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  Conflict Specialist

Duane Ruth-Heffelbower, Attorney Mediator

Duane Ruth-Heffelbower. Click for alternate image: Duane Ruth-Heffelbower at Ambon, Indonesia, September 2001

Duane Ruth-Heffelbower, Attorney and Counselor at Law, mediator, arbitrator and facilitator in all disputes. Consultant to organizations in transition.


Contact information:
Direct phone 559.281.2660
Skype: duane.ruth.heffelbower


(Brief CV)

Attorney admitted to the California Bar in 1974, conflict specialist, businessman, victimologist, professional mediator, facilitator and intervention specialist since 1985. Trained and experienced counselor, teacher of alternative dispute resolution. Thousands of cases handled as advocate, mediator, arbitrator or facilitator in everything from schoolyard fights to international disputes between governments. Thousands of people trained in conflict resolution on five continents in over a hundred languages with a specialty in inter-religious and cross-cultural disputes. Serve as a settlement officer in Fresno County Superior Court. His wife of over 46 years founded the Circles of Support and Accountability re-entry program for paroled sex offenders, and currently serves as Executive Conference Minister of Pacific Southwest Mennonite Conference.

Associate Professor of Peacemaking and Conflict Studies, Fresno Pacific University; member of the graduate faculty in peacemaking and conflict studies; member of the faculty of the Criminology and Restorative Justice Studies degree completion program; member of the faculty in the School of Business Leadership Studies MA Program. Retirement from the university July 31, 2015.


Complete publications list

Professional Affiliations


Yeartype of trainingtrainerhours
1985Mediation TrainingRon Claassen9
1987Conflict Resolution TrainingDavid Blackburn12
1987Conflict Resolution TrainingDavid Augsberger40
1995Conflict Resolution TrainingClaassen & Reimer33
1997Conflict Resolution TrainingI was instructor>100
1998Conflict Resolution TrainingI was instructor>100
1999Conflict Resolution TrainingI was instructor>100
2000Conflict Resolution TrainingI was instructor>100
2001Conflict Resolution TrainingI was instructor>100
2001Advanced Mediation TrainingI was instructor33
2002Basic Collaborative Law TrainingRussell, et al.6
2002Conflict Resolution TrainingI was instructor>100
2003Advanced Mediation TrainingI was instructor33
2003Conflict Resolution TrainingI was instructor>100
2004Conflict Resolution TrainingI was instructor>100
2005Conflict Resolution TrainingI was instructor>100
2005Advanced Mediation TrainingI was instructor33
2006Basic Collaborative Law TrainingPAULINE H. TESLER12
2006Conflict Resolution TrainingI was instructor>100
2007Advanced Mediation TrainingI was instructor24
2007Mediation TrainingI was instructor100
2008Basic Interdisciplinary TrainingRandy Cheek and Margaret Anderson14
2008Conflict Resolution TrainingI was instructor>100
2009Conflict Resolution TrainingI was instructor>100
2010Conflict Resolution TrainingI was instructor>100
2011Intermediate Collaborative TrainingBartholomew, Marshall, Tell, Cummings, Faulkner, Rutlen7
2011Conflict Resolution TrainingI was instructor>100
2012Conflict Resolution TrainingI was instructor>100
2013Conflict Resolution TrainingI was instructor>100
2013Domestic violence TrainingMarjaree Mason Center2
2015Conflict Resolution TrainingI was instructor>33
2015Family Mediation TrainingI was instructor>45
2015Conflict Resolution TrainingI was instructor48

Clients served throughout Central California, including the cities of Bakersfield, Bass Lake, Chowchilla, Clovis, Coalinga, Coarsegold, Corcoran, Delano, Dinuba, Exeter, Farmersville, Firebaugh, Fowler, Hanford, Huron, Kerman, Kingsburg, Lemoore, Lemoore Naval Air Station, Lindsay, Madera, Mendota, Merced, North Fork, Oakhurst, Orange Cove, Parlier, Porterville, Reedley, Sanger, San Joaquin, Selma, Tulare, Visalia, Woodlake, as well as Fresno County, Kern County, Kings County, Madera County, Merced County, Tulare County, Kings Canyon National Park, Sequoia National Park, and Yosemite National Park. Services nationwide and around the world.