Nancy J. Foster
Northern California Mediation Center

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San Rafael, CA 94903
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Description of Practice

Nancy Foster is a lawyer-mediator who has focused on non-adversarial processes for resolving divorces for 25 years. She is the Director and principal mediator and trainer at the Northern California Mediation Center in northern San Rafael. Her passion is the study and practice of communication and negotiation skills. She fosters respect and reciprocity in conflict resolution through non-defensive yet powerful communication. Nancy has presented at numerous law schools and conferences. She graduated from the University of Michigan Law School, has served as President of the North ern California Mediation Association, Vice-President of Marin County Women Lawyers and is an Advanced Practitioner Member in the Family Section of the Association for Conflict Resolution.

Professional Background

Mediating since 1988, Advanced Practitioner Member of the Association for Conflict Resolution Family Section. Attorney since 1976, graduate of University of Michigan Law School. Trainer and communications specialist.


Nancy has mediated over 2,000 cases since 1988. She has provided trainings in mediation, conflict resolution and communication skills since 1990, and has presented at national conferences.


University of Michigan, B.A. degree with honors. University of Michigan Law School, J.D. degree.


Fostering respect and reciprocity by facilitating parties' clear communication and understanding. Helping parties gather all the information needed, including information about the law, so they can make fully informed decisions. Helping each party assert his/her legitimate self-interest and to take into consideration what is important to the other party. Helping parties assess whether their potential mediated agreement is better than their other alternatives.


$400/hour for divorce and family mediation. Sliding scale fees available for those qualifying for our Affordable Mediation Program (AMP. Fees for business and commercial mediations are $450+/hour.

Other Information

Quotes from Clients: "Thank you, Nancy. You were able to get us out of our stalemate and move us to an agreement after 3 years. You are an excellent mediator and I have recommended you to everyone I know going through a divorce. If we reach roadblocks in the future, I will give you a call. "Her calm presence, skills, knowledge and empathy assured that the occasion would be a constructive and civil one for us." "Well organized...Calm, smart, clear...Knows her field." "Very efficient and professional process!! Seamless process indeed! Many thanks."

Areas of Practice

  • ADA
  • Business
  • Civil (general)
  • Commercial
  • Community
  • Congregational
  • Contracts
  • Divorce (all issues) (1,500 collaborated)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Family
  • General
  • Landlord - Tenant
  • Organizational
  • Partnership
  • Personal Injury
  • Probate
  • Professional Fees
  • Real Estate
  • Workplace

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Advanced Mediation Trainer
  • Communication Skills Trainer
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Mediation Trainer
  • Conflict Coach
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Collaborative Professional
  • Facilitator


Jessica Notini Attorney-Mediator, Trainer Tony Roffers, Ph.D. Psychologist, Trainer Eileen Barker Attorney-Mediator, Trainer Steve Sulmeyer, J.D., Ph.D. Psychotherapist, Attorney-Mediator

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