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Best Mediators & Arbitrators
2022

The Best Mediators & Arbitrators
Here Are The Top Mediators & Arbitrators
Caroline C. Vincent, Esq.

Caroline C. Vincent, Esq.

Caroline C. Vincent, Esq., is an attorney neutral who has resolved over 2,000 cases through mediation and arbitration. She caters to individuals, families, and businesses in Los Angeles, representing them in a variety of legal matters, including business disputes, banking and lender liability, employment law, family law, and personal injury. She also provides strategic planning, training, and coaching services on alternative dispute resolution. Vincent is a member of the U.S. Central District Court, Mediation Panel.

Los Angeles, CA 90067

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Barboza & Associates

Barboza & Associates

Barboza & Associates is a law firm that caters to clients in Los Angeles. Founder Carla Barboza, a former trial attorney, handles mediation and arbitration in complex cases involving gender and cultural issues, such as sexual harassment and discrimination based on sexual orientation. She also offers independent investigation services in employment disputes and serves as President of the Society of Independent Workplace Investigators. With more than 40 years of experience, Carla Barboza aims to be a fair and impartial mediator, protecting the rights of both plaintiffs and defendants.

Los Angeles, CA 90017

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Judge Mediation

Judge Mediation

Judge Mediation provides legal services to businesses, families, and individuals in Los Angeles. It represents clients during mediation and arbitration proceedings, helping them settle different types of personal injury disputes. The law firm also conducts construction, real estate, and commercial law litigation. Its principal partner, Sean Judge, has been a civil litigation attorney since 1989. He has handled more than 300 mediations. He is a member of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles and the Association of Business Trial Lawyers.

Valencia, CA 91355

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Bruce S Ross

Bruce S Ross

Bruce S Ross offers mediation and arbitration services to clients in the Los Angeles metro. Ross has more than four decades of experience handling trust, estate, and conservatorship-related cases, smoothing out matters such as wills and trusts contests, financial elder abuse cases, conflicts over estate and trust administration, and business succession disputes. Ross serves as Regent Emeritus of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and is a board-certified specialist in Estate Planning, Probate & Trust Law by the California Board of Legal Specialization.

Los Angeles, CA 90024

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Akumbu & Associates Disputes Resolution Center

Akumbu & Associates Disputes Resolution Center

Akumbu & Associates Disputes Resolution Center works with individuals and businesses throughout Los Angeles. It helps them resolve their disagreements on matters involving personal injury through mediation and arbitration proceedings. It also deals with cases involving real estate law and works to resolve conflicts over purchase agreements and easements. Its team assists other clients, like patients, on issues concerning healthcare law and serves as an informal info resource as well as a complaints handler in discussions. The center has handled more than 400 cases.

El Segundo, CA 90245

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MAC Services Group

MAC Services Group

MAC Services Group is a family law and divorce firm that provides options for resolving domestic problems in the Los Angeles community. It aids in determining outcomes for cases involving spousal support, property division, and child custody and support. Mediator Scheherazade (Shazi) Rastegar prepares and monitors paperwork and case progress and guides clients throughout the legal process. Shazi is the recipient of the 2013 President’s Award for Exceptional Service from the Southern California Mediation Association.

Los Angeles, CA 90017

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Law Office of Steven R. Lovett

Law Office of Steven R. Lovett

The Law Office of Steven R. Lovett is a construction law firm in Woodland Hills, CA that provides reliable solutions to a variety of clients. They specialize in real estate and construction cases, assisting clients by being accessible, proactive, and collaborative. Steven R. Lovett has a long, successful history of practicing law starting in 1978 and is also a legal author and lecturer.

Woodland Hills, CA 91367

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Kane Mediation

Kane Mediation

Kane Mediation is a law firm that offers mediation and arbitration services to clients seeking alternative dispute methods in Los Angeles. It works with plaintiffs and defendants to reach agreements on various issues, such as civil rights disputes, personal injury claims, landlord-tenant conflicts, legal malpractice cases, and employment law controversies. The firm facilitates an environment where both parties lay down arguments and responses to reach objective solutions, removing the emotional baggage associated with litigation. Primary Brad Kane has been in the legal practice for over 30 years.

