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MAP Background Information provided


Name: John S. Blackman
Address: Farbstein & Blackman, APC
  411 Borel Avenue, Suite 425
  San Mateo, CA 94402-3518

Telephone:(650) 554-6200Fax:(650) 554-6240  
      

Email: jsb@farbstein.com
Website: http://www.farbstein.com/

Fees: $400 per hour   to   $450 per hour
Other Costs:  Fees: $400.00 per hour for regular cases, and $450.00 per hour for complex or multi-party cases (3 or more sides).
None except as negotiated.

BAR Number:0114654

Attorney: xNon-Attorney Professional Mediator/Arbitrator:         Retired Judge/Justice:  

Mediation
Experience:


 
Part-time mediator since 1991, primarily for cases in litigation. Conducted over 400 mediations.
Mediation
Training:


 
40-hour Mediation and Conflict Resolution Training, by Steve Rosenberg (1996); 8-hour Mediation Training by Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center (1992). I have also given trainings in mediation, arbitration, and neutral evaluations.
Arbitration
Experience:


 
San Mateo County Superior Court Judicial Arbitration Panels since 1990; Santa Clara County since 1998; Alameda County since 2004; 18 binding arbitrations as sole arbitrator.
Neutral
Evaluation
Background:

 
I have conducted five neutral evaluations under the MAP program. I have also designed and participated in several neutral evaluation sessions as counsel for parties, and I was a part of the team that designed the MAP Neutral Evaluation Program.
Settlement
Conference
Experience:


SubjectPersonal Injury:xEmployment:xBusiness:xReal Estate:x
Matter:Legal Malpractice:xPublic Agency: Probate:xConstruction:x
 Medical Malpractice:xEnvironmental: Insurance:xSecurities: 
 Product Liability: Landlord-Tenant / Neighborhood: Dental Malpractice:x
 Foreign Language(s): Intellectual Property/High Technology:  
 Accoutings:Conservatorships/Guardianships:Wills/Trusts:x
 Other:  

Other
Education:


 
U.C. Santa Barbara, B.A. (1975); Santa Clara University School of Law, J.D. (1984).
Mediation
Approach:


 
Primarily directive and evaluative, although I use facilitative, non-directive techniques when appropriate.
Arbitration
Approach:


 
For binding arbitration I apply the California Evidence Code and substantive law, unless the parties have agreed otherwise; that being said, I generally run a relatively informal hearing. I work closely with the parties to determine exactly how the hearing should be conducted.
Neutral
Approach:


 
I like to guide the participants to a better understanding of the case by engaging the participants in a systematic analysis of the legal, factual, and practical aspects of their own case, as well as the other side's case.
Other
Information:


 
I like to work with counsel before any hearing or session so that everyone is clear as to the form and nature of the ADR process in which they are about to engage. When appropriate, I also like to do a fair amount of case "work-up" beforehand, so that we can hit the ground running when the session begins.
Brief
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Resume available upon request.

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