Max Factor III Esq., Mediator & Arbitrator, based in South Pasadena, California.


Max Factor III Esq.
Factor Mediation & Arbitration Services, Inc.
1107 Fair Oaks Avenue
South Pasadena, CA 91030

Tel: (310) 749-2766

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Recognized as an outstanding mediator and arbitrator, Max Factor III is an adjunct professor at the Straus Institute, Pepperdine University, and a Distinguished Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators since 2005.


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Early Neutral Evaluation
Special Master
Mediation Training/CLE

Serving the following Counties:
Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Ventura

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Max Factor III Esq. has experience in settling the following civil matters:
Arts (Fine, Performing)
Banking & Finance
Civil Rights
Class Actions
Community Associations
Consumer Fraud
Contract Disputes [ 2 ]*
Cross Cultural
Debt Collections
Employment [ 1 ]*
Entertainment Sector [ 1 ]*
Family Businesses
Health Care
Insurance [ 1 ]*
Intellectual Property [ 1 ]*
Land Use/Planning
Landlord/Tenant [ 1 ]*
Legal Malpractice
Local Govt./Municipalities
Media & Communications
Medical Malpractice
Non-profit Organizations
Nursing Homes
Partnerships [ 2 ]*
Personal Injury
Premises Liability
Product Liability
Professional Fees [ 1 ]*
Professional Liability
Professional Malpractice
Professional Negligence
Real Estate [ 3 ]*
Religious Institutions
Trusts / Estates

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Biographical Notes:

Max was voted by counsel as Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year", Arbitration, 2014, in the Los Angeles Metropolitan Area.  In 2013 he was one of 81 Honorees of the annual L.A. Country Volunteer of the Year Awards, and the only person honored for work in the field of alternative dispute resolution.   Recognized in 2012 and 2014 by The Daily Journal as a Top Neutral,  Max began his full-time neutral practice in 2000 and specializes in cases involving: Consumer Torts, Unfair Business Practices, Professional Malpractice, Intellectual Property, Entertainment disputes, Employment & Workplace Claims, Partnership Dissolution, Construction Defects, Real Estate Sales, Leasing & Development, among other matters.

Similarly, Max's skills in arbitration are reflected in his caseload with the American Arbitration Association, which administers the majority of his arbitration cases, mostly employment, medical or construction/realty related.

Max became a full-time neutral after a legal career of more than three decades. He spent his first nine years as an attorney in public service, with the California Law Center and then as a Los Angeles Deputy City Attorney. This was followed by 22 years in private practice, successfully negotiating with companies such as: Ryder Systems, Hughes Aircraft, Coldwell Banker, Irvine Company (real estate), Polaroid, Pacific Theatres, Gucci America, Credit Lyonnais (corporate), Scudder Investments, Flying Tiger, Kayser Roth, Hilton Hotels, and Xerox (employment). As a mediator, Max works closely with legal counsel to craft solutions that will satisfy the important interests of the litigants and of their counsel.

"Mediation gives me the opportunity to use my legal and business experience, along with my energy and persistence, to become a catalyst for converting contentious business disputes into mutually acceptable and workable agreements." 


  • Harvard College, 1966: B.A. Economics - Magna Cum Laude
  • Yale Law School, 1969: J.D. - Yale Law Journal 1967-69
  • US Court of Appeals (6th Circuit) - Hon. Anthony J. Celebrezze, Law Clerk, 1969-1971



Memberships & Affiliations :

