Neutral Profile



  • Based in San Diego, available in All of California
  • Available for Mediation, Arbitration, and Private Judging assignments


Judge Ronald Prager retired from the bench after completing 29 years of service.  In his final 18 months on the bench, he served as an assigned judge on the Court of Appeal in San Diego and authored seven published opinions in civil cases. Before that, he spent 22 years as a civil independent calendar judge presiding over a broad spectrum of civil cases. Judge Prager became especially well known for handling complex matters, including the statewide coordinated tobacco class actions and the natural gas antitrust cases. Also in this capacity, he managed the calendars of more than 1,000 cases, including all law and motion matters and case management conferences.

Judge Prager's calendar included virtually every type of civil matter from routine personal injury cases to complex environmental and construction defect cases. He is highly regarded for his lawyer-friendly, efficient case management skills. For example, during his tenure and even in the most complex matters, Judge Prager was able to resolve most discovery disputes without formal briefing by consent of the parties.

Judge Prager acted as settlement judge in hundreds of cases, including employment, catastrophic injury, business disputes, partnership dissolutions, and discrimination cases. He routinely settled more than half of the cases in the early phases of trial, most of which had previously been mediated.

Practice Areas

Experience Summary

Notable cases Judge Prager oversaw as a superior court judge

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Hobbies & Interests

In his spare time, Judge Prager enjoys spending time with his family and especially playing with his grandchildren. He enjoys aerobic exercise while watching sports on television.


"Provided real life and potential outcomes at trial."
- Attorney on a Construction Defect Dispute

"Judge Prager was one of our finest trial and settlement judges on the bench. He personally settled a high-stakes, complex case of mine that several mediators failed to settle. He fairly takes into account both the plaintiff and defense positions. I would not hesitate to use him as a mediator in any case at all."
- Prominent San Diego Trial Attorney

"Judge Prager took a very practical approach to resolving an interpretative dispute regarding language in our formal settlement agreement. Rather than getting bogged down in legal niceties, he helped us work through a mutual mistake and produce a final settlement that worked for both sides."
- Attorney on a Business/Contractual Dispute

"[Judge Prager] is patient and empathetic"
- Attorney on a Real Estate Neighbor Dispute Matter

"Judge Prager went above and beyond the call of duty on this case. He spent a great deal of time before and after continuing to try and help the parties reach a solution. Judge Prager was great. "
- Attorney on a Business/Contractual Dispute

"Judge Prager was open to the parties’ suggestions in resolving the dispute. He also facilitated meetings between the parties’ counsel when he believed the meeting would be helpful to resolution."
- Attorney on a Home Owners Association Dispute

"The case settled on terms satisfactory to all parties at around 6:30 p.m. that evening. We are now closing the deal. It couldn’t and wouldn’t have happened without his Honor’s insight, skill, and gentle but firm persuasion."
- Attorney on a Business/Contractual Dispute

"Judge Prager has the touch. He is spots the factual and legal issues, understands the personalities and works with the parties and counsel to resolution. Clients love him. Lawyers love him."
- Attorney on a Real Property, Buy/Sell Dispute

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Experience Summary


Served as statewide trial coordination judge for dozens of tobacco related class actions. Approved 26 billion dollar California Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) between big tobacco companies and State of California and other governmental entities. Served as trial judge in Marlboro Light cigarette class actions.


One of many enforcement actions brought by the California Attorney General under the MSA. Ruled that RJR violated the MSA prohibition against youth advertising.


Served as trial coordination judge in class action pipeline cases alleging violation of California anti-trust laws by manipulation of California natural gas prices during the energy crises.. After several weeks of trial the case settled for over two billion dollars.


Ruled that the Unruh Civil Rights Act prohibits physicians from withholding artificial insemination services to a Lesbian Patient.


Granted anti-SLAPP motion against plaintiffs who were attempting to prevent Planned Parenthood from providing information that abortion was safe and requiring Planned Parenthood to inform patients that abortion increased the risk of breast cancer.

Legal Career

  • Mediator, Arbitrator, Private Judge (Present)
  • Assigned Judge, Court of Appeal (2015-2016)
  • Judge, Superior Court of San Diego (1989-2015)
  • Judge, El Cajon Municipal Court (1988-89)
  • California Deputy Attorney General, including last two years as Chief Attorney, Attorney General's Bureau of Medi-Cal Fraud and Patient Abuse (1981-1988)
  • Enforcement Attorney, State of California Fair Political Practices Commission (1980-1981)
  • Legal Counsel, California Fair Political Practices Commission (1979-1980)
  • San Diego Deputy District Attorney (1970-1979)

Education & Professional Affiliations

  • Juris Doctor, University of Southern California School of Law (1969)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Pomona College, Claremont, California
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers, executive committee, three multi-year terms.
  • Advisor Judge to State Bar of California Litigation section, 2004-2014
  • Master and member of the executive committee, Wallace Inn of Court, 2005-present

Achievements & Awards

  • Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, Judge of the Year (2016)
  • Presenter on trial procedure and practice at numerous seminars for lawyers sponsored by the American Bar Association, Association of Business Trial Lawyers, and various Inns of Court.
  • Co-author of Matthew Bender Practice Guide: California Trial and Post Trial Civil Procedure, Consultant to CEB publication: California Summary Judgment, 2013, 2014, 2015.

