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Name: Sarah F. Burke
Address: 38 Miller Avenue #504
  Mill Valley, CA 94941

Telephone:(415) 307-9740Fax:(415) 877-4284  
      

Email: Sarah@BurkeADR.com
Website: www.BurkeADR.com

Fees: $375 per hour  
Other Costs:  Conference call and copying charges (if applicable), occasionally travel time (depends upon the case).

BAR Number:0000000

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

Mediation
Experience:


 
I am a mediator and discovery referee and special master practicing in most Northern Califoria conties. I have successfully mediated dozends of cases involving construction defects and bring firm and fair leadership as a Special Master and Discovery Referee. I've also mediated personal injury and wrongful death cases, insurance coverage disagreements and a myriad of other disputes. Since transitioning my practice to mediation in 2006, I have successfuly mediated over 75 matters. I am a member of the Approved ADR Panels of Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties.
Mediation
Training:


 
I have completed 40 hours of advanced mediation training with Steve Rosenberg, and have participated in many hours of mediation focused continuing education, both as a trainer/instructor and as a participant.
Arbitration
Experience:


 
Neutral
Evaluation
Background:

 
As a special master and dicovery referee, I routinely provide neutral evaluation regarding both legal and factual issues in dispute in areas of insurance coverage, costruction defect and personal injury.
Settlement
Conference
Experience:


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

Other
Education:


 
After graduating magna cum laude from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine in 1989, I received my JD from University of San Diego School of Law and became a member of the California State Bar in 1992.
Mediation
Approach:


 
I firmly believe that the approach depends upon the parties, counsel and the subject matter. Mediation is not a "one size fits all" exercise. That said, I tend more toward the directive style. In mediation, I strive to use our time efficiently and help the parties and counsel approach the process with a spirit of good humor.
Arbitration
Approach:


 
Neutral
Approach:


 
I have a directive/evaluative style in neutral evaluation. I request briefing regarding the legal or factual issues in dispute and then hold a hearing. Throughout the process, I will continue to look for opportunities to settle the matter.
Other
Information:


 
Extensive experience as Special Master and/or discovery Referee in construction defect and insurance coverage cases.
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Before becoming a mediator and special master, I spent my career representing developers, materials suppliers, contractors, subcontractors and homeowners in all types of construction litigation. In addition to wide-ranging expereince in both residential and commercial construction litigation, I have litigated personal injury and wrongful death cases and have tried cosntruction and personal injury cases to juries in both Northern and Southern California. I also have an extensive background in insurance coverage issues, with experience in both first-party and third-party coverage analysis and litigation, including claims against and between insurance carrieers, bad faith claims and claims involving OCIP/wrap policies.
Speaking Engagements: I have been a regular panelist for education providers, such as the Association of Defense Counsel, and have lectured throughout the country on topics including dispute resolution, construction and insurance litigation.

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