FAQ

WHAT SETS YOU APART AS A NEUTRAL?
As a litigator I began my career on the plaintiff side, involved in some very intricate and contested cases through time of trial.  Later, I began handling more defense cases, participating in varied litigation matters, with the ability to see cases through trial from a defense perspective.  I was also able to experience the challenges which come with the briefing and oral argument of legal issues before the California Court of Appeal.  However, regardless of which side I was representing, I always had an appreciation for what each side was going through, and the strengths and weaknesses each party faced.  As my experience grew, I never lost that balanced perspective.  Over the course of litigating hundreds of cases and participating in well over one hundred ADR sessions, my desire to act as a neutral became stronger, and I constantly strove to learn what it takes to get cases resolved from some of the sharpest legal minds in California.  I then furthered my efforts with training at the prestigious Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law, followed by volunteering my time as a neutral to gain valuable experience.  Those that know me will attest that I go into each case with fresh eyes, without preconceived biases or prejudices, and a dedication to prove my worth through my actions.

WHERE WILL PROCEEDINGS TAKE PLACE?
I am available for hearings throughout the state. Proceedings can be set to take place at my office, which has two available conference rooms, or at the location of the ADR provider.  The specific location needs to be agreed upon by the parties, or be directed by the court or dispute resolution provider (where applicable).

DO YOU REQUEST WRITTEN BRIEFS IN ADVANCE OF MEDIATIONS/ARBITRATIONS?
Yes!
  I read all briefs which are provided and carefully review exhibits.   Briefs are requested to be provided at least 7 days in advance of the hearing.

DO YOU GUARANTEE SUCCESSFUL RESOLUTION OF CASES IN MEDIATION?
No neutral, regardless of their skill or ability, can guarantee a resolution will be reached.
  However, every effort will be made, within the bounds of ethics, to aid you in reaching a resolution.

DO YOU FOLLOW UP WITH COUNSEL AFTER A MEDIATION IS COMPLETE?
Yes!
  If there are any issues which are in need of further neutral involvement, I consider it to be part of my job to see if there is any way I can aid the parties in resolving those outstanding issues.  Where there are believed to be unresolved issues, I follow up with counsel to see what assistance I can offer at helping them to resolve outstanding issues.

ARE YOU AN EVALUATIVE OR FACILITATIVE MEDIATOR?
While I consider it important to evaluate the claims before me, no one approach is appropriate for every type of dispute.  Accordingly, I use a combination of evaluative and facilitative approaches to resolution, depending on the needs of the case.   Regardless of the methods used, you can trust that you will ALWAYS get my best, and that I will always shoot straight.

DO YOU USE JOINT OR INDEPENDENT SESSIONS DURING MEDIATIONS?
I typically interact with the parties and/or their counsel separately.  However, in select mediations, there may be a need for either a joint meeting with counsel or potentially all counsel and all parties before resolution can be achieved.  If there are strong feelings as to why a joint session is sought to be avoided or provided, Counsel are encouraged to share their opinion as to whether a joint session will be useful in resolving the case.

ARE YOU WILLING TO TAILOR A CUSTOM ADR SOLUTION TO A SPECIFIC CASE?
Absolutely.  No two cases are identical, and sometimes there is a need for counsel and their selected neutral to think outside the box to find a way to bring the matter to a mutually beneficial resolution.  If you have such a unique case, we can work together to craft a solution which works for you.

HOW ARE SPECIAL MASTER/DISCOVERY REFEREE SERVICES PROVIDED?
It depends on the needs of the specific case.  If matters are hotly contested, I am available to be personally or telephonically present for depositions, inspections, or ruling on motions.  Alternatively, I can stand down until/unless you find yourself in need of a neutral.  Regardless of the needs of your case, I am confident that we can craft a solution which meets your needs.