John is a full time neutral with Judicate West Alternative Dispute Resolution. He is a Past President of the IAM and has been recognized as one of 22 "Master Mediators" in the State of California by the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal. He served as a United States Magistrate Judge in the Northern District of Oklahoma from 1985 to 1997. While on the bench, he developed and administered a court-annexed mediation program and was the primary settlement judge for the court. He served on the Court Administration and Case Management Committee of the United States Judicial Conference and its ADR Task Force. From 1998 to 2005 he was the Director of and a principal neutral for the Irell & Manella LLP ADR Center in Newport Beach, California. He was a member of the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution/Georgetown Commission on Ethics and Standards in ADR. The CPR International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution lists him as a Distinguished Neutral on several of its panels, including its exclusive National Panel.
John is a full-time ADR neutral with over 30 years' experience in the field. He has mediated and arbitrated thousands of cases. He mediates business and commercial disputes, with broad experience in complex litigation, intellectual property diputes, entertainment matters, class actions, multi-party cases, partnership dissolution and environmental matters. He also resolves oil and gas, professional malpractice, insurance, construction defect, breach of contract, fraud, personal injury, product liability, employment, franchise and real estate matters. In 2013, he was named a "Master Mediator" by the Daily Journal, a designation that requires selection as a "Top California Neutral" for the preceding 5 years. He has been included in every edition of the Best Lawyers in America in the specialty of Alternative Dispute Resolution since 2007, and was selected as the Best Lawyers' 2014 Orange County "Arbitration Lawyer of the Year," and was then selected as the the Best Lawyers' 2016 Orange County "Mediation Lawyer of the Year." He has been selected to be listed as a Southern California Super Lawyer in the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution every year since 2007. He was selected by the Hollywood Reporter, Esq. as one of the top 32 mediation specialists for entertainment disputes.
John received his B.A. from the University of Oklahoma in 1976 (Phi Beta Kappa) and his J.D. from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1979 (Phi Beta Phi). He received Advanced Mediation training through the Federal Judicial Center and Endispute, Inc. He attended the Harvard University Law School Program of Instruction for Lawyers. He has since served as an ADR instructor and trainer for many distinguished organizations, including the International Academy of Mediators, the Federal Judicial Center, the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, Pepperdine University's Strauss Institute of Dispute Resolution and the American Bar Association.
$880 per hour in California. $1,100 per hour for out of state matters, discovery referee and special master work. No charge for non-working travel time. Please call Judicate West at 1-800-488-8805 for details and availability.