Legal Experience

  • Business/Commercial
  • Employment
  • Environmental
  • Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith
  • Subrogation
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Real Estate
  • Tort

Representative Case Information

Recent Representative Cases



  • Virtual mediation involving a landlord accused of violating warranty of habitability and negligence for not remediating bedbugs, cockroaches, and rodents.
  • Virtual mediation involving a Plaintiff who invested low six-figures for a 10% stake in a business that acquired merchandise to sell on an online platform. Plaintiff became unhappy with the way the business was being run. The business was evaluated for more than five times less than it was actually sold for. Plaintiff sued for fraudulent concealment and related causes of action. Case settled in mediation.


  • Mortgage servicer failed to credit three monthly payments, started foreclosure proceedings, and forced homeowners to file Chapter 13 bankruptcy to stave off foreclosure. Homeowners wanted the problem fixed, eliminating penalties and fees, payment of their attorney fees, and additional money to forego defamation/wrongful foreclosure suit.


  • BREACH OF CONTRACT, UNFAIR COMPETITION. Plaintiff franchisee sued new comer defendant franchisee and franchisor claiming that the defendants conspired to drive plaintiff franchise out of business by intentionally impinging on their exclusive territory. Case settled in mediation.
  • Defendant hotel developer applied for a multi-million dollar construction loan from plaintiff lender, promised to deal exclusively with lender, agreed to $500,000 liquidated damages provision, and then violated the agreement by contracting with another lender. Plaintiff sued for $500,000 liquidated damages. Case settled in mediation.
  • Plaintiff homeowner had solar panels installed on her roof under a contract with installer whereby she would pay for the system over many years with money saved on her utility bill. The solar installer sold the contract to defendant solar finance company, and the installer went out of business. The defendants finance company fixed recurring problems with the system only after weeklong delays. In mediation plaintiff rejected solar finance company's offers to maintain the system and to continue to sell her electricity at very low rates. Plaintiff finally settled for rescission (removal of the system) and repair of her roof plus a cash award she used to pay her attorney fees.
  • Class action of self-storage renters who paid a monthly fee to the self-storage company for insurance-like monetary protection against damage to stored property by fire, water, mold, etc. The storage facility did not sell the product as insurance but charged a separate fee in addition to the monthly storage charge. The issue of whether this protection must be sold as insurance is pending before the California Supreme Court. Post mediation, in the near future, regardless of the outcome of the case before the Supreme Court, the self-storage company will sell this product as insurance through licensed insurance personnel and provide some monetary relief to former and current tenants.
  • Plaintiff sued a financial services company for wrongful foreclosure, claiming violation of automatic bankruptcy stay and various technical violations prohibiting so-called Table Financing. Appeal was pending in the 9th Circuit. Case settled in mediation.
  • Defendant entered into sale contract for expensive residence but then decided to back out of the deal. He told a hard money lender that the escrow would not close falsely stating that the buyer would not qualify for the loan. He borrowed over a million dollars from hard money lender and then created false trust deeds making his teenage son the beneficiary. Case settled when defendant agreed to go through with sale of the home but take a reduced amount out of remaining equity.
  • Complex business arbitration involving multi-million dollar relationship between former sales rep for the southeastern US and defense contractor resolved after numerous pre-trial motions, three day arbitration, and post-arbitration motions.
  • Special Master upon appointment by US District Court to make a recommendation regarding terminating sanctions. Evidence established that registered investment advisors conspired with principals of another investment advisory firm to steal proprietary information from their former firm and conceal evidence of their illicit activities.
  • Fourteen day trial by reference of a complicated environmental action between lessor and lessee of dry cleaners relating to responsibility for cleanup of toxic substances.
  • This complicated environmental trial by reference case involved allegations that lessor of cleaners in strip mall misrepresented to new cleaners lessee that it had cleaned up PCE pollution caused by previous tenant. This hard fought court trial lasted 14 court days over a period of several months before final statement of decision was issued.
  • Pre-arbitration mediation. Long time investor in the pooled funds of defendant company, which purchases distressed residential mortgages, was victimized by a hacker, resulting in three separate withdrawals in the six-figure range and blamed investment company for inadequate security of his funds. Case settled in mediation.
  • Arbitration involving dissolution of partnership formed by three neighbor couples who bought land toghether. One of the couples decided to leave the partnership and were not cooperative with remaining owners regarding terms of dissolution under partnership agreement.
  • Former employee general manager of a printing business left the business to start his own business but did not tell his employer for the first few months of competition that he was starting new business and took some big clients with him.
  • Extremely contentious partnership dissolution of a fledgling insurance business that never quite got off the ground. Hard feelings on both sides. Case settled in mediation.
  • Project manager on mixed use commercial and residential facility has falling out with the owners and attempted to claim his 20% interest in the building. Owners contended he failed to perform on time and on budget. Case settled in mediation for buyout of project manager.
  • Cold storage/trucking company dispute with putative partner regarding the exisgence of partnership agreement. Case had drgged on for years and trial judge urged settlement. Hastily convened settlement conference resulted in resolution.
  • CEO and 25% shareholder who also had 50% control of startup healthcaee device company were at an impass over how to run the company. Settlement was reached via mediator's proposal.
  • Plaintiff, who owned 10% of a maquiladora corporation and ran the US part of the business, had a falling out with the three other partners. Plaintiff settled for a cash buyout in return for his turning over Quickbooks and other corporate assets.
  • Dispute between former managing partners of a real estate syndicate that owned an office building, and new managing partners, regarding accounting for money owed to the former managers.


