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Ana Sambold

Exceptionally skilled Mediator, Arbitrator, and Attorney with ten years of experience as a Conflict Resolution Specialist.

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United States, United States - CA
English, Spanish
Mediation Profile

Mediator, Arbitrator and ADR Specialist

She is on the ADR rosters of the American Arbitration Association (AAA), ADR Services, Inc., international ArbitralWomen, several U.S. courts, federal and state agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), and the Better Business Bureau (BBB). Fully bilingual (English/Spanish) and licensed Attorney in California, U.S. Federal Court Southern District and Colombia. Has worked in Latin America  and the U.S. Her unique common and civil law expertise and fluency in English and Spanish makes her extremely qualified to understand the cultural nuances and undertones that facilitate the resolution of disputes in multicultural settings and between multinational parties. Has worked with people of all nationalities and has a clear understanding of the dynamics of mediating and arbitrating across national boundaries.

Frequent speaker and author on ADR topics. Former adjunct professor of law at California Western School of Law masters program for international lawyers. Has taught extensively in conflict resolution, mediation and negotiation with the National Conflict Resolution Center (NCRC). Leading dispute resolution in the U.S. Currently serves as the appointed American Bar Association (ABA) Dispute Resolution Section Educational Programming officer, ABA Advanced Mediation and Advocacy Skills Institute Co-Chair, California Lawyers Association Litigation Section Executive Committee member, and San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA) ADR Section Vice-Chair. Immediate past Co-Chair of the California Lawyers Association Litigation Section - ADR Committee and Board Director of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) North American Branch and the Southern California Mediation Association (SCMA).

Received her training and credentials in dispute resolution from Harvard Law School, Pepperdine University School of Law - Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) and Columbia Law School.

Ana Sambold, Esq. has successfully helped over 1,000 parties and attorneys to resolve their most challenging disputes involving commercial matters, breach of contract, fraud, contract interpretation, misrepresentation, partnerships, management, dissolution, creditor - debtor, insurance coverage, subrogation, torts, property damages, construction defect, defamation, personal injury, professional malpractice, attorneys’ fees, employment and labor, succession, trusts, family, consumer/business matters, government entities, and cases involving multinational and multilingual parties.

Ms. Sambold customizes her mediation style according to the type of dispute, parties involved and complexity of the case. She explores the parties’ underlying interests, needs, priorities, and emotional issues, carefully review the facts and legal issues and facilitate a fair process that permits each party to participate in the result. Accordingly, she might adopts a facilitative or evaluative style or a combination of both.

Prior to the mediation, she likes to learn all she can about the case. She normally requests mediation summaries and invite parties to submit all the information that might be helpful to resolve the case. During the mediation, she provides both parties with the opportunity to explain their perspectives and vent their frustrations and helped  them to objectively analyze the legal and factual claims of the case. Then, she works with everyone to help them through the process and find their unique solution. She always encourage parties to invent their own solutions, be creative and take an active role in the process. She respects parties' autonomy in mediation and only share her views of the respective parties' positions as a neutral when requested or when it appears that it will assist with resolution.  Her ultimate goal is bringing so much needed closure to the parties.

