Ms. Barr’s passion for dispute resolution began 27 years ago as a litigator of complex civil cases. She was a named partner (under her maiden name, Oths) at Denney & Oths in Glendale, California where she focused on environmental, business and employment litigation. Prior to that, Ms. Barr litigated in the areas of entertainment and First Amendment law at Glassman & Browning in Beverly Hills. She has represented corporate and individual clients, as plaintiffs and defendants, in all stages of litigation, including mediations, arbitrations, trials and appeals. Ms. Barr’s experience in litigating complex, multi-party lawsuits has been instrumental in her ability to resolve such cases as a mediator.
Settling cases is Eleanor Barr’s passion. She began her legal career 27 years ago as a litigator of complex cases, and after 10 years, dedicated herself full-time to mediation. Over these last 17 years, she has successfully mediated over a thousand disputes and has earned an extraordinary settlement rate of over ninety percent. She is now recognized as one of the premier mediators in California. Ms. Barr mediates in the areas of employment, environmental and toxic tort, real estate, business, insurance coverage and personal injury. She is especially skilled at handling complex, multi-party matters – and any matters that include tough negotiations and difficult personalities. She brings exceptional people skills to even the most bitterly- contested disputes and is known for her sense of fairness and her tenacious commitment to reaching settlement. Ms. Barr has been selected by her peers as one of The Best Lawyers in America in mediation for 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012, and has been chosen by Los Angeles Magazine as a Southern California Super Lawyer for 2009, 2010, 2012-2015. She is a Distinguished Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators, a frequent lecturer on mediation and negotiation, and has taught mediation as an Adjunct Professor at Pepperdine School of Law.
Ms. Barr received a J.D. from Indiana University Law School in Bloomington and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Indiana University. She has received mediation and negotiation training from many institutions including Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation, the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine Law School, U.C.L.A., Los Angeles County Bar, Center for Conﬂict Resolution, the California Court of Appeal, and Concur.
$3500 for half-day, $5800 for full-day, $580 per hour
LECTURES: Mediating Complex Environmental and Toxic Tort Matters, National Forum for Environmental and Toxic Tort Issues, 2014 · Negotiating in the Caucus Stage of Mediation, ABA, November 2011 · Tips for Success in Employment Mediation, LACBA, Employment Section, April 2011 · Always Be Closing, ABA, 2011 and IAM, 2010 · Contaminated Property Cases: Evaluation, Litigation and Settlement, Beverly Hills Bar Association, December 2010 · Adjunct Professor, Pepperdine University, Straus Institute of Dispute Resolution, 2006, 2008 · Conﬂict Resolution for Managers, Los Angeles Community College District, 2008 · Resolving Disputes: Mediation, Negotiation, and Facilitation in Theory and Practice, UCLA, 2008 · Ethics in Negotiation, Inns of Court, 2007 · Mediating the Litigated Case, Straus Institute of Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University, 2007. · Ethics and ADR: What Happened to Zealous Representation? State Bar of California, Sections Education Institute, January 2007.
Southern California Super Lawyer, 2009, 2010, 2012-2016 · Top 50 Neutral in California, 2012 · Best Lawyer in America, 2008-2012 · Distinguished Fellow, International Academy of Mediators, 2003-2017· Los Angeles County Bar Association · Women Lawyers of Los Angeles Association · Attorney Settlement Officer, United States District Court, Central District of California, 2012 · Adjunct Professor, Pepperdine University School of Law, Straus Institute of Dispute Resolution, 2006-2008
PUBLICATIONS: “Mediating the Complex Case: A Primer for Plaintiff’s Counsel,” Advocate, Journal of Consumer Attorneys Associations for Southern California, September, 2013. · “Environmental Mediation Holds Challenges,” Los Angeles Daily Journal, May 2, 2012 · “Mediation Lessons from the Facebook/Winklevoss Dispute,” Los Angeles Daily Journal, April 19, 2011 · The Evolution of Employment Mediations: A Mediator’s Perspective,” Advocate, Journal of Consumer Attorneys Associations for Southern California, October, 2008. · “Enforcing Agreements,” Los Angeles Daily Journal, September 20, 2007 · “Making Sound Decisions: How to Help Your Client Evaluate Settlement Options,” 24 Alternatives 65, April 2006, International Institute for Conﬂict Resolution - CPR Institute. · Co-author (under her maiden name, Oths), the California Environmental Law Handbook, Government Institutes, 1994-1997