mediation, California Lawyers Association (CLA) One and Done MCLE Extravaganza (San Diego, CA Jan. 24, 2020) 
  • Judge, ADR-ODR International and the European Center for Conflict Resolution International Negotiation Competition (Dubai, Nov. 5-8, 2019) 
  • Speaker, International Mediation, Southern California Mediation Association (SCMA) Annual Conference (Los Angeles, Nov. 2019) 
  • Speaker, California Mediation and the Singapore Convention, California Lawyers Association (CLA) Legal London program (Royal Courts, London, Sept. 30, 2019) 
  • Co-chair, Facilitator and Moderator, ABA Advanced Mediation and Advocacy Skills Institute (Houston, TX. Nov. 15-16, 2019) 
  • Moderator, Ethical Marketing for Lawyers in the Digital Age, California Lawyers Association (CLA) Litigation and Appellate Summit (LA, Oct. 2019) 
  • Speaker, Conflict Resolution Strategies in Family Businesses, Latin American Family Office Forum (San Diego, Aug. 22-23, 2019) 
  • Co-Chair and Moderator, CLA International Arbitration Academy, Los Angeles (May 29, 2019) 
  • Speaker, Mediation New Disclosure Requirements and All the Key Confidentiality Issues, California Lawyers Association Real Estate Annual Conference (Newport Beach, CA, May 4, 2019) 
  • Speaker, Mediation Confidentiality, Admissibility and Enforcement, Orange County Bar Association (March 2019) 
  • Speaker, Establishing your Mediation Practice, Pepperdine University School of Law - ADR Society (February 2019) 
  • Speaker, New Requirements for Lawyers before Mediation, San Diego County Bar Association (January 2019) 
  • Speaker, Effective Tips and Strategies for a Successful Mediation, CLA Litigation and Appellate Summit (San Francisco, Sept. 2018) 
  • Speaker, What are you reading?  American Bar Association (ABA)DR Section Annual Conference (Washington D.C., March 2018) 
  • Moderator, SB 766 – New California International Arbitration Gold Rush, California Lawyers Association (August 2018) 
  • Speaker, Non-Traditional Career Paths for Mediators, Southern California Mediation Association (SCMA) Annual Conference (Los Angeles, Nov. 2017) 
  • Speaker, Harnessing the Power of the Master Mediator, World Mediation Summit (Madrid, Spain, July, 2016) 
  • Speaker, Legal Malpractice and Mediation Confidentiality, San Diego County Bar Association (2016) 
  • Judge, American Bar Association National Mediation Competition and Negotiation Law School Competition, New York City (April 2016), Thomas Jefferson School of Law (November 2015), Washington, D.C. (April 2012), California Western School of Law (February 2019), Berkeley School of Law (March 2019), Minnesota (2019). 
  • Legislative liaison, San Diego County Bar Association to the California Law Revision Commission on public policy issues related to mediation (2015 – 2017) 
  • Bilingual trainer, mediation, communication, negotiation skills, conflict management, and intercultural diversity, National Conflict Resolution Center (NCRC) (2011- Present) 
  • Mentor Mediator, University of San Diego School of Law and Peace & Justice Institute         students at the San Diego Superior Court -SCC- South Bay and Central Branch (2012 – 2018) 
  • Professor of Law, California Western School of Law Master’s program for international lawyers (2016 – 2018)) 
  • Neutral Observer, Mediation Works Incorporated Boston (MWI) (2015 – 2017) 
  • Facilitator, San Diego Restorative Justice Mediation Program, Victim Offender Reconciliation Program (2014- Present) 
  • Trainer, San Diego Mediation and Restitution Services, Peer Mediation Training Program (2012 - Present) 
  • Trainer, San Diego County Bar Association Children at Risk Committee in Mediation and Conflict Management (2011 -2018) 
  • Program Consultant, Mediators Beyond Borders International (MBBI) peace-building and conflict resolution projects in Latino America (2011 -2018) 
  • Guest lecturer, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, Mexico, Mediation – Effective Alternative for the Resolution of Conflicts (2011) 
  • "Mediator Effectively Adapts Approach to Different Cultures" Daily Journal and San Diego Daily Transcript, November 2018
  •     “California Confidential: What happens in mediation may not stay in Mediation” California Litigation, April, 2019
  •     “California’s Newest Approach to Mediation Confidentiality and Attorney’s Malpractice” ABA Dispute Resolution, March 2019
  •     “New requirements for lawyers representing clients in mediation”  San Diego Lawyer, November 2018
  • “Want some words to fulfill the soul? Try poetry” ABA Dispute Resolution, June 2018
  •     “Will California’s Approach to Mediation Confidentiality Change?” LinkedIn, October 12, 2017
  • The Art of Mediation: What does Davinci and the Master Mediator have in Common? Published by the World Mediation Summit, 2016 and the Southern California Mediation Association, 2016
  • Mediation Confidentiality: Arguments to preserve current legislation unmodified. Published by the California Law Revision Commission in Memorandum 2016-30 (2016)

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Ana Sambold
Attorney, Mediator & Arbitrator
Sambold Law & ADR Services
United States
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