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  Mediation Associatessm

Duane Ruth-Heffelbower, Attorney Mediator

Duane Ruth-Heffelbower. Click for alternate image: Duane Ruth-Heffelbower at Ambon, Indonesia, September 2001

Duane Ruth-Heffelbower, Attorney and Counselor at Law, mediator, arbitrator and facilitator in all disputes. Academy of Family Mediators Advanced Practitioner Member of the Association for Conflict Resolution Family Section. Former Co-Chair of the ACR Family Section.

Contact information:
Telephone: 559-281-2660
Skype: duane.ruth.heffelbower


Attorney admitted to the California Bar in 1974, businessman, victimologist, professional mediator, facilitator and intervention specialist since 1985. Pastor, trained and experienced counselor, teacher of alternative dispute resolution. Thousands of cases handled as advocate, mediator, arbitrator or facilitator in everything from schoolyard fights to international disputes between governments. Thousands of people trained in conflict resolution on five continents in over a hundred languages with a specialty in inter-religious and cross-cultural disputes. Serve as a settlement officer in Fresno County Superior Court. His wife of over 40 years directs the Circles of Support and Accountability re-entry program for paroled sex offenders.

Retired from FPU July 31, 2015 as Associate Professor of Peacemaking and Conflict Studies, Fresno Pacific University; Director of the Center for Peacemaking and Conflict Studies and its graduate academic programs; member of the faculty of the Criminology and Restorative Justice Studies degree completion program; member of the faculty in the School of Business Leadership Studies MA Program.




Prof. Ruth-Heffelbower's standard rates for services as a consultant, trainer, facilitator or mediator are $240 per hour or $2,000 per day, plus expenses. He has provided services on five continents to people speaking over one hundred languages and makes a specialty of California divorces, interpersonal conflicts in business and non-profit organizations, inter-group conflicts and worldwide inter-tribal and inter-religious conflict. PACS is able to provide services on a reduced or no fee basis in some cases.

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Mediation Associatessm in Fresno, CA, serves clients throughout Central California, including the cities of Bakersfield, Bass Lake, Chowchilla, Clovis, Coalinga, Coarsegold, Corcoran, Delano, Dinuba, Exeter, Farmersville, Firebaugh, Fowler, Hanford, Huron, Kerman, Kingsburg, Lemoore, Lemoore Naval Air Station, Lindsay, Madera, Mendota, Merced, North Fork, Oakhurst, Orange Cove, Parlier, Porterville, Reedley, Sanger, San Joaquin, Selma, Tulare, Visalia, Woodlake, as well as Fresno County, Kern County, Kings County, Madera County, Merced County, Tulare County, Kings Canyon National Park, Sequoia National Park, and Yosemite National Park. We have provided services nationwide and around the world.