  • Plaintiff, wife of former CEO who embezzled over a million dollars from the defendant company, had opened an escrow on the sale of the family residence. Under the terms of the Marital Settlement Agreement, wife was entitled to all proceeds. Just before closing, the company retained an overly aggressive debt collection attorney who improvidently placed a lis pendens on the property. Eventually the debt collection attorney removed the list penance, long after he concluded that it was improper and not before the home buyers cancelled the escrow. Wife was preparing to sue for improper lis pendens and under CCP 128.5 for attorney fees and monetary losses in connection with sale of the house, as well as other smaller claims against the company. Global resolution was reached in mediation.
  • Plaintiff homeowners purchased a home represented to have been completely remodeled by home flipper contractor-seller. Seller concealed defects and did shoddy work. There were alter ego issues between contractor and his construction company and single entity company he formed for the project. Case settled only after second mediation one year after the first.
  • Defendant insurance broker convinced an employer of over 200 people to self-fund a medical plan, which required the employer to purchase two insurance policies including a second stop loss policy through an international insurance market. Despite the broker's false assurances that the stop loss policy had been purchased, it turns out that it was never purchased. The employer suffered over six figures in losses.


  • Plaintiff founder of high tech electronics company received millions of shares of stock. However, after five years, he was fired and his shares were subordinated to the other shares making them worth little or nothing . Plaintiff sued for fraud and breach of fiduciary duty. After lengthy mediation session, plaintiff settled for 50 cent per share cash value on all of his shares, cash and numerous non-monetary considerations.


Cannabis Breach Of Contract

  • Broker claimed commission for the sale of a marijuana dispensary and manufacturing operation in the Coachella Valley that was licensed but not yet operational.
  • Owner of two very successful cannabis dispensaries signs agreement with broker to list the dispensaries for sale, but broker fails to disclose that he is obtaining commissions from prospective buyers. Case settles for payment to broker of significantly less than commission previously agreed to, upon consummation of sale to buyer introduced by broker.

Cannabis Industry

  • Mediated a complicated case between a marijuana dispensary being approved as legal outlet for cannabis by the City and a landlord, who got cold feet and backed out of the lease. The dispensary had invested substantial capital in the new dispensary and sustained significant past economic damage as well as what would have been significant future income from one of the few legal dispensaries in the City. Case did not settle at first. Settlement finally came after over a month of post settlement discussions.
  • Mediated a dispute involving owners of marijuana dispensaries, who were applying to a city for a license for a legal dispensary under a new program authorizing a limited number of legal dispensaries. To obtain a license, they needed to have leased space in a commercial area where dispensaries could be approved. They entered a lease with defendant owner of a strip mall. They spent considerable sums to get the property ready, but just before final approval by the city, the owner had a change of heart and cancelled the lease. He claimed that he did not realize that the city would require him to indemnify the operation and that he could not get insurance for a dispensary


Constr. Defect/Real Property

  • Construction defect case involving a judgment against a window manufacturer and company making adhesives, which leaked into borders of windows when subjected to extreme heat. Defendents entered into a complex settlement agreement to resolve mult-millon dollar judgment.

Construction Breach Of Contract

  • This construction defect case of a multi-million dollar partial tear down and remodeling of a La Jolla ocean view home. After work had begun, homeowners began to notice problems and hired a construction defect expert who found a plethora of serious problems. General contractor tried to fix, but eventually left the job. Homeowners sued the general contractor and both of them sued five subs. Homeowners hired a new general who did some demolition of expensive siding and finished the job 18 months later. After two weeks of arbitration over several weeks, with at least 10 days of arbitration left, global settlement was reached.



  • Failure to accommodate disability - mail delivery driver with long commute could not sit for more than 3.5 hours because of disability and needed to modify hours, but large company employer would not agree to his proposed schedule and offered him a much later in the day schedule or new job in the mail room. When he declined their offer, he was terminated. Case settled in mediation.


