Our Team

Marci Barrett and Cynthia Saffir   

Family conversations, especially those about elder care, can be highly stressful and emotional. Our services are designed to make those discussions easier for your family, even when family members haven't spoken to each other in years. We will gently and professionally guide you, your adult siblings, and your parents through respectful, productive conversations to reach lasting agreements.

We're here for you!

Marci Barrett, Elder Resolution Partners

Marci L. Barrett 

Marci is a respected mediator, known for being a thoughtful listener and creative problem solver. She is an industry leader in the early resolution of family conflicts through mediation, facilitated family meetings and interpersonal communication strategies.

Mediation Background:

  • Loyola Law School Center for Conflict Resolution, Mediation Training

  • La Sierra University Center for Conflict Resolution, Essentials of Elder Family Mediation Training

  • Southern California Mediation Association, Elder Family Mediation Seminar

  • National Association of Insurance Professionals, Communicate with Confidence course and competition


  • University of Southern California School of Law, Juris Doctor awarded 1989

  • Admitted to State Bar of California, 1989

  • California State University Northridge, Bachelor of Arts 1986

Cynthia Saffir, Elder Resolution Partners

Cynthia R. Saffir

Cynthia is highly regarded for her ability to bring together families in conflict. Her sensitivity and active listening skills make her stand out as an exceptional family meeting facilitator, elder care family mediator, and communication strategist. 

Mediation Background:

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Services, Advanced Mediation Practicum

  • Equal Employment Opportunity Comm., Mediation Training

  • Amer. Institute of Mediation, Advanced Conflict Resolution Strategies

  • Straus Institute, Pepperdine Law School, Mediating the Litigated Case

  • L.A. City Attorney’s Office, Mediating Civil Harassment Disputes

  • Straus Institute, Pepperdine Law School, Cross-Cultural Conflict Resolution

  • Los Angeles County Bar Assn. Center for Civic Mediation, Elder Care Mediation Training

  • Straus Institute, Pepperdine Law School, Advanced Mediation Skills

  • La Sierra University/ARMS, Essentials of Elder Family Mediation Training

  • Financial Industry Regulatory Agency (FINRA), Arbitrator Training

  • Pepperdine University School of Law, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution/LASC Supplemental Training: Sharpening Your Mediation and Negotiation Skills

  • Center for Dispute Resolution (Kenneth Cloke), Mediation Training

  • Southern California Mediation Association, Elder Family Mediation Training

  • Elder Decisions: Adult Family Mediation Training


  • Loyola Law School, Los Angeles   J.D. awarded 1980

  • Admitted to the State Bar of California, 1980 (inactive status)

  • University of California, Santa Cruz   B.A. awarded 1976