Mylene-29-webMs. Ansari has over 20 years’ experience as an attorney, mediator and arbitrator who understands the nuances of the legal system. She focuses on family law, divorce, custody, parenting plans, property, support disputes, business disputes, real estate and insurance disputes. Ms. Ansari is a court panel mediator for the San Mateo courts. She has been in private practice for over five years. Ms. Ansari draws on years of experience as in house counsel for a local real estate development company and as a lead attorney for the California Department of Insurance to promote effective communication and increased understanding between parties in conflict.

Ms. Ansari has mediated and arbitrated over 100 cases and has completed over 400 hours of alternative dispute resolution training. In mediations, she engages all parties to help them achieve better resolutions than would be obtained in court. She believes that beyond exploring apparent issues, it is often necessary to explore underneath the surface of a dispute to reach meaningful and lasting resolution. After eliciting and clarifying each side’s positions, she identifies further interests and concerns of each party. As she orients clients toward resolution or settlement , she encourages real cost-benefit analysis alternatives to litigation.

Legal Experience

Ms. Ansari has been in private practice for over five years handling primarily family law, divorce, custody and support matters. She empathizes with clients in vulnerable and stressful situations . As a small firm attorney she can provide more personal attention, continuity and less bureaucracy. This translates into real cost savings for you. She cares about your money and your success matters to her. She returns all calls within 24 hours. Ms. Ansari previously practiced real estate law at a real estate development company. Most issues involved landlord-tenant matters, buy-sell agreements, purchase and joint venture agreements.

She has worked with Fortune 500 companies in both state and federal courts. As lead State Attorney at the California Department of Insurance, Ms. Ansari handled property and casualty insurance litigation, insurance claims handling, corporate compliance, coverage and related disputes. She also has over ten years practice in general civil litigation, administrative law and procedure and has collaborated with industry, government, and consumer groups in developing consumer protection regulations.

Panel Memberships

San Mateo Superior Court-ADR Panelist , 2009-present
American Arbitration Assocation, Panelist
Palo Alto Mediation Program Mediator, 2009-2011
Santa Clara Bar Association, Fee Dispute Panel
San Francisco Bar Association, fee Dispute Panel
Association for Dispute Resolution of Northern California


J.D. University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
American Jurisprudence Award in Civil Procedure
B.A. University of California, Berkeley

Professional Activities

Member State Bar of California, #130298
Member U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Member U.S. District Court, Northern District
Pro Bono Attorney Legal Aid Society of San Mateo
Supports Family Violence Appellate Project