  • Business/Commercial: Effective resolution of disputes involving breach of contract, commercial transactions and debtor/creditor matters; banking, unauthorized and fraudulent transactions; claims arising out insurance coverage, insurance bad faith, subrogation matters, reimbursement for payments made by an insurance company; claims arising out of the purchase and sale of businesses, trade secrets, disagreements in the management, dissolution of partnerships and distribution of assets between former partners; disputes over alleged damages caused by professional negligence and alleged misrepresentations; attorney's fees disputes; consumer complaints; claims involving quality of workmanship, construction defect and overcharges. Auto-manufacturer's warranty, Lemon law.
  • Employment: Claims of discrimination based on gender, race, national origin, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy, and disability, unlawful termination, violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), failure to accommodate, retaliation, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, violations of Pregnancy Discrimination Act (ADA). Claims involving transgender/transsexual employees, hostile work environment, harassment, severe sexual harassment, failure to engage in timely good faith interactive process regarding employee’s disability under FEHA. Claims of intentional infliction of emotional distress, wage and hour violations under Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA). Non-compete agreements. Violations of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, failure to promote, retaliation for filing the discrimination charge. Denial of disability accommodations, internal ethics investigation, defamation, denial of work opportunities, failure to pay overtime wages, minimum wages, to provide meal periods and compensation in lieu thereof, failure to authorize and permit paid rest periods, furnish accurate itemized wage statements, pay “nanny taxes”, violations of California Labor Code §203 and Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA). Negligence, sexual battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, sexual comments, unwanted sexual advances, unwanted touching, open sexual assault during employment, racist comments, denial of reinstatement of seniority, wrongful termination, work relocation, failure to hire, and negligent supervision.
  • Real Estate: Resolution of cases arising out of the purchase and sale of real estate; disputes involving easements, boundaries, partition and title; claims of nuisance; necessary disclosures; loan refinancing and foreclosures; Resolution of neighbor disputes over property lines, view, use and access to property; civil harassment cases between neighbors. Landlord/Tenant disputes regarding breach of implied warranty of habitability, quiet enjoyment of property, Temporary Restraining Orders for alleged threats of physical violence, property damages, bad faith retention of security deposits, unpaid rent and utilities, mold related claims, constructive eviction, unlawful detainers, and trespass. Homeowners association disputes regarding compliance with CC&Rs, Sterling Act, liability and failure to pay for repairs, restoration of property, unauthorized improvements and breach of fiduciary duties.
  • Personal Injury: Disputes resulting from motor vehicle accidents, wrongful death, tripping hazards, slip and fall, and other premises liability claims. Claims regarding injuries caused by medical and dental malpractice alleging improper diagnosis, treatment and surgery; dog bites, civil assault and battery claims.
  • Family/Probate/Trusts: Caretaker and competency issues between adult siblings and their parents; elder abuse; Marvin actions; living trusts, wills, disputes between family members over management of family business.

Cases requiring a mediator fluent in English and Spanish and with common and law expertise and multicultural background. 

$250.00/hour for the first two hours; $400.00/hour thereafter. $1,250 for a half day (4 hours) $2,500 for a full day (8 hours) There is a two hour minimum.

International Bar Association (IBA), ArbitralWomen, American Bar Association (ABA), California Lawyers Association (CLA), Southern California Mediation Association (SCMA), San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA).

- Michael Alfred, Esq.
7220 Trade Street, Suite 104
San Diego, CA 92121
Office (858) 566-6800
Fax (619) 330-2442
Email: [email protected]

- Kere K. Tickner
Tickner & McCliman
30211 Avenida de las Banderas, Suite 200
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688
P: (949) 888-6652
E: [email protected]

- Judy Posner:
22708 Mariano Street
Woodland Hills, California 91367-6128
tel: 818.340.1950/fax: 818.340.1990
[email protected]

- Shana Madigan:
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
975 F Street, N.W. | Washington, DC 20004
Direct: +1-202-828-3581 | Mobile: +1-202-270-3989 | Fax: +1-202-641-9266
[email protected] | www.seyfarth.com

- Kevin Bond:
[email protected]
San Diego, California 92101

- Margaret A. Morrissey-Elder, Esq.
Chandra Gehri Spencer, Esq.
17011 Beach Boulevard, Suite 900
Huntington Beach, California 92647

- Kenneth A. Rutan, Esq.
1230 Columbia Street, Suite 210
San Diego, California 92101

Training and Education

Received over 800 hours of mediation and conflict resolution training from:

