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SPECIAL MASTERS

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Aaron Gothelf

Regional Director

Judicate West

100 Pine Street, Suite 1950
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: (415) 266-1242 Alternate: (800) 488-8805 Fax: (415) 266-1243 Email: Melissa@judicatewest.com Website: www.judicatewest.com

ADR Services

Arbitration; Mediation; Special Master.

Specialty Areas

Early Neutral Evaluation; Private Judging;

Specialty Areas

Judicate West is one of California?s leading providers of private dispute resolution services with a distinguished roster of proven neutrals, including retired state and federal court judges and attorney mediators and arbitrators from a variety of practice areas. Founded in 1993, the firm prides itself on delivering quality service through integrity, flexibility and a commitment to being the gold standard in alternative dispute resolution (ADR). Judicate West has offices in Santa Ana, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego and San Francisco.

Anne M. Lawlor Goyette

Principal

Griffiths * Goyette

330 Primrose Road, Suite 614
Burlingame, CA 94010
Phone: (650) 375-5960 Fax: (650) 375-5965 Email: Anne@SpecialMasterMediator.com Website: www.SpecialMasterMediator.com

ADR Services

Special Master; Arbitration; Mediation.

Specialty Areas

Construction; Real Estate; Insurance; Business; Contracts; Professional Malpractice.

Bradley A. Bening

Willoughby, Stuart, Bening & Cook, Inc.

50 W. San Fernando
Suite 400
San Jose, CA 95113
Phone: (408) 289-1972 Fax: (408) 295-6375 Email: brad@wsbclawyers.com Website: www.wsbclawyers.com

ADR Services

Arbitration; Mediation; Special Master.

Specialty Areas

Construction; Real Estate; Business Litigation; Intellectual Property; Insurance Coverage; Personal Injury; Professional Liability.

ADR Experience/Training

Successfully mediated more than 2,000 cases, serves as Special Master for all Bay Area courts, and sits on mediation panel for the 1st District Court of Appeal.

Education

BA, Poli-Sci, Chico State, 1978; JD, U.C. Davis, 1982.

Affiliations

Association of Trial Lawyers, ABA; American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).

Christine Tour-Sarkissian

Partner

Tour-Sarkissian Law Offices, LLP

211 Gough Street, Third Floor
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: (415) 626-7744 Fax: (415) 626-8189 Email: Christine@TSLO.com Website: www.TSLO.com

ADR Services

Arbitration; Mediation; Special Master.

Specialty Areas

Neutral Evaluation; Discovery Referee.

Specialty Areas

Real Estate law (transactions and litigation); Mortgage Law; Landlord Tenant
(Commercial and Residential); Construction Defects; Neighbor's Disputes; Homeowners Association; Broker Malpractice; Purchase and Sale; Common Ownerships Formation and Litigation; Divorce; Child Custody; Child Visitation; Business Valuation, Property Division

ADR Experience/Training

Christine has mediated and counseled high conflict real estate matters and has extensive experience in crafting creative, cost-effective, and collaborative strategies aimed at streamlining the process of resolving disputes; has acted as mediator in several family law cases involving clients with high assets cases located in the United States and abroad.

Education

LLM Tax- Masters in Law of Taxation, Golden Gate University, 2004; Juris Doctorate Degree, Golden Gate University, 1984; BA Psychology, University of San Francisco, 1980, with honors. Languages: French, Arabic, Armenian, Spanish.

Licenses/Certification

California Bar 1985; Washington DC Bar 2005; Certified Family Law Specialist by California State Bar since 2003; Broker License 1997; Mediator? Certified by the Bar Association of San Francisco.

Affiliations

Member of the California State Bar since 1985; Member of the Washington D.C. since 2005; Real Estate Broker Since 1997; California Association of Realtors; National Association of Realtors; Member and Candidate to the Certified Commercial Investment Member Institute; Member of the Alameda, San Francisco, San Mateo and Contra Costa Bar Associations; Real Property and Family Law Sections of the California State Bar and ABA.

Honors/Awards

Christine has been recognized as a Super Lawyer by her peers.

