Robert Terris JD, MFT
Robert Terris is dedicated to finding lasting solutions to family problems. Robert has been practicing understanding-based mediation for 10 years in a variety of family and legal settings. As both a licensed attorney and family therapist, he offers unique skills in settling legal issues with emotional undercurrents. He is committed to helping people work through their problems and preserve their relationships. He has an uncanny ability to understand his clients' points of view and zero in on the concerns underlying their positions. He asks everyone in the room to delve deep, to listen and understand, and to clarify and articulate their needs and interests. This leads to enhanced empathy, more creativity, practical solutions, and long-lasting agreements. For more information about Robert's work as a therapist, see www.robertterris.com.
Berkeley Law (University of California), J.D.
Wright Institute, Counseling Psychology, M.A.
Gothenburg University, Peace and Conflict Studies, M.S.
Certificates and Licenses
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFC #51095), California Board of Behavioral Sciences
Licensed Attorney (State Bar #233395), State Bar of California
Alameda County Superior Court, Mediation Panel Member
Alameda County Bar Association, ADR Section, Executive Committee, Chair
Court of Appeals, First Appellate District, Mediation Panel Member
Court of Appeals, Third Appellate District, Mediation Panel Member
Contra Costa Superior Court, ADR Panel Member
Collaborative Practice East Bay, Steering Committee, Vice President
International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Member
Advanced Collaborative Team Solutions, Board of Directors
Association for Dispute Resolution of Northern California, Member
“Can We Be Lawyers and Touchy-Feely Too?" Alameda County Bar Association Newsletter, March 27, 2012
"Keeping Mediation on Course,” The Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journals, June 25, 2007 (with Nancy Neal Yeend)
"Taking the Fight Out of Mediation," The Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journals, March 14, 2007
“A Case Study of Third World Jurisprudence: Palestine – Conflict Resolution and Customary Law in a Neopatrimonial Society” 20 Berkeley Journal of International Law 2 (2002) (with Vera Inoue-Terris)