  • Harvard Law School – Program on Negotiation, Advanced Mediation Workshop; Mediating Complex Disputes (June 20-29, 2016)
  • Pepperdine University School of Law- Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution, Mediating the Litigated Case (August 6-11, 2012)
  • American Bar Association, Advanced Mediation and Advocacy Skills Institute (San Diego, 2011), ADR Section 14th Annual Spring Conference (Washington, 2012), ADR Section 15thAnnual Spring Conference (Chicago 2013), ADR Section 16th Annual Spring Conference (Miami, 2014), ADR Section 17th Annual Spring Conference (Seattle, 2015), 18th Annual Spring Conference (New York City, 2016), ADR Section 9th Annual Arbitration Training Institute (Chicago, 2016), ADR Section 19th Annual Spring Conference (San Francisco, 2017), Arbitration Awards: Potential Pitfalls & How to Avoid Them (2017), ADR Section 20th Annual Spring Conference (Washington, D.C., 2018), 2018 Corporate Counsel CLE Seminar (La Quinta, 2018), Section of International Law 2018 Fall Conference (Mexico City, 2018), Negotiation Institute (San Diego, 2019), ADR in Labor & Employment Committee Midwinter Meeting (Coronado, 2019), ADR Section 21th Annual Spring Conference (Minneapolis, MN, 2019).
  • National Conflict Resolution Center, Introductory and Advanced Mediation training (February 21-24, 2011), Mediator Credentialing Program (September, 2011), Mediating the Litigated Case (2011), Conflict Resolution in the Workplace (2013), The Exchange and Train the Trainer programs (2012 and 2013), Wrap Insurance Policies and Other Construction Insurance Issues (2015).
  • American Institute of Mediation, Advanced Track for Experienced Mediators (Pepperdine University, 2014 and 2015), The Soft Human Underbelly (2016), Client Relations Strategies, (2016), Ethics in ADR (2016)
  • Southern California Mediation Association, The Working Mediator: Improving the Culture of Conflict (Pepperdine University School of Law, 2012), Expanding the Field of Conflict Resolution (Pepperdine University, 2013), Lying for the Sake of the Deal (University of Southern California Law School, 2016), Annual Fall Conference Advanced Mediation Track (Los Angeles, 2015, 2016, 2018), SPEAKER, Non-Traditional Careers for Dispute Resolution Professionals, Fall Conference (2017) Mediation Certification and Mediation Confidentiality (University of Southern California Law School, 2016), #Metoo and Update on Employment Law (2018), Mediation and Collaborative Law with Forrest “Woody” Mosten (2019), When Good Mediators Make Bad Decisions (Los Angeles, 2019), Ethical Decision Making in Mediation (San Diego, 2019).
  • SCMA Employment Mediation Institute, Best Practices and Pitfalls in Negotiating Employment Law Disputes in Mediation, (Pepperdine University School of Law - Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, 2016), Mediating Employment Cases in Changing Times (2017), On the Front Lines: How Mediators Can Help Heal Workplaces in the #MeToo Era (2018)
  • State Bar of California, Getting to Yes: Advanced Tips on Effective Settling/Mediating your Labor and Employment Cases, Seeing the Forest within the Trees: Uncovering Bias in Mediation at Annual Meeting (San Diego, 2016), Mediation Confidentiality at Annual Meeting (San Diego, 2017)
