Leyla Balakhane is a seasoned expert in the field of conflict resolution, with a wealth of experience as a family law mediator, facilitator, coach, and trainer. Inspired by a fervent dedication to advancing amicability and fairness, she has made it her life’s work to help families navigate the challenging waters of divorce and family matters. With a steadfast commitment to ensuring that every child has the opportunity to grow up in a happy, safe, and loving home, Leyla embodies the ideals of compassion and dedication, and stands as a shining example of what it means to truly make a difference in the society.
As a member of the Board of Directors of the Southern California Mediation Association (SCMA), Leyla has the opportunity to influence the direction of the field and as the chair of membership with SCMA, she plays a crucial role in shaping the future of mediation. Leyla’s expertise and achievements have earned her recognition as a distinguished member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Arbitration Panel (LACBA), the SCMA, and a Certified Advanced Practitioner of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators (APFM). She also sparks inspiration in her colleagues as the head of the monthly SCMA’s Professional Development Group for Family Law Mediators. With her extensive knowledge and expertise, she generously shares her wisdom and guidance with fellow professionals, elevating their abilities and empowering them to reach new heights. And through her connections, she brings in the most sought-after speakers to impart their knowledge and inspire growth in the field.
With a unique blend of expertise, compassion, and economic awareness, Leyla’s approach to Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is highly effective, helping families find solutions that work for them. At Edmund D. Edelman Children’s Court, Leyla mentors other mediators, guiding them in resolving complex cases that impact the lives of children. Her clients leave with a sense of empowerment, as Leyla works with each family to explore options that suit their unique needs, allowing them to shape their future and participate fully in the decision-making process.
Leyla’s mediation skills are rooted in empathy and understanding, allowing her to get to the heart of each conflict and alleviate the stress and tension that often accompany separations. Her cooperative approach encourages families to work on rebuilding relationships, promoting positive communication, and making decisions that are in the best interests of their children.
In addition to divorce, Leyla offers mediation services for a range of life issues, including adoption, interpersonal relations, family businesses, guardianship, conservatorship and eldercare, pre-marital mediation, post-marital mediation, dissolution of non-marital relationships, teen issues, parent coordination, blended family mediation, and cohabitation agreements. Leyla’s work is an expression of her deep-seated commitment to making a difference in the world and improving the lives of others.