Lucia Kanter St Amour

Pactum Factum

Walnut Creek, CA 94597
(925) 322-0545

Description of Practice

A member of the Neuroleadership Institute, Lucia has specific training in behavioral science, and applies this blend of science and law to the art of mediation. She understands how real people act in real conflict situations and decision-making. Specializing in Dispute Resolution since 1993, Lucia is a Certified Online Mediator. Practicing law since 1998, She offers Mediation, Negotiation coaching, Witness Preparation, Training, and Facilitation. She has practiced in the private sector, public sector, non-profit, and has taught and trained in both academic and corporate contexts in the U.S. and abroad. Her breadth and depth means she offers insights and skills that serve individualized needs. She does not apply a generic approach to clients and disputes. She has particularized training and keen ability to listen to the circumstances and interests of each situation, and to tailor her approach accordingly.

What separates Lucia from others is her techniques in the psychological dynamics of negotiation and dispute resolution, including her training in emotional micro-expression and lie detection, and integration of neuroscience and decision analysis into every dispute or negotiation.

She has over 350 hours of mediation and negotiation training, in addition to 10 years of law school teaching, and has mediated hundreds of cases.

You can always fight later! By bringing your dispute to mediation, you don’t give up your option of fighting later on. 75% of cases in mediation reach agreement, and you can do it online from anywhere in the world.

Professional Background

Practicing California Attorney since 1998, practicing in private sector, public sector, and nonprofit sector; 10 years of Adjunct teaching (Negotiation and Mediation) at UC Hastings College of Law and UC Berkeley Law / Boalt Hall; 40-hour Mediation Certification from Harvard Law School Program On Negotiation; 20-hour Online Mediator certification (see full list for additional trainings)


One of the small team of original designers of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s pilot mediation program in 1996 for the San Francisco Regional Office, and later earned 40.0 hour mediation certification from Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation. Lucia has mediated cases for the EEOC; the Department of Fair Employment and Housing; San Francisco Superior Court; City and County of San Francisco; the Department of Industrial Relations; and various school districts. She has consulted and mediated general civil and business disputes; community disputes; and has specialized in workplace / employment and special education disputes.She also served for a number of years as a Judge and Mediator for the annual International Chamber of Commerce Mediation and Negotiation Competition in Paris, France


Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation – 40-hour Mediator
Certification 2008
UC Hastings College of Law – J.D. 1998
UC Berkeley – B.A. 1992


Dates Trainer(s) Title
1997 UC Hastings Mediation Clinic 39.0
1998 Berkeley Dispute Resolution Service Community Mediator Training 20.0
2003-2013 UC Hastings Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution Faculty Mediation and Negotiation workshops 70.0
2004 Judith MacMurray Listening For Understanding
2008 Harvard Law School Program On Negotiation Mediator Certification 40.0
2008 Gary Friedman, Center for Understanding Conflict Mediating Family Disputes 3.0
2008 Colin Rule, Stanford Law School Online Dispute Resolution 3.0
2009 3rd Dt. Ct. of Appeals Working with Difficult People 6.75
2009 Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Panel Mediator Training 7.0
2009-2010 UC Berkeley Law Faculty Mediation and Negotiation workshops 14.0
2009 Stanford Law School Gould Center for Conflict Resolution Mediation and Negotiation Faculty training 7.25
2009 Bar Association of San Francisco, ADR Section Neuroscience and Conflict Resolution 7.25
2011 Dana Curtis, Jan Martinez Getting Unstuck, Understanding Barriers to Settlement 14.5
2010 Paul Ekman, Clark Freshman Lie Detection and Emotional Micro-expression 30.0
2010-2012 Int’l Chamber of Commerce, Paris Competition Mediator trainings and Mediator / Judge 24.0
2011 Contra Costa County Superior Court Panel Mediator Training 6.0
2012-2017 Contra Costa Bar Association Mediation Section workshops 18.0
2016 Restorative Justice Center UC Berkeley Restorative Justice and Restorative Practices 8.0
2020 Online Mediator Certification training 20.0


$1,800 for up to 4 hours of mediation, $450/hour thereafter. See website for Mediation Policies, Fees and FAQ’s

Areas of Practice

  • ADA
  • Autism
  • Business
  • Civil (general)
  • Commercial
  • Community
  • Contracts
  • Education
  • EEOC
  • Employment
  • General
  • HOA
  • Landlord – Tenant
  • Neighbor to Neighbor
  • Non Profits
  • Online Mediation
  • Online Workplace
  • Organizational
  • School/Education
  • Sexual Harrassment
  • Small Claims
  • Special Education
  • Workers Comp
  • Workplace

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Facilitator
  • Online Mediator
  • Mediating Lawyer