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Anne M. Lawlor Goyette, Mediator, Burlingame, California.

Anne M. Lawlor Goyette

Griffiths & Goyette
330 Primrose Road, Suite 614
Burlingame, CA 94010
Tel: (650) 375-5960
Fax: (650) 375-5965
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Recognized to California Chapter for Mediation Other ADR Services: ADR Training/CME, Court-Appointed Neutral (Special Master), Discovery Referee, Fact Finding
Video Conferencing
  • Practice Commenced1998
  • # of MEDS (as of 22/7/24)1000
  • # of ARBS (as of 22/7/24) 
Current Practice
Online / In-Person
  • NAPA


Anne M. Lawlor Goyette, a principal of Griffiths•Goyette, has streamlined and resolved thousands of civil disputes as a full time Special Master, Mediator and Arbitrator since 1998. The majority of these cases are multiparty complex cases involving construction, real estate, insurance and related issues. Ms. Goyette also has mediated hundreds of medical product cases nationwide.

Ms. Goyette is an ADR panelist for numerous appellate, state and federal courts, serves as Special Master and Referee for more than two dozen California Superior Courts and acts as Special Master and Arbitrator in national and statewide class actions. She enjoys the highest Top Rated Lawyer-AV® Preeminent™ Martindale Hubbell rating, Super Lawyers® distinction in Alternative Dispute Resolution and California Charter Membership in the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals.

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Case Experience

  • ADA Disability
  • Appellate
  • Automotive
  • Banking & Finance
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial/Business
  • Community Associations
  • Condominiums
  • Construction
  • Contract Disputes
  • Employment
  • Engineering
  • Environmental
  • Insurance
  • Land Use/Planning
  • Local Govt./Municipalities
  • Nursing Homes
  • Partnerships
  • Personal Injury
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Negligence
  • Real Estate
  • Torts
  • Wage & Hour/FMLA


  • University of California, Davis, B.A. Political Science, Public Service 1985 Chancellor's Outstanding Senior Award, Warner Communications Scholarship
  • J.D. Santa Clara University School of Law 1988 American Jurisprudence Awards in Alternative Dispute, Constitutional Law; Dean's List; Law Review Comments Editor (Highest Score); A.B.A. Client Counseling Competition, Regional Finalist; Emery Law Scholarship
  • Bar Association of San Francisco Comprehensive Mediation Training 2000
  • United States District Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Training 2002
  • Harvard Law School, Program on Negotiation, Mediation 2007
  • California Court of Appeal Mediation Training Program 2008
  • Elder Mediation Training 2009
  • California Court of Appeal Advanced Mediation Programs 2009-2018
  • American Bar Association Comprehensive Training in Commercial Arbitration 2011
  • FINRA Arbitration Training 2011
  • United States District Court ADA Access Mediation Training 2019 


Memberships & Affiliations


  • Membership in the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
  • AV Peer Rating For Highest Level of Professional Excellence, AV Preeminent, Martindale
  • Super Lawyer distinction in Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • AmJur Award in Alternative Dispute Resolution 1988


Special Licenses/Certifications California Real Estate Broker, 2001

Professional Activity

  • Admission to California State Bar 1988
  • Admission to all California State, District Courts and U.S Court of Appeals (9th Circuit)
  • Court ADR Program Panelist, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California; California Court of Appeal (1st, 3rd, 6th); Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Sonoma County Superior Courts
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, Advanced Mediation Group
  • American Bar Association (Alternative Dispute Resolution, Business Law, Construction)
  • California Dispute Resolution Council
  • San Francisco and San Mateo County Bar Associations (Alternative Dispute Resolution)
  • FINRA Arbitration Panelist


Professional Webpage:

Speaking Engagements
  • CLM (2022) The Reality of Virtual Trials, Depositions, Arbitrations and Mediations
  • ABA (2018) Special Masters: Resolving Complex, Costly Litigation
  • ABA (2017) Constructing Cost Effective, Productive Expert Solutions 
  • CLM (2017) Emerging Subcontractor Battles: On the Frontlines with Crawford and Additional Insured Claims?

  • FEWA Conference (2016) Ethical Issues For Experts and Counsel

  • San Francisco AIA & SEAONC (2009) Resolving Design Claims

  • Bar Association of San Francisco (2008) Meeting of the Masters
  • San Mateo County Bar Association (2007-2020) ADR Ethics (Arbitration); ADR Ethics (Mediation); Ethical Issues in Class Actions; Settlement Negotiation Ethics;Ethical Issues, Fee Agreements, Mediation Best Practices

  • Stanford University Continuing Studies Instructor (2014) Public Speaking

  • Stanford Law School Instructor (2009) Trial Advocacy Workshop

  • West Coast Casualty Seminar (2018) Everyone’s A Small Player


  • Special Masters: The Courts (Not So) Secret Weapon, Daily Journal (2022)
  • The Role of Special Masters in Resolving Complex Cases, Plaintiff Magazine (2019) 

  • Complex Neighbors: Santa Cruz & Santa Clara, Daily Journal (2016)

  • Courts Up Close: Alameda CountyDaily Journal (2016)

  • Building Settlements, Plaintiff Magazine (2016)
  • Effective Settlement Strategies, The Docket, Vol. 49, No. 1 (2013)

  • Active Settlement Construction, The Mediation Society (2012)

  • Settlement of CD CasesADC Defense Comment, Vol. 26, No. 1 (2011)

  • Using Special Masters in Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara Counties, The Recorder (2011 - 2012)

  • Preparation is The KeyWest Coast Casualty CD Seminar Program (2009)

  • Settlement Construction, Daily Journal (2009)

  • Liability on the Contract, Co-Author, Claims Against Design Professionals (1995)

Rates Information

$725 per hr

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