Gilda R. Turitz, Mediator & Arbitrator, based in San Francisco, California.


Gilda R. Turitz
Sideman & Bancroft LLP
One Embarcadero Center
Twenty-Second Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111

Tel: (415) 392-1960
Fax: (415) 392-0827

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Early Neutral Evaluation

Serving the following Counties:
Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, Sonoma, Yolo

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Gilda R. Turitz has experience in settling the following civil matters:
ADA Disability
Banking & Finance
Business Dissolution
Class Actions
Consumer Fraud
Contract Disputes
Energy Sector (Oil, Gas)
Family Businesses
Intellectual Property
Legal Malpractice
Mergers & Acquisitions
Mortgage Foreclosure
Product Liability
Professional Fees
Professional Liability
Professional Malpractice
Professional Negligence
Real Estate
Shareholder Disputes
Trusts / Estates
Unfair Competition

Biographical Notes:

Gilda R. Turitz is a business trial lawyer, arbitrator, mediator and early neutral evaluator in San Francisco, and a partner in Sideman & Bancroft LLP, a 45-lawyer woman-owned firm. Ms. Turitz concentrates her practice in cases involving complex commercial transactions; securities; intra-corporate, partnership and LLC disputes; franchises; professional liability, including attorney and accountant malpractice; trade secrets and intellectual property. She is the leader of the firm's Litigation, Appeals, and Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice Groups.  Before joining the Sideman firm in 1998, Ms. Turitz chaired the litigation group at the San Francisco office of the international firm of Graham & James LLP.

Ms. Turitz serves on the National Commercial Arbitration Panel and the Mediation Panel of the American Arbitration Association; on CPR's Panel of Distinguished Neutrals (California ADR Panel and Banking, Accounting, and Financial Services Panel); on the Panel of Trademark Mediators of the International Trademark Association (INTA); and on mediation and early neutral evaluation panels for the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, and Bay Area state courts.   In SEC v. Prudential Securities (1994-1996), Ms. Turitz was appointed arbitrator in more than 300 arbitrations involving investor suitability and misrepresentation claims.

Ms. Turitz has been active in and held leadership roles in various ABA groups, including currently serving as Co-Chair of the Women in Dispute Resolution (WIDR) Committee of the Section of Dispute Resolution.   In the Litigation Section, she has held leadership positions in the ADR and Woman Advocate Committees.  In the Law Practice Management Section, she served as Co-Chair of Women Rainmakers group and was awarded that Section's Golden Hammer Award for her efforts in shattering the glass ceiling.  


  • University of California, Davis, School of Law - J.D., May 1980 (Order of the Coif, Law Review)
  • University of California, Berkeley - School of Library and Information Studies Master of Library Science, June 1972
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor - B.A. With Distinction, December 1970 - Dual Major in Russian and Spanish Languages and Literatures (NDEA Fellowship recipient for study of Russian)


English, Spanish

Memberships & Affiliations :

  • American Bar Association:
  • Co-Chair, Women in Dispute Resolution (WIDR) Committee, Section of Dispute Resolution, 2015-present
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of Litigation Section, Co-Chair, Program Subcommittee, 2012-present; Co-Chair, Diversity Subcommittee, 2013-present
  • Woman Advocate Committee of Litigation Section, Co-Chair, Membership Committee, 2009–11; Co-Chair, Rainmaking/Networking Committee, 2011-12; Editor, The Woman Advocate Newsletter, 2012-15 (editor of ADR-themed issue, Winter 2013)
  • Co-Chair, Women Rainmakers Interest Group, Law Practice Management Section, 1992 – 1996; Executive Committee/Advisor, Women Rainmakers, 1996–2007
  • California State Bar ADR Committee, appointed member, 2013-present.
  • Equal Rights Advocates, Board of Directors, 2015-present 
  • The Mediation Society, Board of Directors, 2012–2015
  • American Arbitration Association, Member of Advisory Council, San Francisco office, 2000–2010
  • Association for Dispute Resolution of Northern California (ADR-NC, formerly Northern California Mediation Association), Board of Directors and Treasurer, 2001–02
  • Anti-Defamation League, Central Pacific Region, Board of Directors, 2002-15; Executive Committee, 2004–09, 2013-15; Chair, Civil Rights Committee, 2013-15; National Civil Rights Committee and National Legal Affairs Committee member; Assistant National Commissioner, 2013-present
  • Pilot/LEGIS, Board of Directors, and Claims Committee, 2004–present


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