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Name: William D. McDowall
Address: McDowall, Cotter
  2070 Pioneer Court
  San Mateo, CA 94403

Telephone:(650) 572-7933Fax:(650) 572-0834  
      

Email: wmcdowall@mcdlawyers.net

Fees: $250 per hour  
Other Costs:  None, except as negotiated.

BAR Number:0026564

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

Mediation
Experience:


 
Mediation
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Arbitration
Experience:


 
San Mateo County Superior Court Judicial Arbitration Panel since 1976; one of four members of Administrative Committee which set up the original ADR in the county; selected as arbitrator by private parties for 20 to 25 years.
Neutral
Evaluation
Background:

 
Selected as neutral evaluator by private parties, and served as counsel for parties in the valuations by others.
Settlement
Conference
Experience:


SubjectPersonal Injury:xEmployment: Business: Real Estate: 
Matter:Legal Malpractice: Public Agency: Probate: Construction:x
 Medical Malpractice:xEnvironmental:xInsurance:xSecurities: 
 Product Liability: Landlord-Tenant / Neighborhood: Dental Malpractice: 
 Foreign Language(s): Intellectual Property/High Technology:  
 Accoutings:  Conservatorships/Guardianships:  Wills/Trusts: 
 Other:  

Other
Education:


 
Harvard University, A.B., 1952 (magna cum laude);
Stanford Law School, 1955;
Stanford Trial Advocacy Program, 2000 through 2006.
Mediation
Approach:


 
Arbitration
Approach:


 
The parties are encouraged to provide briefs two days before hearing. The arbitration is a mini trial, usually fairly informal but with all issues addressed.
Neutral
Approach:


 
A combination of informal, but somewhat structured analysis of all aspects of the case, including a practical discussion of possible resolution of legal and factual issues, plus an analysis of the strenghts and weaknesses of each party\'s case, including in some cases a comment abut the likely perception of the parties and witnesses by a jury.
Other
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Submission of briefs beforehand is encouraged. An informal meeting of counsel at the commencement of the hearing is usually beneficial.
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In private practice 45 years, primarily defense. Admitted to California Bar and Federal Bar in Northern California in 1955. Over 100 jury trials, including personal injury, defamation, construction and bad faith. Numerous court trials, primarily Declaratory Relief Actions involving insurance coverage issues. Conducted arbitrations since 1976. Judge protem in San Francisco and San Mateo counties. Member American Board of Trial Advocates (50 cases to jury verdict), since 1969, served on National Board of Directors 20 years.

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