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Section | Alternative Dispute Resolution

ADR Section Meeting (hybrid)

The Art of Bracketing

Tia Welch Maerz | Essential Law Group
Kari Erickson Levine | Erickson Levine Law & Mediation
Diana L. Maier | Maier Law Group
Patricia Prince | Prince Law & Mediation

The October MCBA ADR Section Meeting presentation, The Art of Bracketing, will be held both in person and virtually (hybrid) on Thursday, October 19th in the Assembly Room at the Marin County Sheriff's Office or you can participate via a Zoom Webinar.

The term “brackets” raises anxiety or ire for many mediators and attorneys because it is susceptible to so many different interpretations. (And, of course, there is the math!) This often leads to a knee-jerk resistance to the use of this powerful negotiation technique. This presentation will cover various forms of “bracketing” such as conditional offers, public and private ranges, specific numbers, etc., as well as the many ways brackets can facilitate resolution. We will discuss common assumptions made, benefits and drawbacks of different bracketing methods, timing considerations, and best practices for avoiding bracketing pitfalls and ethical dilemmas. Bracketing in its many forms can add another sophisticated and flexible negotiating instrument to the mediator’s toolbox. Bring your questions and join the conversation.

Schedule (in person):
11:30 AM Registration and Networking
12:00 PM Presentation and Q&A
1:00 PM Adjournment

Whether you attend in person or virtually via Zoom, you will receive the Zoom Webinar information and messaging.

***For those that are not able to attend but interested in the post-meeting recording and handout, we require that you Register for the Event. Once the presentation is over, if the recording is adequate, we will send it to those that were not able to attend. If the recording is distorted and can not be viewed, MCBA will refund your registration fee. MCBA does not provide CLE for viewing recordings post presentation.***

Larry Strick and Diana Maier
Co-Chairs, ADR Section

Thank You to the Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) for supporting this Event.


MCLE Notice: To receive MCLE credit, you must connect by digital device; i.e., tablet or computer. Call in by telephone only will not qualify. This activity is approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of California. MCBA is a certified provider: Provider #411

Accessibility: People with disabilities and/or special requests should contact MCBA regarding reasonable accommodations.

1.0 CLE | General

Brown Bag Lunch


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10/19/2023 12:00 PM 10/19/2023 1:00 PM America/Los_Angeles ADR Section Meeting (hybrid) The Art of Bracketing Marin County Sheriff's Office Assembly Room, 1600 Los Gamos Dr. (Main Lobby A), Suite 200, San Rafael, CA, 94903 Marin County Bar Association false MM/DD/YYYY


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Date and Location

Thursday | October 19, 2023

Marin County Sheriff's Office Assembly Room
1600 Los Gamos Dr. (Main Lobby A), Suite 200
San Rafael, CA 94903

Speaker Information

Tia Welch Maerz

Essential Law Group

As an experienced mediator with a high settlement rate, Tia Welch Maerz brings her winning trial record (90%) to every mediation to quickly focus the parties and attorneys on the issues that are impeding resolution. Her sense of humor and dogged perseverance come in handy too. Prior to becoming a neutral full-time, Tia was a trial deputy for the City and County of San Francisco and a partner at a boutique complex civil litigation firm. She has deep subject matter expertise in personal injury, contracts, employment, insurance coverage, maritime law and civil rights. For more, see


Kari Erickson Levine

Erickson Levine Law & Mediation

Kari Erickson Levine founded Erickson Levine Law in 2015 with a passion for finding creative solutions to even the most complex and highly charged disputes. She has handled 70+ matters and is an empaneled mediator for the Northern District of California. After graduating from UC Hastings School of law in 1989, Kari worked as an assistant DA in Compton, CA. Transitioning into civil litigation, Kari worked as a partner for over two decades with two of the most prestigious firms in the country—Seyfarth Shaw and Jones Day— where she represented a vast range of clients in class action and single plaintiff disputes.

Based upon her work with individuals of diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds, Kari has acquired a unique ability to understand all parties and to help them articulate their needs in ways that the opposing side will hear. Kari focuses on the resolution of business, employment, Title III ADA access, and Fair Housing Act discrimination disputes. Kari works tenaciously and empathetically to keep the parties communicating collaboratively. For more, see


Diana L. Maier

Maier Law Group

Diana is a mediator, workplace and Title IX investigator, and employment attorney. She is the founder of Maier Law Group, a boutique employment defense law firm. These days Diana spends most of her time mediating privately as well as a panelist for the Central and Northern District Courts of California. She also mediates all kinds of interpersonal conflicts, especially between employees, business partners, family members disputing estate plans, etc.

Diana's other key specialty is performing workplace investigations in Spanish and English. In terms of counseling work, Diana advises business owners on issues that arise in the workplace, and defends employers facing litigation. Diana has been named a Northern California "Super Lawyer" for ADR services for the last few years.


Patricia Prince

Prince Law & Mediation

Patricia Prince is an experienced mediator, repeatedly recognized as a “Super Lawyer of Northern California” in the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution. She works effectively with parties and counsel in high-conflict cases to identify key interests and options, moving from impasse to agreement with creativity and persistence. Patricia specializes in the resolution of business and employment disputes. Prior to becoming a full-time mediator, Patricia was a business litigator, assisting clients with licensing and trademark disputes, securities cases, employment disputes, business torts and partnership disputes. Patricia received her bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and her law degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law. She is fluent in Spanish and is often retained to mediate cases with mono-lingual Spanish-speaking parties. For more, see or click below:.