Steve Festor is a northwest native who lives in Northeast Seattle with his wife and a hyperactive dog named Jessie. When not mediating, Steve spends his time in a variety of outdoor activities with his family and friends. He recently took up golf, which has proven quite challenging both physically and mentally!

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  • William L. Dwyer Inn of Court.
  • Pacific Coast Labor and Employment Law Conference Committee.
  • Former board member for the Washington Employment Lawyers Association.
  • Past pro bono attorney for Casa Latina.


Steve has a Political Science degree from Washington State University and Juris Doctor degree from the University of Oregon School of Law. He graduated law school Order of the Coif (top 5%) and served as a judicial extern for U.S. District Court Judges William L. Dwyer and Thomas S. Zilly. Steve received his mediator training at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine School of Law.


Pre-Mediation: What Every Attorney (and Mediator) Needs to Know About What It Is and How it Enhances the Likelihood of Your Settling at Mediation” – Southern California Mediation Association, January 25, 2023.

Navigating Risk in Mediation: Risk Analysis & Decision Making” – International Academy Mediators/Osgoode Professional Development, May 12, 2022.

The Magic of Mediation” – Southern California Mediation Association Annual Conference, November 12, 2021.

Bracketology 101” – Southern California Mediation Association, October 18, 2021.

How to Negotiate: Find Out Why, Without Asking Why” – Southern California Mediation Association, June 10, 2021.

Effective Strategies for Advocates and Mediators” – International Academy Mediators/Osgoode Professional Development, May 13, 2021.

Online Mediation 2.1: Beyond Intro to Zoom – Making the Best of Online Mediation in 2021Southern California Mediation Association, January 27, 2021.

Mediators Rising to the Challenge” – Southern California Mediation Association, November 7, 2020.

Negotiating in the World of Risk Management” – Pepperdine University School of Law, September 2, 2020.

Ethics and Mediation” – King County Bar Association, April 22, 2020.

Deconstructing the Mediation Process” – International Academy of Mediators, November 7-9, 2019.

It’s All So Real: Real Problems for Real Mediators in Real Time” – Pepperdine University School of Law, June 21-23, 2018.

Northwest Dispute Resolution Conference” – University of Washington School of Law, March 22-23, 2018.

Mediating the Litigated Case” – Pepperdine University School of Law, July 31 – August 5, 2017.