Experience: More than 25 years as an AV rated litigation lawyer with experience in complex business disputes involving multiple parties. Mediator in over 500 mediations conducted since 1995. Has spent over 20 years working in the field of insolvency and restructuring, and has had extensive experience with the purchase and sale of assets out of bankruptcy and the settlement of disputes against a bankruptcy backdrop. Due to the nature of practice, has encountered a broad cross-section of businesses and industries, including automobile dealerships, commercial lending, commercial real estate, healthcare (hospital and physician providers), hotels, inheritance, insurance, intellectual property, law firms and partnerships, various types of manufacturing, real estate bonding and insurance, residential real estate, trust administration and workplace issues.
ADR education and training Experience includes: Faculty, AAA Managing the Arbitration Process for Efficiency & Economy Following the Preliminary Hearing, 2011; AAA Webinar, What's a Respondent Like You Doing in a Place Like This? Confronting Arbitrability and Jurisdiction Issues in Arbitration, 2011; Pepperdine School of Law/Straus Institute, Teaching ADR, 2011, Pepperdine School of Law/Straus Institute, Strategic Negotiating Skills, 2011; ABA Dispute Resolution Section, Good Judgments: Improving Assessment and Advocacy in Negotiation and Neuroscience and Mediation: Using the Brain to Transform Conflict, 2011; US District Court, ADR Program, Ethical Dilemmas in Mediation, 2011; Orange County Superior Court Temporary Judge Certification Training, Foreclosure/Loan Modification Training, 2011; AAA Healthcare Payor Provider Rules Training, 2011; AAA/ICDR Neutrals Conference, 2010; Pepperdine School of Law/Straus Institute, Mediating in the Red Zone, 2010; AAA Dealing With Delay Tactics in Arbitration (ACE004), 2010; Elder Mediation Group and Dana Curtis, Fundamentals of Elder Mediation, 2009; Panelist, State Bar Annual Meeting, What Every Litigator Should Know About Enforcing and Avoiding ADR Clauses, 2009; Pepperdine School of Law/Straus Institute, Mediating Employment, Personal Injury and Professional Liability Cases, 2009; CEB, Intellectual Property for Business Lawyers, 2009; CEB, Succession Planning for the Family Business, 2009; U.S. District Court ADR Office/Straus Institute/Dana Curtis, Advanced Mediation, 2009; Southern California Mediation Association, and Legal-Ease for Mediators, 2009.
Education: University of Southern California (BA, Psychology, cum laude-1974); University of California at Berkeley (JD-1982); Pepperdine University, School of Law, Straus Institute (LLM in Alternative Dispute Resolution-2007).