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Attorneys - Mediators

Jane E. Bednar

I've been representing injury accident victims, elders, consumers and small business owners for nearly three decades. I have great compassion for my clients and I work tirelessly to win compensation for them and help them achieve their goals. My approach to client relations emphasizes communication, education, and early resolution of disputes, where possible. 

I graduated near the top of my class in 1988 from Monterey College of Law. A Minnesota native, I earned a bachelor's degree in journalism and worked as a reporter for the Associated Press and several daily newspapers in Minnesota and Southern California, where I honed my writing and communication skills and developed a deep curiosity about and caring for people that I bring to my legal career.

(831) 375-6381 Call now for an appointment.

I've lived in Monterey County for the past 35 years. During that time, I've raised a daughter (now 26 and following both her parents into a legal career); worked on novel, complex and high-value catastrophic injury cases as an associate attorney with Belli & Sabih in Pacific Grove, California; handled more than 250 arbitration hearings in the Dalkon Shield and Breast Implant litigation cases; and enjoyed the wealth of outdoor activities our beautiful area has to offer. I've also been a small business owner and have taught advanced legal writing & analysis and mediation at the law school level. My interests include gardening and plant propagation, cooking, reading, music, hiking, and my pet cats.

In 2005, I established the Law Office of Jane E. Bednar. I have tried numerous cases before judges and juries, and have handled scores of additional cases that settled prior to trial. I've garnered numerous five-star client reviews on I am a certified mediator and serve on the court-directed mediation panel for the Monterey County Superior Court, as well as for the Mandell Gisnet Center for Conflict Management of the Monterey College of Law.


Monterey College of Law (J.D. 1988)

 Finalist, Heisler Moot Court Competition

University of Minnesota (B.A. 1984)

  BA in Journalism & Mass Communications - Editor, Minnesota Daily newspaper

Conflict Resolution Center of Santa Cruz (Mediation Certification 2012)

 Certified as Neutral Mediator

Mandell Gisnet Center for Conflict Management, Seaside, CA (32-hour Family Law Mediation Certification 2016)   

Practice areas

Certified Mediator

Personal Injury Litigation

Elder Financial Abuse Litigation

Professional Malpractice Litigation (attorneys, brokers)

Attorney Fee Disputes

Trust & Estate Litigation

Landlord-Tenant Disputes

Business Litigation

Real Estate Litigation

Professional memberships

State Bar of California (1988-present)

Monterey County Bar Association

Monterey County Women Lawyers Association (past president)

Consumer Attorneys of California

Office: 2460 Garden Rd., Suite C, Monterey, California 93940

email: [email protected]  

"Rather than adding another layer of complication to a difficult legal situation, The Law Offices of Jane Bednar made our lives easier and our decisions more straight-forward. Rates were fair and stated up front. Jane's service and counsel were always timely, professional, clear and truly helpful. We would easily recommend Jane Bednar Law to anyone on the Monterey Peninsula."

                                Todd & Emma, Austin, TX

  The Law Office of Jane E. Bednar offers knowledgeable, high-quality legal representation to individuals and entities throughout the state of California. Services include mediation, litigation and counseling in the areas of personal injury, elder abuse, professional malpractice and fee disputes, trust and estate litigation, abusive mortgage practices, consumer fraud, contracts, business & real estate law, and defective construction.

©2013, Jane E. Bednar

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