McDonald & Mannion

Resolution Through Mediation

2465 Discovery Bay Blvd., Suite 300
Discovery Bay, CA 94505
(925) 240-4211
100 First Street (27th Floor)
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 956-0211


Over 40 Years Experience


Mediator and attorney Brian McDonald possesses more than 40 years of legal experience, and currently focuses his practice on helping families amicably resolve disputes using mediation and mediation alternatives. Brian has successfully handled over 1000 mediations, and has trained hundreds of mediators.


2465 Discovery Bay Blvd, Suite 300
Discovery Bay, CA 94505
(925) 240-4211

100 First Street (27th Floor)
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 956-0211

I’m writing to thank you for your outstanding effort in mediating a settlement in this matter. I truly believe that few mediators would have been able to bring the parties together, and that the settlement was principally attributed to your outstanding management of the mediation proceedings. I also commend you on going way beyond the call of duty, regarding the amount of time and effort you expend. I believe you have done these parties a great service and I thank you.


Dear Brian,

The parties have been in litigation with each other for years. All prior attempts at mediation have failed. In light of this unfortunate situation, I held little hope. I have rarely been so happy to have been wrong. In a few short hours of mediation, you changed the tone of the parties’ discourse. You helped them talk to each other and to listen to each other’s needs. Your patience, empathy, objectivity and skill made all the difference. Thank you for this extraordinary gift.


Mr. McDonald was perfect for this case and both my client and I were very grateful for him to handle this very complicated matter. He was professional and a very personable mediator. Brian demonstrated care and empathy but not overarching. He has reestablished my faith in the system


I wanted to let you know it was a pleasure to meet you at the mediation. You did a great job as mediator and it was a pleasure to spend the day with you.


Brian had a lot of integrity, good humor, and total respect for all the parties.


Brian, thank you for being the greatest mediator in the world.


Dear Brian, Thank you so much for all your help and good intentions. You expertise is invaluable. Fond regards,


Hi Brian, I wanted to thank you for your time. I actually got your jokes. It was nice to be able to smile a bit during a difficult time.


Dear Brian, I just wanted to send you a note to thank you for the expertise you applied to our mediation. Your humor, common sense and compassion for the parties created a great environment for resolution.


Hi Brian, I just wanted to sincerely thank you for all your help, and most importantly I wanted to tell you that you really made the situation very comfortable. Your character and demeanor made the environment and atmosphere very relaxing. I didn’t think I’d smile all day, and I smiled form the second you walked in. We had prayed for closure, and that all we really wanted to be honest with you, was closure. Thanks for your expertise, knowledge and your assistance in the handling of our case.


Brian is a great family law mediator. He’s simply the best.


We refer to you, Brian, as “The Master”. We send you our toughest cases.


When the timed mediation ended without an agreement, Brian kept at us with emails and phone calls. His persistence resulted in an agreement.