Our Panel

Las Vegas Mediation provides trained neutral mediators and arbitrators to work with clients who want to resolve problems.

Joanna Wares, Mediator

Joanna Wares When communication stops or becomes adversarial your business suffers. Addressing disputes between business partners and senior executives through mediation offers a way to keep your business on track.

Joanna is appointed as a mediator for Nevada Foreclosure Mediation Program, Clark County Courts Neighborhood Justice Center, State Bar of Nevada Fee Dispute, Clark County Small Claims Court, National Center for Dispute Settlement and Insurance Expert Network.


Dr. Barbara Timmons Strahl is an experienced Mediator, Facilitator, Conflict Coach and Educator.  Barbara has a doctorate in Conflict Analysis and Resolution.  She has worked in conflict resolution and transformation for more than 25 years.  Recently retired from Clark County Courts Neighborhood Justice Center (NJC), she is teaching in the University of North Carolina’s graduate Peace and Conflict Studies program, mediating for federal agencies, and contracting meditations and facilitation.

At the NJC, Barbara trained and mentored all of the County mediators for almost 16 years.  Many local attorneys and conflict resolution professionals also participated in barbara’s mediation and continuing education training.  Her training has received certification from entities such as the Nevada Bar Association, the Social Workers Association, and the Nevada Department of Education.

Barbara has been described as a pracademician who utilizes the latest in research and theory in application to conflict resolution. Her practice has included disputes ranging from business to criminal and divorce to neighbor.  She regularly mediates discrimination and multiparty cases.

Ray Patterson at Red Rock Canyon, NV

Raymond W. Patterson, Esq., was the Associate Director of the Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution at the William S. Boyd School of Law at UNLV until his retirement in 2013. He was also the founder and original director of the Strasser Mediation Clinic there, where he trained law students to mediate and supervised their mediation of cases referred by Clark County’s Family Court.

Ray believes that a divorce shouldn’t cost more than a wedding, and that people who were able to marry, have children, and take care of their finances by themselves are also able to negotiate their own divorces, and anything else that may arise as they dissolve the marriage contract and start life again as single people.

He has worked as a facilitative mediator for almost twenty years, meaning he does not direct people on what to do, but rather assists them in finding creative means of resolving seemingly intractable disagreements. Ray’s chief concern is that each participant in mediation feels listened to and leaves with an agreement they can live with.

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Gayle Nathan, Esq. Prior to her election to the District Court, Family Division in 2010, Gayle Nathan practiced law for 22 years. Her areas of practice focused on the family law arena. She has litigated over one thousand trials and/or evidentiary hearings. Ms. Nathan also had a busy employment law practice, litigating Title VII cases in the U.S. Federal Court where she participated in the Early Neutral Evaluation program where most of her cases settled. She has substantial civil experience in contracts and personal injury. Having been an employer with her own firm for 15 years, she understands business law and the banking and tax implications for small businesses.

She has taken up 16 cases on appeal, arguing numerous cases before the Nevada Supreme Court, en banc, and before three judge panels. She took appeals up to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, arguing before three judge panels in that jurisdiction.

While on the bench she successfully assisted Family Court judges in settling their cases. Preparing for private practice in 2015, Ms. Nathan took a six hour intermediate mediation seminar offered by the Alternative Dispute Resolution division of the State Bar of Nevada. She is looking forward to working in the alternative dispute resolution arena and offering her services as a private judge.



Las Vegas Mediation has adopted the “Model Standards of Conduct for Mediators” adopted by the American Arbitration Association, the American Bar Association, and the Association for Conflict Resolution.

6069 South Fort Apache Road, Suite 100

Las Vegas, Nevada 89148

(702) 527-4392

(702) 475-3701 fax


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