Stefanie Beninato

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PO Box 1601
Santa Fe, NM 87504

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Description of Practice

Stefanie has had over ten years of facilitation and negotiation experience. She has worked at the federal, state and local level with governmental entities and private organizations. Some of those entities include the city of Santa Fe and the city of Albuquerque, the NM Legislature and Department of Health, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Sonoran Institute and New Mexico First. Her experience includes long term growth and other land use issues, environmental issues including water, health and education issues. She has designed and conducted interventions for governmental and private entities, including boards of directors and management officials. Stefanie has also helped the client formulate the content of facilitations, doing research on the issues and helping that client through the entire process including the facilitation and final report. Stefanie is also proficient in training professionals on such subjects Landlord Tenant Law Introduction to Alternative Dispute Resolution Basic Mediation Approaches to Conflict Management Choosing Your Response to Anger Team Building for Supervisors Feedback, Communication and Email Making Assumptions Solving Problems Providing Effective Feedback Stefanie has had dozens of cases and over approximately 100 hoursof training in this area.

Professional Background

I have a law degree and a doctorate in history. Although I am licensed in the state of NM, I practice only alternative dispute resolution methods and collaborative law. I have had over 400 hours of training of all sorts regarding substantive, ethical and methodological approaches/practices. My background allows me to understand that if people can't communicate, there will be strife, and I know that facilitation of all kinds is more humane and humanistic than the traditional legal process.


Over 550 mediation cases, dozens of faciliations and arbitrations. Experienced communication/managment and mediation coach and trainer; meeting mangement; personal communication and conflict coach. Mediations cases include workplace/EEOC; divorce/family; business and construction contracts; landlord-tenant; neigbors; community/boundaries/land and water. Faciliation includes environmental issues (sustainability, land and water issues), education and healthcare issues. Arbitrarion: consumer issues.


Solution oriented; creative; collaborative where possible; start from what is working; employ good listening skills and reflect back adequately so parties know they are being heard. Don't ignore emotions--recognize and explore them (latter when appropriate) rather than see them as barriers or obstacles.


Sliding scale for divorce and family See www.nmmediate for more info; Business/community $100/hr or $40/hr/party when more than 2 parties Government and nonprofit $60-75/hr

Other Information

Mediated by internet and by conference call as well as in person. Mediated cases in NM, AZ, CO, NY, CA, Great Britian, and LA

Areas of Practice

  • Business
  • Civil (general)
  • Commercial
  • Community
  • Construction
  • Contracts
  • Criminal
  • Cross Cultural
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Education
  • EEOC
  • Employment
  • Engineering
  • Environmental
  • Family
  • General
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Labor - Management
  • Land Use
  • Landlord - Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Native American
  • Organizational
  • Personal Injury
  • Professional Fees
  • Public Policy
  • Real Estate
  • Securities
  • Technology
  • Victim - Offender
  • Workplace

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Custody Evaluator
  • Communication Skills Trainer
  • Systems Designer
  • Fact-Finder
  • Mediator-Arbitrator
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Mediation Trainer
  • Representational Lawyer
  • Staff Developer
  • Conflict Coach
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Arbitrator
  • Collaborative Professional
  • Facilitator
  • Online Mediator
  • Online Arbitrator
  • Parenting Coordinator
  • Ombud


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