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.

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

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)

Ellahie, Javed

Ellahie Law Firm
2542 S. Bascom Ave, Suite 235
Campbell, CA 95008
Phone: (408) 579-1280
Fax: (408) 273-6009

Occupation: Attorney

Areas of Specialization: Certified specialist, bankruptcy (State Bar of California)

Education: B.S.E.E., California State University, Fresno, 1970; J.D., University of Santa Clara, 1974; LLM (Taxation), Golden Gate University, 2008

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

ADR Style: "Encourage party communication and provide evaluation of case if requested. My focus is on settling cases and parties who choose BDRP should be able to settle."

Advocate Location(s): San Jose

Spoken Languages: Urdu, Punjabi & Hindi

Green, Tracy

Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean, LLP
1111 Broadway, 24th Floor
Oakland, CA 94607-4036
Phone: (510) 834-6600
Fax: (510) 834-1928

Occupation: Insolvency Attorney

Areas of Specialization: Represent debtors, creditors, creditors' committees and trustees on all aspects of bankruptcy, out of court workouts and assignments for the benefit of creditors.

Education: University of California, Santa Cruz, B.A., (1979); University of San Francisco, J.D. (1984)

ADR Training: 40 hours - Ron Kelley

ADR Style: My approach is caucus, facilitation and collaborative. I can also provide evaluative services.

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

Gross, Jonathan

Mound Cotton Wollan & Greengrass LLP
2200 Powell Street, Suite 1050
Emeryville, CA 94608
Phone: (510) 900-9371
Fax: (510) 900-9381

Occupation: Attorney, Mediator, Mediation Trainer

Education: B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz, 1982; J.D., Hastings College of Law, 1985

ADR Training: Community Boards of San Francisco - 32 hours; Center for Law in Mediation (Friedman) - 34 hours; Various 50+ hours.

ADR Style: "I manage the mediation process based on the personalities involved. For parties that need evaluative issues addressed, I provide a forum where different perspectives can be explored and critiqued. I am also skilled at facilitating communications and dealing with non-evaluative issues. I specialize in complex commercial cases and disputes involving strong emotions."

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