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Craig R. McCollum, Mediator & Arbitrator, San Luis Obispo, California.

Craig R. McCollum

Just Resolutions, Alternative Dispute Neutral Services
960 Toro Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Tel: (805) 543-4648
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Recognized to California Chapter for Mediation & Arbitration

Regularly travels out of state to: Hawaii

Other ADR Services: ADR Training/CME, Early Neutral Evaluation, Facilitation & Systems Design, Fact Finding, Insurance Umpire
  • Practice Commenced: 1999
  • Total Mediations (as of Nov 2021): 2700
  • Total Arbitrations (as of Nov 2021): 30
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Having practiced law on the central coast of California since 1982, Craig spent the first eighteen years of his practice with a large, AV rated statewide law firm. He quickly worked his way up to Senior Partner and in 1987 became Managing Partner of the San Luis Obispo Regional Office. He also oversaw the operations of their Ventura, Santa Barbara and Santa Maria Regional Offices from 1987 through 1997.

In January 2000, Craig created Just Resolutions, a new mediation and ADR practice serving central California.  Since then, Craig has obtained substantial experience serving as an arbitrator, mediator, discovery referee and as a judge pro-tem in Mandatory Settlement Conferences for the San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara County Superior Courts. Craig has presided as a court appointed or agreed upon arbitrator and/or mediator in over 2500 cases. Craig received formal training to enhance his mediation, arbitration and negotiation skills through various professional associations, including the Santa Barbara County CADRe program. He has also completed hundreds of hours of basic and advanced mediation training at Pepperdine University's Straus Institute for Mediation and through other organizations, including courses in mediating construction disputes, medical malpractice, employment and real estate issues.


Case Experience

  • ADA Disability
  • Agricultural
  • Business Dissolution
  • Civil Rights
  • Commercial/Business
  • Community Associations
  • Condominiums
  • Construction
  • Contract Disputes
  • Education
  • Elder Abuse
  • Eminent Domain
  • Employment
  • Energy Sector (Oil/Gas)
  • Engineering
  • Family Businesses
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Lemon Law
  • Local Govt./Municipalities
  • Medical Devices
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Homes
  • Partnerships
  • Personal Injury
  • Police
  • Premises Liability
  • Probate
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Damage
  • Real Estate
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Sports
  • Torts
  • Trusts / Estates
  • Wage & Hour/FMLA
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Wrongful Death


Craig is a graduate of the University of California at Davis, and received his Juris Doctorate degree from McGeorge School of Law, at University of the Pacific, in 1981, where he graduated with honors and received a lifetime membership in the Traynor Honor Society. Craig has completed numerous basic, advanced and specialized mediation courses through Pepperdine University, with Kenneth Cloke, and other private mediation trainings over the past 20 years and frequently speaks at presentations on medaition. Mr. McCollum has completed training in specialized mediation in the following fields: Employment, Medical Malpractice, Construction, Real Estate, Wrongful Death and Personal Injury, Estates and Trusts. Craig has also trained with San Luis Obispo County Hospice regarding death and dying issues and eldercare. 

Memberships & Affiliations

  • San Luis Obispo County Bar Association (ADR Section Co-Chair, 2004 through 2013, Member, Advanced Practitioner Status)
  • Director of San Luis Obispo Bar Association's Attorney/Client Dispute Mediation Program
  • Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR)
  • California Dispute Resolution Council (CDRC), Former Member, Qualifications & Standards Committee
  • Northern Santa Barbara County Bar Association
  • Kern County Bar Association
  • Past Board Member of San Luis Obispo County YMCA (1992-2000 and 2002-2006)
  • Southern California Mediation Association
  • Board of Directors,California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. (2008-2018)
  • San Luis Obispo County Hospice- Volunteer 

Rates Information


  • $450 per hour for first 2 parties
  • Additional $50 per hour for each additional party
  • 4 hour minimum - Deposit due of $500 per party prior to mediation

Arbitration/Special Master/Discovery Referee

  • $600 per hour for first 2 parties
  • Additional $50 per hour for each additional party
  • $1000 Set up/Scheduling and disclosure fee to hold date(s)
  • 8 hour hearing minimum - Deposit of $2500 per party per each reserved hearing day, due 30 days prior to arbitration hearing

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