Articles/Publications

Coauthor with Bernhardt's California Real Estate Cases 2000- Continuing Education of the Bar; Real Property Law Reporter, Continuing Education of the Bar;
Article on Mediation - April 2005; Real Property Law Reporter, Continuing Education of the Bar;
Article on Shared Use and Ownership Community/separate property- January 2006; Real Property Law Reporter, Continuing Education of the Bar;
Article on Section 1031 Exchanges and Tenancy in Common Interests-July 2006; Real Property Law Reporter, Continuing Education of the Bar;
Article on Elder Abuse-Three Lessons for Lawyers (Elder Abuse), November 2008; Real Property Law Reporter, Continuing Education of the Bar;
Article on Partition-May 2010; Real Property Law Reporter, Continuing Education of the Bar;
Article on Marriage of Fossum-March 2011I; Real Property Law Reporter, Continuing Education of the Bar;
Article on Marriage of Valli, July 2011, Continuing Education of the Bar; Article on Marriage of Valli, May- 2014 (Supreme Court); Real Property Law Reporter, Continuing Education of the Bar; When Is An Elder?s Property "Taken" - Bounds v Superior Court-November 2014; Real Property Law Reporter, Continuing Education of the Bar; Forty Grand Prospects for Cotenancy Provisions in Shopping Center Leases- May 2015 Real Property Law Reporter, Continuing Education of the Bar;
His, Hers, or Theirs-November 2015; Real Property Law Reporter, Continuing Education of the Bar;
When Does Separate Property Become Community Property (Or Vice Versa)-July 2016.

David A. Fink

Attorney and Family Mediator

Fink Family Law

1425 Leimert Blvd.
Suite 402
Oakland, CA 94604
Phone: (510) 422-3276 Email: david@finkfamilyadr.com Website: www.finkfamilyadr.com

ADR Services

Arbitration; Mediation; Special Master.

Specialty Areas

Collaborative Law.

Specialty Areas

Marital and non-marital dissolution; Division of assets; Spousal and child support; Custody and visitation; Elder and Adult Child disputes; Partnership and business disputes.

Frederick Carr

Full-time Mediator (Licensed Attorney)

Carr & Venner ADR Mediation Services

4460 Redwood Hwy., Suite 16-341
San Rafael, CA 94903
Phone: (415) 388-0905 Fax: (415) 388-1036 Email: fredcarr@carrvenneradr.com Website: www.carrvenneradr.com

ADR Services

Mediation; Special Master.

Specialty Areas

Personal Injury; Wrongful Death; Construction; Construction Defect; Maritime; Environmental; Products Liability; Commercial / Contracts / Transactions; Real Estate; Employment.

ADR Experience/Training

Mediating the Litigated Case Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School of Law; Over 100 hours of one-on-one training with Charlotte Venner, SFTLA "Mediator of the Year"; "Drafting Effective Settlement Agreements" Ron Kelly; The Mediation Society 2013 Public Education Conference.

Education

Juris Doctorate, University of San Francisco School of Law, 1991; Bachelor of Arts, Science, Boston University, 1979; Engineering, Northeastern University, 1977.

Licenses/Certification

One-Man Submarines, Non-destructive Testing, Deep Sea Diving College of Oceaneering, Los Angeles CA
400 Ton Master's License, All Oceans, Republic of Panama.

Affiliations

California State Bar Association; California Dispute Resolution Council; Bar Association of San Francisco, ADR and Mediation Sections; Santa Clara County Bar Association, ADR Section; Marin County Bar Association ADR Section; Contra Costa County Bar Association, ADR Section; Solano County Bar Association, ADR Section; Sonoma County Bar Association, ADR Section.

Honors/Awards

Managing Editor University of San Francisco Maritime Law Journal 1991; Student Bar Association Award for Most Significant Contribution to the Character of the Law School Through Outstanding Service 1991; John Meehan Fellow (Recognition of a distinguished alumnus who has contributed to the growth and development of future lawyers by serving as a mentor to the profession). University Honors Research Grant, University of California at Santa Barbara. Allowed to complete degree in absentia, at U.C.S.B., Boston University.

Articles/Publications

Cultural Awareness in Mediation THE TRIAL LAWYER Magazine, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association. "How Confidential Is Mediation Anyway?" PLAINTIFF MAGAZINE. Numerous other articles addressing Risk Management.