  • Employment/wage and hour case brought by an undocumented employee who worked two 8 hour shifts per day using two separate employee identities for several years to maximize his income. This arrangement enabled the employer to avoid paying time and a half and double-time pay and essentially allowed plaintiff to work two jobs for the same employer. Back wages and penalties for overtime pay was $60-70k. Defendants claimed that they easily could have hired an additional full time employee and only acceded to plaintiff's scheme to help him maximize his income and that he had unclean hands, which should limit or preclude his recovery. Employee sued both the corporation that employed him and its shareholders, husband and wife defendants, who had always kept the corporation finances separate from their personal assets. Whether the owners could be held personally liable and collectability of a judgment from the corporation, which was no longer in business and had limited assets, was debatable. Case settled in mediation.
  • Non-profit community organizer employer counseled and disciplined employee for tardiness and unexcused absences. Employee claimed retaliation because the employee had signed letter accusing employer of racism and also because employee refused to support embattled manager of a union sponsor of the employer who was publicly accused of sexual harassment. Employee obtained DFEH right to sue letter. Case settled before filing in Superior Court.
  • Pre-filing mediation brought by long time employee, who after being fired, alleged various wage and hour violations. If the case was not settled quickly, defendant trucking company faced bankruptcy, and almost 20 employees could have lost their jobs. Early settlement was based on plaintiff's recognition of company's weak finances.
  • 40-year pharmacy employee left her job temporarily for a medical procedure, but when she was ready to return, she was encouraged to extend her leave. She also was informed that her position had been eliminated and that she would have to be retrained. When she finally returned to work, she was placed on a night shift, which she had never worked before. The employer claimed that this was done on a temporary basis to make her retraining easier, but this was not satisfactorily explained to her. Plaintiff quit, claiming constructive termination. Case settled after two mediation sessions and extensive post mediation discussions.
  • Plaintiff was an hourly non-exempt employee in an elderly care facility who worked some overtime, which was not paid because she was erroneously treated by the employer as exempt for several months. She also claimed wrongful termination, which she contends was prompted by her reports of unsafe patient care practices. The facility claimed that she was not a good employee who came late and left early. Facility put plaintiff on a thirty day performance plan, but fired her after just a few days. Case settled several months post mediation but before expert depositions.
  • Graphic Designer and Creative Director of a Public Relations firm claimed age discrimination based on remarks made relating to her age and what she perceived as exclusion from social activities of younger employees. The defendants claim that she was fired due to her repeated emotional outbursts and because she did not keep current with latest graphic design technology. Case settled in mediation.
  • Pre-filing claim of African American woman admissions officer at a college who alleged that her immediate supervisor created hostile work environment by making inappropriate comments about race, sexual orientation, and physical appearance of women employees. Case settled in mediation.
  • Plaintiff mother of four, who privately met with court family law mediator, claimed that mediator kissed her cheeks and forehead and rubbed her thighs. She ran out of room and reported to court security. Mediator's DNA detected on her face. Mediator denies her allegations. Case settled with court and family law mediator.
  • Employee for an asphalt paving company, who had sued previous employer for wage and hour violations and had a felony record for assault, claimed that he was injured on the job. He initially reported his injury to his psychiatrist (who has lost his license for pill pushing). The company of about 150 employees had a history of paying for overtime in cash. Also a company employee in an email stated that the company should find a way not to rehire plaintiff if he tried to return to work. The company later refused to accommodate him and fired him. Employee filed a wage and hour PAGA case as well.
  • Female server at high-end restaurant had flirty relationship with her trainer, but after she passed training she claimed sexual harassment in ongoing interactions with former trainer. When she refused to sign statement requested of all restaurant employees attesting that she had experienced no sexual harassment, she explained the situation to management, and as a result, the restaurant commissioned an attorney to investigate. After the investigation, the harasser was fired, but the server also written up for spreading negative statements about the harasser to co-workers. After firing, the harasser wrote disturbing and threatening emails to server, which led to criminal charges for terrorist threats. Restaurant hired armed guards for restaurant and gave server time off for relocation of her residence. Weeks after mediation, case settled, with further mediator involvement, for an amount in between last demand and offer at mediation.
  • Defendant memory care facility fired HR person/bookkeeper while she was on extended leave for treatment of breast cancer. Defendant claimed that plaintiff was a poor performer, but there was no documentation in her personnel file. Defendant also claimed that plaintiff's position was eliminated by outsourcing her job duties. Case settled in pre-litigation mediation.
  • Claimant had migraine headaches but also had performance issues. Key question: was her migraine issue a substantial factor in supporting her termination when she also had performance issues and was an at-will employee,
  • A temporary employee claiming sexual harassment involving text messages, salacious photos of herself to the alleged harasser. She sued the temporary employment company and employer. Case settled in mediation.
  • Equal pay act/ FEHA case of female department supervisor with national retail clothing chain.


