Resolution Advocates Biographical Information

The following is a list of biographical information for the Resolution Advocates who have been selected to serve on the BDRP Panel. The background information was submitted by the applicants, and is provided without comment by the Court.

Not all panel members are willing to serve in all divisions. Please check the Resolution Advocates Availability list to select a Resolution Advocate and alternate in your area.

Ames, Claude

Law Offices of Claude Ames
3776 Shafter Avenue
Oakland, CA 94609
Phone: (510) 652-1300
Fax: (510) 652-1227

Occupation: Attorney, Mediator, Arbitrator

Education: B.S., University of California, Berkeley, 1974; J.D., University of California, Hastings, 1977

ADR Training: American Arbitration and Mediation Service; Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service; National Academy of Arbitrators; annual required training (20 hours); plus 100+ hours of prior training in mediation, fact finding dispute resolution

ADR Style: Informal and informative process of mediation procedure, setting forth mediator's role, duties, expectations, authority and lack thereof. Will caucus separately with parties when necessary to clarify positions, offer suggestions, confidentiality, create fair objective environment for resolution of dispute.

Advocate Location(s): Oakland, San Francisco

Benvenutti, Peter J.

Keller & Benvenutti LLP
650 California Street, 19th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108
Phone: (415) 364-6798
Fax: (650) 636-9251

Occupation: Attorney

Education: Harvard College (B.A., cum laude, 1971); University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law (J.D., 1974)

ADR Training: ABI/St John's University Law School - 40 hours

Advocate Location(s): Oakland, San Francisco

Bostick, Mark

Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean
1111 Broadway, 24th Floor
Oakland, CA 94607
Phone: (510) 834-6600
Fax: (510) 834-1928

Occupation: Bankruptcy Attorney

Education: B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1978; J.D., University of San Francisco, 1983

ADR Training: 40 Hours Mediation Training, Steven Rosenberg

ADR Style: Caucus; collaborative; evaluative; facilitative; arbitration

Advocate Location(s): Oakland, San Francisco, San Jose

Spoken Languages: Some Hebrew

Califano, Peter

Cooper, White & Cooper
201 California Street, 17th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: (415) 433-1900
Fax: (415) 433-5530

Occupation: Attorney

Areas of Specialization: Bankruptcy, equipment leasing, real estate and personal property foreclosure and UCC transactions

Education: B.A.,State University of New York - Buffalo, 1981; J.D., Santa Clara University - 1987

ADR Training: Court Alternatives Group (formerly ADRA) - 40 hours; John Paul Jones Group - 20 hours; Early Neutral Evaluation, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California - 8 hours; Using Mediation Effectively: Avoiding Costly Mistakes - 3 hours; Advanced Mediation - 5 Hours

ADR Style: Classic Mediation (facilitative, collaborative and caucus) and available if necessary, for evaluative approach.

Advocate Location(s): Oakland, San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Rosa

Chism, Guy David

Chism Law Offices
PO Box 550308
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96155
Phone: (650) 386-1557
Fax: (925) 293-0671

Occupation: Attorney

Education: B.A., Oral Roberts University, 1984; J.D., New College School of Law, 2004

ADR Training: 45 Hours Mediation Training, New College

ADR Style: Understanding-Based approach to conflict

Advocate Location(s): San Jose

Christianson, Shawn

Buchalter, Nemer PC
55 Second St., 17th Fl
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: (415) 227-0900
Fax: (415) 227-3519

Occupation: Shareholder/Attorney

Areas of Specialization: Insolvency; litigation

Education: B.S., Boston College, 1981; J.D., Hastings College of Law, 1984

ADR Training: U.S. Bankruptcy Court Training (Yeend) - 6 hours; (Rosenberg) - 18 hours; Have handled many mediations through BDRP since its inception. Have participated in dozens as an advocate for a party at JAMS, BDRP and elsewhere.

ADR Style: Varies - as indicated by the circumstances

Advocate Location(s): Oakland, San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Rosa

Spoken Languages: Some Spanish

Cooper, Michael

Wendel Rosen Black & Dean
1111 Broadway 24th Floor
Oakland, CA 94604-2047
Phone: (510) 834-6600
Fax: (510) 588-4942

Occupation: Bankruptcy Attorney

Education: B.A. San Francisco State University, 1965; J.D. University of San Francisco, 1968

ADR Training: Ron Kelly - 40 Hours

ADR Style: Multiple approaches including caucus, directive, collaborative, evaluative and facilitative

Advocate Location(s): Oakland, San Francisco

Daunt, Philip

2100 Garden Road, Suite A-211
Monterey CA 93940
Phone: (831) 375-0393
Fax: (831) 375-0566

Occupation: Attorney

Areas of Specialization: Representation of small businesses, and real estate

Education: B.A., University of Michigan - 1974; L.S., Universite libre de Bruxelles - 1977; J.D., University of Toledo - 1980

ADR Training: Commercial Mediation Training (ADRA) - 40 hours; Mediation for Lawyers (N. Agliano) 2.5 hours; Conflict Resolution & Mediation Skills (D. Matthews) - 35 hours; BDRP training 8 hours

ADR Style: Caucus when needed, collaborative, facilitative when possible.

Advocate Location(s): San Jose, *(Salinas & Monterey only)

Spoken Languages: French

DeLateur, Alexandra, E.

2310 Homestead Rd. Suite C1-527
Los Altos, CA 94024
Phone: (408) 204-4869
Fax: (408) 503-6513

Occupation: Attorney, Mediator, Arbitrator

Areas of Specialization: Mediation, Arbitration

Education: B.A., UC Berkeley, 1983; J.D., Vanderbilt University School of Law, 1986

ADR Training: 25 hours Coast to Coast Mediation; 40 hours Center for Conflict Resolution; 8 hours Orange County Bankruptcy Forum. Basic 40-hour course completed three times, most recently 2013 with the Office of Human Relations, County of Santa Clara. Advanced training also completed, including in the areas of bankruptcy, arbitration, and facilitation.

ADR Style: I start with a collaborative and facilitative approach and am flexible, depending on the needs and goals of the parties. I believe that caucuses are helpful and use them, particularly if the process has become evaluative and more directive.

Advocate Location(s): Oakland, San Francisco, San Jose, **(San Jose, Salinas & Monterey), Santa Rosa, ***(Santa Rosa & Eureka)

Duffy, Thomas

Duffy Law & Mediation Offices
26385 Carmel Rancho Blvd
Suite 100
Carmel, CA 93923
Phone: (831) 574-5600
Fax: (831) 574-5601

Occupation: Attorney

Education: A.B., Stanford University, 1971; J.D., University of California - Berkeley, 1975

ADR Training: U.S. Bankruptcy Court Training (Rosenberg) - 18 hrs.

ADR Style: Caucus Approach with emphasis on collaborative/facilitative methodology

Advocate Location(s): San Jose, **(San Jose, Salinas & Monterey)

Spoken Languages: Amharic