About Ed Fernandez

As a full time neutral since 2011, Ed has focused his practice on mediation and is now available in all Judicate West offices statewide. As an attorney, Ed was involved in many mediations, and recognized the benefits that private dispute resolution offered. Years later, while serving on the Riverside and San Bernardino County Court Panels, he discovered his passion for being a mediator. Ed was recognized by the Riverside Superior Court as being one of its top mediators for several years and now serves as a full-time private mediator.

An attorney had this to say about Ed, “My clients and I are highly impressed by Mr. Fernandez’s professionalism, skill and, most importantly, his mannerism. He is straight to the point and has the ability of putting people at ease. He is never pushy but is quite persuasive. He successfully helped us resolve a matter of which we were not very optimistic about at the beginning of the mediation. I will definitely put him on the “toppick” list of my future mediator selection.”

One of Ed’s perspective on mediation is that “the same, ‘cookie cutter’ approach just does not work anymore. Listen to the parties, be patient and build trust and confidence.”


  • ABA Section of Dispute Resolution
  • ADR, Conflict Resolution and Mediation Exchange
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Professionals
  • American Institute of Mediation
  • Commercial and Industry Arbitration and Mediation Group
  • Mediators Beyond Borders
  • Mediators and Peacemakers
  • Mediator Network
  • Southern California Mediation Association (SCMA)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates-San Bernardino/Riverside Chapter
  • Riverside County Bar Association
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association


  • AV Rating-Martindale-Hubbell
  • Panelist, Riverside County Bar Association & Riverside Superior Court New Attorney Academy, “The Ins and Outs of Alternative Dispute Resolution” (2016)
  • Recognized by the Riverside Superior Court as a “Top 3 Civil Mediator” (2012, 2014)


  • University of California San Diego, BA, 1979
  • University of San Diego School of Law, JD, 1982
  • Pepperdine University School of Law-Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, 2008
  • “Impasse Is A Fallacy”, American Institute of Mediation
  • Southern California Mediation Association Fall 2012 Conference
  • Southern California Mediation Association Fall 2013 Conference


  • "So You Want to Be a Mediator?" - Riverside Lawyer Magazine, March, 2014 - Article


  • "Transformation to Successful Mediator" - Riverside Lawyer Magazine, March, 2014 - Article


  • Speaker, Mediation and the American Civil Justice System, California State University San Bernardino-Southwest University of Political Science Lecture Series, July 2012.


    Ed and his wife Kathy have four children. Ed enjoys brewing beer and recently completed “Introduction to Practical Brewing”, a week-long course at UC Davis. In addition, Ed can be found playing guitar in a couple of local Riverside bands.


    Ed Fernandez is a Top Pick Mediator