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  • Hon. John Leo Wagner (Ret.), Mediator & Arbitrator, based in Los Angeles, California.
    former United States Magistrate Judge Judge Wagner was appointed at age 31 and served for 12 years on the federal bench from 1985 through 1997 He established and administered his court s mediation program and served as one of its principal ADR neutrals He mediated federal cases of all kinds but concentrated on the court s most difficult and complex cases He was appointed by former Chief Justice Renquist to the Court Administration and Case Management Committee of the U S Judicial Conference and served on its ADR Task Force He has extensive trial experience both on and off the bench After leaving the bench in 1997 he headed the ADR practice group at Los Angeles based Irell Manella LLP where he continued his practice as an ADR neutral and served as the Director of the firm s ADR Center in Newport Beach After nearly 8 years with Irell Manella he left the firm in March of 2005 and established a relationship with Judicate West Alternative Dispute Resolution which now administers his full time ADR practice His practice as a neutral includes both mediation and arbitration but is weighted to mediation of difficult complex or multi party disputes These include business intellectual property entertainment class action environmental and toxic tort cases He also routinely mediates professional malpractice cases catastrophic injury cases employment cases insurance coverage disputes and bad faith claims Education Judge Wagner received his JD from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1979 He received Advanced Mediation Training while on the federal bench through the Federal Judicial Center and Endispute Inc He attended the Harvard University Law School Program of Instruction for Lawyers He has since served as an ADR instructor and trainer for many distinguished organizations including the International Academy of Mediators the Federal Judicial Center

    Original URL path: http://www.californianeutrals.org/john-wagner (2016-02-13)
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  • Joan B. Kessler JD PhD, Mediator & Arbitrator, based in Los Angeles, California.
    and a Ph D in communications Joan Kessler Esq is a uniquely qualified mediator and arbitrator whose training and education allow her to communicate effectively with attorneys and all parties involved in her mediations She has the legal experience and knowledge to understand even the most complex of legal issues as well as a background in communication which helps her to develop a rapport with even the most challenging combative and high profile personalities As a successful mediator Ms Kessler possesses a keen ability to bring parties together to reach resolution on even the most contentious of matters Attorneys have great regard for Ms Kessler s abilities as stated in the Los Angeles Daily Journal She s just extremely bright and has a lot of litigation experience from a lawyer s perspective so she knows the pressures that the attorneys are facing as well as the clients She had a good assessment of the parties of where they might or might not be willing to go and she worked the parties to get them to a place where an agreement could be reached which really required major effort on her part Ms Kessler a mediator arbitrator and discovery referee has handled diverse matters including real estate including title easement homeowners association landlord tenant finance disputes employment including wage hour harassment discrimination retaliation entertainment commercial litigation business matters including partnership disputes and shareholder disputes insurance as well as trust and estate cases Ms Kessler has recently partnered with DecisionQuest the largest jury consulting company in the United States and the American Arbitration Association to develop a new online analytical tool to assess evaluative arbitrators reactions to cases Also she has partnered with DecisionQuest to develop CaseXplorer Mediation to be used to assist mediators to help resolve matters Given her background in

    Original URL path: http://www.californianeutrals.org/joan-kessler (2016-02-13)
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  • Deborah Rothman Esq., Mediator & Arbitrator, based in Los Angeles, California.
    Securities Sexual Harassment Shareholder Disputes Software Taxation Technology Telecommunications Torts Trademarks Patents Wage Hour FMLA Please click number to view relevant attorney testimonials Deborah Rothman Esq has experience in settling the following family law matters Marital Issues Parent Teen Special Education PROFESSIONAL INFORMATION Biographical Notes Deborah was recently named the 2012 Best Arbitrator in Los Angeles by BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA Nationally recognized arbitrator and mediator experienced in the resolution of complex disputes in all areas of civil law both nationally and internationally in a wide variety of industries with unique expertise in dealing with emotional situations and difficult people Commercial banking and savings and loans franchise disputes employment discrimination sex race religion national origin disability sexual orientation sexual harassment wrongful termination retaliation wage hour class action breach of covenant not to compete aerospace defense aviation liability pilot instruction accounting firms business torts car wash establishments carpet cleaning commercial contracts leases communications computers technology consumer disputes construction defect earthquake damage entertainment radio TV motion picture production songwriter credits royalties personal management fast food franchises First Amendment foreclosure health care doctors pharmacies nursing homes HMO s hospitals law firm and other partnership dissolutions fee disputes and employment disputes medical and legal malpractice nursing homes negligence personal injury school districts police departments municipalities and U S Postal Service probate product and premises liability real estate securities software joint venture security guard services taxation municipal and corporate trade secret theft and unfair competition Honored as a California Super Lawyer in the field of ADR from 2006 to the present as a Best Lawyer in America California in the field of ADR from 2006 to the present as one of 34 Power Mediators in the U S by the Hollywood Reporter in 2007 and as a top arbitrator by Who s Who Legal California

