CA Court of Appeal Rules on Arbitrator Disclosure

Recently, the California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, ruled that an arbitrator in a legal malpractice/attorneys fee dispute did not violate the disclosure requirements in the California Arbitration Act when his disclosure statement did not disclose the following: That he [the arbitrator] was a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Appellate Executive…

Named to Central District of CA Mediation Panel

As many of my colleagues are aware, the Central District of California established a Mediation Panel (pursuant to Local Rule 16-15.4) to handle various cases that come before the court. Accordingly, the Panel consists of ‘qualified and impartial attorneys who encourage the fair, speedy, and economical resolution of civil actions;’ an appointment I am proud…

Bruce Friedman Honored with Award for Excellence

Bruce Friedman, a well-respected mediator at Friedman Mediation and partner at Bingham McCutchen, was recently honored with placement in Chambers USA Guide 2012 for his dedication to and experience in the practice of law. The award reflects both pre-eminence in key practice areas and achievements over the last 12 months; including notable work, strategic growth, excellence…

Mediation Tips for Every Lawyer

These days, cutbacks in court funding are pushing cases to mediation earlier and earlier.  Cases from securities to entertainment law are being settled with the assistance of an experienced mediator. For many lawyers, this can be a nerve-wracking  experience. After all, the idea of sitting across from opposing counsel and attempting to come to an agreement on…

Consider the Moot Mediation

In the appropriate case, a moot mediation is the best way to prepare for a mediation and to obtain the most favorable result. Usually, one should only consider the use of a moot mediation in a large exposure case that justifies the expense of hiring an experienced mediator to conduct a ‘practice’ mediation. If you…

Conduct in the Mediation

Attending one’s first, or fifteenth, mediation can be nerve-wracking.  You might not be sure where the other party stands or maybe you’ve never met the mediator and don’t know what kind of neutral to expect.  No matter the reason, here are a few tips to make sure you can walk into your mediation with confidence. 1. Make sure…

Integrity and the Mediation Process

As with most aspects relating to the practice of law, there are many traits that differentiate one legal professional from another.  For example, successful litigators can be aggressive or soft-spoken. Mediators can be pushy or patient. The key is to finding what works for you and your practice. As a former litigator turned mediator, I…