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Name: Stanley W. Smith
Address: 425 California Street, 15th Floor
  San Francisco, CA 94104-2118

Telephone:(415) 981-5451Fax:(415) 433-5439  
      

Email: law@nivensmith.com

Fees: $300 per hour  
Other Costs:  None

BAR Number:0072728

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

Mediation
Experience:


 
In excess of 100 mediations conducted in areas of real estate, broker and legal malpractice, construction, patent infringement, business and partnership disputes, commercial lease disputes, partition actions, and mortgage brokerage claims.
Mediation
Training:


 
Comprehensive 40-hour mediation training; American Arbitration Association basic arbitration training.
Arbitration
Experience:


 
Arbitrations conducted in areas of real estate, construction and broker malpractice.
Neutral
Evaluation
Background:

 
Settlement
Conference
Experience:


SubjectPersonal Injury: Employment: Business:xReal Estate:x
Matter:Legal Malpractice:xPublic Agency: Probate: Construction:x
 Medical Malpractice: Environmental: Insurance: Securities: 
 Product Liability: Landlord-Tenant / Neighborhood: Dental Malpractice: 
 Foreign Language(s): Intellectual Property/High Technology:x 
 Accoutings:  Conservatorships/Guardianships:  Wills/Trusts: 
 Other: Real estate broker and sales transaction litigation.

Other
Education:


 
Stanford University, BA
Hastings College of the Law, J.D.
Mediation
Approach:


 
An evaluative/directive approach is used to guide parties to a resolution.
Arbitration
Approach:


 
A structural procedure is followed in both presentation of materials before and in the course of the arbitration hearing.
Neutral
Approach:


 
Other
Information:


 
Court-appointed referee in real estate litigation, San Francisco County Superior Court.
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I am one of the founders of the law firm of Niven & Smith, and since 1977 have maintained a multi-faced civil litigation practice in the areas of real estate, complex construction defect, professional malpractice, securities and consumer class actions, commercial leasing and product liability. In this period, I have additionally served as Judge Pro Tem and court-appointed referee in the San Mateo and San Francisco County Superior Courts, and have been a member of continuing education panels in the areas of residential home defect litigation, real estate, brokerage litigation, damages and remedies in real estate litigation and elder abuse.
Since 1999, I have also maintained an active mediation practice. My training includes Mediation and Conflict Resolution training (40 hours) and American Arbitration association arbitration training (10 hours). In the course of my mediation practice I have assisted parties in reaching settlements in matters involving real estate sales contracts, real estate broker and mortgage broker claims, partition and specific performance action, sales of business opportunities, partnership dissolution, attorney-client fee disputes, commercial contract claims, commercial leasing disputes, complex construction defects in both residential and commercial properties, and real estate non-disclosiue actions.

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