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.

Ahrens, Michael

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton
Four Embarcadero, 17th floor
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: (415) 434-9100, (415) 774-3243
Fax: (415) 434-3947

Occupation: Attorney

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.

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

Alarcon, Carlos J.

716 Primrose Lane
Benicia, CA 94510
Phone: (707) 319-2113

Occupation: Mediator

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 a formulaic economic/financial analysis and then 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.

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

Spoken Languages: Conversant in Spanish

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

Barrett, Kathryn E.

Silicon Valley Law Group
50 W. San Fernando Street, Suite 750
San Jose, CA 95113
Phone: (408) 573-5700
Fax: (408) 573-5700

Occupation: Attorney

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.

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

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

Boven, Douglas

Reed Smith LLP
101 2nd Street, Suite 1800
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: (415) 533-9548
Fax: (415) 391-8269

Occupation: Attorney

Education: B.S., University of Michigan (1965); J.D., University of Michigan (1969)

ADR Training: US Bankruptcy Court (YEED) - 6 hrs. Rosenberg - 18 hrs.

ADR Style: Caucus, collaborative. Will do ENE

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

Burns, Thomas R.

703 Market St., Suite 1109
San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone: (415) 543-9900
Fax: (415) 543-9449

Occupation: Attorney

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.

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

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