Judge Martha E. Bellinger joins IVAMS, one of Southern California's' leading Alternative Dispute Resolution firms

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Retired Judge Martha E. Bellinger builds trust in resolving family disputes

"I believe God Made the whole creation and he made me the way i am and i was a good thing."

-Martha E. Bellinger

When Martha Bellinger began providing mediation services for IVAMS, particularly those for family law matters, she knew she had a unique perspective to offer a small, sometimes forgotten segment of parties: the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community (LGBT).

Being a good mediator requires people skills, Bellinger said, and being able to care and relate to parties is important in building trust. "The better your people skills and the more sincere and authentic you are in really wanting to hear what this person has to say-they'll trust you, if they believe you are really listening and caring," she said.

Judge Bellinger attended Whittier Law School, where she served as editor-in-chief of the Law Review. After graduating, Bellinger worked as an associate for a firm handling civil ligation. She also worked a short stint as assistant counsel to Pomona, Bonita and Claremont schools before joining the Los Angeles district attorneys office.

Appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bellinger sat primarily in the family law department but also reviewed issues of dependency and delinquency courts while sitting in the Pomona Superior East District. Judge Bellinger served as supervising Judge of the eastern district before retiring from the bench in 2011. During her time handling family law matters she wrote nearly 300 decisions on submitted matters.

Lawyers said Bellinger has a strong mastery of family law after decades managing cases as both a judge and as an ADR provider.

Peter Eggertsen, President of IVAMS says, "Martha has been a great addition to the company, her expertise, patience and spirituality are an inspiration, and all of us are honored to have her on our team."

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