Mediator's Profile

Debra Bogaards

Business Name: Bogaards Law
Phone: 415-979-0480

Mediation is an efficient and cost-effective way of using a neutral, experienced attorney like Debra Bogaards to help the parties settle their case. Instead of drawn-out litigation, mediation offers parties a means of settling their cases without involving the courts.

Ms. Debra Bogaards unparalleled expertise as a mediator, has the right mix of plaintiff and defense cases in her 37 years as a trial lawyer. Debra can easily understand both sides of the case and has a unique ability to analyze the situation from different prospectives. Often defendants and plaintiffs are put at ease by her diverse legal knowledge and her respectful, straight-forward approach to mediating their case.

Ms. Bogaards has a unique ability to speak with the claims adjusters on the defense side, having handled tens of thousands of insurance defense cases as an attorney. Her strength is being down-to-earth, approachable and friendly.

Training & Experience

For decades, Ms. Bogaards has volunteered in the courts to assist with mandatory settlement conferences and has mediated numerous cases.  She recently was accepted into, and completed, advanced mediation training at the prestigious Harvard Law’s Program on Negotiation in Cambridge, Massachusetts (June 2019).


  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, Doctor of Law (J.D.), 1981
  • University of the Pacific – McGeorge School of Law, Certificate in Int’l Legal Studies, International law, 1983
  • University of California, Berkeley, B.S., Business Administration, 1978

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