she negotiates a bag of federal cats

Published on by Lisa Gates.

Over at my negotiation blog, I've welcomed to Los Angeles and to the the U.S. District Court's Settlement Officer Panel, its new Settlement Czar, the dynamic and highly qualified Gail Killifer.

Killifer will be negotiating among the most fiercely independent (read:  barely manageable) professionals in the world - federal judges; federal court officials; federal attorneys and federal settlement officers.  Her background suggests she's more than up to the task.  Nevertheless, she'll need the support of the local ADR community, particularly her fellow women negotiators, to do her job with high spirits (the occasional mani-pedi with girlfriends a must).

Killifer, of coure, is already champion negotiator.  She's actively mediated litigated cases with Killefer Mediation for the past nine years while at the same time serving as an Adjunct Professor at the prestigious U.C. Hastings College of the Law where she taught mediation to law students (always a rambunctious bunch).

Having served on the ADR panels of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and other Bay Area superior courts, Ms. Killifer is well acquainted with the challenges facing federal attorneys, mediators, administrators and the judiciary in running the robust and highly qualified settlement officer panels that the U.S. Courts are known for.

Ms. Killefer served as an Assistant United States Attorney in San Francisco from 1989 to 2001.  She served as a Deputy Chief, Civil Division, 1994-1998, and as Chief, Civil Division, 1998-2001.  Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, she served as a Trial Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, Torts Branch, in Washington, D.C., and as a law clerk to the Honorable Barrington D. Parker (D.D.C.).  She received a B.A. from Stanford University and a J.D. from the Vermont Law School.

In addition to welcoming Ms. Killefer to the U.S. District Court and the sprawling city of Los Angeles, I'd also like to extend a warm welcome from the She Negotiates community, where she'll find lawyers, mediators and arbitrators, as well as financial professionals, MBA's, entrepreneurs, exeuctives and managers, all of whom are out there crushing gender barriers with the tools of collaborative interest-based negotiation.

Welcome Gail!  Our welcome wagon will come calling when the moving trucks have left, the boxes have all been opened, and you've comfortably settled into your new L.A. digs.



Conflict Resolution, Diversity, Feminism, Inclusivity, Interest Based Negotiation, Peacemaking

Published on by Lisa Gates.