Los Angeles, CA 90035

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Albert Abkarian & Associates

Albert Abkarian & Associates

Albert Abkarian & Associates is a law firm in Los Angeles, California that serves the greater California area. The firm specializes in personal injury, international and business law, real estate transactions, arbitration, mediation, and worker’s compensation. Albert Abkarian & Associates has won the Los Angeles Magazine's Super Lawyer Award and is rated by Super Lawyers Magazine.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

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Peace Talks

Peace Talks

Peace Talks is a law firm in Sherman Oaks, CA that provides mediation services for family law. Their practice areas consist of divorce and finances, same-sex couples, post-divorce issues, and couples counseling. Peace Talks takes great pride in having won the 2006 Make Mine a Million Business Award.

Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

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Expert Answers To Common Questions:

  1. What is mediation?
  2. What is arbitration?
  3. Is arbitration or mediation better?
  4. How do I choose a mediator or arbitrator?
  5. What is an arbitration agreement?
  6. What is mandatory arbitration?
  7. What should I expect in child custody mediation?
  8. How does divorce mediation work?
  9. What happens when divorce mediation fails?
Q: What is mediation?
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Mediation is an alternative to going to trial during legal disputes. The parties on both sides agree to work with an impartial third party who oversees discussions concerning the matter in dispute. The goal and hope of mediation is to come to a settlement or compromise that is agreeable to both parties. The mediator doesn't represent either party but works with both to help ensure that discussions are civil and agreements are as fair as possible given the situation. In many cases, if mediation fails, then the parties can move on to a trial in court.
Q: What is arbitration?
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Arbitration is another alternative to a court trial, but it's a bit more formal than mediation. During the arbitration, evidence and testimony is presented to a panel of people who act as judges of sorts. They issue an opinion about the matter in writing, and depending on how the arbitration was entered into, it may or may not be binding. If it's binding, the parties must accept and abide by the decisions of the arbitrators. Commonly, each side selects a third-party arbitrator, and each of those people selects a third person.
Q: Is arbitration or mediation better?
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Arbitration and mediation both have pros and cons, and which one is right for you depends on your personal preferences, legal goals, and the details of your case. Mediation can offer more control, and because of that, those who go through it tend to report a higher level of satisfaction. But arbitration is more formal and may provide a more structured environment, which may be needed if civil discussions aren't possible.
Q: How do I choose a mediator or arbitrator?
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If you can choose a mediator or arbitrator, it's critical to look for a neutral third party. Someone who is in any way tied to either side or who might have a known strong opinion on matters related to the case may not be the best option. Legal knowledge is important for mediators and arbitrators, but arbitrators should also have court experience. Retired or former judges or trial lawyers may be good choices for arbitrators, for example.
Q: What is an arbitration agreement?
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An arbitration agreement waives your right to seek legal remedies in court under certain circumstances, specifically, if you and the other party have unresolved disputes. You submit to binding arbitration over all matters, which can be somewhat risky as arbitration agreements are usually requested by companies that have arbitration processes set up, and those processes may not be impartial.

Q: What is mandatory arbitration?
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Mandatory arbitration occurs when someone is forced to use arbitration as a means of settling an issue. One of the most common scenarios for this is employment. Employers may require that employees sign an arbitration agreement before they can begin work. The employees then give up some rights to go to court over certain employment issues.
Q: What should I expect in child custody mediation?
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During a child custody mediation, the mediator will likely encourage each party to focus on the needs of the child or children. The parties work together to agree on custody. They typically won't discuss matters of child support, marital property, or other factors of the divorce—unless the mediation is for the whole divorce. If you are attending mediation, it is advised to come prepared to discuss what's in the best interest of your children and situation, but also be prepared to reach a compromise.

Q: How does divorce mediation work?
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Divorce mediation enables two parties to work together to come to decisions about their divorce with the guidance of a third-party mediator. The mediator may help to work through child custody, child support, property division, and other divorce matters. You'll need to pay the mediator for their services, which may be a cost you split. Be prepared to make a civil and calm case for your side of issues, but know that mediation is about coming to a compromise that works for both parties.
Q: What happens when divorce mediation fails?
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Mediation is a voluntary process, and both parties must put in the work for it to succeed. If either party stops working toward a compromise, the mediation can fail. And, it can also fail if the parties reach a point that they simply can't agree. In such cases, you might choose another course of action, such as arbitration or a court trial.