TMS Event Details

Event Title: Why Conflict Makes Clients Dumb, Really Dumb, like Kindergarten Dumb. And How to Make Them Smart Again

Event Type: MCLE Roundtable


Nixon Peabody

1 Embarcadero – Floor 18

San Francisco

Presenter: Lawrence Rosen

Date: Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Time: Breakfast at 7:45am
Program 8am to 9:30am

This is an MCLE program, so participants must attend in person or through the conference call-in number in order to obtain MCLE credit. TMS Members will be eligible for 1 hour of MCLE credit.


Description: Brilliant people come to me hoping that I can rescue them from their legal woes: founders of startups, Google and Apple Engineers, tech CEOs, Stanford professors…  They are hoping that through mediation their lives will become normal, peaceful, happy again.  Yet I noticed early on: nearly all of these brilliant clients are emotionally dumb.  I wondered: do dumb people end up in conflict or does conflict make smart people dumb?  In this talk I’ll answer that perplexing question.  And I’ll show you how to turn emotionally dumb people brilliant again (so they can solve their own problems).

Discussion Leader


Larry C. Rosen is the founder of the mediation law practice Through Understanding.  He specializes in cases where personal conflict is at the heart of the legal dispute.  He regularly lectures on motivation and empathy at Berkeley, MIT and other top schools, as well as trains attorneys and business professionals to see the hidden human mind.  His 2017 TEDx talk (The Secret to Understanding Humans) has 150K+ views.   At the heart of Larry’s endeavors is a simple philosophy: when people understand each other at a fundamental level, magic happens.  They solve seemingly intractable problems—together. They build new and beautiful worlds—together.