Elder Resolution Partners

Marci Barrett and Cynthia Saffir   

Family mediation is a highly sensitive, emotional and personal endeavor. We encounter parents and children who haven't spoken to each other in  years. Just being together in the same room can expose old wounds and cause enormous pain. We carefully and professionally guide families through respectful, productive conversations to reach lasting agreements. We're here for you!

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Marci L. Barrett 

A highly respected mediator, Marci Barrett has worked with families, businesses and individuals in all types of dispute resolution proceedings for more than two decades. Widely known for being a thoughtful listener and creative problem solver, Marci is a specialist in the early resolution of conflicts through mediation, facilitated family meetings and interpersonal communication strategies.

Mediation Training

  • Loyola Law School Center for Conflict Resolution, Mediation Training

  • La Sierra University Center for Conflict Resolution, Essentials of Elder Family Mediation Training

  • Southern California Mediation Association, Elder Family Mediation Seminar

  • National Association of Insurance Professionals, Communicate with Confidence course and competition


  • University of Southern California School of Law, Juris Doctor awarded 1989

  • Admitted to State Bar of California, 1989

  • California State University Northridge, Bachelor of Arts 1986

Cynthia R. Saffir

Cynthia Saffir practiced law for nearly 30 years, during which time she honed her considerable listening and negotiating skills. Highly regarded for her ability to bring families in conflict together, Cynthia shares her passion for and success in mediation and resolution. She works efficiently and effectively in the areas of family meeting facilitation, family mediation and family business.   

Mediation Training:

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Services, Advanced Mediation Practicum

  • Equal Employment Opportunity Comm., Mediation Training

  • Amer. Institute of Mediation, Advanced Conflict Resolution Strategies

  • Straus Institute, Pepperdine Law School, Mediating the Litigated Case

  • L.A. City Attorney’s Office, Mediating Civil Harassment Disputes

  • Straus Institute, Pepperdine Law School, Cross-Cultural Conflict Resolution

  • Los Angeles County Bar Assn. Center for Civic Mediation, Elder Care Mediation Training

  • Straus Institute, Pepperdine Law School, Advanced Mediation Skills

  • La Sierra University/ARMS, Essentials of Elder Family Mediation Training

  • Financial Industry Regulatory Agency (FINRA), Arbitrator Training

  • Pepperdine University School of Law, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution/LASC Supplemental Training: Sharpening Your Mediation and Negotiation Skills

  • Center for Dispute Resolution (Kenneth Cloke), Mediation Training

  • Southern California Mediation Association, Elder Family Mediation Training

  • Elder Decisions: Adult Family Mediation Training


  • Loyola Law School, Los Angeles   J.D. awarded 1980

  • Admitted to the State Bar of California, 1980 (inactive status)

  • University of California, Santa Cruz   B.A. awarded 1976