Kate Reed, a top litigator frustrated with the endless bureaucracy and daily injustices of the system, takes a hard left to become the ultimate anti-lawyer: a mediator. Using her knowledge of the Law, along with her savvy, intuition and a whatever-it-takes approach to resolving conflict, Kate finds the middle ground for a wide variety of adversaries -- from Fortune 500 corporations to bitter divorces. After the sudden death of her father, she finds herself at odds with the new boss, her stepmother Lauren Reed, and in bed with her soon-to-be ex-husband, Justin Patrick, a top gun in the DA's office. Helping her keep all of this chaos at bay is her trusted, geek-chic assistant Leonardo.
Kate returns to work and mediates a case between a corporation and former employee whose granddaughter claims he was exposed to harmful chemicals.
Justin asks Kate to negotiate a deal between the FBI and a local hospital. The case seems simple until Kate discovers another patient was bumped from the donor list to accommodate the FBI.
Judge Nicastro forces Kate to take a case over an insurance dispute and suggests that Lauren begin dating.
Kate mediates a dispute over a severance package for an employee fired from an aeronautics company. Lauren and Ben argue over how to handle a settlement offer.
A landlord is unable to pay his mortgage because one of his tenants is a drug dealer, so Kate steps in to mediate the case.
After Justin and the San Francisco Police Department are accused of police brutality, Kate and Ben are forced to represent the victim.
Justin and Ben argue over a plea bargain while Kate visits her old school.
When Kate enlists Ben's help in turning a prison mediation into a personal crusade, both discover that their romantic feelings for each other are hard to avoid.
Judge Nicastro enlists Kate and Ben to mediate a contract dispute. Lauren looks for a painting to hang in the lobby of the firm.
Justin and D.A. Davidson oppose Kate and Ben. Meanwhile, Lauren negotiates the purchase of an airline for a client.
Kate and Ben settle a dispute in Lake Tahoe; Lauren helps Justin with an impossible case.
Justin puts his election in jeopardy when he introduces Kate to a Brazilian singer and activist. Elsewhere, Lauren falls for a businessman who may be hiding something