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Lee M. Jacobson Esq., Mediator & Arbitrator, Fresno, California.

Lee M. Jacobson Esq.

Jacobson Dispute Resolution
246 W. Shaw Avenue
Suite 237
Fresno, CA 93704
Tel: (559) 448-0400
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Recognized to California Chapter for Mediation & Arbitration Other ADR Services: ADR Training/CME, Discovery Referee, Fact Finding, Insurance Umpire, Med-Arb
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  • Practice Commenced2000
  • # of MEDS (as of 22/7/24)4500
  • # of ARBS (as of 22/7/24)100
Current Practice
Online / In-Person


Service as Judge Pro Tem - Fresno County Courts hearing mandatory settlement conferences for Fifteen years.

Approved mediator - Fresno County Courts Early Mediation Pilot Program, Tulare County Superior Court, Madera County Superior Court, Merced County Superior Court, Kings County Superior Court, Kern County Superior Court and Stanislaus County Superior Court.

Served as mediator or settlement conference judge over 3,750 times.

Completed 25-hour course in mediation training presented by the Dispute Settlement Center of Central California and the San Joaquin College of Law, June 2000.

Attendee--Pepperdine University Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution- Advanced Mediation- June 2005.

Attendee--Pepperdine University Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution-Specialized Mediation-October 2007

Attendee--Pepperdine University Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution; Advanced Mediation Skills and Techniques- October 2009--

Attendee--Pepperdine University Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution; Mediation in the Red Zone- October 2010, October 2011

Attendee--Pepperdine University Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution; Mediator Boot Camp- June 2013

Conference Chair: International Academy of Mediators Spring 2015 Conference San Francisco, CA

Presenter: International Academy of Mediators/Arbitrators and Mediators Institute of New Zealand Joint Conference - March 2016 "First Demands and First Offers... Striving for a Solid Start"

Presenter:American Bar Associations Dispute Resolution Section Conference New York City - April 2016 "First Demands and First Offers... Striving for a Solid Start"

Presenter: Southern California Mediators Association - November 2016 "The Diplomacy of Communicating First Numbers in the Commercial Dispute: Options, Tools and Strategies Essential to Effective Mediation"

Presenter: International Academy of Mediators Fall 2016 Conference Vancouver, BC PEPP Talk-- The Rhythm of Mediation -- The Mediation Process as Told Through Classic Rock Lyrics

Have been selected by counsel to serve as binding arbitrator approximately 100 times since January 2000 in cases involving personal injury, uninsured motorist, underinsured motorist, and real estate.

Case Experience

  • ADA Disability
  • Agricultural
  • Automotive
  • Business Dissolution
  • Civil Rights
  • Commercial/Business
  • Community Associations
  • Construction
  • Contract Disputes
  • Discrimination
  • Education
  • EEOC
  • Elder Abuse
  • Employment
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Lemon Law
  • Libel & Slander
  • Local Govt./Municipalities
  • Medical Devices
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Homes
  • Personal Injury
  • Police
  • Premises Liability
  • Probate
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Fees
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Damage
  • Railroad & Trucking
  • Real Estate
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Torts
  • Transportation
  • Trusts / Estates
  • Unfair Competition
  • Wage & Hour/FMLA
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Wrongful Death


  • University of California at Davis (BA) with honors, 1977;
  • University of Santa Clara (JD) 1980, Associate Editor, Santa Clara Law Review, 1979-1980.

Memberships & Affiliations

Member: Distinguished Fellow, President-Elect-International Academy of Mediators

Member: National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals

Member: California Academy of Distinguised Neutrals

Member: State Bar of California

Rates Information

Mediation Fees

Fresno Area

Half Day $2,500.00

Full Day $4,500.00


Bakersfield/Modesto/San Luis Obispo

Half Day $3,250.00

Full Day $5,500.00


Arbitration Fees

$500.00 per hour

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