About Johanna Bracy
Johanna Bracy worked for 18 years in law, politics and policy before becoming a mediator, and she has developed expertise in reaching agreement under challenging circumstances. She has served as a lawyer, legislative aide, policy advocate and labor-management executive at some of the country’s most respected organizations. Johanna has worked on all sides of the negotiation and decision-making process, and has seen how communication breakdowns, tunnel vision and entrenched positions can thwart commonsense agreement if unchecked. The throughline in her work has been bringing people together to better understand each other’s perspectives and to find resolution on the issues that matter most.
Johanna works as a mediator in the Superior Courts of Southern California. She has completed hundreds of hours of mediation and negotiation training at Harvard Law School and the Straus Institute at Pepperdine School of Law. She holds a JD from Harvard Law School and a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University.
Attorneys and their clients appreciate working with Johanna for her tenacity, empathy, humor, creative problem-solving and commitment to strong resolution.
Mediation and facilitation are peaceful conflict resolution methods that empower parties and offer many advantages over litigation. We employ thoughtful mediation strategies to help clients resolve their disputes effectively. Our approach is defined by its flexibility, diplomacy, candor and commitment to mutually satisfactory resolution. We mediate many types of disputes, with a particular focus on labor, employment and environmental matters.
A case that doesn’t settle on the day of the first scheduled mediation may simply need more time for further research and reflection. In the event of a case that does not settle, we will follow up with proposals for further discussion at little or no added charge.
Dispute resolution services are available virtually or in person, in keeping with public health recommendations and the parties’ preferences.
- No cancellation charge if cancelled or rescheduled at least 7 days in advance of the mediation date.
- 50% fee refund if cancelled or rescheduled 2 to 6 days in advance of the mediation date.
- No fee refund for cancellation the day before or day of mediation.
- No refund for unused reserved time.
- A party who unilaterally cancels the mediation is responsible for the mediation fee and will be charged based on the cancellation schedule above.
Mediation briefs should be submitted at least one week before the mediation. Briefs should be candid and include, at a minimum, descriptions of material facts, case strengths and weaknesses, and key exhibits (including key deposition excerpts) along with discussion of prior settlement negotiations.
Surprises at mediation can result in difficulties in settling, due to inadequate reserves or authority. The parties are strongly encouraged to ensure that all critical information bearing on the valuation of the matter is exchanged well in advance of the mediation. If an insurer is involved, for example, counsel should ensure that the carrier has the information needed to set an appropriate reserve level well in advance of mediation. Similarly, defense counsel who have obtained material information that plaintiff does not have are also encouraged to share such information with the plaintiff before mediation.