MEDIATION PRACTICE AREAS, EXPERIENCE

I’ve been mediating since 2003, and have served on two courts’ mediator panels (San Diego and Los Angeles Superior Courts), and two private panels (American Arbitration Association and Savannah Mediation Center).

I’m a Washington Mediation Association Certified Mediator. In the past, while briefly living in Georgia, I was a Georgia certified mediator.

I’ve mediated and litigated cases of many kinds, including business disputes, family law and custody, environmental and toxic-tort, insurance coverage and bad-faith, intellectual property, personal injury, construction, products liability, employment, and government-entity cases. I have a deep background in many areas of the law, both substantive law and procedural law.

My background is in civil litigation. Clients have called on me for over 30 years to protect their interests by suing or defending them in a wide variety of cases. I’ve litigated simple two-party cases and also enormous cases, like one case that was portrayed in the Erin Brockovich movie, involving $3.6 billion and 6,000 plaintiffs. I’ve represented government entities, insurers, big businesses—and on behalf of clients, have sued such entities too. I know the enormous costs of litigation—and the uncertainties. People and their businesses generally want litigation to end, and end it right away—it’s a huge distraction, expensive, and unpleasant for everybody.

MEDIATION TRAINING

I first became interested in alternative dispute resolution (ADR) when I took classes on the subject in law school. In 2003, I participated in the American Arbitration Association’s 40-hour mediator training and earned the AAA’s certificate of completion. I completed a 36-hour mediation training course in 2015 in Savannah, Georgia, to become a Georgia Certified Mediator. Since 2003, I’ve completed many mediation courses as part of my annual and triennial continuing legal education requirements. Training includes:

  • American Arbitration Association mediator training, for 40 hours, 2003
  • Annual mediation-specific CLE training, 2003–2014
  • Mediator Training, 36 hours, Savannah, Georgia, 2015
  • Mediation Seminar, Washington Mediation Association, 2019
  • Training,  Ethical Issues in Negotiation and Mediation with High-Conflict Personalities, 2019
  • Training, Managing High-Conflict Personalities, 2019
  • Training, Understanding High-Conflict Personalities, 2016, 2019
  • Training, Dealing with High Conflict Personalities, 2016, 2019
  • Training, CLE, Dealing with Trauma, 2020
  • Training, Collaborative Law Professionals 2020

LITIGATION EXPERIENCE, PRACTICE AREAS

I’ve litigated civil cases of all kinds, top-to-bottom, start to finish—hundreds of them. I’ve tried cases, appealed cases, arbitrated them, and mediated them as an attorney representing a litigating party. I’ve negotiated hundreds of settlement agreements, from the simple to the complex.

Although I have represented individuals and plaintiffs, the bulk of my experience has been as counsel appointed by one or more insurance companies to represent companies, government entities, or individuals. I’ve served as panel counsel for many insurance companies—but I also have represented parties who have sued insurance companies. I’ve represented multiple governmental entities—and have represented parties who have sued them, too.

A sample of the kinds of cases I’ve handled are those involving the following legal fields and kinds of issues:

  • Environmental
  • Land use
  • Zoning
  • Easements
  • Encroachments
  • Construction defect
  • Construction delay
  • Construction site injury
  • Construction indemnity
  • Toxic tort
  • Personal injury
  • Wrongful death
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Employment
  • Worker’s compensation
  • Collective bargaining
  • Contracts
  • Indemnity
  • Insurance coverage
  • Insurance bad faith
  • Insurance subrogation, contribution, indemnity
  • Family—divorce, property, child custody
  • Business separation
  • Shareholder agreements, disagreements
  • Employee benefits
  • Trespass
  • Nuisance
  • Intellectual property
  • Copyright
  • Trademark
  • Unfair competition
  • Trade secrets

CORPORATE LAW, BUSINESS COUNSELING, OTHER EXPERIENCE

I’ve served as corporate counsel, both as in-house General Counsel, and as external corporate counsel. I regularly counsel businesses and individuals about a variety of matters, including these:

  • Employee hiring, retention, separation, benefits
  • Intellectual property
  • Government procurement, FAR and DFAR
  • Corporate governance
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Best practices
  • Process controls
  • Manufacturing improvements
  • Corporate-culture changes to mitigate risk
  • Risk management
  • Leases
  • Real-estate purchase and sale

EDUCATION

J.D., California Western School of Law, San Diego, California

B.A., Economics, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado

BAR MEMBERSHIP

Admitted to:

  • California Bar
    • United States District Court for the Southern District of California
    • United States District Court for the Central District of California
    • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • Washington Bar