  • Presenter: "The Non-paying Party" at "Mastering Commercial Arbitration", January 28, 2016, a full day program about cutting edge practical issues, presented by Los Angeles County Bar Association.
  • Co-presenter with Richard Chernick, Esq.  & Deborah Crandall Saxe, Esq. for The Rutter Group: "Arbitration: Cutting Edge Issues"  April 27, 2015
  • Adjunct Professor, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University, 2006-2016
  • Moderator: The Rutter Group's ARBITRATION 2015: Cutting-Edge Issues: April 2015 with panelists Richard Chernick and Deborah Saxe
  • Panelist: "Beyond Mediation: The New Frontier of Dispute Resolution", Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles ADR Section, November 2012
  • Co-author: "Advanced Negotiating Techniques Every Attorney Should Know": 85th Annual California State Bar Conference, Monterey, October 2012
  • Co-presenter: Highly Effective Strategies and Techniques in Employment Mediation: SCMA/ARC May 2012
  • Presenter: Sharpening Your Mediation & Negotiation Skills: Pepperdine, May 2012
  • Board Member for LA County Bar's Center for Civic Mediation, 2010-12
  • Co-presenter: 85th Annual California Bar Conference, October 2012: Advanced Negotiating Techniques Every Attorney Should Know
  • Co-presenter: American Bar Association's Dispute Resolution Annual Conference April 2012: Building an ADR Practice
  • Co-presenter: American Bar Association's Dispute Resolution Annual Conference April 2011: Hardball Negotiating Tactics - Do They Work in Real Estate, Employment & Commercial Conflicts?
  • Member, Executive Committee, Litigation Section, Los Angeles County Bar Association, 2009-12
  • Member, Los Angeles Superior Court ADR Committee & Sub-Committee on Operations, 2008-12
  • Chair, 4th-9th Annual Robert I. Weil Lecture, 2009 - 2014
  • Board Member, USC
  • President, Downtown Los Angeles Litigation Inn of Court, 2008
  • Member, Chair's Council for Division of Biology, CalTech 2008-10, and Chair's Council for Division of Humanities & Social Sciences, CalTech 2011- present
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Distinguished Visitor Lecturer, September 2007: "On Understanding the Effects of Anger & Fear in Negotiating Outcomes"
  • Distinguished Fellow, International Academy of Mediators since 2005
  • President, Southern California Mediation Association (2005-06)
  • Chair, California State Bar Committee on the Administration of Justice, 2007
  • Presenter, Spring 2005 Conference: American Bar Association, Section of Dispute Resolution
  • American Arbitration Association: National Roster of Neutrals. 2003-present.
  • Arbitration, Mediation & Conciliation Center: Mediator Panel. 2005.

Qualified Participant in the following Court and Administrative Panels:

  • Los Angeles Superior Court, ADR & ENE Section;
  • LASC, Court of Appeals, 2nd District, DRS (attorney-client disputes);
  • US District Court, Central District of California
  • LASC Probate Court


Hourly rate: $550
Full day Mediation: total of $4,500 (8 hours + up to 2 hrs prep & follow through)
Half-day Mediation: total of $2,500 (4 hours + up to 2 hrs prep & follow through)
A deposit, refundable as indicated below, is necessary to reserve a mediation date. All mediations shall be be billed a one-hour preparation fee, which said preparation fee is included in the all-day and half-day rates.

Preparation: To promote a successful resolution, an estimated two hours is generally spent in preparation, such as reading briefs and material documents, and in private telephone discussions with counsel prior to mediation, as well as any necessary follow-up phone conversations and other communications as appropriate to finalize an agreement.
Lower cost mediations available, upon request, when appropriate.

Arbitration: Hourly rate: $600.00

Fees for Special Master in Real Estate or Business matters and Discovery Referee: $600 per hour. A deposit, refundable as indicated below, is necessary to reserve dates.

Payment: Payment by check.

Cancellation Policy: Deposit necessary to reserve dates.
Mediation Cancellation Policy: Within 14 days of the scheduled date of a mediation, should a mediation be canceled, the mediator shall be entitled to receive the mediation fees billed and payment of 100% of the mediator's fees shall be due. A refund will be provided to the extent we are able to book the same day with another mediation or arbitration.

Postponement and Rescheduling Policy: Within 14 days of the scheduled date of a mediation, a mediation may be postponed and rescheduled without an additional charge for the first postponement. Thereafter, for any subsequent postponement and rescheduling the mediator shall be entitled to receive 50% of the mediation fees billed for the postponed date(s).

Arbitration Cancellation Policy: When canceled with less than 60 days’ notice of the first day of hearing, a cancellation fee of 50% for each scheduled day or hearing is applied. When canceled within seven (7) days’ notice of the first day of hearing, a cancellation fee of 100% for each scheduled day of hearing is applied.
Postponement & Rescheduling: Prior to 60 days of the scheduled date of a hearing, a hearing may be postponed and rescheduled without an additional charge for the first postponement. Thereafter, for any subsequent postponement and rescheduling the arbitrator shall be entitled to receive 50% of the arbitration fees billed for each of the postponed date(s).
Mr. Factor's arbitrations are administered by the American Arbitration Association. Please call their toll-free number for information and scheduling: 800-778-7879 (

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