Areas of Expertise:
✔ ADA Disability ✔ Appellate
✔ Banking & finance ✔ Commercial/Business
✔ Contract Disputes ✔ Defamation (Libel & Slander)
✔ EEOC ✔ Employment
✔ Insurance ✔ Legal Malpractice
✔ Medical Malpractice ✔ Professional Fees
✔ Professional Liability ✔ Professional Malpractice
✔ Professional Negligence ✔ Securities
Since becoming a full time neutral in 2001, I have conducted hearings in approximately 125 cases, mostly as a single arbitrator, and have acted as a mediator in approximately 275 cases. The majority of my arbitrations are employment disputes with a particular emphasis on disputes between management personnel and their employers as well as wage and hour disputes. I have also arbitrated a significant number of professional malpractice cases. My mediations have involved a substantial number of business and securities disputes as well as employment disputes.
I was employed by Dean Witter Reynolds from 1970 to 2000, finishing as senior vice president and deputy general counsel. I spent 26 of those years as Director of Litigation with a staff of 28 attorneys at the end. I personally tried 130 arbitrations and eleven court trials. Initially, I was solely engaged in securities litigation but, as time progressed, I became involved in employment litigation and that in turn led to my appointment to the committee that drafted the AAA employment rules. I also served as a member of the Judicial Council of California Civil and Small Claims Committee, where i participated in the drafting of the initial rules for court connected mediation in California. I also served as chair and vice chair of the State Bar of California Task Force on Complex Litigation.
I have been taken various courses sponsored by the American Arbitration Association between 1994 and 2016. I was trained as a mediator by the Association of Attorney Mediators and later by the United States District Court for Northern California, both in 1994.
State Bar of California
Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Mediation, Mediation Society of San Francisco, 2012.
American Arbitration Association (employment, commercial, and securities arbitration panels, mediation), FINRA (arbitration and mediation), Kaiser (medical malpractice), Northern District of California (mediation), Third District Court of Appeal (mediation), Bar Association of San Francisco (arbitration and mediation, fee disputes), Superior Court of San Francisco County (settlement officer), National Futures Association, Contra Costa County Bar Association (fee disputes).
College of Commercial Arbitrators (board member), American Bar Association (former chair of the ADR Committees of the Litiigation and Dispute Resolution Sections), Bar Association of San Francisco, Contra Costa County Bar Association (former chair of the ADR Committee), State Bar of California (former chair of the Litigation Section ADR Committee), Mediation Society of San Francisco (former president), California Dispute Resolution Council (former president and current board member)
B.A., LL.B, Rutgers University
"Avoiding Pitfalls of Mediation Confidentiality", Contra Costa Lawyer (2008); "Collecting Attorney Fees in Arbitration" California Litigation Magazine, vol 2, no. 3 (2009); "The Cassel Case: More Questions Than Answers", California Litigation Magazine, vol. 24, no. 1 (2011); "Can Post Award Searches Vacate Arbitration Awards?", California Litigation Magazine, vol. 27, no. 1 (2014); "Failure to Pay Arbitrator's Fees" California Litigation Magazine, vol. 29, no. 3 (2016); "I Agreed to Arbitrate That?" Contra Costa Lawyer (2017). I am also a co-author of the "Post Award Matters" chapter in each volume of the CCA Best Practices Guide and I write the annual ADR updates for both the Litigation and Business Law Sections of the State Bar of California.