  • California Lawyers Association (CLA), How to Get more out of your Mediator and your Mediations (2018), SPEAKER, Effective Techniques to Maximize Settlement in Mediation at the Real Estate Section Retreat (San Francisco, 2018), Navigating the ADR Provisions in the California Association of Realtors Residential Purchase Agreement (RPA) (2018), SPEAKER: Master Mediators: Effective Techniques and Strategies to Maximize Settlement in Mediation at 2018 Litigation Summit (San Francisco 2018), SB 766 – The International Arbitration California Gold Rush! (2018), The Art of Mediating Employment Cases (2018), The Saga of Donald Trump and Stormy Daniels Arbitration and Confidentiality Agreement (2018), What Every Litigator Needs to Know about Arbitration; A Primer (2019), SPEAKER: But you Didn’t Tell me that: New Mandatory Disclosures Before Mediation (2019)
  • American Arbitration Association (AAA), Arbitration Fundamentals and Best Practices for AAA Arbitrators (Los Angeles, 2016), Arbitration Awards: Safeguarding Deciding & Writing Awards (2016), Drafting ADR Provisions (San Diego, 2016), Addressing the Challenges of Demanding Arbitrations (2017), Ten Essential Tips to Succeed in ADR: Mediation, Arbitration & More (2017), Ethics for Mediators: Think Globally, Mediate Locally (2017), Process Management Agendas in Arbitration: Roadmap to Success (2017), Arbitrator Performance and Demeanor: Meeting Participants Expectations (2018), Advanced Mediator Training Series: Blending and Fusing Mediation Philosophies, Styles & Strategies (Los Angeles, 2018).
  • San Diego County Bar Association, Recognizing and Overcoming Barriers to Settlement in Mediation (2011), Mediation of Employment Cases (2011), Becoming an Arbitrator (2011), Mediation Potpourri: From Law to Impasse and Beyond (2012), Mediation - From the Adjuster’s Perspective (2012), ADR Legal Developments, Recent Legal Developments in ADR (2012), What’s Getting in the Way of Settlement (2013), Advanced Mediation Skills for Mediators: Issues and Challenges (2014), Confidentiality exception proposed legislation (2015), Mediation Series: Advanced Mediation Strategies – Taking your Mediation Skills to the Next Level (2015), Family Law Mediations: Dealing with Emotions and Relationships (2015), Employment Arbitration: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (2016), Mediating Real Estate Cases (2016), SPEAKER, Mediation Confidentiality and Attorney Malpractice (2016), Settlement Issues in Probate/ Trust Litigation (2017), Court Practice Series: Decoding your Local Court (2016), Nuts & Bolts: Reaching Common Ground – Working with Opposing Counsel to Resolve Employer/Employees Disputes (2017), Opening your Practice – Important Client Communications (2017), Dispute Resolution Agreements: Functional and Dysfunctional (2017), Civil Trial Advocacy (2017), Effective Advocacy in Probate & Trust Mediation (2018), Addressing Toxic Mold to Avoid Personal Injury (2018), 2018 Law & Technology Summit (2018), SPEAKER: New Mandatory Disclosures Before Mediation & All the Key Confidentiality Issues (2019), Nuts & Bolts: 10 Tips for a Successful Mediation (2019) For more information about her trainings, visit: http://www.sambold-law.com/.
  • Adjunct Professor at California Western School of Law Master’s program (2016 – 2018))
  • Trainer for the National Conflict Resolution Center in mediation, communication, negotiation skills, conflict management, collaborative bargaining, and intercultural diversity (2011- Present)
  • Mentor Mediator for University of San Diego School of Law and Peace & Justice Institute students at the San Diego Superior Court -SCC- South Bay and Central Branch (2012 – Present)
  • Facilitator for the San Diego Restorative Justice Mediation Program, Victim Offender Reconciliation Program (2014- Present)
  • Trainer for San Diego Mediation and Restitution Services, Peer Mediation Training Program (2012 - Present)
  • Trainer for the San Diego County Bar Association Children at Risk Committee in Mediation and Conflict Management (2011 -2018)


