For over 25 years, Lisa has been assisting clients from diverse cultural backgrounds in navigating difficult conversations, remaining calmer and more focused in tense situations, and reaching more thoughtful and lasting agreements. A former corporate transactional attorney at a top international law firm, Lisa now acts as a private diplomat to help improve family and business relationships and to avoid or end litigation, coaches individuals and small groups, and speaks at business retreats and conferences. Lisa holds the rank of Shodan (1st Degree Black Belt) in Shaolin Ch’uan Fa and is the founder of Black Belt Mediation. Her professional work is based on the martial arts principles of respect, awareness, self-mastery, humility, strength, and perseverance. Lisa has earned law degrees from Linz University, Austria and from Yale Law School, and trained at Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation and at Pepperdine Law School’s Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) and a member of the Mediation Panel for the United States District Court, Central District of California.