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Name: Judge Richard S. Flier
Address: ADR Services, Inc.
  100 First Street, 27th Floor
  San Francisco, CA 94105

Telephone:(415) 772-0900Fax:(415) 772-0960  
      

Email: rflier@adrservices.org

Fees: $400 per hour  
Other Costs:  See website "adrservices.org" for mediation and arbitration administrative costs.

BAR Number:0050509

Attorney:  Non-Attorney Professional Mediator/Arbitrator:         Retired Judge/Justice: x

Mediation
Experience:


 
ADR Services, Inc. from 2005 to the present. Sampling of cases last two years: 2007: 45 mediations, 18 Business, 12 Real Estate, 8 P.I., 2 Employ., 2 Trust, 3 Insurance.
2006: 45 mediations, 14 Business, 4 Real Estate, 9 P.I., 3 Employ., 7 Trust/Probate, 1 Libel, 3 Legal Marpractice, 1 Intellectual Property. Panelist, Contra Costa County ADR Panel.
Mediation
Training:


 
Steve Rosenberg, 40 hour mediation training, April 2005
Ron Kelly, U. C. Extension, 40 hour mediation training, Spring 2005
Steve Rosenberg, 15 hour Advanced Mediation Trainging, March 2007
Various MCLE sessions with AFBA, CCCBA, CJA, 2005-present.
Arbitration
Experience:


 
Nuemerous solo hearings in Real Estate, Business, Employment and Trust/Probate areas.
Neutral Arbitrator in three member panel involving disputes between insurer and insured
Panel member on Kaiser cases
Neutral
Evaluation
Background:

 
Settlement
Conference
Experience:


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

Other
Education:


 
International Judicial Academy, the Hague, 2006.
Hastings College of the Law, J. D., 1971; Univ of Calif., B.A., Political Science, 1967
Mediation
Approach:


 
I am primarily facilitative, but I have no problem playing the devil's advocate regarding various litigation postures. I utilize more joint sessions in mediations than I used to during settlement conferences as a judge.
Arbitration
Approach:


 
I view arbitrations as private court trial. The sessions and certain procedures are more relaxed. I feel the parties want legal determinations based upon the evidence rater than compromises.
Neutral
Approach:


 
Other
Information:


 
Brief
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During the past three years I have mediated numerous cases in various flields of law. I have thoroughly enjoyed this process. Contrasted with trial, mediations give parties an apportunity to work out solutions rather than determining who is right. Many times these agreements go beyond what is allowable in trial.
I understand and respect the drive and motivation of a litigator. For eleven years, I served as a prosecutor in Contra Costa County. I also appreciate the strenghts and short comings of the legal process. For over twenty years I was a Judge of the Superior Court including three separate terms serving in Contra Costa's "Fast Track" program.
In the right setting advocates, parties, and mediators should be able to come together, understand and respect each other's position and resolve the dispute in a way that is more direct, less clostly for the clients, and in the final analysis, a better solution than the litigation process. This is my overriding goal as a mediator. Let's reason together and truly serve our clients.

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