Since 2018, Dana Costache and Dan Simon work together to promote transformative mediation in Europe. Their partnership is based on shared values and the belief that our world would be much better, more peaceful and joyful if every community, every organization and every family would have members trained in transformative mediation.

Dan is the founder of Simon Mediation, an organization that has revolutionized the way people handle conflict – with Transformative Mediation. Dan has trained hundreds of mediators and has used this method to transform countless conflicts, saving time, money and stress. After practicing as a business litigation attorney and receiving his MA in Counseling Psychology, Dan began studying and practicing transformative mediation in 1998. He has taught his method in law schools and practiced it with people embroiled in all types of conflict—from corporate law to divorce.

One of only around 100 mediators in the world who have been Certified by the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation, Dan received his law degree, cum laude, from the University of Minnesota School of Law, his M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Minnesota, and his B.A., with honors, from the University of California at Berkeley. Before creating Simon Mediation, he worked as a business litigation attorney and as a family business consultant.

Dan is a past Chair of the Minnesota State Bar Association’s ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) Section, and served for 6 years on the Minnesota Supreme Court’s ADR Ethics Board (responsible for upholding ethical standards of ADR providers). He’s a member of the Board of Directors and also a Fellow of the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation. Dan maintains the highest possible rating (AV – Preeminent) from Martindale Hubbell and the highest possible rating (10.0 – Superb) on He divides his time between Los Angeles and Minnesota, and works with corporations and individuals globally.

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