Judge Diane Ritchie and the Power of Mediation to Resolve Conflicts

In the state of California, 95% of civil cases never make it to the courtroom. Instead, both sides will make their case to a certified mediator whose job it is to guide both sides to a solution they are comfortable with. A good settlement is one where both parties are listened to, understood, and satisfied. Through mediation, this is a far stronger possibility than in the court room. The remedies in court are limited. That is why mediation is so popular in the state of California.

Judge Diane Ritchie is a licensed mediator who has completed 40 hours of mediation training with Steven Rosenberg Mediations, another 40 hours of training at the Santa Clara County Office of Human Relations, and more recently another 40 hours of training with Ron Kelly Mediations. She has worked as a mediator since 2005, including handling mediations for the Department of Fair Employment and Housing and settling all types of civil cases for the Santa Clara Superior Court.

Judge Diane Ritchie graduated with her Bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley and later earned her Juris Doctorate from Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco.

What Makes Judge Diane Ritchie an Excellent Mediator?

A mediator must be unbiased and able to see things from both sides’ point of view.  Judge Diane has experience as an attorney who has worked on both sides of the aisle in a variety of civil cases including representing employees and small employers. Her experience in labor and employment law includes cases involving union negotiations, sexual harassment claims, wrongful termination, wage and pay, and more.

Before becoming a judge Diane Ritchie has worked as a Deputy District Attorney with the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office, ran her own private employment law firm, and taught a class on employment law at California State University-East Bay College of Business.  As a Judge on the Superior Court of California County of Santa Clara she presided over thousands of criminal and civil cases. Not a single one of her judgements or convictions has ever been overturned on appeal.

As a mediator, Judge Diane Ritchie brings her decades of experience as an attorney and a judge to the negotiation table. She can help parties reach a fair and reasonable resolution through active discussion and sometimes a little creativity. Judge Diane Ritchie believes that mediation is a fantastic tool where the possibilities for a solution are endless. In this blog, we will explore her work as well as current themes and news regarding mediation in California.

judge diane ritchie at CA supreme court building