Sheryl Balthrop


Sheryl Balthrop is an Attorney-Mediator serving families, businesses, and organizations in conflict and transition since 1991.

Primary Services:

…       Mediation and facilitation

…       Family law

…       Business and organization creation, management and succession

…       Estate planning


After two decades of successfully litigating scores of cases and helping organizations resolve conflict, Sheryl became increasingly convinced that most parties, with the right assistance, could craft better outcomes for themselves than could be obtained in court.  In short, mediation provided parties a better way forward for lasting solutions, re-formed relationships, and asset preservation.


Generally, Sheryl conducts private mediation sessions with all parties present and without attorneys or third parties in the room. She incorporates individual  sessions as appropriate.

Sheryl’s role as mediator is to guide the parties  to a resolution that meets each party’s needs. In certain business disputes, she may also include evaluative (settlement conference) style tools as appropriate given the nature of the dispute and the preferences of the parties.


Sheryl is a native Oregonian, raised on a cattle ranch in Eastern Oregon. She is married with four children. She is active in her church and enjoys time with her family and working on her blog and podcast.

Position: Attorney-Mediator

Education: J.D., University of Oregon School of Law; B.A., English, Robert D. Clark Honors College, University of Oregon

Organizations: Eugene Chamber of Commerce (2013-14 chair), Eugene Airport Rotary (past president), ShelterCare (counsel ), and former director of the Child Center, Oregon Mediation Association, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, American Bar Association

Professional Philosophy:

Guiding principle: Excellence
Yardstick of success: The extent to which I serve others
Goal yet to be achieved: To hike the length of the Pacific Coast Trail


Fantasy dinner guests: John Adams and Winston Churchill

Favorite quote:  Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate. – John F. Kennedy

Most influential book: Carl Sandburg’s biography of Abraham Lincoln
Favorite movie: Indiana Jones
Favorite way to spend free time: Activities with my family