Mr. Erhard brings together an independent association of multidisciplinary professionals, Richard Erhard and Associates, for the objective of providing mutual support and assistance to public and private individuals and organizations. To mitigate both the financial and human cost of litigation, these professionals assist with the management and resolution of conflict through mediation, meeting facilitation and third party neutral fact finding and evaluation. To assist organizations build capacity in dispute management and resolution, Richard Erhard and Associates also provide professional development training in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) approaches to conflict.
Our state of the art, ADA compliant facilities, include conference and separate meeting rooms for most any situation. We have an on-site business and reproduction center, covered parking, as well as an on-site café. We are located ten to fifteen minutes from the San Diego International Airport and a city block from the Amtrak, Coaster and San Diego Trolley stations.
Mr. Erhard has completed nearly 400 hours of ADR training. His formal training in dispute resolution began in 1990; Special Education Negotiation and Mediation, conducted by the New Mexico State Department of Education and New Mexico State University. He was first certified as a mediator in July 2002 under the Dispute Resolutions Programs Act (DRPA), through the University of California, Irvine, Extension. He also holds a Certificate in Conflict Management and the Use of Alternative Dispute Resolution, November 2003, following the completion of 15-quarter units (150 hours) of evaluated learning from the University of California, Irvine, Extension. In December 2016, Richard successfully completed a 40-hour training in Mediating Commercial and Litigated Cases, at the American Institute of Mediation in Los Angeles, California with Lee Jay Berman. In addition, he holds seven (7) Certificates of Completion from the Straus Institute of Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University, School of Law from 2004 to present, including Expanding Mediation: Mindfulness in Mediation; Conflict Consulting; and most recently, Advanced Mediation: Skills and Techniques.
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Richard has been an Associate Member of American Bar Association for the past 15 years and currently belongs to both the Dispute Resolution and Senior Lawyer Sections. As a retired Assistant Superintendent, he continues to be a member of the Association of California School Administrators. He has served on multiple professional Boards and has presented at local, regional and national conferences on the topics of disability law, alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and dispute resolution in schools. Mr. Erhard holds an undergraduate degree in Fine Arts and graduate degrees in both Special Education and Educational Management and Development. He holds a professional Clear Administrative Services license in California and has held professional administrative licenses in New Mexico and Washington, including Superintendent. He enjoys open water swimming, kayaking and yoga for recreation.