  • PAGA case brought by Alaska Air California based flight attendants because paychecks did not comply with California Labor Code with respect to hours worked, wages earned and paid. Case had complex legal issues including preemption under the dormant commerce clause and the Railway Labor Act. The airline contended that the Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiated by the union made compliance with the Labor Code extremely difficult. Federal and state courts had gone both ways in similar cases. Both sided seemed inclined to accept the mediator's proposal issued at the close of mediation.
  • Wage and hour class action and PAGA case involving meal and rest breaks as well as underpayment of night shift premiums. Case settled in a follow-up mediation for a significant, but significantly lower settlement based on the weak financial condition of defendant retailer.
  • PAGA claims involving off the clock work, failure to include incentive pay in wages for overtime calculations, missed meal and rest periods. Global settlement including plaintiff incentive fees, attorney fees, and PAGA claims reached in mediation.
  • Nail salon did not provide proper pay statements and allegedly did not provide meal and rest breaks, supporting individual and PAGA causes of action. Salon contended all employees were part time. Case settled in mediation.
  • PAGA case against a restaurant involving meal and rest breaks, failure to pay overtime, and late pay. Settlement for all claims, including indicidual and PAGA claims made during mediation.
  • PAGA case involving off the clock work related to allegedly time consuming requirements to log on and lof off computer programs, which constituted off the clock work, missed meal breaks and rest breaks settled in mediation.

Sexual Harassment

  • FEHA and sexual harassment allegations based on a manager's sexual involvement with a minor employee whom he initially was introduced to on an internet dating site.

Wage and Hour

  • This coordinated statewide employment class action against four health care facilities on behalf of registered and vocational nurses, cooks, and patient attendants for failure to pay for overtime and rest breaks and related violations as well as PAGA claims. Defendant vigorously contested class status as well as statistically based calculations of damages. The case had previously been unsuccessfully mediated several times by two highly respected mediators. The case was resolved this time when both sides accepted the mediator's proposal.
  • Three-month employee for pipeline company sued under PAGA for meal, rest break and overtime violations. According to company records filled out by supervisors, all employees worked exactly 8 hours most every day and took exactly 30 minutes for lunch. According to plaintiff, employees often worked more than 8 hours a day and were not permitted to take full 30 minutes for lunch. Little discovery had been done. Case settled in mediation.

Wage and Hour Class Action

  • Employees of a temporary employment agency sued the agency for compensation for previously uncompensated time spent on employment interviews with potential third party employers. The agency contended that prospective employees should never be compensated for job interviews. However in this case, the temps had already signed on as employees of the temp agency, which controlled the interview conditions, such as time of interview and selection of prospective employer. Case did not settle after first mediation, but after extensive followup and a second mediation, the case was fully resolved.
  • Wage and hour class action case on behalf of all 1200 hourly hospital employees, including health care providers, such as LVNs and RNs, for failure to properly pay overtime and meal and rest breaks. Hospital had good arguments against both class certification and opposing each substantive contention. Twice before the case had been unsuccessfully mediated on a statewide coordinated basis, but this third time was successfully mediated as to the 1200 employees, when both sides accepted the mediator's proposal.
  • Wage and hour class action and PAGA case filed against operator of three ice cream franchises. There were numerous meal break and rest break allegations, which appeared to have some merit. At mediation operator demonstrated that the businesses were barely making any money. Plaintiff agreed to dismiss class action and PAGA actions in return for a modest individual settlement.
  • When plaintiff failed to timely request class certification, federal district judge denied certification, turning the case into a PAGA case, which was set for mediation. Parties could not agree on a PAGA settlement, but the case resolved as an individual action, on terms more favorable to plaintiff and his attorneys than a PAGA settlement could have been. District Court Judge had to approve settlement terms because it had been a PAGA case and did approve the settlement.
  • Putative wage and hour class action for failure to pay electricians for driving time to jobs more than 75 miles away from headquarters. Plaintiffs made no timely attempt to receive overtime. Defendant company contended that the electricians were part of a small unit and knew when they accepted the job they would have to travel anywhere in Southern California in a company car. Also problems with numerosity, commonality, and adequacy of class reps. Case settled in mediation on an individual basis for the two putative class reps.
  • The underlying case was a coordinated California wage and hour case against a major bank, which settled for several million dollars. Two different factions of attorneys could not agree on fee split. The attorneys who came into the case after several years of litigation contended that they were instrumental in facilitating settlement and had to give up a nationwide class action to participate in the settlement. Failure to resolve would have jeopardized court approval of the settlement. Post mediation discussions finally led to a compromise acceptable to both factions.
  • Employment class action/PAGA case. Employee of temporary employment agency filed class action for unpaid time for fingerprinting before she began working as a temp at a bank. Court granted motion to compel arbitration of labor code violations, but not the PAGA claims. Plaintiff's actual damages were minimal. Case settled in mediation on an individual basis, not under PAGA, for a significant percentage of substantial attorney fees.
  • Employment class action brought on behalf of security guards for a large provider of health care, which ran hospitals and urgent care facilities. Plaintiffs had multiple claims for class action certification, the most significant were for missed meal breaks and rest periods when the widespread practice was for security guards to leave their radios on. Case settled in mediation.
  • Arbitration of putative class action involving misclassification of several hundred hourly workers as exempt.

