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Mediator Information
Name Lisa Garvin Copeland
Law Firm The Law Offices of Lisa Garvin Copeland and Desert Cities Mediation
Location Palm Desert
Practice Areas
Full range of business issues, including business formation, contracts, employment, labor and collective bargaining and litigation. Experienced in handling complex environmental and business litigation, employment and labor litigation, land use and general commercial disputes. Representative clients include non-profit organizations, homeowners’ associations, real estate developers, business entities and public interest groups. Experienced in probate, trust and conservatorship issues, unlawful detainer (landlord/tenant) disputes.
Date of Admission to the California State Bar
First Year Mediation Experience
  • Juris Doctorate, Western State University College of Law, Summa Cum Laude Salutatorian (1988)
  • Bachelor of Science in Laws, Western State University College of Law (1987)
  • Associate of Arts, College of the Desert (1984)

ADR-Specific Education

  • “Mediating the Litigated Case,” Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine School of Law (November 2008)
  • Arbitrator Training, FINRA (January 2012)
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution, University of California at Riverside (May 2008)
  • Judicial Conduct and Ethics/Judge Pro Tem Training, Riverside County Superior Court (March 2007)
  • Fee Arbitration Training, California Bar Association (May 2010)
Bar Memberships
  • United States Supreme Court (October 2003)
  • State of California (June 1989)
Professional Association Memberships
  • Member, California State Bar
  • Member, Riverside County Bar Association
  • Member, The Desert Bar Association
  • Arbitrator/Mediator, California State Mediation and Conciliation Service (2010-2013)
  • Arbitrator, FINRA
  • Mediator/Arbitrator, RCBA Dispute Resolution Service, Inc.
Additional Information

With 25 years of legal experience – as both general counsel to two large public entities and as a litigator, Lisa Copeland brings diverse professional experience to the field of dispute resolution. Copeland has argued and briefed cases before the United States and California Supreme Courts with six published appellate cases to her credit:

  • Engine Manufacturers Association v. South Coast Air Quality Management District et al. (2004) 541 U.S. 246, 124 S.Ct. 1756, 158 L.Ed.2d 529 – amicus brief for SunLine Transit Agency 
  • Coachella Valley Mosquito And Vector Control District, v. California Public Employment Relations Board and California School Employees Association (2005) 35 Cal.4th 1072
  • SunLine Transit Agency v. Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 1277 (2010) 189 Cal.App.4th 292
  • Waste Management of the Desert Inc. v. Palm Springs Recycling Center, Inc. (1994) 7 Cal.4th 478
  • Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District et. al. v. City of Indio (2002) 101 Cal.App.4th 12
  • California Ranch Homes Development Company of Hemet v. San Jacinto Unified School District (1993) 17 Cal.App.4th 573.

Copeland regularly volunteers to serve in the First Friday Settlement Conference Program in the Desert Judicial District, devoting her wide range of experience to settlement of complex disputes in a relatively short period of time. Her offices in Palm Desert can accommodate the needs of multi-party mediations.


Copeland, “MMBA Unfair Practices Restricted to Six-Month Statute of Limitations” (February 2004) No. 164, California Public Employee Relations Journal.

Copeland, “The California Supreme Court Overturns Practice of the Public Employment Relations Board Applying a Three Years Statute of Limitation to Unfair Practice Charges Filed Under the Meyers-Milias Brown Act,” (2005), Vol. 19, No. 4, California Labor & Employment L.Rev., 11, 33.