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Dan Bechtol, MA
Southwest Iowa Mediation Services, LLC

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PO Box 105
Atlantic, IA 50022
712 254 4611


Description of Practice

While Southwest Iowa Mediation Services, LLC (S.I.M.S.) is a general practice mediation firm, offering our clients expertise in the resolution of a variety of disputes, we nevertheless also have particular interest in the resolution of family law and GLBT issues. Our family law mediations include domestic violence screening.


Over twenty (20) years of professional mediation experience covering a variety of conflict resolution areas including: business to business disputes, community/ neighbor to neighbor issues, debtor-creditor disputes, divorce/custody/parenting (including domestic violence screening)/separation issues; elder care issues, GLBT issues, labor-management/workplace disputes, landlord-tenant disputes, school truancy issues and small claims disputes. Selected to Inaugural Panel of Senior Mediators with the "Common Ground" Project through the University of California, Santa Cruz Extension Campus. Approved Family Law Mediator with the Iowa Fourth Judicial District Court.


AA from Iowa Western Community College, 2006 BA in Sociology and LPS (Law, Politics & Society)from Drake University, 2008 MA in Conflict Resolution & Reconciliation from Abilene Chirstian University, 2010


Dates    Trainer(s)    Title   
10/04/08    Iowa Mediation Services    35-Hour Introductory Mediation Course
02/13/09    Zena Zumeta    40-Hour Domestic Relations Mediation
01/15/09    Duncum Center for Conflict Resolution    40-Hour Advanced Mediation Course
04/16/09    Duncum Center for Conflict Resolution    30-Hour Advanced Marital Dispute Mediation Course


Depending upon the specific needs and requests of the mediation participants, my approach to mediation will be one of facilitation and/or evaluation. I have also engaged in a "binding mediation" at the specific request of the parties.


$150.00/hr. ($75/per party/per hr.) with a two hour minimum Sliding fee schedule available with income verification

Other Information

Our mediators will travel throughout Southwest Iowa and Eastern Nebraska with evening and week end mediations available upon request

Areas of Practice

  • Adult Family
  • Business
  • Commercial
  • Community
  • Contracts
  • Cross Cultural
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • EEOC
  • Elder
  • Employment
  • Family
  • General
  • Insurance
  • Labor - Management
  • Landlord - Tenant
  • Marital Mediation
  • Online Mediation
  • Personal Injury
  • Real Estate
  • Special Education
  • Victim - Offender
  • Workplace

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Mediation Trainer
  • Ombud
  • Conflict Coach
  • Facilitator
  • Online Mediator
  • Parenting Coordinator
  • Fact-Finder

References available upon request.

This dispute resolution professional keeps professional liability insurance.