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 to announce that I have received.
Panel Mediators are appointed by the Court and in order to serve as a Panel Mediator, a person must be a ‘member in good standing of the Bar of the United States District Court, Central District of California, with at least ten years legal practice experience, substantial experience with or knowledge of civil litigation in federal court, and significant expertise in one or more designated areas of law.’ Additionally, I completed a court-approved training course in mediation.
For those interested in learning more about the Central District of California’s Mediation Panel, it offers three Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) options: 1) a settlement conference with the district judge or magistrate judge assigned the case; 2) a mediation with a neutral selected from the Court Mediation Panel; and 3) private mediation (please see Civil L.R. 16-15.4;General Order 11-10 for the local rule governing this procedure).
I am honored to be a part of such a notable group of California attorneys and look forward to my work as a proud member of the Central District of California Court Mediation Panel.
Bruce A. Friedman is a mediator with a national practice. With years of litigation experience behind him, he understands the goals of the mediation process and will do his best to ensure that the needs of both parties are met, justly and efficiently. For more information on the mediation services that Bruce A. Friedman provides, check out his website at http://www.FriedmanMediation.com, his profile at ADRServices.org, or call him at (310) 201-0010.