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Stefanie Beninato

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PO Box 1601
Santa Fe, NM 87504


Description of Practice

Need to get a dispute resolved fairly and efficiently and without the type of adversarial confrontation found at Court? Try arbitration. Stefanie has had six years of arbitration experience and is licensed attorney. Even in cases where one party could go to court if he/she did not like the outcome, there has been only one such case that went to court. Fairness, impartiality, ability to understand the law, good listening skills and giving people a chance to be heard help achieve these outcomes.

Professional Background

I have a law degree and a doctorate in history. Although I am licensed in the state of NM, I practice only alternative dispute resolution methods and collaborative law. I have had over 400 hours of training of all sorts regarding substantive, ethical and methodological approaches/practices. My background allows me to understand that if people can't communicate, there will be strife, and I know that facilitation of all kinds is more humane and humanistic than the traditional legal process.


Over 550 mediation cases, dozens of faciliations and arbitrations. Experienced communication/managment and mediation coach and trainer; meeting mangement; personal communication and conflict coach. Mediations cases include workplace/EEOC; divorce/family; business and construction contracts; landlord-tenant; neigbors; community/boundaries/land and water. Faciliation includes environmental issues (sustainability, land and water issues), education and healthcare issues. Arbitrarion: consumer issues.


Solution oriented; creative; collaborative where possible; start from what is working; employ good listening skills and reflect back adequately so parties know they are being heard. Don't ignore emotions--recognize and explore them (latter when appropriate) rather than see them as barriers or obstacles.


Sliding scale for divorce and family See www.nmmediate for more info; Business/community $100/hr or $40/hr/party when more than 2 parties Government and nonprofit $60-75/hr

Other Information

Mediated by internet and by conference call as well as in person. Mediated cases in NM, AZ, CO, NY, CA, Great Britian, and LA

Areas of Practice

  • Business (250 mediated)
  • Civil (general) (360 mediated)
  • Commercial (126 mediated)
  • Community (45 mediated)
  • Construction (65 mediated)
  • Contracts (240 mediated)
  • Criminal (20 mediated)
  • Cross Cultural (50 mediated)
  • Divorce (all issues) (47 mediated)
  • Divorce (parenting) (27 mediated)
  • Education (60 mediated)
  • EEOC (14 mediated)
  • Employment (36 mediated)
  • Engineering (10 mediated)
  • Environmental (21 mediated)
  • Family (65 mediated)
  • General (20 mediated)
  • Health Care (3 mediated)
  • Insurance (20 mediated)
  • Labor - Management (11 mediated)
  • Land Use (25 mediated)
  • Landlord - Tenant (120 mediated)
  • Legal Malpractice (2 mediated)
  • LGBTQ (7 mediated)
  • Native American (8 mediated)
  • Organizational (54 mediated)
  • Personal Injury (43 mediated)
  • Professional Fees (50 mediated)
  • Public Policy (46 mediated)
  • Real Estate (7 mediated)
  • Securities (3 mediated)
  • Technology (4 mediated)
  • Victim - Offender (22 mediated)
  • Workplace (76 mediated)

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Custody Evaluator
  • Communication Skills Trainer
  • Systems Designer
  • Fact-Finder
  • Mediator-Arbitrator
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Mediation Trainer
  • Representational Lawyer
  • Staff Developer
  • Conflict Coach
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Arbitrator
  • Collaborative Professional
  • Facilitator
  • Online Mediator
  • Online Arbitrator
  • Parenting Coordinator
  • Ombud


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