Victoria Pynchon

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Victoria Pynchon
Victoria Pynchon
Born San Diego, California
Nationality  United States
Other names Victoria Pike
Alma mater University of California, San Diego] (A.B.)
UC Davis School of Law (King Hall) (J.D.)
Pepperdine University (LL.M)
Occupation Lawyer, mediator, author
Known for "She Negotiates" blog
Settle It Now

Victoria "Vickie" Pynchon (born Victoria Pike) is an American lawyer, attorney mediator, speaker and author based in Los Angeles.


Pynchon, the daughter of the late superior court Judge Donald Pike, grew up in La Mesa in San Diego County and graduated in 1970 from Helix High School. She received a bachelor of arts degree in literature from the University of California, San Diego, and in 1980 she received her Jurist Doctor from UC Davis School of Law (King Hall). In 2006, she received her Master of Laws degree from Pepperdine University School of Law.


She was admitted in 1980[1] to the State Bar of California, and, in 1985, to the U.S. District Courts for the Central, Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of California and to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal. In the mid 1980s, she was a business law professor at California State University at Northridge. She practiced law as a commercial litigator for 25 years before starting a mediation practice.[2]

In 2004, she founded Settle It Now Dispute Resolution Services as well as practicing mediation with ADR Services in Los Angeles. She also is on the faculty of Solo Practice University[3] and taught at Pepperdine University’s Straus Institute in 2007 as an adjunct professor.[4][5] She is on the faculty of the American Institute of Mediation.[6]

In 2013, to discuss pay disparity in women lawyer's salaries, Pynchon appeared on Markeplace's The Morning Report radio show.[7]


In 2010, Pynchon authored a book titled The Grownups' ABCs of Conflict Resolution, released by Reason Press.[8] Her second book, Success as a Mediator For Dummies, was released by John Wiley & Sons in April 2012.[9]

Pynchon's articles have been published by CNN,[10] the Los Angeles Daily Journal,[11][12] Law Practice Today,[13] the National Institute for Advanced Conflict Resolution site,[14] and Washington, D.C.'s Women's Weekly.[15] In May 2010, she became a regular contributor on's "On the Docket" blog[16] and, a year later, a contributor at ForbesWoman's She Negotiates blog.[17][18]

She was editor and founder of the online quarterly literary journal, R-KV-R-Y, which was included in the Best of the Web 2009 anthology series of literature.[19]


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