About the Mediator

FRANCES B. HAYWARD, J.D. brings a unique mix of expertise, experience  and skill to the mediation table. A licensed attorney, she has been a  full time divorce mediator since 1995. She has been selected as a  trainer for other mediators on numerous occasions and has received the  coveted Advanced Practitioner Member certification annually since 1999.  This certification is awarded by the Association for Conflict  Resolution, the leading national professional association for mediators,  only to those mediators who have significant mediation experience and  have met the association’s rigorous continuing education requirements.

Before becoming a full time mediator Ms. Hayward practiced both  family and business law for many years. She has also served as an  arbitrator in commercial disputes for the American Arbitration  Association as well as panel arbitrator for the National Futures  Association. Her extensive background allows her to understand and work  effectively with difficult personal and complex financial issues in both  moderate and high asset situations. Her long experience has contributed  to her belief that skillful mediation can resolve even the most  challenging issues in a cost effective, private and secure environment  that protects the interests of both parties.

Since 1995 Ms. Hayward has served as the mediator in well over two  hundred divorce mediations involving a wide variety of personal,  parenting and financial issues. She is a graduate of the University of  Connecticut and the University of California School of Law at Davis. She  has been a member of the California Bar since 1977.