Sequoia Stalder, Esq.

Sequoia Stalder has dedicated his career to the non-adversarial resolution of conflict and is a recognized expert in the mediation and conflict management field. Sequoia’s approach focuses on the interpersonal dimensions of conflict and the key role that communication dynamics and ongoing relationships play in mitigating and resolving disputes. Central to Sequoia’s work is the use of increased understanding and improved communication as the core of the mediation and facilitation processes. His approach emphasizes party empowerment and support rather than coercion or threat as the primary drivers of conflict resolution.

With this approach as his backdrop, Sequoia specializes in both family & divorce mediation and organizational & workplace conflict management. Sequoia is committed to helping his clients find effective solutions that will work for them and their families while avoiding the acrimony and expense that often accompany traditional adversarial proceedings. Additionally, Sequoia provides mediation trainings and group facilitation services through his sister practice, Stalder Mediation.

In addition to his private practice and trainings, Sequoia regularly lectures and teaches in academic and public settings. He is an Adjunct Professor of negotiation and mediation at Columbia University’s International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution and a faculty member of the Center for Mediation in Law. He is also the Director of the Mediation Training Institute at New York Center for Interpersonal Development, where his trainings are certified by the New York Courts to qualify judges, lawyers and other professionals to serve as court-referred mediators.

As the Director of Conflict Resolution Services at New York Center for Interpersonal Development, a New York State Court-designated Mediation Center, Sequoia guides over 50 full-time staff and volunteer mediators. His organization, one of the largest of its kind in New York State, oversees more than 700 mediation cases annually. Sequoia created and implemented the Richmond County Supreme Court Matrimonial Part Divorce Mediation Program, and continues to oversee this program as part of his work with New York Center. Sequoia also currently serves as a member of the Mediator Ethics Advisory Committee for the New York State Courts.