Mediations available in person on the west side of Los Angeles and by Zoom anywhere in California


Lead Mediator:

PENNY ST. JOHN

(310) 878-9365

  • Penny is both an experienced Family Law Lawyer and a certified Mediator.
  • She has been a steady guide, helping California families for over 30 years to heal conflict and get through difficult family law matters including divorce.
  • Penny’s experience and commitment has produced a long track record of positive results for her clients – helping them move forward in their lives.
  • She mediates all aspects of family law including: divorces, child custody and support, post-judgement modifications, property division, marital settlement agreements, and pre and post nuptial agreements.

      Background:
 
  • After graduating from Stanford University and Boston University Law School, Penny began practicing law at O’Melveny and Myers in Los Angeles.
  • In 1989, she joined Trope and Trope, at the time the largest and one of the most prestigious family law firms in California.
  • In 1997, recognizing the benefit of mediation to divorcing families, Penny completed the extensive training necessary for certification under California’s Dispute Resolution Programs Act.
  • Penny has been a member of the Family Law Sections of the California State Bar and the Los Angeles County Bar association since 1989.
  • She is a member of Southern California Mediation Association and has served on its board.

Mediation Approach









Mediation Approach








 

  • As both a Family Law Lawyer and Mediator, Penny’s mediation approach is informed and thorough while also being caring and creative.
  • Family Law Mediation is a process of assisted negotiations leading to agreement. It is an effective alternative to going to court where a judge makes the decision for you.
  • Mediation is most effective when it is used early in the dispute before you incur the expenses of litigation.
  • Mediation is also a good choice for those who have begun litigation and want a better process

 

Advantages of Mediation









Advantages of Mediation








 

  • Family Law Mediation has many potential advantages over Court Litigation including:
    • Saving money, time and stress
    • Keeping more control over the timing and process
    • Having much more flexibility to create solutions that work for both parties
  • Divorce mediation is an informal and confidential process.
  • Penny as the Mediator facilitates discussions between you and your spouse in a neutral environment as all work toward a mutual agreement that addresses the needs and interests of both parties

 

Affiliations







Affiliations







 

  • Admitted to practice in: California Courts, Federal District Court, United States Supreme Court
  • California Bar Association: Family Law Section and Real Estate Section
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member of Southern California Mediation Association and has served on its board
  • Study Groups: Mediation Family Law Association Study Group, Beverly Hills Study Group

 

Testimonials














Testimonials

















  • “I feel like Penny saved the lives of our children.”* -Father of three
  • “Penny has been so helpful with this process. I’m thankful for all her hard, hard work.”* -Wife married over 20 years
  • “If I know of anybody going through divorce, I’ll definitely refer them to Penny and tell them she can handle very, very difficult situations.”* -Mother of three
  • “Penny is tenacious. She never gave up on us.”* -Father of three
  • “Penny St. John is awesome.”* -Husband married two years
  • “My friend’s wedding took 30 minutes. His divorce took three years. Thank Heaven for Penny. She got us through this thing as efficiently as possible.”* -Husband married 10 years
 
  *These testimonials or endorsements do not constitute guarantees, warranties, or predictions regarding the outcome of your legal matter.