Leyla Balakhane, Divorce and Family Law Mediator, Los Angeles

Leyla Balakhane is a distinguished and experienced mediator, facilitator, coach, and trainer in the Los Angeles area, specializing in high conflict divorce and family law. She is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association LACBA Arbitration panel where she arbitrates dispute concerns, fees, and costs. Leyla is also an active member of the Southern California Mediation Association. Her experience has led her to provide training in mediation at various universities and professional organizations. Leyla is an expert in the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), and her approach to divorce is effective, compassionate, and economical.

Leyla empowers her clients to explore options that are tailored toward the specific needs of their families. She helps her clients shape their family’s future, explore the best possible outcomes, negotiate appropriate compromises and directly participate in the decision-making process. Having considerable knowledge and a keen sensitivity to cross-cultural issues, Leyla’s approach to mediation encourages empathy and understanding to get to the heart of the conflict. She responds directly to the needs of each party, whatever they may be. While every family is different, Leyla remains authentic and mindful to assist meaningfully to all parties involved.

Leyla is praised for relinquishing grievances and encouraging parents to commit to strengthening their relationships.  She focuses on win-win solutions that allows parents to collaboratively reconcile their issues while also tending to the best interests of their children.


  • Balakhane Mediation–Family Law Mediator
  • Britton White Mediation Services – Family Law Mediator
  • Los Angeles Bar Association – Fee Arbitrator
  • Children’s Courthouse – Mediated child custody and visitation arrangement and draft mediation agreements/court exit orders
  • ADR Panel, Los Angeles Superior Court–Served as a mediator in family law and civil disputes
  • LA Mediate, Family Law Mediator Panel –Served as a Family Law Mediator
  • Center for Dispute Resolution Panel – Served as a mediator in Los Angeles Superior Court for small claims resulting in 90% in written settlement agreements
  • California Academy of Mediation Professionals (CAMP) Mediator Panel – Mediated unlawful detainer, civil harassment, elderly abuse, domestic violence, limited jurisdiction, and small claims cases
  • Inglewood Superior Courthouse – Volunteer at the legal clinic for domestic violence restraining orders
  • Mosten Mediation Training, Mediation Coach – 40 Hour Divorce Mediation
  • USC Gould School of Law, Mediation Coach – Children & Dependency Mediation
  • Pepperdine and USC Law School, Mediation Trainer and Coach – Courtroom Mediation Skills


  • USC Law School – 40 hour of Children & Dependency Mediation·
  • Pepperdine School of Law – Advanced Mediation Training in Family Law Dispute Resolution
  • Seeds Community Resolution Center – 40-hour Mediator Certification
  • Santa Clara County Superior Court – 40-hour Mediation Training
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association – Attorney-Client Fee Dispute Arbitration Training
  • Marina Collaborative Divorce Group – Mediation Training on Collaborative Divorce
  • Santa Clara County Superior Court – Advanced Mediation Skills Practicum
  • High Conflict Institute – Training on how to manage disputes involving high conflict personalities and personality disorders in mediation
  • Santa Clara County Superior Court – Mediation and Negotiation Workshop·
  • American Institute of Mediation – Legal Nuts & Bolts Course
  • National Business Institute – 25 Hour Family Law Training
  • Centinela Youth Services – Mediation Training
  • County of Los Angeles Department of Consumer Affairs Dispute Resolution Program – Civil Harassment Mediation Training & Advanced Mediation Techniques
  • CSUDH–M.A. in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution and Peace Building, 2011 – Distinguished Scholar Award
  • Loyola Marymount University – B.A. in Psychology, 1999