Whistleblower Wrongful Term

  • Whistleblower employment case. Plaintiff was a caregiver at an assisted living facility who dispensed medications and complained that co-worker was not dispensing meds according to procedures. Instead of disciplining co-worker, supervisor criticized plaintiff, who resigned after receiving promise of employment at sister facility. However, management did not approve plaintiff getting new job, leaving plaintiff unemployed. Plaintiff sued as a whistle-blower. Case settled in mediation.

Wrongful Termination

  • Plaintiff housekeeper/nanny for wealthy household became pregnant, miscarried but did not return to work. Plaintiff claimed unlawful termination and also alleged wage and hour violations including documented claims for unpaid overtime and other claims for unpaid meal and rest breaks. Defendant admitted unpaid overtime but contested all the other claims. Defendant contended that Plaintiff had told defendants before her miscarriage that she was going to resign in four months to move to another city. Case settled in mediation.
  • Defendant contractor contracted with franchisee of well known national fast food chain to update the franchisee's restaurant for a low six-figure amount to support 25 year extension of franchise. During the construction, to make modifications required by the contract, defendant contractor had to remove part of roof and patch it pending roof replacement by another contractor. When the roof was not promptly replaced, it leaked and damaged the interior. In addition, inspector for franchiser compiled a punch list of minor repairs, but franchisee kicked contractor off the job before the repairs could be completed. Nevertheless, franchiser extended the franchise for 25 years. Plaintiff's expert opined that cost of repairs were over 7 figures. Case settled.
  • Plaintiff was a manager at a major manufacturer of video games displayed excellent technical proficiency but lacked management skills and repeatedly failed to respond to counseling to improve his managerial competency. On the day of plaintiff's termination, he refused to carry out his director's orders to terminate two female employees for poor performance. Plaintiff claimed he was fired because he properly was trying to protect the two women subordinates from gender bias. The company claimed that plaintiff himself had previously recommended termination of the women and that regardless they had long planned to fire him for managerial incompetence. Weeks after mediation, with considerable post-mediation mediator involvement, this hard fought case finally settled.
  • Plaintiff was the director of billing services at a healthcare center who sued for wrongful termination. The Plaintiff, a long time employee who had always received favorable reviews and received regular merit pay increases contended that she was fired in retaliation for raising her concerns about the center's compliance with new federal requirements for more detailed claims for healthcare services. Employer claimed that the director did a poor job of communicating and supervising employees and did not keep regular hours. Case settled in mediation.
  • Plaintiff, 25-year worldwide organization employee and executive director of local branch resisted central control, criticized procedures for dealing with hazardous materials, and had altercation with another employee responsible for hazardous materials. Plaintiff suspended and fired after an investigation of altercation. Previously plaintiff had received outstanding performance reports. Plaintiff claimed he was a whistleblower regarding hazardous materials policies. Case settled in mediation.
  • Long term investigator for government funded criminal defense group sued for harassment and age discrimination. Defendant claimed plaintiff was caught in dishonesty and was unwilling to go along with policies of new investigator administrator. Defendant denied age discrimination. Case settled in mediation.


Environmental Issues

  • Appointed as special master on multiple discovery motions whereby numerous environmental groups, private individuals, and an exclusive spa catering to celebrities are trying to reverse environmental approval by the County Board of Supervisors of a 2000 residence/commercial project in an unincorporated area.
  • Discovery master on ten motions relating to CEQA review of a 2100 residence/mixed use commercial development. After the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the project, a coalition of environmental interests, a powerful business, and a collection of individuals vigorously opposed the project. The recommended rulings were approved by the court, and the Court of Appeal denied a writ challenging five of the rulings.

Family Law

Family Law Issues

  • Dissolution of marriage case involving an 8-figure distribution worth of business properties.



  • Defendant purchased a short term health care policy from Insurance Company. In their application over the phone, Defendant's wife did not disclose that her husband suffered from alcohol abuse. Defendant had massive heart attack. During his recovery in the hospital he suffered from delirium tremors caused by alcohol abuse. Although the insurance company originally authorized treatment, it rescinded the policy based on fraud in the application and sued the defendant patient for declaratory relief. By then defendant had received over high six-figures in medical care. Defendant cross complained for breach of contract and bad faith. Case settled on the second day of mediation. Defendant received seven figure settlement from insurance company.

Intellectual Property

IP Copyright

  • Copyright case. An online website company , which enabled consumers to pay DMV registration online, combined with online marketing company to attract customers. Online website company claimed that ex-employee of website company conspired with the marketing company to steel copyrighted features of the online website and take away business from website company. Case settled in mediation.



