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Voluntary Early Mediation (VEM) Program

Choosing a Mediator

File the Mediation Consent form (43KB PDF) or contact us at 415-782- 9000 x8787 or mking@sfbar.org.


David Meadows

Mediation & ADR Services

Areas of Experience: Business, Civil Rights, Commercial, Construction, Contract, Disability Rights, Discrimination, Employment, Fee Disputes, Government, Insurance, Intellectual Property, Landlord/Tenant, Legal Malpractice, Medical Malpractice, Probate, Real Estate, Securities


David Meadows is a flexible and experienced mediator, specializing in complex and challenging disputes. He has conducted over 1,000 mediations and a substantial number of arbitrations in a diverse array of situations, generally in the context of commercial litigation but in other settings as well. Issues raised include breach of contract, partnership, employment, real estate, insurance coverage/bad faith, fraud and other business torts, intellectual property, construction, securities, consumer fraud, landlord/tenant, personal injury, note collection and work out, defamation, civil rights, embezzlement, simultaneous civil and criminal proceedings, and others.

Mediation is a creative process, and Meadows tries to respond to what would work best for an individual case given the parties, counsel, and circumstances, rather than to approach each case the same. He is comfortable working with business people making calculated business decisions and with people who feel strongly about the underlying events and/or relationships that give rise to a legal claim.

Meadows has trained in different techniques from which he can select and adjust as appropriate. His goals are to help the parties reach a settlement, or if that is not possible to help them reach interim agreements that can provide a foundation for settlement in the near future, and to do so efficiently and with good humor.

Hourly Rate: $450, plus $225/hr. travel time after the first hour