Areas of Specialty
  • Construction
  • Consumer / Product Law
  • Discovery Referee
  • Employment
  • Insurance
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Landslide, Water, Mold & Fire
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Personal Injury
  • Toxic Tort
  • Wrongful Death
Awards & Recognition
  • Best Attorneys in America – Life Member
  • Top Women Attorneys in Northern California
  • Super Lawyers of Northern California, 2016 to present
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum – Life Member
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum – Life Member

Professional Associations
  • Judge Pro Tem, Marin County Superior Courts
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Marin County Women Lawyers, Executive Board (2010-2012)
Court Admissions
  • Supreme Court of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California

Cheryl Bossio, Esq.

“Mediation has been invaluable to me as an attorney. I would like to take my experience in various litigation settings to help people resolve disputes, just as mediators have helped me do the same.”
– Cheryl Bossio

Cheryl Bossio is a leading Bay Area toxic tort attorney who has represented clients throughout California for alternative dispute resolution, and bench and jury trials. With three decades of experience in state and federal litigation, she has developed expertise in the areas of science and causation associated with environmental and toxic hazards, as well as insurance defense and coverage issues. Ms. Bossio has achieved six and seven figure settlements, with one notable toxic mold/insurance matter resolving prior to trial for $3,000,000.00, and another matter resulting in a jury award of $1.4 million for a single plaintiff.

A seasoned attorney’s perspective. Although Cheryl enjoys using an evaluative approach to help attorneys and parties weigh the strengths, weaknesses, probabilities, and challenges of their case, she notes that there is always a facilitative aspect to her work as a mediator. “I help them along with the evaluative process so they can decide what makes sense,” she says.

Sometimes the process involves a reality check. “As an attorney, if I find that one thing in the case is a problem, I stop and think. Mediators can help attorneys do this,” she says. “An experienced mediator helps you manage information, map it up, and figure out a strategy. My attitude is always, ‘Let’s find a way.’”

Tuning in to the parties.  Ms. Bossio always ensures that the parties themselves are seen and heard. “They are the most important people in the room. I truly want to hear where they’re coming from directly, and I give them my undivided attention. In essence, I ask them, ‘What have you faced and what do you need?’”

She continues, “I must honor the situation they are in first. There is a human underpinning to every conflict. If I can learn enough from them that they trust me to be invested, then we can begin looking at the problem together and move forward. Without that, I may understand each parties’ position, but I haven’t opened the door to resolving the case.”

Cheryl takes great satisfaction in bringing diverse groups of people together to collaborate for a common purpose. She empathizes with fellow trial attorneys whose strengths can actually pose challenges during mediation. Cheryl has a skilled knowledge of what works with juries and judges, and after fourteen years of insurance defense work, she appreciates claims representatives and what they are trying to accomplish. “It has a lot to do with understanding people, reading situations, and timing.”

Wise decisions. It is important to inform disputants as to how much hardship is in store if they continue with litigation. Cheryl notes that marriages become fragile during litigation. Businesses become fragile during litigation. Litigation is a last resort.

“It isn’t healthy to be involved with litigation when you have alternatives,” she observes. “You can win and still lose when the toll is too high. It can be hard to let go when you want to win, but the Big Win is putting the case behind you. I tell my clients to wait three weeks after it’s over and see how much better they feel.”

Education
  • Georgetown University Law Center, Juris Doctor
  • Fairfield University, Connecticut, Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude

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