Steve Festor mediates employment disputes, personal injury, class actions, and other complex litigation.

Steve understands that a few cases need to be tried, but most cases should settle. He is committed to helping the parties reach an agreement that removes the pain, risk, and cost of continued litigation and conflict.

Steve started his career practicing insurance defense and business litigation. He then specialized in employment law and class actions. Steve’s passion is now helping parties settle their disputes.





  • Harvard Negotiation Master Class
  • Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School of Law
  • University of Oregon School of Law, Top 5%
  • Speaker: Negotiating Strategies for Setting Up and Closing the Deal:                                                                      Washington Attorney General’s Office (Torts Division), May 17, 2023.                                                                                 Littler Mendelson P.C. CLE, April 20, 2023.                                                                                                                           Washington State Bar Association CLE, May 25, 2021.                                                                                                               “This was one of the most informative and useful CLE I’ve ever attended, and I was sworn in as a WSBA member in 1976!”                                                                                                                                                                                        “This has been a wonderful CLE! I learned a lot and was entertained by the CLE presentation (a CLE first for me).”                                                                                                                                                                                                                “Great presentation. I learned a lot. I love the intersection between law and psychology.”                               “Excellent talk on negotiation today! Very insightful!”                                                                                                                “Love the Haggling part. That was an amazing presentation.”                                                                                            “Really great mix of practical and research-based insights.”                                                                                            “Excellent presentation today Steve, very thorough and pragmatic. I thoroughly enjoyed it.”                             “Thank you so much for your time and sharing your knowledge. So many take-aways from this webinar. Love the Six Rules of Psychological Influence.”

  • Please contact me if you are interested in a negotiation class for your law firm or organization.
“[Y]ou demonstrated your ability to resolve complex employment discrimination disputes by settling the most difficult of cases. Your concrete interpersonal skills and your ‘never give up’ persistence reflects in your outstanding resolution rate.”
Juan C. Vaca

Supervisory Mediation Coordinator, United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission