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Voluntary Early Mediation (VEM) Program

Choosing a Mediator

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John McGuinn

McGuinn, Hillsman & Palefsky | Download his resume.John McGuinn


Areas of Experience: Employment, Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Wage and Hour and Personal Injury


John McGuinn is an acknowledged expert in employment and personal injury matters. He is described as a mediator "skilled at getting to the heart of complex issues with the consistency and follow up necessary for successful resolution" and "a person whose litigation experience affords him great credibility in the eyes of the parties."

McGuinn serves as a private mediator with a primary focus in the area of employment and discrimination matters including wage and hour litigation.

He has also effectively mediated a wide variety of non-employment disputes including those in the area of personal injury and contract litigation. He mediates both individual and class action cases.

McGuinn is the founder of McGuinn, Hillsman & Palefsky, a firm with a long history of expertise in employment, personal injury and maritime law. He is an Advocate in the American Board of Trial Advocates and served as President of the San Francisco Chapter in 1998. He is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, The International Society of Barristers and the American College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.

He has tried to verdict over fifty jury trials in both State and Federal Courts. Since 1987 he has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America in the area of employment Law.

Hourly Rate: $450