Mr. Factor's practice is devoted exclusively to service as a mediator and arbitrator. Each year Max successfully mediates and arbitrates many civil (and not-so-civil) lawsuits. His mediation practice specializes in cases involving: ,Employment & Workplace Claims, Partnership Dissolution, Construction Defects, Real Estate Sales, Leasing & Development, Professional Malpractice and Complex Business and Commercial litigation. Max has been a full-time neutral since 1999, after a legal career of more than three decades. He spent his first nine years as an attorney in public service, with the California Law Center and then as a Los Angeles Deputy City Attorney. This was followed by 22 years in private practice, successfully negotiating with companies such as: Ryder Systems, Hughes Aircraft, Coldwell Banker, Irvine Company (real estate), Polaroid, Pacific Theatres, Gucci America, Credit Lyonnais (corporate), Scudder Investments, Flying Tiger, Kayser Roth, Hilton Hotels, and Xerox (employment). As a mediator, Max works closely with legal counsel to craft solutions that will satisfy the important interests of the litigants and of their counsel. "Mediation gives me the opportunity to use my legal and business experience, along with my energy and persistence, to become a catalyst for converting contentious business disputes into mutually acceptable and workable agreements," he says. Max enjoys teaching conflict resolution to youth, college students and graduate students as an important part of his "semi-retirement" years. Max is married to Dr. E. Jane Arnault and they share three daughters: Ami, Jenny and Lauren. He is a fan of the Dodgers and USC Basketball, and greatly enjoys drama (at the theater, that is) and weekend hiking.
Max was awarded The Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year" in Arbitration for 2014 in the Los Angeles area - as a neutral arbitrator. Recognized in 2012 and 2014 by The Daily Journal as a Top Neutral in Southern California, Max specializes in mediation, arbitration and neutral evaluation of real estate, employment, insurance and partnership disputes, and in the negotiated resolution of complex business litigation. Further details at www.FactorADR.com
Graduating magna cum laude in Economics from Harvard in1966, Max went on for his J.D. at Yale (1969) where he was on the Board of Editors of the Yale Law Journal (1967-69). Immediately thereafter, he spent two years as Law Clerk for the Hon. Anthony J. Celebrezze, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
$550 per hour for mediation. $600 per hour for arbitration Flexible fees available for lower value (under $50,000) cases.
Harvard A.B. '66, magna cum laude in Economics; Yale Law School, J.D.,'69 (member of Law Review based upon academic standing); speaker, writer and trainer of conflict resolution programs and seminars at numerous LACBA, IAM, AAA and ABA programs, UCLA, USC, Straus Institute at Pepperdine and two joint seminars on problem solving techniques with graduating students from the Art Center College of Design (Pasadena) with Cal Tech.
Adjunct Professor at Pepperdine Law School, Straus Institute, 2006-16; Board Member, Western Justice Center (assisting under-served populations in conflict resolution); Member at Cal Tech, Chair's Council on Humanities and Social Sciences (Economics); Board Member, USC Gould School of Law since 1990; Board Member and former Officer, Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Los Angeles since 1990.