    Original URL path: http://www.californianeutrals.org/deborah-rothman (2016-02-13)
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  • Kenneth M. Weinman Esq., Mediator & Arbitrator, based in Los Angeles, California.
    M Weinman Esq has experience in settling the following civil matters Arts Fine Performing Commercial Business Construction Contract Disputes Cross Cultural Employment Entertainment Sector Family Businesses Franchise Health Care Insurance Intellectual Property International Media Communications Medical Malpractice Non profit Organizations Nursing Homes Partnerships Personal Injury Premises Liability Probate Real Estate Securities Sports Technology Torts Trusts Estates Wrongful Death PROFESSIONAL INFORMATION Biographical Notes As a full time neutral presently 45 mediation 55 arbitration primarily in business contractual employment shareholder officer and director disputes and other corporate matters business purchase sales etc Mr Weinman handles matters in many industries including manufacturing service computer entertainment real estate insurance and most recently health care recent UCLA graduate of the School of Public Health with an MPH degree as well as inheritance and other family dispute matters As attorney handled litigation and transactional matters in California and New York primarily in the areas of business and corporate law employment entertainment general practice intellectual property not patent and real estate Currently a member of the AAA s Large Complex Case Panel LCCP and arbitrator on the Commercial Panel Over 10 years experience primarily as a mediator and Los Angeles Superior Court Settlement Officer or Judge Pro

    Original URL path: http://www.californianeutrals.org/kenneth-weinman (2016-02-13)
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  • Lee Jay Berman, Mediator & Arbitrator, based in Los Angeles, California.
    Patents Transportation Trusts Estates Unfair Competition Venture Capital Wage Hour FMLA Wrongful Death Please click number to view relevant attorney testimonials Lee Jay Berman has experience in settling the following family law matters Adoption Children School Dependency Marital Issues Parent Elder Support Parent Teen Paternity Surrogacy Egg Donation PROFESSIONAL INFORMATION Biographical Notes Current Roles The Mediation Alliance Inc Commercial Mediator since 1994 American Institute of Mediation Founder and President Pepperdine Law School Director Mediating the Litigated Case program in Malibu 2003 2009 Daily Journal Top Neutral in 2008 and 2009 Who s Who in International Commercial Mediation 2012 2013 Aquisition International magazine s Excellence in ADR award 2012 2013 Successfully mediated over 1 800 civil mediations before during and after litigation Specializing in complex multi party litigation including business litigation construction defect products liability medical malpractice and wrongful death Several hundred business commercial cases involving breach of contract business corporate matters shareholder disputes and corporate dissolutions trade secrets unfair competition bankruptcy fraud collections and franchise and partnership disputes and dissolutions including several law firms Several hundred construction real property and land use cases including construction claims defects and closeouts land use CEQA environmental protection earth movement homeowner associations disclosure exchanges brokerage and fiduciary relationships Several hundred personal injury medical malpractice and premises liability mediations Several hundred employment cases including discrimination workplace harassment wrongful termination whistle blowers and wage and hour claims Over 100 entertainment new media intellectual property and technology cases including cases involving film television music and computer games and software Several hundred other general civil cases including insurance coverage intellectual property health care legal and medical malpractice probates and trusts Education Lee Jay has taken literally thousands of hours of training in mediation arbitration negotiation and related course work at the most highly regarded programs in the United States Harvard Program on Negotiation Pepperdine Law School s Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution the American Arbitration Assn and the ABA s fine arbitrator training Additionally Mr Berman is a world renown trainer in the fields of mediation negotiation and alternative dispute resolution He has tought thousands of judges attorneys and business leaders to be mediators and arbitrators serving for seven years as Director of Pepperdine s Mediating the Litigated Case program and founding the American Institute of Mediation Mr Berman has trained is Amsterdam Dubai Delhi Brisbane and most of the 50 states Languages English Some Conversational Spanish Memberships Affiliations American Arbitration Association National Registry of Mediators Arbitrators Specialty Panels for Business and Commercial Employment and Construction Disputes International Institute for Conflict Prevention Resolution CPR Institute National Panel of Distinguished Neutrals Financial Industry Regulatory Authority formerly National Association of Securities Dealers NASD United States Bankruptcy Court Central District of California Mediator of the Year 2005 California Second District Court of Appeal Superior Courts of Los Angeles Santa Barbara Kern and Sonoma Counties Hospital Association of Southern California Mississippi Mediation Project Panel Hurricane Flood Victims 2007 Distinguished Fellow International Academy of Mediators 2003 present Diplomat California Academy of Distinguished Neutrals