Frederick C. Hertz

Lawyer/Mediator

Law & Mediation Office of Frederick Hertz

5464B College Avenue
Oakland, CA 94618
Phone: (510) 834-4114 Email: fred@frederickhertz.com

ADR Services

Mediation, Arbitration, Special Master

Specialty Areas

Real Property Referee Services; Case Evaluation; Collaborative Consulting Services.

Specialty Areas

Family; Real Estate; Environmental; Same-sex partnership disputes; Non-Marital Dissolutions; Land Use; LGBT Issues; Construction.

ADR Experience/Training

My mediation practice focuses on the resolution of conflicts between co-owners of property in a personal relationship - marital, non-marital, friendship, and parent/child or siblings - as well as Tenancy-in-Common disputes, and other real property and business disputes. I have more than 25 years litigation experience, and have been trained through Gary Friendman and the Federal Court program. My goal is to integrate the personal issues into a comprehensive approach to practical problem solving.

Education

JD, Berkeley, 1981; MA, Urban Planning/Geography, Berkeley, 1991;

Licenses/Certification

State Bar of CA, 1981; Federal Court Bar, 1983.

Affiliations

The Mediation Society, board member.

Articles/Publications

Counseling Unmarried Couples: A Guide to Effective Representation, American Bar Association 2014. Making It Legal: A Guide to Same-Sex Marriage, Domestic Partnerships & Civil Unions, Nolo Pres 2014.

Karla Gottschalk

Barrister

Solo

PO Box 6538
Ocean View, HI 96737-6538
Phone: (808) 238-4287 Email: counsel@unseen.is

ADR Services

Special Master

Specialty Areas

Constitutional Rights; Civil Rights; Elder; Entertainment; Maritime; International

Specialty Areas

Constitutional Rights; Civil Rights; Elder; Entertainment; Maritime; International; Middle Temple Bar of England and Wales

Marc P. Bouret

CEO

Bouret ADR & Mediation Firm

1630 North Main Street, Suite 120
Walnut Creek, CA 94596-4609
Phone: (925) 210-0400 Alternate: (925) 360-1248 Fax: (925) 210-0401 Email: mpb500@aol.com Website: www.adr-resolve.com

ADR Services

Arbitration; Mediation; Special Master.

Specialty Areas

Neutral Evaluation; Settlement Conferences; Conciliation; Fact finding Investigations; Uninsured/Underinsured Motorists; Ins. Code 2071 Appraisals.

Specialty Areas

Personal Injury/Wrongful Death; Business Commercial; Labor & Employment; Consumer-Lemon Law; Elder Care/Elder Abuse; Real Estate & Property; Product Liability; Premises Liability; Construction; Insurance Coverage.

ADR Experience/Training

40 years as Attorney; Extensive experience as professional mediator, arbitrator, neutral evaluator, since 1983, 441+ hours of in-depth training; Broad experience as an advocate, arbitrator in over 2,850+ hearings, mediator in over 4,300+ hearings; Certificates for Outstanding Contributions in delivery of ADR Services to Alameda County; Alameda County, Arbitrator Honor Roll (2002-2003); ADR website at www.adr-resolve.com.

Education

BA, cum laude, pre-Law, University of the Pacific, 1975; MBA, Saint Mary's College, 1981; JD (AmJur-Criminal and Labor & law review), California Western School of Law, 1978.

Licenses/Certification

California Bar, 1978; U.S. District Court, ND and ED Cal; Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit; U.S. Tax Court & U.S. Supreme Court.

Affiliations

Life Fellow, American Bar Foundation; Association For Conflict Resolution (ACR); Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin and Sonoma County Bar Associations; American Bar Association, Sections on Dispute Resolution; Director, Alameda County Bar Foundation, 1999-2002; Cal. Statewide Delegate, American Bar Association, 2002-2003; President, Alameda County Bar Association, 1998, and Director, 1994 - 1999; National Mediation Panel; NASD and NYSE past Arbitrator; Resolute Systems, Inc.

Honors/Awards

Distinguished Service Award, ACBA, 1993; Outstanding Attorney Volunteer Award, Volunteers in Parole, 2000; AV rated in Martindale-Hubbell; Rated 3 stars, Member www.mediate.com; President, Volunteer Legal Services Corporation, 1999 (Now Open Access).

Articles/Publications

Six Lead Law Review Articles Published.