  • Acting as discovery referee in discovery disputes in probate case in controversy among family members regarding distribution of trust proceeds.

Professional Malpractice

Medical Mal Dental

  • Plaintiff had multiple dental problems received treatment at a dental clinic by contract general dentist and endodontist. Plaintiff claims that he did not agree to treatment plan, that he received services he did not need, and was tricked into signing a $14,000 loan for his treatment. Case settled with treating dentists and clinic after extensive post-mediation discussions.

Medical Malpractice

  • Elderly patient with compromised mental functioning who could not walk safely without falling was not supposed to leave his bed unassisted. Patient's caregiver requested a "sitter" for times she could not be with patient, but the hospital refused. Early one morning, a fire alarm went off, patient left his bed, fell, and broke his arm. Conflicting evidence on whether the alarm, which was supposed to go off if patient left the bed, was turned off by nursing staff. Case settled in mediation.
  • Defendant health care network urgent care physician failed to diagnose an ectopic pregnancy resulting in loss of fallopian tube. Network failed to quickly arrange for plaintiff to be seen by ob/gyn. Nevertheless, later Plaintiff able to give birth to healthy child. Case settled in mediation.
  • Psychiatric patient gouged out her eye while in hospital under the watch of an attendant after previously damaging her eye. Restraints previously in place were removed before the injury.
  • Failure to diagnose cancer in a relatively young woman based on allegations that pathologists violated standard of care.
  • Medical malpractice against hospital anatomical pathologists for alleged failure to diagnose cancer in a gynecological patient.

Prof Malpractice Accounting

  • Alleged accounting malpractice arising out of unsuccessful attempt to obtain tax credit for large charitable donation of restricted stock to a charitable foundation using an intermediary LLC.

Professional Malpractice Legal

  • Pro per plaintiff, an experienced trial lawyer, paid defendant attorney to draft a fraud complaint against his former wife for concealing true value of community property business in his dissolution case that had ended years before. Plaintiff had received new information about his former wife's concealment of business assets from pleadings in a case recently filed against his former wife by her former employee. Plaintiff in pro per used the pleadings drafted by defendant to sue his wife and the former employee for fraudulent concealment but lost the case on an anti-SLAPP motion and had to pay five-figures in attorney fees. Plaintiff claimed defendant lawyer should have warned him of the possibility of an anti-SLAPP motion. After mediation the case settled based on mediator's proposal.
  • Legal malpractice: A debt collection attorney representing a company that recently discovered its CEO had embezzled over a million dollars learned that the CEO's former residence was pending close of escrow. The company's debt collection attorney suspected fraudulent transfer and prematurely placed a lis pendens on the property, which he ultimately had to be remove, but not before the property fell out of escrow. The company had to pay damages to the sellers of the property and was preparing to sue their lawyer for malpractice when the lawyer agreed to settle post mediation.
  • Legal malpractice case. Prominent physician and his wife developed a multi-million dollar ranch property they used to try to create a new breed of cattle. They lost significant moneys every year for many years. Eventually, the IRS claimed their tax deductions should not be allowed because the ranch was a hobby, not a profit making endeavor. The paid significant sums for legal representation to defendant law firm after making clear they wanted to settle, not litigate. After four years of little progress on the case, they fired the defendant law firm, and hired another lawyer, who was able to satisfactorily settle with the IRS within one year. They claimed they were seriously overcharged by the defendant law firm, whose conduct they contended fell below the standard of care. Case settled on the eve of arbitration.
  • School district contended that general counsel failed to conduct competent background examination of new high level employee and delayed his continued investigation so long that employee's contract was renewed, which ultimately damaged the district. After the district terminated the general counsel, he testified against the district in a multi-million dollar whistle blower case. Case settled in a second mediation session with new mediator.

Real Estate

Breach Of Contract

  • Applicants for a license from the City of San Diego to operate a legal marijuana dispensary at a specific location not near schools, parks, etc. sought to lease from defendant landlord. Plaintiffs made full disclosure regarding their plans to operate a legal dispensary. Defendant agreed to fully cooperate to help to get the permit which would only be valid at his property's location. However, as the tedious process was nearing approval, he rescinded the lease, claiming he did not realize the adverse potential impacts to him, including possible liability to the city. Plaintiffs' offer to indemnify him did not change his mind. After weeks of post mediation negotiations, the case settled.
  • An arbitration for failure to disclose defects in the sale of a single-family residence involving the seller's failure to disclose plumbing problems and a resultant flood shortly after the close of escrow.
  • Arbitration based on concealment of structural and electrical system defects in sale of an older single family residence.
  • Arbitration of a home flipper's failure to disclose material defects and failure to repair in the sale of a single-family residence.
  • This was an arbitration for failure to disclose defects in the sale of a single-family residence involving the seller's failure to disclose plumbing problems and a resultant flood shortly after the close of escrow.


