Irene Takahashi is widely recognized as one of the Bay Area’s leading mediators. Building on a solid foundation of trial experience, she adds the insights gained while serving as a trial judge. She has tried scores of criminal and civil cases both bench and jury. She has wide experience in a range of civil disputes, involving, among others, personal injury, employment, landlord-tenant, and public and private entity liability.
Beyond her widely acknowledged legal acumen, she has a deserved reputation for being able to identify and facilitate the resolution of the complex personal concerns that often form the most formidable barriers to settlements. Rather than practicing a set pattern of mediation, she has a style that allows her to ‘shift gears’ as conditions develop and as unforeseen difficulties arise. Her adaptability gives the parties the maximum opportunity for resolution. As one attorney put it, “Irene’s perceptive instincts made the difference.”
Mediations can be costly and stressful, Ms. Takahashi is known to work to minimize both those issues. She knows most cases resolve. She is persistent and works with the parties before, during and with follow-up to provide a successful resolution tailored to the individual case.
Ms. Takahashi, as reported by many attorneys, is a wise, empathetic, approachable and hard-working mediator. Both litigants and litigators agree that she listens carefully, demonstrates human concern with a dignity that inspires confidence, and provides legal and practical guidance of substantial value. As a result, many counsel have sought her help on multiple cases. Consistently she facilitates prompt, fair and lasting resolutions in the most difficult mediations.
“Ms. Takahashi was a phenomenal mediator for this case. While she worked extremely deftly with the legal professionals (attorneys and adjustors) during the mediation, her efforts to demystify the process and set my client (Plaintiff) at ease were noteworthy. Highly recommended.”
“Ms. Takahashi was wonderful. She knew exactly where the case would settle. She was supportive but also provided fair feedback and evaluation. Very thankful to Ms. Takahashi for her patience as the parties made incremental steps towards an agreement. Please pass along our gratitude to Ms. Takahashi and staff.”
“All staff and Ms. Takahashi are amazing and extremely effective. Thank you to them and your entire team!”
“Irene Takahashi was excellent and was the perfect choice to help resolve the case. We look forward to using her again on other cases!”
“Irene as always was superb. Ms. Takahashi has done, and continues to do everything we could ask for to appropriately bring this case to resolution. I would, and will use her services again, and again.”
“Irene was experienced and quite effective, particularly in working with the insurer’s coverage counsel as well as the parties’ counsel.”
“Wonderful mediator. Both parties respected the mediator which helps a lot since the mediation ended with a mediator proposal.”
“Irene Takahashi is outstanding, knowledgeable, friendly, effective, and personable, and makes the experience a positive one.”
“Irene Takahashi was phenomenal! Her patience combined with her candid assessments/thoughts to me as counsel and my clients were integral to getting to yes on a matter where the parties began the day quite pessimistic. Would unconditionally recommend – and definitely will use her again!”