Richard Phelps, Mediator & Arbitrator, based in Oakland, California.
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MEMBER PROFILE: Richard Phelps
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Richard Phelps
1999 Harrison Street, 18th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612

Tel: (510) 612-0989
Fax: (510) 382-0323

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Richard Phelps has 20+ years of ADR experience. He is best known for his high mediation resolution rate and resolving cases that participants thought couldn't be settled.


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

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Richard Phelps has experience in settling the following civil matters:
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Biographical Notes:
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Richard Phelps is the recipient of the 2017 SFTLA "Distinguished Mediator" Award.

He is a full-time mediator and arbitrator. He has mediated 2500+ civil cases of all types with a very high resolution rate. He has arbitrated over 285 civil cases;both UM/UIM and stipulated 3rd party. He has volunteered as a Mandatory Settlement Conference Office for San Francisco Superior Court. His 33 years civil litigation and trial experience helps him understand your case's pluses and minuses. He has arbitrated over 285 civil cases. He has civil trial experience representing plaintiffs and defendants. He uses facilitation and/or evaluation techniques and other communications skills as needed for your case. Prior to practicing law he worked as a claims adjuster. From 1998 to 2004 he was Co-Chair of the Alameda County Bar ADR Section and produced many MCLE Programs on Mediation and Arbitration. In 2016 he was appointed to the Alameda County Superior Court ADR Committee by the PJ.  His neutral experience also includes refereeing over 1200 soccer games including college, high school, youth competitive, State Cup, adult amateur and semi-pro. He has been assigned to regional high school championships four times. He Co-authored and lobbied into law CCP Section 425.18. He has published articles on mediation and arbitration.

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  • 40 hour residential training at the Center for Mediation in Law.
  • Advanced Mediation training co-sponsored by Alameda and San Francisco County Bar Associations.
  • Participant in "The Advanced Mediator's Forum," Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution/Pepperdine University School of law.
  • Seminar on Avoiding Impasse. Lee Jay Berman.
  • Diversity Training for Mediation, 2 different programs.
  • Harnessing the Power of the Master Mediator, 3 day seminar. Lee Jay Berman and Doug Noll.
  • Three day Arbitrator Certificate training by Ron Kelly, sponsored by Bar Association of San Francisco.
  • Advanced Conflict Resolution Skills for Collaborative Professionals. Woody Mosten.
  • Numerous 1/2 day seminars on mediation.
  • 4 day residential training in Psychodrama by Dorothy Satten. 

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Memberships & Affiliations :
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Volunteer experience: ACSC Mediation Program,

CCC Superior Court Mediation Program, SFSC Mandatory Settlement Conference Officer, and a member of the ACSC ADR Administration Committee, appointed by the Presiding Judge  


Rates: $390 per hour for two party cases. Call for multiple party rates. $300 p/h for Limited Jurisdiction cases.
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Payment: On or before session starts without prior agreement for later payment.
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Cancellation Policy: Five court days. If continued and completed then no cancellation fee.
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