  • Fraud in the sale of a residence. Seller knew of serious defects in the property, including some of which he concealed by cosmetic repairs. Seller's real estate agent failed to disclose extensive paperwork from original acquisition which reflected some of the less serious defects. Seller had almost no assets. Case settled upon acceptance of mediator's proposal.
  • Defendant real estate agent solicited a friend (plaintiff) to buy raw land based on defendant's supposed special knowledge of a new "Density Bonus Law," which would allow subdividing the raw land into a larger number of parcels than most developers believed possible. Defendant represented that plaintiff could quickly subdivide and flip the undeveloped land to a developer and double his $2 million investment. Defendant also miscalculated development costs. Instead of a quick sale, it took buyer almost ten years to unload the property for $1 million less than he paid for it. Plaintiff sued real estate broker and agent for fraud. Tentative settlement reached at mediation and consummated weeks later because of complications in defendant real estate agent's personal finances.
  • Plaintiffs purchased an expensive new home adjacent to a sewer easement. Before purchasing the developer represented that problems with sewer odor had been resolved. However, after moving in, sewage smells sometimes became evident. Plaintiffs sued for fraud, concealment and breach of contract. To settle the case, the developer agreed to repurchase the home and pay some damages.
  • Seller of a La Jolla residence disclosed that there had been remodeling done to the residence before sale without permits but claimed not to know that a load bearing post had been removed. After purchase, seller discovered that the ceiling was failing. Buyer alleged fraud and negligence. Case settled during mediation.

Eminent Domain

  • Plaintiff owner of three story commercial building, two stories of which were below street level, sued city for dangerous condition of street storm sewer system, which could not handle big rain storms. Owner also sued adjoining apartment complex for contributing to the drainage problem. To resolve the case, the city agreed to million dollar improvement of the storm drains and assign its rights to building owner against neighboring apartment complex.
  • Inverse condemnation case against City involving storm water channel overgrown with vegetation which overflowed causing damage to plaintiff's home necessitating extensive repairs to the foundation. Settled in mediation subject to City Council approval.

Land Slide

  • Real property dispute involving landslide in an area between two residences. A leaky PVC pipe feeding a swimming pool at a residence caused soil saturation, which led to a landslide affecting two residences. Each neighbor accused the other of causing the leak and supported its position with reports of geotechnical and civil engineering reports. Experts from both sides were present at the mediation. Each neighbor had made numerous non permitted improvements on their respective residences. Each neighbor was defended by its homeowners insurance carrier. After a full day of mediation, each party settled, one for mid six figures, the other for low six figures.
  • Two older homes in La Jolla were located on a steep slope, one directly above the other. Under current land use rules, construction on such a steep slope would not be permitted. \ The boundary between the homes was midway down the slope. Years before, the upper homeowner had problems with surface water draining down the slope causing serious erosion but had never properly remedied the situation. The downslope owner failed to maintain retaining walls which should have mitigated erosion. Each owner sued the other and was defended by their respective homeowner insurer. Cost of repair was hundreds of thousands of dollars. Ultimately both insurers paid policy limits to settle the case at a very early stage of litigation.
  • Upper landowner had a history of causing landslide problems for downhill owners. Even before the latest landslide, upper owner was planning slope repairs. After the most recent landslide, two downhill owners made claims to upper owner, Upper owner's insurer hired a lawyer to look into the problem. Dispute whether insured ever made timely claims to insurance company before paying. Upper landowner paid the lower owners for cleanup and continued significant slope repairs. Until the mediation, insurer believed the slope repairs were on the insured's property, and the insurer also contended all payments by insured were voluntary. Insured lost her house after paying for repairs and was preparing to sue for bad faith. Case settled after extensive post mediation negotiations.

Neighbor Dispute

  • Uphill neighbor sued downhill neighbor for ocean view obstruction caused by downhill neighbors trees. Downhill allowed the uphill neighbor's gardener to prune on two different occasions, but then refused to respond to further phone calls and letters seeking permission to prune again. Uphill sued. Downhill cross-complained claiming upper exceeded scope of earlier consents, harassed and caused emotional distress. Parties agreed to arbitration, which was decided in favor of uphill because the downhill's tree materially obstructed view of uphill neighbor. Downhills claims of intimidation, harassment and trespass failed.

Property Damage

  • Plaintiff homeowner suffered water damage covered by homeowner's insurance. Insurer recommended a contractor but failed to disclose that contractor was a former adjuster for insurer. Contractor's work fell below standard of care. Homeowner also alleged that insurer forced return home before remediation was complete. Homeowner sued contractor and flooring subcontractor for negligence and sued the insurer for alleged bad faith. After first unsuccessful mediation, insurer cross complained against contractor for contractual and equitable indemnity. Settled during the second mediation session.
  • Landslide case settled after second mediation before filing of court case. Homeowners' back yard was steep bank bordered by drainage ditch maintained by developer of adjoining vacant land suffered a landslide after big rain. Homeowner claimed developer built a road and failed to properly maintain drainage ditch. