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  • Hon. James Steele - ADR Services, Inc.
    graduate program in Tax Law LEGAL EXPERIENCE Judge Los Angeles Superior Court 2007 2014 Judge Steele served on the Los Angeles Superior Court as a general jurisdiction civil and probate division judge He left the Central District courthouse in September 2014 after serving there as a full time Probate Trial Judge Highly regarded for his ability to effectively communicate complex legal areas he has taught other judges on a statewide basis in various aspects of both civil and probate law through JES and CJER Because of his ability to quickly grasp new concepts and tackle technical problems Judge Steele was asked by the Supervising Judge of Civil to serve on the Court s Technology Committee Judge Steele was also the architect and Committee Chair of the court s highly successful Probate Settlement Program for which he was repeatedly recognized including in 2013 when he was awarded the San Fernando Valley Bar Association s Administration of Justice Award In the bar association s 85 year history this coveted award had been conferred on only one prior occasion Law Firm Practice 1989 2007 Judge Steele was the founding principal of Steele Persoff a business litigation transactional firm representing contracting development engineering and architectural firms major hotel resort operators banks and real estate based finance companies manufacturers and franchised new car automobile dealerships Prior to founding his own firm Judge Steele was Of Counsel to the Century City based law firm of Rosen Wachtell Gilbert primarily handling representation of financial institutions including real estate and construction lenders Corporate Practice 1977 1989 Judge Steele worked in several corporate law departments as in house counsel including for Ralphs Grocery Company then a division of publicly traded Federated Department Stores The Cook Companies a multi billion dollar privately held conglomerate of companies engaged in banking Community Bank insurance real estate shopping center commercial ownership and management automobile price guide publishing Kelley Blue Book and automobile retailing and as General Counsel for Tucon Development Company a privately held company engaged in real estate development and ownership with subsidiary entities engaged in real estate lending general and specialty contracting and hotel management EDUCATION After graduating with Distinction in Economics from San Diego State University Judge Steele received his Juris Doctor from California Western Law School He thereafter received his MBA in Real Estate from the University of Southern California and a Diploma in Tax Law focusing on corporate and partnership taxation from the University of San Diego Law School TEACHING PUBLICATIONS SUMMARY Judge Steele developed The Rutter Group s Construction Law Program published by Thomson Reuters 2014 and has lectured on construction law and management at both UCLA and USC 1989 2009 Additionally he taught judges both civil and probate related topics locally through LASC s JES and on a statewide basis through CJER A comprehensive listing of Judge Steele s recent teaching and written publications is available on his website at www JudgeSteele com PROFESSIONAL COMMITMENT As a result of his unique blend of in house counsel

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  • Hon. Robert W. Thomas - ADR Services, Inc.
    commercial insurance coverage employment law construction and discovery reference Judge Thomas also has education and experience in the home inspection industry Professional Associations California Judges Association Santa Monica Rotary Club President 1990 1991 Boy Scout Advisor Lectures Santa Monica College Santa Monica Emeritus College Speaker Santa Monica Rotary Club Westchester Rotary Club Santa Monica Retired Teachers Association Teaching California Judges College Instructor 10 years California Judicial Studies Program Lecturer Chairman Judicial Studies Institute California Judges College Seminar Leader Honors Awards 2011 Named Top 50 Neutral in the State of California by the Daily Journal 2010 Named Top 50 Neutral in the State of California by the Daily Journal 2009 Named Top 50 Neutral in the State of California by the Daily Journal 2006 Named Top 30 Neutral in the State of California by the Daily Journal 1997 Malibu Bar Association Justice Armand Arabian Outstanding Jurist Award 1993 Criminal Courts Bar Association Judicial Excellence Award 1991 Santa Monica High School Distinguished Alumnus Award Published Attorneys Comments 1995 He s the best there is He was born for the job Bright courteous and understanding 1989 Thomas is easily one of the most well liked judges in the Santa Monica branch of the Los Angeles Superior Court He s the one that many attorneys wish to appear before and one before whom lawyers on both sides eagerly waive the right to a jury trial good at settlements easy to work before 1983 He s super excellent jurist very fair very professional commented a prosecutor An outstanding jurist Seminars Lectures Substance Abuse Buchalter Nemer Fields Younger Los Angeles November 1997 Case Management Law and Motions Lewis D Amato Brisbois Bisgaard Los Angeles November 1997 Legal Ethics Hill Farrer Burrill Los Angeles November 1997 Substance Abuse O Melveny Myers Los Angeles December 1997 Legal Ethics

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  • Hon. Alexander Williams III - ADR Services, Inc.
    other Court Committees PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE 1980 1984 Chief Assistant United States Attorney Central District of California Los Angeles Twice court appointed US Attorney during this period 1979 1980 Chief Narcotic Dangerous Drug Section Criminal Division United States Department of Justice Washington D C 1975 1979 Assistant United States Attorney Central District of California Los Angeles 1969 1999 United States Navy Judge Advocate General s JAG Corps Officer Retired in 1999 with rank of Captain 1975 1999 Inactive Reserve Duty U S abroad 1969 1975 Active Duty Pearl Harbor HI Long Beach CA 1967 1969 Police Officer Virginia Beach Virginia BAR ADMISSIONS Virginia 1969 California 1972 Hawaii 1972 United States Supreme Court various federal appellate and trial courts EDUCATION 1969 University of Virginia School of Law Bachelor of Laws 1966 Yale University Bachelor of Arts cum laude PUBLICATIONS The Settlement Choice Deal or Or deal Advocate Journal of the Consumer Attorneys Associations of Southern California July 2007 A Matter of Choice Video presentation for The Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine University School of Law ADR in the Courts Video presentation for The Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine University School of Law WEB SITE JudgeAlexanderWilliams com PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES AND ORGANIZATIONS California Judges Association American Bar Association Fellow American Bar Foundation Dispute Resolution Section Litigation Section Torts and Insurance Practice Section State Bar of California Intellectual Property Section Labor and Employment Law Section Litigation Section Los Angeles County Bar Association Dispute Resolution Services DRS Associates Intellectual Property and Labor Law Section Labor and Employment Law Section Litigation Section Association of Business Trial Lawyers California Dispute Resolution Council Board of Directors 2010 Southern California Mediation Association Judge Advocates Association Military Officers Association of America Association of the United States Navy Back to Top Disclaimer Please be advised that

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  • Hon. Eric E. Younger - ADR Services, Inc.
    on community service sentencing cameras in the courts crime victims rights California s first televised criminal trial nine appellate opinions Assistant Attorney General State of California Law enforcement education training and planning state wide crime prevention programs representative on POST Commission Attorney Gibson Dunn Crutcher Los Angeles Business Law Teaching University of Southern California University of California Irvine Police Officer Hermosa Beach Deputy Los Angeles County Sheriff s Department Reserve Officer Pasadena Police Department Political researcher EDUCATION Harvard Law School 1968 cum laude Poverty law Community Legal Assistance Office University of Southern California 1965 magna cum laude Phi Beta Kappa Freshman track team Otis Art Institute John Marshall High School Los Angeles Highest Honors three sports Eagle Scout TESTIMONY PUBLICATIONS Articles STANDARD LAW REVIEW NEBRASKA LAW REVIEW JUDICATURE HUMAN RIGHTS LOS ANGELES COUNTY BAR JOURNAL JUDGES JOURNAL WESTWAYS THE POLICE CHIEF Booklet DOING BUSINESS IN KUWAIT Editorials some nationally syndicated Los Angeles Times Pasadena Star News Writing present CALIFORNIA LAW AND MOTION PRACTICE Testimony United States Senate and House of Representatives California Legislature Lectures in 12 states on law crime prevention victims rights sentencing media ACTIVITIES LEGAL Faculty California Trial Judges College Berkeley and National College of the State Judiciary Reno Nevada American Bar Association committee chair and section officer Atlantic Exchange Netherlands Board of Directors Neighborhood Justice Center Venice National Association of Victims Assistance Harvard Law School Association California Judges Association COMMUNITY Directorships Boy Scouts of America San Gabriel Valley Council former Chair Rose Bowl District Member Pasadena Pops Orchestra Member General Alumni Association University of Southern California National Ski Patrol California Peace Officers PERSONAL Born San Francisco 1943 Married Languages Moderate Spanish poor French Hobbies Travel construction camping fishing writing reading skiing Back to Top Disclaimer Please be advised that the contents of this web site and any

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  • Hon. John Zebrowski - ADR Services, Inc.
    Silva v Block 1996 49 CalApp 4th 345 procedure propriety of class action alleging improper use of police dogs Crusader Ins Co v Scottsdale Ins Co 1997 54 Cal App 4th 121 insurance and statutory construction standards for determining whether statute creates private right to sue whether statutes regulating surplus line brokers create private right to sue Ward v Superior Court 1997 55 Cal App 4th 60 real property whether notice of violation of homeowner s association is recordable Remington Investment Inc v Hamedani 1997 55 Cal App 4th 1033 banking admissible evidence necessary to prove borrower s liability on line of credit applicability of D Oench Duhme doctrine Cooper v Superior Court 1997 56 Cal App 4th 744 torts applicability of CCP 425 13 motion requirement to claim for punitive damages for sexual battery against gynecologist Barajas v Oren Realty and Development Co 1997 57 Cal App 4th 209 mediation whether attorney who mediates one case is barred from later litigating related case Byers v Cathcart 1997 57 Cal App 4th 805 real property and civil procedure applicability of civil harassment statute to resolution of dispute over easement Western Landscape Const v Bank of America Nat Trust and Sav Ass n 1997 58 Cal App 4th 57 construction effect of progress payment release forms on right to be paid retention Liberty Mut Ins Co v Superior Court 1997 58 Cal App 4th 617 insurance permissibility of insurer motion for summary judgment after initial ruling on duty to defend People v Gohdes 1997 58 CaI App 4th 1520 criminal liability for recurring molestation of a child Weddington Productions Inc v Flick 1998 60 Cal App 4th 783 mediation and settlements enforcement of settlement contracts pursuant to CCP 664 6 First Fidelity Thrift Loan Ass n v Alliance Bank 1998 60 Cal App 4th 1433 real property priority of encumbrances encumbrancer s duty to investigate Berg v MTC Electronic Technologies 1998 61 Cal App 4th 349 multi state litigation forum non conveniens jurisdictional submission versus forum selection clauses Mabie v Hyatt 1998 61 Cal App 4th 581 torts malicious prosecution necessity of probable cause for all claims advanced Liontos v Sanitation Districts 1998 61 Cal App 4th 726 inverse condemnation liability for damage caused by public works projects Wooden v Raveling 1998 61 Cal App 4th 1035 torts elements of claim for negligent infliction of emotional distress Robison v Six Flags Theme Park Inc 1998 64 Cal App 4th 1294 torts forseeability of accident causing personal injury necessity of prior incidents Regency Health Services Inc v Superior Court 1998 64 Cal App 4th 1496 discovery duties of guardian ad litem In re Kelley L 1998 64 Cal App 4th 1279 dependency father s right to notice before visitation orders are changed FSPP v City of Los Angeles 1998 65 Cal App 4th 650 government contracting charter requirements for contract formation with city CrossTalk Productions Inc v Jacobson 1998 65 Cal App 4th 631 business torts defense of unclean hands bribery People

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  • Mark K. Ameli, Esq. - ADR Services, Inc.
    been involved in the resolution of thousands of cases Mr Ameli has extensive experience in the areas of general business including preparation and negotiation of contracts formation and administration of corporations partnerships and limited liability companies business litigation personal injuries as a result of defective products vehicular collisions slip and fall and industrial accidents He holds a Bachelor s Degree in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley a Master s Degree in Economics from the University of Southern California and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of West Los Angeles He has also completed multiple advanced mediation courses at Pepperdine University and Harvard University AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION Business Personal Injury Employment Product Liability Cross Cultural Real Estate LEGAL AND ADR EXPERIENCE Diversified Dispute Resolution Mediator and Arbitrator 2005 2015 Los Angeles Superior Court Mediator Arbitrator Judge Pro Tem 1994 2015 Private Practice Attorney at Law 1980 2015 EDUCATION University of West Los Angeles Juris Doctorate 1980 University of Southern California Master of Arts in Economics 1972 University of California at Berkeley Bachelor of Arts in Economics 1970 PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS Beverly Hills Bar Association Chair of the Section on Conflict Resolution California Bar Association Member Iranian American Lawyers Association Founder and Past President Los Angeles County Bar Association Member Southern California Mediation Association Past Member of the Board of Directors Mediators Beyond Borders Member Rotary District 5280 Chair of Peace and Conflict Resolution Back to Top Disclaimer Please be advised that the contents of this web site and any other statements contained herein are for informational purposes only and are not intended to be represented as legal advice in any way Download Print pdf format Mark K Ameli Esq Resume Visit Mark K Ameli s Esq website Expertise Business Employment Cross Cultural Personal Injury Products Liability Real Estate

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  • Lynne S. Bassis, Esq. - ADR Services, Inc.
    Case 1977 Northeastern University School of Law Boston Massachusetts 1974 University of California Berkeley A B Criminology PUBLICATIONS Epstein and Bassis Speed Dating and Other Creative Tools for Mediation Trial Talk Colorado Trial Lawyers Association December January 2012 Bassis and Epstein Transportation Mediation Trial Talk Colorado Trial Lawyers Association October November 2008 Bassis and Epstein Business Break Ups Litigate or Mediate USLAW Network Inc Spring Summer 2008 Bassis Attorney Client Mediation Los Angeles Lawyer June 2003 Bassis Litigators Who Take Advantage of the Mediation Process Can Help Their Clients Los Angeles Daily Journal April 11 2002 Bassis The Adjustment Act A Mediator Versed in Disability Law Can Help Parties Sort Through the Accommodation Process Los Angeles Daily Journal February 8 2002 Bassis Answered Prayers Foxgate a nd Draft Ethical Standards Illuminate Mediator s Role Los Angeles Daily Journal August 22 2001 Bassis New Solutions Pilot Mediation Program Offers Benefits to Employers and Employees Los Angeles Daily Journal July 25 2001 Bassis Cart Controversy Disabilities Act Protects Golfer Casey Martin Los Angeles Daily Journal June 14 2001 Bassis and Kichaven Pendulum Swing Supreme Court Strikes Down Part of Disabilities Act Los Angeles Daily Journal March 22 2001 Dispute Resolution Magazine Technology Column 2000 Editor American Bar Association s The Lawyer s Desk Guide to Legal Malpractice April 1999 MEMBERSHIPS Distinguished Fellow International Academy of Mediators Commercial Mediations since 1999 Member California Society for Healthcare Attorneys Member Los Angeles County Bar Association since 1999 Member LA County Bar Association Employment Section since 1999 and Programs subcommittee 2010 2013 Member California State Bar Labor Employment Executive Committee Term 2005 2008 Member California Society for Healthcare Attorneys Affiliate Member Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles Member Ethics Subcommittee State Bar Committee on ADR 1998 SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS Presenter National Guardianship Association Resolution Matters Managing Conflict With Early Mediation 2007 Panelist Annual State Bar Labor Employment Conference Discuss It With the Mediator 2007 MCLE Panelist Navigating Ethically in Mediations Avoiding Those Rocks and Sandbars Annual State Bar Labor Employment Conference 2006 Presenter Lorman Education Seminars Employment Law from A to Z in California March 2005 Presenter The Ventura Center for Dispute Settlement Mediating Disability Cases 2004 Presenter The Art of Peacemaking Beyond Mediation Dealing with Difficult Cases Seminar to Understand Why Those Other Mediations Did Not Work June 2004 May 2005 Presenter SCMA Conference Cutting Edge Issues in Disability Mediation Oct 2004 Presenter Beyond the Basics Employment Mediation International Academy of Mediators May 2003 Presenter Lorman Education Services Disability Discrimination in California Managing Mediating Disability Issues in the Workplace Oct 2002 Presenter Employers Group Annual Law Update Interactive Reasonable Accommodation Process 2001 Presenter Lorman Education Services Ethical Responsibilities When Representing A Client in Mediation 2001 Vice Chair Executive Committee Attorney Client Mediation and Arbitration Services Los Angeles County Bar Association Chair Mediation Subcommittee 2000 present Faculty Coach Loyola Law School American Bar Association s Mediation Advocacy Competition 2000 Presenter Southern California Mediation Association Mediating Workplace Employment Disputes 2000 Presenter Southern California Mediation Association A Walk Through

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  • Daniel Ben-Zvi, Esq. - ADR Services, Inc.
    Judith Korchin Holland Knight Author articles on mediation and litigation topics including an analysis of mediation The Mediation Revolution CLA CA 2004 Author Mediation An Overview US Korean Law Journal 2013 Profiled several times as Featured Neutral in the Daily Journal 2001 2005 and 2008 SPEAKING Lecturer numerous times at Southern California Mediation Association s SCMA annual conferences and seminars at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution Pepperdine University on dispute resolution in the areas of business employment real estate construction personal injury and entertainment Lecturer on alternative dispute resolution at many law firms corporations and government agencies e g Irell Manella Sony and the Los Angeles City Attorney s Office Lecturer on mediation topics at Bar Associations of Los Angeles Ventura and San Francisco and at Law Schools of UCLA Loyola Southwestern Lecturer on Mediation in the Real Estate Industry Keynote speaker California Lawyers for the Arts annual conference 2004 on Mediation in the Film and Television Industry and panelist in other years Featured Mediator on television including Mediation Behind Closed Doors Saving the American Dream Law Talk and consultant Neutral on ABC news Featured Mediator on radio including The Dennis Prager Show and The CBS Business Hour AWARDS AND ASSOCIATIONS Distinguished Fellow International Academy of Mediators Mediation Panelist United States District Court Central District of California Board member California Dispute Resolution Council CDRC Chairman since 2004 City of Los Angeles Annual Mediation Awareness Week on behalf of the Mayor and the L A City Council to promote mediation This includes Mr Ben Zvi s annual televised presentation at L A City Council on status of dispute resolution in Los Angeles together with leaders in the legal political and mediation communities Power Mediator 1 of 32 Best International List Hollywood Reporter Diplomat Member California Academy of Distinguished Neutrals and National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals Honoree Southern California Mediation Association s SCMA annual Employment Mediation Conference 2005 Admitted to the State Bars of California New York Washington DC New Jersey and Connecticut Invited Participant Master s Forum Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution Invited Participant Negotiation and Mediation conference Harvard Law School 2007 2012 JUDICIAL AND LEGAL EXPERIENCE Judge Pro Tempore Los Angeles Superior Court from 2002 Judge Annual National Negotiation Competition American Bar Association Law Student Division Litigator Mr Ben Zvi appreciates the unique perspectives of plaintiff and defense Throughout his litigation career he represented both plaintiffs and defendants In 1981 Mr Ben Zvi began practicing law in Connecticut at Ribicoff Kotkin Later he was CA counsel with the Washington DC law firm of Saul Ewing fka Schmeltzer Aptaker Shepard for over 10 years Extern Bankruptcy Judge Burton Lifland Federal Bankruptcy Court Southern District New York 1980 1981 CASE EXPERIENCE Daniel Ben Zvi Esq has experience as a neutral in the following civil matters Bankruptcy Civil Rights Commercial Business Construction Contract Disputes Employment Entertainment Franchise Health Government Insurance Intellectual Property Lemon Law Landlord Tenant Libel Slander Medical Malpractice Negligence Partnerships Personal Injury Torts Probate Product Liability Professional Fees Proposition 65

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