Faculty Profiles

Forrest Mosten

Forrest S. Mosten

Adjunct Faculty
B.A. UC Riverside, 1969
J.D. UCLA, 1972
UCLA Faculty Since 2002

Forrest S. Mosten teaches Mediation, Lawyer as Peacemaker, Family Law Practice: A Non-Litigation Approach and Introduction to the Lawyer-Client Relationship in the Lawyering Skills Program.

Professor Mosten is in full time practice as a Family Lawyer and Mediator serving as a peacemaker who never goes to court. His practice focuses on high conflict clients and relationship dynamics and complex financial and legal issues. Professor Mosten serves as a Collaborative Lawyer, Represents Clients Participating in Mediation, Offers Unbundled Limited Scope Representation to Otherwise Unrepresented Clients, and helps his clients attain legal wellness by representing clients in Pre-Marital and Post-Marital Agreements and other areas of preventive law practice.

In addition to his law and mediation practice, Professor Mosten trains lawyers and mental health professionals in mediation and collaborative practice from basic to advanced courses and is in constant demand worldwide as a conference keynote speaker and expert witness.

Professor Mosten is the author of four books: The Complete Guide to Mediation (with Professor Elizabeth Scully) (2nd Edition, 2015), Collaborative Divorce Handbook ( 2009), Mediation Career Guide (2001), and Unbundling Legal Services (2000).  He has two books forthcoming in 2017: The Family Lawyer’s Guide to Unbundled Legal Services (with Professor Elizabeth Scully) and Developing a Collaborative Practice (with Adam Cordover).  In addition, Professor Mosten has authored numerous articles on mediation, interdisciplinary collaborative practice, expansion of legal access, building profitable legal and peacemaking practices, cutting edge issues in family law, and other dispute resolution topics.

Professor Mosten was 2009 ABA Frank Sander Co-Lecturer at the ABA Dispute Resolution Annual Conference held in New York. In 2004, he was the recipient of two prestigious ABA Awards: ABA Lawyer as Problem Solver Award and ABA Lifetime Legal Access Award (he is recognized as the “Father” of Unbundled Legal Services). In 1996, he received the Los Angeles County Bar Louis M. Brown Conflict Prevention Award, and was named by the Southern California Mediation Association as Peacemaker of the Year. He is the founding Chair of the Beverly Hills Bar Dispute Resolution Section and has received two major awards for his work in mediation from that organization. He is a founding member of Mediators Without Borders.

Since 1989, Professor Mosten has been the Chair of the International Client Consultation Competition, a law school activity affiliated with the International Bar Association that bears his name (www.brownmosten.com).

Mr. Mosten can be reached at www.mostenmediation.com.