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Phone: (415) 457-8193

366 Forbes Ave.

San Rafael, CA 94901

John Rosenberg


Independent Arbitrator and Mediator, Special Master, and Adjunct Professor

Current Employer:

Arbitration Office of John W. Rosenberg

Areas of Expertise:

✔ Construction ✔ Contract Disputes
✔ Eminent Domain ✔ Health Care
✔ Insurance ✔ Real Estate


Over 50 years of experience as a civil trial lawyer and arbitrator specializing in construction, government contract, construction defect, healthcare and real estate law. He serves on the commercial, construction and healthcare panels of the American Arbitration Association, having been a panelist since 1968. He is also a certified arbitrator for the California Public Works Contract Arbitration Program, and holds an "AV" rating by Martindale Hubbell. He is an Adjunct Professor at Dominican University of California, teaching Conflict Resolution and Mediation since 2007.

Work History:

Self-employed arbitrator, 1999-present; Principal Attorney, Law Offices of John W. Rosenberg, 1991-99; Partner, Hoskins, Rosenberg & Ropers, 1989-1991; Partner, Riede, Rosenberg, McCall & Cahill, 1981-1989; Partner, Bianchi, Hoskins & Rosenberg (formerly Bagley, Bianchi, Hoskins & Rosenberg), 1968-1981; attorney, Private Practice, 1962-1968.


Arbitrated and mediated over 400 commercial, construction, real estate and healthcare matters. Commercial matters include debtor/creditor disputes and commercial transactions. Construction matters have included scope of work questions, change orders, contract interpretation, default and convience terminations, differing site conditions, claims seeking delay damages and acceleration costs, claims for extended overhead and toxic tort/environmental claims. Real estate cases include lease disputes, lease interpretation and construction, and damages in condemnation cases. Healthcare cases have included disputes between providers and health plans, scope of care questions, provider/payor reimbursement, credentialing/peer review, and healthcare transactions. Have served on a number of three arbitrator panels, including, renovation of historic high school facility (Chair), dispute regarding high rise hotel conversion (Chair), lease dispute between public hospital district and non-profit operating hospital, construction of multiple live work units, dispute over Huricane Katrina clean up contract and its performance, and construction defect dispute (108 discrete issues and claims) in single-family remodel.


AAA/ICDR Neutrals Conferences, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2012; ABA Dispute Resolution Section, E-Discovery and Use of Special Masters, Deal Mediation, Arbitrating Complex Cases in Healthcare, 2010; ABA, Dispute Resolution Section, Surviving & Succeeding in the Mega Arbitration, 2008; AAA, Dealing with Delay Tactics (ACE004); AAA, Chairing an Arbitration Panel (ACE005); AAA, Arbitrator Ethics and Disclosure (ACE003); AAA, Arbitration Awards (ACE001); AAA, Pro Se: Managing Cases Involving Self0Represented Parties (ACE002); AAA, Construction Industry Arbitrator Training II (2001); AAA, Construction Industry Arbitrator Training (1997); AAA, Advanced Arbitrator Training (1990); Institute of Construction Management, Commercial Mediation Certificate Program (1999).


Admitted to the Bar, California, 1962; U.S. District Court, Northern (1962) and Central (1972) Districts of California; U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth (1962) and Federal (1978) Circuits; U.S. Court of Federal Claims (1978); U.S. Tax Court (1978).


AAA National Healthcare Panel; AAA, Commercial and Construction Panels; California Public Works Contract Arbitration Panel; ADR provider to Marin, Sonoma, Alameda, San Mateo and Santa Clara County Superior Courts.


California State Bar Association; Bar Association of San Francisco; American Bar Association (Dispute Resolution Section); Association for Conflict Resolution; The Mediation Society (Director); Academy of Court Appointed Masters (founding member); The American Health Lawyers Association; College of Commercial Arbitrators (Fellow).


University of California, Berkeley (BA 1958), Boalt Hall School of Law (JD 1961).

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