Phone: (805) 319-8267
1415 State Street Rm. 250
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Arbitrator, Mediator, Attorney
United States Magistrate Judge
Areas of Expertise:
✔ Class Actions ✔ Commercial/Business
✔ Contract Disputes ✔ Employment
✔ Franchise ✔ Intellectual Property
✔ International ✔ Legal Malpractice
✔ Partnerships ✔ Professional Fees
✔ Professional Liability ✔ Professional Malpractice
✔ Professional Negligence ✔ Software
✔ Trademarks ✔ Trade Secrets and Confidentiality Disputes
Over 25 years of experience in arbitration and mediation as a neutral and earlier over 25 years experience as a business litigator; Subjects include: Complex commercial cases including insurance coverage, partnership disputes, oil and gas, computer contracts and intellectual property issues, purchase and sale of businesses, and contractual relationships of many types, including entertainment ventures, motion picture financing, domestic and international, franchise and real estate contracts; construction defects litigation, legal and lending malpractice; physician and hospital disputes; defamation; broker/dealer disputes involving customer claims of churning and inappropriate investments; employment cases. Experience handling business litigation in state and federal courts at the trial and appellate level. Deputy General Counsel, Independent Commission on the Los Angeles Police Department (1991)
United States Magistrate Judge, Central District of California, 2014 - present (part time); Neutral, Self-employed, 1999-present; Of counsel, Bird, Marella, Boxer & Wolpert, 1996-1999; Senior Litigation Principal, Riordan & McKinzie, 1992-1996; Partner/Associate, Irell & Manella, 1974-1992, Assistant/Associate Professor, University of Kansas School of Law, 1971-1974.
Neutral, Self-employed, 1999-present; Of counsel, Bird, Marella, Boxer & Wolpert, 1996-1999; Senior Litigation Principal, Riordan & McKinzie, 1992-1996; Partner/Associate, Irell & Manella, 1974-1992, Assistant/Associate Professor, University of Kansas School of Law, 1971-1974.
Admitted to the Bar: California, 1972; Kansas, 1972 (retired); U.S. District Court, various districts; U.S. Court of Appeals, various circuits; U.S. Court of International Trade; U.S. Supreme Court
Top 50 Neutrals, Los Angeles Daily Journal, 2004; Santa Barbara Women Lawyers 2012 Woman of the Year Award; California Women Lawyers Distinguished Jurist of the Year, 2020
AAA Commercial Panel since 1993; Employment Panel since 1995; Large, Complex Panel since 1996; Class Actions Panel; CPR Inst. For Dispute Resolution, Los Angeles Regional Panel of Neutrals, 1996-2000, 2003-; LASC, Volunteer Settlement Panel, 1993-1999; NASD Dispute Resolution Panel 1996-2003; U.S. District Court, Central District of California, Attorney Settlement Officer Panel 1998- 2014; CADRe (Santa Barbara Co. courts) Panel 1999- 2014; Kaiser Permanente Panel of Neutral Arbitrators 2002-2004.
College of Commercial Arbitrators; American Law Institute (Life Member); American Bar Association (Litigation Section, Past Chair, Past Representative to House of Delegates; Council Member; ADR Section); State Bar of California (Committee on Women in the Law, Past Chair); Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference (Past Lawyer Representative); Santa Barbara County Bar Association; Santa Barbara Women Lawyers Association (Board member, 2004-2007 ); Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles; California Women Lawyers (Life Member)
Stanford University (BA, with distinction, History-1968; JD-1971)
Speaker, CPR Annual Spring Meeting, 2004; Trainer, AAA Annual Arbitrator Training occasionally since 2003; Speaker on ADR topics, Santa Barbara Bench & Bar Conf., 10/03, 10/04; numerous other speaking and writing activities
Dispute resolution throughout California. Based in Santa Barbara. U.S. Citizen. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot (Vienna and Hong Kong) occasionally since 2003