Mr. Baer uses a unique, integrative approach that utilizes law, psychology, behavioral economics, philosophy and other disciplines. An advocate of using consensual dispute resolution processes such as mediation and collaborative divorce, whenever possible; Mediator Attorney Baer considers the psychological and financial health of the entire family and assists them in navigating the emotional waters of Family Law. He also helps his clients acquire new skills that can strengthen and empower them to better cope with future challenges.
Attorneys and Mediators who practice in the field of family law must understand the nature of human conflict. They must also aim to help people resolve that conflict right from the start. Choosing the right attorney is one of the most important decisions a person can make. Mark has become well-known as a constructive family law attorney and mediator, which is why he is a sought after speaker on that subject.
As a former litigator who advocates the use of mediation and collaborative law whenever possible, Attorney Mark Baer points out the inherent flaws that exist in litigating Family Law matters then reveals more creative and less destructive approaches to help family members work through difficult break ups. Utilizing his vast array of information and knowledge, well beyond the law itself, Mr. Baer provides insight on how the dissolution of familial relationships, as typically practiced, leads to less-than-optimal results, both financially and emotionally. He also highlights the difference between ‘dispute resolution’ and ‘conflict resolution’ to offer simple ways of achieving a better result for all parties involved including the children.
Mr. Baer has been recognized as Southern California Super Lawyer in the Family Law category since 2012. He has been included among The National Advocates Top 100 Lawyers since 2014, named a member of the Nation’s Top One Percent list for 2015 by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel (NADC), selected for The Official Best of Los Angeles Award 2015 in the category of Family Law, selected for The Official Best of Los Angeles Award 2014 in the category of Mediation, Included in the Corporate Live Wire Global Awards in 2015 for consistently shown best practice and innovation, and crowned “Most Compassionate Family Mediator – California” by Corporate America Legal Elite of 2015.
As a speaker, Mr. Baer presented at the California Psychological Association (CPA) Convention in 2012 and 2013. On April 19, 2013, he was a panelist at the American Bar Association’s Section of Family Law 2013 Spring CLE Conference in Anchorage, Alaska. The presentation was entitled, “Navigating the Emotional Currents of Collaborative Law.” Mark was also selected to author a chapter for “Inside the Minds: Strategies for Family Law in California, 2013 ed.”, published by Thomson Reuters (published on July 1, 2013). His article, “The Perfect Storm: Lawyer Limitation and the Adversarial Model in Family Law,” published in the American Journal of Family Law, Winter 2014” is now utilized at the Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine School of Law. The Strauss Institute has been ranked #1 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report for the 11th year in a row.
Mark B. Baer, Inc., APLC
Address: 100 East Corson Street, #200, Pasadena, CA 91103
AREAS OF PRACTICE
Los Angeles County
San Bernardino County
Juris Doctorate – Loyola Law School – Los Angeles, June 1990
BA – University of California Los Angeles, September 1987;
Mediation/Collaborative Law Training
Mosten Mediation Training
Collaborative Divorce Education Institute
Mosten Mediation Study Group
Professional Associations and Memberships
Beverly Hills Bar Association, Member
Bruin Professionals, Member
International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Member
Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association, Member
Los Angeles County Bar Association, Member
Pasadena Bar Association, Member
San Gabriel Valley Psychological Association, Member
Academy Of Professional Family Mediators, Member
Association For Conflict Resolution, Member
Southern California Mediation Association, Member
The State Bar of California Family Law Section ADR/CDR Standing Committee (South), Member
The Esquire Network, Member
Scholarly Lectures and Published Works
Baer, Mark B., The Perfect Storm: Lawyer Limitations and the Adversarial Model in Family Law, American Journal of Family Law, Winter 2014.
Baer, Mark B. Navigating the Emotional Waters Within Collaborative Family Law, The World of Collaborative Practice Magazine, March 2013.
Baer, Mark B. Are You Facilitating the Creation of a Post-Divorce Functional or Dysfunctional Family? The World of Collaborative Practice Magazine, May 2012.
Keynote Speaker at The Divorce Expo (a program offering resources and information to the Detroit Metro community regarding positive and future oriented options for divorce and which is expected to attract over 10,000 individuals) on What Mark B. Baer Predicts Family Law Will Look Like in the Future and Why, March 23, 2012.
Baer, Mark B. Cost of Raising a Child Calculation Tool – Issues Involving Child Support. Valley Lawyer Magazine, November 2010.
Honors and Awards
Crowned “Most Compassionate Family Mediator – California” by Corporate America Legal Elite of 2015
Recipient of the Official Best of Los Angeles Award 2015 for Family Law
Included in the Corporate Live Wire Global Awards in 2015 for consistently shown best practice and innovation.
Selected as a Member of the Nation’s Top One Percent by The National Association of Distinguished Counsel in 2015
Recipient of the Official Best of Los Angeles Award 2014 for Mediation
Included among The National Advocates Top 100 Lawyers since 2014
Included as in the Family Law category as a Southern California Super Lawyers since 2012
Named by Pasadena Magazine as Top Attorney since 2010