Welcome. I am Lisa Fisher, founder of Black Belt Mediation. Guiding people through conflict to reach common ground is my passion and my day job.
For most of my life, I have been a peacemaker. Beginning in my early teens, I held the positions of designated diplomat, sounding board, smoother of tensions, and restorer of harmony in my family. After studying law in my native Austria and obtaining an LL.M. degree from Yale Law School, I spent many years negotiating deals as a big firm corporate transactional lawyer. What fascinated me most in my work was the finesse involved in bringing people together, figuring out the complex interpersonal dynamics, and locating that often elusive common ground. Honestly, I would have loved to represent all the parties in a transaction and skip the adversarial positioning.
In 2008, I finally decided to return to my early roots and become a professional conflict resolver. I trained at Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation and at Pepperdine Law School’s Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, and have been fortunate to help many people to approach, manage and resolve their conflicts more effectively.
I am a student of the martial arts and earned the rank of Shodan (first degree black belt) in Kenpo Karate in 2016. This rank symbolizes skill, strength, continuous striving for excellence and self-mastery, determination, perseverance, confidence, humility and respect. Above all, a black belt stands for a commitment to peace – averting a fight whenever possible and, if a fight is unavoidable, ending it quickly and efficiently.
Recognizing the importance of the mind-body connection in resolving disagreements peacefully, I embarked on a deeper study of Yoga to better guide my clients out of the instinctual fight-or-flight response to a calmer state that is more conducive to dialogue. I am a certified Yoga teacher (RYS 500, Yin Yoga) through YogaWorks.
I live in sunny Los Angeles, California, where my multicultural family and friends keep me both on my toes and to the straight and narrow. When I am not challenging myself in a martial arts, yoga, or Ballroom dance class, I enjoy playing Jazz piano, transforming paper into complex Origami creations, and capturing the beauty of nature with my camera.
For a full list of my professional credentials, click here.