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Name: David J. Meadows
Address: Mediation & ADR Services
  679 Arimo Avenue
  Oakland, CA 94610

Telephone:(510) 451-2660Fax:(510) 451-2651  


Fees: $600 per hour  
Other Costs:  FEES: $600 per hour for reviewing materials, consulting with counsel/parties, and conducting mediation. Minimum fee $3,000; deposits $1,500 per side in two-sided case; $300 per hour for total travel time after first hour in day.
OTHER COSTS: All out of pocket expenses charged at cost, mileage @ IRS rate, copying @ $0.25 per page.

BAR Number:0090701

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


I have mediated over 1000 cases in a wide variety of areas: commercial litigation, contract, insurance/bad faith, real estate, business torts, employment, partnerships, probate and trusts, small corporations, note collection and work out, construction, consumer fraud, landlord-tenant, embezzlement, personal injury, defamation, civil rights, and others. I have been approved or listed by ADR programs operated or sponsored by the Superior Courts of San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, Marin, Sonoma and San Mateo Counties, the U.S. District Court (N.D. Cal.), the U.S. Postal Service, Kaiser Permanente, and the National Association of Securities Dealers.

In addition to a large number of other shorter courses,
2001 - Completed 20 hour training in appellate mediation for the First District Court of Appeal.
1999 - Completed 8 hour training with Gary Friedman on mediation Working Directly and Simultaneously with All Parties and their Lawyers.
1999 - Completed 20 hour mediation training conducted by U.S. Post Office in transformational model for mediations of internal Post Office disputes
1998 - Completed 16 hour mediation training conducted by U.S. District Court (N.D. Cal.)
1997 - Completed 18 hour advanced mediation course by John Paul Jones Group
1996 - Completed 40 hour mediator training in Commercial Mediation by Appropriate Dispute Resolution Applications (ADRA), co-sponsored by San Francisco Bar Association

I have arbitrated over 100 cases, including business, partnership disputes, real estate, defamation, and attorney fees. In 1999, I completed NASD Arbitration Chairperson training.

I have conducted neutral evaluations through the ADR programs of the federal district court and the Superior Courts of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, as well as privately. These evaluations have included employment, business, maritime, insurance and civil rights cases. If both parties wish, I convert an evaluation into a mediation. I completed a 16-hour NE training course through the U.S. District Court (N.D. Cal.)

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


1979 J.D. Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley.
Honors and Activities: Order of the Coif; Executive Editor, California Law Review; Am Jur Awards-Property Torts, Civil Procedure
1974 B.A. Tufts University

Unless prior discussions with the parties or counsel lead me to do otherwise, I begin mediations with a facilitative approach and will only provide evaluation after I learn more about the case and if I believe, and the parties indicate, it would be helpful. Mediation is a creative process, and I try to respond to what would work best for an individual case given the parties, counsel, and circumstances, rather than to approach each case the same.

I try to provide a considered decision based on the law and the facts presented promptly after the conclusion of the hearing and try to gear procedures to make the process as fair, efficient and cost-effective as possible, while providing a full opportunity to be heard.

I listen to the full presentation of both parties, review any other documentation or information provided, and prepare an evaluation. I then ask the parties whether they wish to discuss settlement now that they have heard one another's presentation and before they hear my evaluation. If they do, we begin a mediation. If not, or if after beginning the mediation either party requests it, I provide my evaluation based on the information I heard outside of any private meetings or caucuses. My evaluation is usually a prediction of what I believe would happen at trial and includes an explanation of the basis of my conclusion as well as an analysis of other evidence that might be significant if presented.

1995-present: ADR Provider
2000-: Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law, Hastings College of Law, teaching Alternative Dispute Resolution course
1981-1994: Litigator with Keker & Van Nest; 1990-1993 Managing Partner.
1979-1980: Judicial Law Clerk to Chief United States District Judge Edward To Gignoux, D. Maine.
Published: Bay Area Court ADR-Develoments in programs and confidentiality of mediation, San Francisco Attorney (April/May2000), and Charting a Course to Dispute Resolution - A summary of Bay Area court ADR programs, San Francisco Attorney (Dec. 1997). I have also given presentations to groups of mediators and attorneys on various topics concerning mediation, including What Every Advocate Should Know about Mediation Ethics, presented by ABSF in 2005, 2006, and 2007.


My goals are to help the parties reach a settlement, or if that is not possible to help them reach interim agreements that can provide a foundation for settlement in the near future, and to do so efficiently and with good humor.

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