    Original URL path: http://www.californianeutrals.org/lee-jay-berman (2016-02-13)
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  • James R. Madison, Mediator & Arbitrator, based in Menlo Park, California.
    of California s Counties CASE EXPERIENCE James R Madison has experience in settling the following civil matters Agricultural Anti Trust Appellate Arts Fine Performing Banking Finance Biotech Civil Rights Class Actions Commercial Business Construction Contract Disputes Cross Cultural Debt Collections Employment Engineering Entertainment Sector Environmental Family Businesses Franchise Health Care Industrial Insurance Intellectual Property International Land Use Planning Landlord Tenant Local Govt Municipalities Media Communications Non profit Organizations Partnerships Personal Injury Pharmaceuticals Product Liability Professional Fees Professional Liability Professional Malpractice Professional Negligence Real Estate Securities Software Sports Technology Title Disputes Transportation Trusts Estates PROFESSIONAL INFORMATION Biographical Notes More than 35 years experience as an arbitrator and more than 15 years experience as a mediator The majority of cases have involved design and or construction or employment disputes Other cases have covered a broad range from technology and biotech disputes to real property franchising intellectual property advertising international trading and vegetable seed breeding Arbitrations have included cases with Croatian English Finnish Japanese Korean and Taiwanese firms Mediations have included French and Philippine interests Education Stanford University B S Civil Engineering 1953 L L B 1959 American Arbitration Association Construction Industry Arbitrator II Training San Francisco 2001 California First District Court of Appeal Mediator Training San Francisco 2000 AAA International Arbitrator Training San Francisco 2000 Los Angeles 1992 AAA Mediator Retreat Denver 2000 AAA Large Complex Case Panel Retreat and Panel Chair Workshop Arizona 1999 AAA Advanced Employment Mediation Oakland 1997 AAA Construction Mediator Training San Francisco 1997 AAA Construction Industry Arbitrator Training Palo Alto 1997 Languages English Memberships Affiliations Bar Licenses State Bar of California admitted 1960 Bar of the U S District Court Northern admitted 1960 Central admitted 1970 Eastern admitted 1981 and Southern admitted 1988 Districts of California Bar of the U S Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit admitted

    Original URL path: http://www.californianeutrals.org/james-madison (2016-02-13)
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  • Menlo Park Mediators - The California Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, based in Menlo Park
    a statewide organization whose membership consists of mediators and arbitrators distinguished by their hands on experience in the field of conflict resolution and by their commitment to methods of alternative dispute resolution Membership is limited to California neutrals who have substantial experience in the resolution of commercial civil disputes and who have been recognized for their accomplishments through the Academy s peer nomination process Menlo Park MEDIATORS James R Madison

    Original URL path: http://www.californianeutrals.org/menlo_park-mediators (2016-02-13)
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  • Mark S. Ashworth, Mediator & Arbitrator, based in Newport Beach, California.
    San Bernardino San Diego Ventura Click for Map of California s Counties CASE EXPERIENCE Mark S Ashworth has experience in settling the following civil matters Automotive Commercial Business Community Associations Construction Contract Disputes Employment Energy Sector Oil Gas Insurance Intellectual Property Medical Malpractice Partnerships Personal Injury Product Liability Professional Fees Real Estate Technology Wrongful Death PROFESSIONAL INFORMATION Biographical Notes Mr Ashworth was a founding member of Smith Ashworth Thereafter Mr Ashworth organized the firm of Ashworth Hayes Moran LLP In 2006 the firm became known as Ashworth Ashworth LLP when Mr Ashworth s daughter Carissa Ashworth Johnson became a partner Mr Ashworth has arbitrated mediated or litigated through trial more than four thousand cases during the past thirty years More particularly he has taken 41 jury trials to verdict He acts as a Judge Pro Tem and panel Mediator for the Superior Court of California He now devotes most of his time to mediation and ADR Solutions his ADR office in Newport Beach California Education Brigham Young University Bachelor of Science 1972 Western State College of Law Fullerton JD 1978 Languages English Memberships Affiliations Superior Court ADR Panel 1988 present Judge Pro Tem referee and mediator for the Superior Court

    Original URL path: http://www.californianeutrals.org/mark-ashworth (2016-02-13)
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