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Mediator Corey Hanrahan
Get to Know Corey
As an experienced litigator and trial lawyer, Corey Hanrahan has consistently been recognized as a top attorney in California. He has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in employment law. Corey has represented employees and has successfully tried numerous cases to verdict. However, along with that experience, Corey has learned that trial is time consuming and oftentimes spiritually and emotionally draining for all persons involved. He knows firsthand that outcomes at trial are unpredictable. Corey understands the comfort and assurance that comes with maintaining control of your future. By mediating your case, you retain control over the outcome of your life, and you can gain closure by resolving your conflicts without trial.
When he’s not working to help parties resolve conflicts, Corey is an avid distance runner. He is a four-time Boston Marathon finisher, and has several top 100 finishes in local San Diego half marathons. In 2013, he helped form Team Hoyt San Diego – a nonprofit organization that provides services to people with disabilities to allow them to participate in athletic endeavors like running races and triathlons. Corey served as the President of Team Hoyt San Diego from 2013 to 2021. He continues to serve on the board of Team Hoyt San Diego.
Education & Training
“Mediating the Litigated Case” Program, Pepperdine Caruso School of Law, Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution, 2021
J.D., California Western School of Law, 2008
B.A., University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, 2004
As an endurance athlete, Corey Hanrahan knows that proper planning and preparation are vital to success on race day. The same is true about your mediation. Your mediation starts before the day of your mediation. Corey works with all sides to make sure that the stage is set for the highest probability of success on mediation day.
Corey wants to get to know the parties and, importantly, their views of the problem. The only way to resolve conflicts is to understand and address the underlying issues and interests of each party. Traditionally this involves the submission of concise mediation briefs. This may also include a pre-mediation meeting or call to help Corey prepare for the dynamics of mediation day to increase the chance of success.
Corey uses distributive and integrative mediation processes to help parties collaborate to reach resolutions. Oftentimes mediators lose sight of the fact that there are often mutual interests between the parties. Too many mediations focus on the concept that there is a finite pie available to split at mediation, and that the “winner” at mediation is the side that gets the bigger piece of the pie. Corey focuses on the interests of the parties instead of only the surface-level issues. Corey understands that resolutions sometimes require creative solutions, and mediation is not a “one size fits all” process. Corey adapts for each mediation based on the dynamics of the mediation.
No matter how hard the parties try, not every case resolves on the day of mediation. Sometimes parties are simply not ready to reach resolution. Corey is committed to following up with parties after mediation, to ensure that all efforts to reach a resolution and resolve conflict are exhausted.