Margaret M. Hand

Managing Partner

Hartog Baer & Hand APG

4 Orinda Way, Suite 250B
Orinda, CA 94563
Phone: (925) 253-1717 Fax: (925) 253-0334 Email: mmhand@hbh law Website: www.hbh.law

ADR Services

Mediation; Special Master.

Specialty Areas

Estate planning for individuals and families, drafting revocable trusts and wills; life insurance trusts, grantor-retained annuity trusts, grantor-retained uni-trusts, charitable remainder trusts; Family limited partnerships; Estate-related litigation; Mediation of probate, trust and conservatorship disputes.

Specialty Areas

Trusts and Estates; Probate; Conservatorship; Guardianship; Will Contests; Trust Contests; Trust Accountings; Actions to Remove or Surcharge Trustee; Removal Actions; Elder Abuse; Early Neautral Evaluation

ADR Experience/Training

Successfully mediated over 70 trust and estate matters since 2005; Judge pro tem (Alameda, Contra Costa Counties).Past Chair, Trust Committee of the Alameda County Bar Association Estate Planning Trust and Probate Law Section
Admitted in 1993 to practice before the California Supreme Court, the Northern California District of the United States District Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Education

Boalt Hall School of Law (J.D., 1993) University of California, San Diego (B.A. with honors, 1989)

Licenses/Certification

Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law, State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization
Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC)

Affiliations

Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC)
Member (2004 through 2010), Executive Committee, Trusts and Estates Section, State Bar of California: Chair, Trust and Estate Administration sub-committee; Past Editor and Executive Editor, California Trusts and Estates Quarterly
Member: Alameda County, Contra Costa County and American Bar Associations; State Bar of California
Past Chair, Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law Advisory Commission to the Board of Specialization, California State Bar

Honors/Awards

San Francisco Magazine, Top 50 Female Super Lawyers, Northern California, 2012, 2013, 2016 San Francisco Magazine, Top 100 Super Lawyers, Northern California, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 San Francisco Magazine, Top 50 Female Super Lawyers, Northern California, 2008 San Francisco Magazine, Top 50 Female Super Lawyers, Northern California, 2007 San Francisco Magazine, Super Lawyers, Northern California, 2006 San Francisco Magazine, Top 50 Female Super Lawyers, Northern California, 2005

Articles/Publications

Fiduciary Accounting Handbook (CEB, 2015)
Author, Chapter 8, "Fiduciary Accounting," California Trust Practice (Matthew Bender, 2012 edition)
Consultant, Crossover Issues, (Continuing Education of the Bar, 2012)
Author, Chapter 14, "Creditor's Claims," Decedent Estate Practice (Continuing Education of the Bar, 2012 edition)
Author, Chapter 10, "Creditor's Rights Against the Trust," and Chapter lOA, "Creditor's Rights Against Trust Beneficiary's Interest," California Trust Administration (Continuing Education of the Bar 2012 edition)
Author, Chapter 15, "Paying, Defending, and Objecting to Trustee's Attorneys' Fees and Fee Shifting in Trust Litigation," The Matthew Bender? Practice Guide: California Trust Litigation (LexisNexis Matthew Bender 2012)
Author, Chapter 1, "Is a Conservatorship Needed?" and Chapter 5, "Starting Conservatorship Proceedings," California Conservatorship Practice (Continuing Education of the Bar, 2008 edition)
Author, "Making the Other Guys Pay: Attorney Fees and the Common Fund Theory," Winter 2005, California Trusts and Estates Quarterly, Vol. 11, Issue 4 (State Bar of California)
Author, "The Basics of Estate Planning," California Bar Journal, October 2005, (State Bar of California)
Author, "A Mechanism to Empty the Bypass Trust," Spring 2003, California Trusts and Estates Quarterly, Vol. 9, Issue 1 (State Bar of California)
Author, "The States' Right-to-Die Laws and Active Euthanasia," Legal Reference Services Quarterly, Vol. 12(2/3) 1992

Mark J. Divelbiss

Mediator and Attorney

Law Offices of Mark J. Divelbiss

5938 Rincon Drive
Oakland, CA 94611-2642
Phone: (510) 339-1755 Email: mark@mjd-law.com Website: www.mjd-law.com

ADR Services

Mediation; Arbitration; Special Master.

Specialty Areas

Early Neutral Evaluation; Conciliation.