  • Speaker at San Diego County Bar Association on The Rise of International Mediation: the Singapore Convention, San Diego,  (January 31, 2020) 
  • Speaker at California Lawyers Association One and Done: MCLE Extravaganza, San Diego (January 24, 2020)  
  • Speaker at California Lawyers Association webinar: The Singapore Convention and the New Global System of Dispute Resolution (Dec. 12, 2019)
  • Co-Chair and Speaker at American Bar Association 17th Advanced Mediation and Advocacy Skills Institute in Houston, TX (Nov. 15-16, 2019)
  • Judge for ADR - ODR international and the European Center for Conflict Resolution international negotiation competition, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (Nov. 4-9, 2019)
  • Speaker at American Bar Association webinar: A New Dawn for Worldwide International Mediation (October 23, 2019)
  • Speaker  at CLA Legal London Week on California Mediation and International Mediation, London, UK (September 30, 2019)
  • Moderator at the CLA Litigation and Appellate Summit on Ethical Marketing and Branding in the Digital Age, Los Angeles (Sept. 20, 2019)
  • Speaker at Latin-American Family Office Forum by Procopio on Mediation of Family Business Disputes,  San Diego (August 23, 2019)
  • Coach for International Mediation competition organized by Singapore International Mediation Institute (SIMI) and held at the National University of Singapore Bukit Tima Law Campus. (August 2-4, 2019).
  • Speaker & Organizer of the CLA International Arbitration Academy on international arbitration, Los Angeles (May 29, 2019)
  • Speaker at the CLA Real Estate Annual Conference on Mediation New Disclosure Requirements and All the Key Confidentiality Issues, Newport Beach, CA (May 4, 2019)
  • Speaker at Orange County Bar Association on Mediation Confidentiality, Admissibility and Enforcement (March 2019)
  • Speaker at Pepperdine University School of Law, ADR Society (February 2019)
  • Speaker at the San Diego County Bar Association on New Requirements for Lawyers before Mediation, (January 2019)
  • Speaker at California Lawyers Association (CLA) webinar: But you Didn’t Tell me that:  New Mandatory Disclosures Before Mediation (December, 2019)
  • Speaker at National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) on California Mediation, Mexico City, (November 8, 2018)
  • Speaker at Mexico’s Federal Judicial Council on California Mediation and Arbitration, Mexico City (Nov. 9, 2018)
  • Speaker at the CLA Litigation and Appellate Summit on Effective Tips and Strategies for a Successful Mediation, San Francisco (September 2018)
  • Moderator at the CLA webinar on SB 766 – New California International Arbitration Gold Rush (August 2018)
  • Speaker at the American Bar Association (ABA) ADR Section Annual Conference on Mediation, Washington D.C. (March 2018)
  • Speaker at the Centro Internacional de Arbitraje y Mediación (CIAM)  Binational Forum on Mediation, Tijuana, Baja California (February 2018)
  • Speaker at Southern California Mediation Association (SCMA) Annual Conference on Non-Traditional Career Paths for Mediators, Los Angeles, (November 2017)
  • Speaker at the World Mediation Summit on Harnessing the Power of the Master Mediator in Madrid, Spain (2016)
  • Speaker at the San Diego County Bar Association on Legal Malpractice and Mediation Confidentiality (2016)
  • Judge for American Bar Association National Mediation Competition (Washington, D.C. 2012, Chicago 2013, Miami, 2014, Seattle 2015, New York City 2016, San Francisco 2017, Washington, D.C. 2018, Minneapolis 2019).
  • Judge for Thomas Jefferson School of Law Mediation Competition (November 2015), California Western School of Law Mediation Competition (February 2019 and 2020), Berkeley School of Law Mediation Competition (March 2019).
  • Legislative liaison for the San Diego County Bar Association to the California Law Revision Commission on public policy issues related to mediation (2015 – 2017)
  • Neutral Observer for Mediation Works Incorporated Boston (MWI) (2015 – Present)
  • Guest lecturer at Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, Mexico, Mediation – Effective Alternative for the Resolution of Conflicts (2011)
  • "Mediator Effectively Adapts Approach to Different Cultures" Daily Journal and San Diego Daily Transcript, November 2018
  •     “California Confidential: What happens in mediation may not stay in Mediation” California Litigation, April, 2019
  •     “California’s Newest Approach to Mediation Confidentiality and Attorney’s Malpractice” ABA Dispute Resolution, March 2019
  •     “New requirements for lawyers representing clients in mediation”  San Diego Lawyer, November 2018
  • “Want some words to fulfill the soul? Try poetry” ABA Dispute Resolution, June 2018
  •     “Will California’s Approach to Mediation Confidentiality Change?” LinkedIn, October 12, 2017
  • The Art of Mediation: What does Davinci and the Master Mediator have in Common? Published by the World Mediation Summit, 2016 and the Southern California Mediation Association, 2016
  • Mediation Confidentiality: Arguments to preserve current legislation unmodified. Published by the California Law Revision Commission in Memorandum 2016-30 (2016)

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Ana Sambold
Attorney, Mediator & Arbitrator
Sambold Law & ADR Services
San Diego
United States
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