Ilona Turner is a mediator and arbitrator with nearly two decades' experience as a litigator, strategist, and nonprofit leader.


To inquire about rates and availability, please email ilona@TurnerADR.com.


Professional Highlights

Transgender Law Center
Legal Director           
2012 to 2017             

National Center for Lesbian Rights
Staff Attorney
2008 to 2011

Cohen, Weiss & Simon LLP
2006 to 2008

Equality California
Legislative Advocate
2002 to 2003


U.C. Berkeley School of Law

Mediation Training and Certifications

Center for Understanding in Conflict (formerly the Center for Mediation in Law)
Working Creatively with Conflict 40-hour mediation and conflict resolution training (Gary Friedman and Catherine Conner)

Community Boards  
Basics of Mediation 40-hour training

Mediation and Arbitration Panels

Bar Association of San Francisco Conflict Intervention Service mediator

FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) arbitrator

SEEDS Community Resolution Center - Berkeley, CA     

Community Boards - San Francisco, CA

California Lawyers for the Arts - Arts Arbitration and Mediation Services

Memberships and Boards

California and New York state bar

Alameda County Bar Association ADR Section Executive Committee

American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution

Bar Association of San Francisco LGBT subcommittee

Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom (BALIF)

Bay Area Women Neutrals

California Employment Lawyers Association

Alumni Board of Directors, California Law Review


Selected Publications

Author of annual updates to chapters on transgender issues and relationship recognition in West-published treatise, Sexual Orientation and the Law (Karen Moulding, ed.) (since 2004)

Transparenthood, Michigan Law Review (forthcoming 2019) (with Sonia K. Katyal)

Title IX’s Protections for Transgender Student Athletes, 28 Wisconsin Journal of Law, Gender & Society 271 (2013) (with Scott Skinner-Thompson)

Same-Sex Binational Couples and the Federal Defense of Marriage Act, Federal Lawyer 44 (Mar. 2012)

Pioneering Strategies to Win Trans Rights in California, 34 University of La Verne Law Review 5 (2012)

Sex Stereotyping Per Se: Transgender Employees and Title VII, 95 California Law Review 561 (2007) 

Why the Gavin Grimm Decision Is Game-Changing for the Fight Against Anti-Trans Discrimination, The Huffington Post (Apr. 19, 2016)

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell—Anyone, Anywhere, The Nation (Nov. 16, 2010) (with Daniel Redman)




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