Specialty Areas

Real Estate; Employment / Labor; Construction Defect; Business / Commercial; Landlord / Tenant; Personal Injury; Fee Disputes; Homeowner Assoc.; Contracts; Mechanic's Liens.

ADR Experience/Training

Certified mediator since 2001 with over 70 hours of mediation specific training. Conducted over 200 mediations and settlement conferences with a very high percentage of cases resolved. Conducted two day mediation seminar for claims adjusters / executives in London, England, an ADR presenter for BASF's lunchtime speaker series and a call-in attorney for radio station KALW's call a mediator program.

Education

B.S., Economics, Santa Clara University, 1986; JD, University of San Francisco, 1989.

Licenses/Certification

California Bar, 1989; Washington Bar, 2003.

Affiliations

Alameda County Superior Court ADR panel member, Contra Costa Superior Court Early Mediation panel member, Bar Association of San Francisco panel member, Sacramento Superior Court ADR panel member, Santa Clara County ADR panel member.

Articles/Publications

Authored articles on mediation published by the San Francisco Daily Journal.

Martin H. Dodd

Partner

Futterman Dupree Dodd Croley Maier LLP

601 Montgomery Street
Suite 333
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: (415) 399-3841 Alternate: (510) 305-7048 Fax: (415) 399-3838 Email: mdodd@fddcm.com Website: www.fddcm.com

ADR Services

Arbitration; Mediation; Special Master.

Specialty Areas

Early Neutral Evaluation.

Specialty Areas

Business; Civil Rights; Commercial; Discrimination/Sexual Harassment; Employment; Labor; Partnership Disputes; Personal Injury; Real Estate.

ADR Experience/Training

Over 300 Mediations since 1997. ADR Training: Comprehensive Training in Commercial Arbitration (2011); Mediation and Conflict Resolution Training (40 hours); ADR Applications, Inc. Mediation Training (40 hours); Northern District of California Mediation Training (20 hours); California Court of Appeals Mediation Training (16.75 hours).

Education

B.A., History, University of CA, Santa Cruz, 1974; M.A., History, Harvard University, 1977; J.D., University of CA Berkeley, 1982.

Licenses/Certification

California Bar.

Affiliations

The Mediation Society; ADR Committee, State Bar Litigation Section; ABA ADR Committee.

Honors/Awards

Northern California Super Lawyer 2009-2017; Order of the Coif, 1982.

Melissa Blair Aliotti

Owner

Aliotti Dispute Resolution PC

2520 Venture Oaks Way, Suite 110
Sacramento, CA 95833
Phone: (916) 929-7645 Email: melissa@aliottiadr.com Website: www.judicatewest.com

ADR Services

Arbitration; Mediation; Special Master.

Specialty Areas

Discovery Referee.

Specialty Areas

Construction; Personal Injury; Insurance; Real Estate; Employment; Uninsured Motorist.

Sanford Kingsley

Attorney Mediator

Mediation Offices of Sanford Kingsley

5758 Geary Blvd., #154
San Francisco, CA 94121
Phone: (415) 867-3819 Email: skmediate@gmail.com Website: www.skmediate.com

ADR Services

Mediation; Special Master.

Specialty Areas

Early Neutral Evaluation; Discovery Master; Judge Pro Tem / Judicial Reference.

Specialty Areas

Insurance; Commercial Disputes; Real Estate; Employment; Personal Injury; Landlord-Tenant; Fee Disputes; Maritime (Cargo, Personal Injury and Blue Water Maritime).

ADR Experience/Training

Prior ADR Experience/ Training: Full time neutral; over 35 years of Litigation Ld mediation experience including service as Judge Pro tern. Presided over 100 settlement conferences1 and mediations. Straus lnttitute, Pepperdine University-Advanced Mediator Skills Training; American Arbitration Association Mediatior Training; Rosenberg Mediator Skills Training; Bar Association of San Francisco-Mediation certificate Training

Education

J.D. UC Hastings College of the Law, 1981; B.A. Political Science, Development Studies, University of California, Berkeley.

Affiliations

The Mediation Society; Bar Association of San Francisco, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section; American Bar Association, Section of Dispute Resolution; Association of Attorney-Mediators; Resolution Advocate, Northern District Bankruptcy Court; Neutral Panelist, Voluntary Dispute Resolution Program, United States District Court for the Eastern District of California.

Honors/Awards

Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating, 1997 - 2018

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