Chief Judge Roger L. Efremsky • Clerk of Court Edward Emmons
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.
Education: B.A., University of San Francisco, 1967; J.D., University of San Francisco, 1969
ADR Training: U.S. Bankruptcy Court Training (Rosenberg) - 18 hrs.
ADR Style: Caucus, Collaborative, Facilitative. Will do evaluative if parties desire. Will also do settlement facilitation and early neutral evaluation.
Areas of Specialization: Real Estate Foreclosure Mediation, Complex Financial Transaction Dispute Resolution, Commercial Dispute Resolution, and e-Discovery Dispute Resolution
Education: Pitzer College of the Claremont Colleges, Claremont, CA Bachelor of Arts, Communications; Columbia University, New York, New York Pre-Certification for Professional Practice, Mediation and Conflict Resolution; University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA Certification for Professional Practice, Mediation and Conflict Resolution
ADR Training: Columbia University New York, NY; University of California Berkeley, CA; Stanford University - Gould Center for Law Palo Alto, CA; Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution; Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, CA
ADR Style: The approach preferred for financial matters is facilitative at the outset converting to evaluative as interests and goals begin to be described in terms of financial objectives and outcomes. A collaborative approach is most useful while parties are still setting goals and clarifying legal and personal positions however, a more directive approach Is often advanced as parties near agreement. Caucuses are highly effective as negotiations become more focused and after extensive exploration of alternatives and options by both parties have been completed while convening.
Spoken Languages: Conversant in Spanish
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.
Areas of Specialization: Bankruptcy, business, commercial, labor/employment, partnerships & real estate
Education: B.A., University of California Berkeley (1982); J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law (1992)
ADR Training: University of California Berkeley: Mediation & Conflict Resolution Seminar (Kelly) - 40 hours
ADR Style: Caucus, collaborative, facilitative, evaluative where called for circumstance.
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
Spoken Languages: Some Hebrew
Occupation: Commercial Insolvency Lawyer
Areas of Specialization: Commercial Insolvency, Business Bankruptcy and Reorganization, Out-of-Court Restructurings
Education: J.D., cum laude, Santa Clara University - 1974; B.S. Miami University - 1971
ADR Training: Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution; Pepperdine University School of Law - 42 hours; Steven Rosenberg Mediation Training - 40 hours
ADR Style: Primarily facilitative, moving to evaluative as the dynamics require. Joint sessions and caucuses as appropriate.
Areas of Specialization: Consumer & Business Bankruptcy Ch 13 & 7 Representing Debtors and Creditors
Education: B.S., Ball State University, 1981; J.D., Golden Gate University, School of Law 1990, Law Review, Dean's List
ADR Training: 40 Hrs. - Theories and Practice of Mediation (Steven Rosenberg)
ADR Style: Depends on circumstances and preferences of parties, but generally my mediation approach includes caucus, collaborative and facilitative methods - creative and flexible problem solving with focus on listening and understanding positions. Evaluative if requested by parties.
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.