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Voluntary Early Mediation (VEM) Program

Choosing a Mediator

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Richard Idell

The Idell Firm LLP


Areas of Experience: Entertainment; Business Contracts; Real Estate; Investment Advisor/Stock Broker Disputes; Unfair Competition; Trade Secret; Tax Shelters; Copyright; Trademark; Internet Law; Construction; Professional Negligence; Personal Injury; Insurance; Land Use; Complex Investment Banking Transactions; Estate; Taxation and Trust Litigation; Landlord/Tenant


Richard Idell is a principal and founding member of The Idell Firm LLP. He has had both a trial and transactional practice and has handled a wide range of litigation matters in both State and Federal Court in the last 30 years, involving complex business disputes, complex investment banking transactions, including tax shelters, copyright, trademark, unfair competition, trade secret, Internet law (including Internet trademark and copyright issues, domain name disputes, search engine issues, key word and other advertising issues and related matters), entertainment law, real estate matters, estate and trust litigation, construction disputes, professional negligence (including complex attorney-client fee disputes, attorney malpractice, accountancy malpractice, architectural malpractice and insurance broker negligence claims), insurance matters and tort claims.

He has experience in hundreds of settlement conferences, mediations and arbitrations as attorney, mediator, arbitrator, and pro-tem settlement judge. He has had 40 hours of mediation training with Steve Rosenberg and has served on the ADR panels of the United States District Court, Northern District of California, Marin Superior Court and the Superior Court of California of the City and County of San Francisco.

He obtained an A.B. from the University of California at Berkeley in1970 and his J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law in 1975. He was admitted to the California Bar in 1976. He practiced law with the Honorable Judge Carlos Bea of the Ninth Circuit from 1977 to 1986, forming the predecessor to the current firm in that year.

Hourly Rate: $395