Academy Member Inducted 2005Map & Directions
- Practice Commenced: 1990
- Total Mediations (as of Nov 2022): 780
- Total Arbitrations (as of Nov 2022): 46
- SAN FRANCISCO-OAKLAND
- SAN JOSE-SANTA CLARA
- SANTA CRUZ
- SANTA ROSA
I am a full time mediator specializing in high-emotion, cross-cultural disputes in which I work closely with parties and their counsel to openly discuss their differences, identify and explore alternative settlement choices and, ultimately to creatively shape their own solutions.
- Business Dissolution
- Consumer Fraud
- Contract Disputes
- Cross Cultural
- Debt Collections
- Elder Abuse
- Family Businesses
- Legal Malpractice
- Lemon Law
- Libel & Slander
- Mortgage Foreclosure
- Non-profit Organizations
- Personal Injury
- Premises Liability
- Product Liability
- Professional Fees
- Professional Liability
- Professional Malpractice
- Professional Negligence
- Property Damage
- Real Estate
- Title Disputes
- Trusts / Estates
- Unfair Competition
- Wrongful Death
- Holborn College of Law
- London University (L.L.B. [Hons.] 1969)
ADR Training and Teaching:
Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University, Malibu, California, "Mediating the Litigated Case"; Steven Rosenberg's Mediation Training, (2002) and Advanced Mediation Training, (2003); multiple seminars and workshops given by ADRNC; Hastings Center for Dispute Resolution; American Arbitration Association; International Academy of Mediators Symposium at Harvard University, (April 2006); Contra Costa, Alameda and San Francisco Bar Associations and State Bar of California.
Memberships & Affiliations
- California Academy of Distinguished Neutrals;
- National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals;
- Association For Dispute Resolution of Northern California, (ADRNC);
- The Mediation Society, (former President)
- The Law Society of England and Wales.
Panel of Mediators and Arbitrators:
Contra Costa, Alameda, San Mateo, San Francisco, Sonoma, Solano Counties.
Former member and Chair of State Bar of California Executive Committee on Mandatory Fee Arbitration; Chair, Contra Costa Bar Association MFA Committee and Client Relations Committee.
California State Bar, 1976; U.S. District Court, Northern and Central Districts of California, 1976; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, 1990; Solicitor of the Supreme Courts of England and Wales, 1972.
"Real Property Remedies and Damages Practice" (CEB) Co-author of publication's ADR section. Frequently publish articles in San Francisco and Los Angeles Daily Journals, Mediate.com and local bar association journals.
$450 per hour for two parties and $500 per hour for three or more parties, split equally. This includes study time, site visits as necesssary and pre-mediation telephone conferences with counsel. There is a four hour minimum charge for the mediation session itself. I honor the "free time" requirements of court-sponsored ADR programs. I will negotiate flat fees of $8,000 per eight hour mediation session and $4,000 per four hour mediation session. These flat fees include all pre-session preparation. I require a deposit towards mediator fees of $6,000 split between the parties, sent with mediation briefs two weeks before the mediation session. I charge one hour travel time outside the immediate San Francisco Bay Area, regardless of the actual time spent in travel. I do not charge administrative fees, believing that parties' financial resources should be spent to facilitate productive negotiations.