About John Butler
Passionate About Mediation
My passion for mediation evolved out of my successful law practice. More than 20 years ago, I discovered that I enjoyed resolving conflict far more than I enjoyed litigation.
I came to see conflict as an opportunity for deeper understanding, growth and peaceful outcomes.
My skill level increased, my experience grew, and eventually I closed my law practice to focus on mediation. I believe that I have exceptional experience and skills in resolving conflict and am available to help you regardless of where you live in the United States.
Shifting from Litigation to Mediation I have:
- Resolved well over a thousand disputes for individuals, corporations, churches, and nonprofit agencies.
- Received recognition for my service in settling suits in both Federal and State Courts.
- Taught classes on communication and conflict resolution and I have trained other lawyers and mediators in how to facilitate settlements.
- Been interviewed on TV and spoken at seminars and given talks in other venues on mediation and the principles of conflict resolution.
- Led workshops on “gender reconciliation” as well as other topics related to conflict resolution.
- Completed more than 350 hours of formal mediation-related training. This includes active listening skills enhancement, interviewing techniques and mediation role-plays and simulations.
- J.D. Santa Clara Law School 1985
- B.S. Business Administration Indiana University 1976
- Dr. Div. Emerson Institute 2001
Other Mediation Specialties
Listed here are a few of the subject areas in addition to divorce mediation in which I have put my mediation expertise to work for others.
Family Law Matters
I have helped hundreds of couples and families move through the challenging times of transition and/or conflict. I can assist you with the following.
- Divorce mediation (custody disputes, visitation, alimony, spousal support, property division, etc.) including gay/lesbian couple break-ups)
- Marital Settlement Agreements (MSA’s) and other family law matters
- Pre-nuptial agreements
- Trial separation and standstill agreements
- Unmarried couple break-ups (including gay/lesbian break-ups)
Real Property Disputes
I have years of experience resolving many types of conflicts in Real Estate matters. I am affordable and work expeditiously when time is of the essence.
Most Real Estate contracts require the parties to use ADR to mediate or arbitrate all of their contractual disputes. I have helped handle such matters below.
- Real Estate contract purchase disputes between buyer and seller
- Landlord/tenant disputes
- Homeowner Association conflict resolution
- Debtor/creditor workouts
- Real Estate agency disputes between broker and agent(s)
- Real Estate listing disputes between seller and listing agent/broker
- Premises liability
- Neighborhood disputes like dog barking, smoking, etc.
- Retaliatory eviction
- Neighbor boundary disputes regarding easements
Litigation is difficult, especially in divorce or family law settings. The risk of lasting emotional trauma is high and the cost can be devastating.
Skilled professional mediation may be the answer to resolving disputes at a fraction of the cost of hiring an attorney and with much less chance of disrupting relationships.
Are you ready to resolve conflict and negotiate settlement peacefully, efficiently and affordably?
Put my expertise, extensive training and years of experience to work for you.
Probate, Will, and Guardianship
I have a special fondness for resolving Probate cases because they are often especially complex. They often involve both difficult family dynamics as well as significant business or Real Estate issues. Given my extensive background in all three areas, I am able to be especially effective in helping parties come to resolution at a fraction of the cost compared to litigation.
- Liquidation/division of estate assets
- Administration of estates
- Disagreement over estate charges
- Strife regarding management of estate assets
- Conflict regarding valuation of estate assets
- Trust disputes
- Inheritance controversies
- Guardianship challenges
- Conservatorship challenges
- Family business disputes
In a delicate employee situation retaining an expert outside mediator is often the wise course of action. Here are just a few subject employment areas where mediation can be helpful.
- Private negotiation of severance packages
- Resolution of difficulties between co-workers
- Sorting out issues between team members/teams/team leads
- Confidential resolution of Employee/Employer discrimination claims
- Confidential resolution of Sexual Harassment/Hostile Workplace issues
- Wrongful discharge
- Breach of employment contract
- Enforcement of non-competition clauses (some)
- Sex discrimination cases
- Age discrimination cases
- Sexual Orientation discrimination cases
Here are a few consumer dispute areas where mediation can be helpful.
- Warranty/return disputes
- Customer satisfaction questions
- Vehicle Lemon Law
- Vehicle Wrongful Repossession
Conflict in Nonprofit Corporations
- is amazingly cost efficient
- enables a prompt response time
- provides a flexible, customized approach
- is collaborative
- difficulty between board and CEO
- friction between staff and volunteers
- other interpersonal conflicts
- challenge in adaptation to changing market conditions regarding clients, funding etc.
- need for agreement regarding clarity of mission and congruency of tactics to fulfill mission
Peacekeeping in Churches
It is crucial to recognize that conflict in churches arises in many forms and can divert a church from its primary mission when not dealt with effectively. Often I can help shift a simmering conflict into a golden opportunity for transformation and re-invigoration. Here are some areas in which I’ve been able to be of help in resolving church conflict.
- Conflict between minister and board
- Cliques on board-polarization on board
- Challenges between new minister and existing volunteer teams
- Struggles over resources (finance committee and ministry areas)
- Difficulties integrating “old timers” and “new members”
- Dealing with antagonistic congregants
- Power Struggles between church “matriarchs” or “patriarchs’ and others
- Problems with pastoral search committee
- Problems with building committee/grounds committee
An outside expert, who is objective, neutral and who will assist in resolving the conflict allows an organization to resolve the conflict more smoothly so it can return to its primary mission with the minimum of negative long-term consequences.