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Bay Area Mediation Services Program

Choosing a Mediator

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Matthew J. Geyer


Areas of Experience: Business, Commercial, Condos and TICs, Contract, Disability Rights, Discrimination, Employment, Entertainment, Environmental, Fee Disputes, Government, Healthcare, Insurance, Landlord/Tenant, Land Use, Legal Malpractice, Probate, Real Estate, Securities; Wills and Trusts

From 1985 through 2002, Matt Geyer was a Commercial Litigation Partner, and for several years Chair of the Commercial Litigation Group, at two of San Francisco's premier law firms—Landels Ripley & Diamond, and Rogers Joseph O'Donnell.

His mediation and arbitration practice has involved a variety of industries, including real estate, banking, venture capital, securities, gaming, franchising, advertising and others, and a wide range of legal issues affecting them, including contract formation, interpretation and related disputes; commercial and residential real estate disputes, including landlord/tenant, purchase-and-sale and condominium or tenancy-in-common rights and obligations; disputes arising in partnerships, close corporations and limited liability companies; minority shareholder and executive employee withdrawals or terminations; copyright and trademark infringement, and intellectual property licensing disputes; franchisor-franchisee claims; and claims between production companies, talent and agencies in the entertainment industry.

Geyer began serving as a neutral arbitrator in commercial cases in 1991, and he sits on the American Arbitration Association's Large Complex Case, Commercial, Securities and Mediation Panels. At the end of 2001, he began to focus his practice increasingly on service as a neutral. A year later, in the wake of changes in California law affecting arbitrators and mediators, he left the big firm life—and the conflicts it presents for neutrals—to set up his own firm in San Francisco.  In 2014, he was inducted into the College of Commercial Arbitrators.

Geyer's practice now focuses primarily on service as a neutral arbitrator and mediator, although he continues to serve as general outside counsel to one long-standing East Coast client, a publicly-traded company with a major customer in California, and as counsel to an independent commercial real estate owner-developer in San Francisco.


Hourly Rate:  $400, four billed hours minimum for half day; seven billed hours minimum if full day reserved