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Voluntary Early Mediation (VEM) Program

Choosing a Mediator

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Bill Helvestine

Senior Counsel, Crowell & Moring LLP Gabriel Bellman

Areas of Experience: Business Disputes, Breach of Contract and Fraud, Unfair Competition Law (UCL), ERISA, Antitrust, Employment and Discrimination Law, Landlord/Tenant, Health Care Disputes, Class Actions


Bill Helvestine has over 40 years’ experience handling complex business litigation. In addition to general commercial disputes, his experience includes class actions and cases arising under ERISA, ADEA, ADA, RICO, antitrust, and California’s Unfair Competition Law (B&P Code 17200). He has also handled cases involving real estate development and finance, landlord/tenant, securities law, partnership dissolution, corporate governance disputes, state and federal governmental investigations, and employment wrongful discharge and discrimination.   

Rated AV® by Martindale-Hubbell for over 35 years, Helvestine is also Chambers USA Rated “Band 1” in the healthcare industry. Clients praise his ability to “come up with good, practical solutions.” “He is insightful and is able to explain things in an accessible manner.” "He has the ability to digest huge amounts of federal law and identify the issues of interest to us. I have been struck by his ability to analyze law so quickly." 

Helvestine is known for finding creative solutions to difficult problems. Attorneys for whom Helvestine has mediated have offered the following comments: 

  • An ‘”absolute pleasure.”
  • “He was very effective and efficient in mediating a difficult case. Very professional.” 
  • “I found Mr. Helvestine to be very knowledgeable and informative, while demonstrating problem-solving skills superior to most mediators I have encountered. I shall continue to use his services going forward.”
  • “He worked skillfully and patiently with both sides and ultimately achieved a result that was satisfactory to all and that settled the case.”  
  • “Through your efforts over three days of mediation [in a multi-party case], we were required to bring only one case to trial. Resolution of these matters was due in large part to the rapport that you established with the [defendants] as well as the [plaintiff].

Education: Univ. of North Carolina, B.S. in Physics; Georgetown Law Center, J.D., Case & Notes Editor, Georgetown Law Review; Law Clerk, United States District Court for the District of Columbia; Law Clerk, United States Court of Appeal for the D.C. Circuit; Former Faculty, Univ. of California Hastings College of the Law, Center for Trial & Appellate Advocacy.

Rate: $325/Hour