Event Details

Who Gets Mom's Watch? Suggestions for a Successful Trust/Estate Mediation

Mediations sometimes start with avoidable barriers. This program will cover how to prepare for a successful mediation and how "success" is defined in the context of mediating trust and estate contests. 

Topics will include: 

  • Unique challenges of family disputes 
  • Preparing for mediation in the trust/estate context 
  • Working with the mediator to best achieve your client's goals 
  • Pitfalls to avoid in the mediation process 
  • Specific benefits of mediation to resolve family estate disputes 
  • Effective timing of the mediation process: when to mediate can be a critical factor in the ultimate outcome 


Lunch will be provided, including vegetarian options for in-person attendees. For any dietary restrictions, please contact SCBA at reception@sonomacountybar.org by 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, 5/30/23.

*All registrations are assumed to be remote unless otherwise stated. To reserve your seat for the in-person option, please contact Ann Horn at Ann@SonomaCountyBar.org or (707) 542-1190 ext. 100 to transfer your remote registration to in-person. 

For the comfort of our guests, a limited number of in-person seats are available. If you wish to attend in-person, we suggest notifying our office at your earliest convenience to reserve your seat. Walk-ins will be admitted as space allows. In-person registrations expire at the start of the presentation. We do ask that you arrive promptly; otherwise your reserved seat may be given to a walk-in attendee. In-person reservations are non-refundable unless cancelled prior to 3 pm one business day prior to the presentation.

SCBA is happy to consider any accommodations you may need to participate in this program. Please contact SCBA at Reception@SonomaCountyBar.org or (707) 542-1190 ext. 100 to discuss what accommodations can be made available to you.


Hon. Gary Nadler, photo

Hon. Gary Nadler
Superior Court Judge, Retired
Superior Court of California, County of Sonoma

Judge Nadler retired from the Sonoma County Superior Court in 2022. He serves as a mediator with the Arbitration and Mediation Service in Santa Rosa. Prior, he served the court on assignment to the Civil, Family and Criminal divisions, and has served as presiding judge of the court from 2017 to 2019 and 2009 to 2011. He has been a member of the California Judicial Council, serving in this capacity from 2014 through 2019. Judge Nadler has provided continuing education for California judges and is a faculty member for the Bernard E. Witkin Judicial College, where he has taught Civil Discovery and Civil Settlements. He is a co-author of the “California Discovery Handbook” and action guides relating to civil discovery for the Continuing Education of the Bar; he is a contributing author for “California Civil Discovery” published by the Continuing Education of the Bar. He has authored numerous articles for the “Bar Journal” of the SCBA; has participated as a panelist in over 20 SCBA educational programs; and has served as faculty for over 20 education programs for California judges. Judge Nadler was an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of San Francisco for 15 years.

Lawyer Referral Service

SCBA can help you find the right lawyer to assist you with your legal issues.
Contact Win Rogers by email or call her at (707) 546-5297 for a referral.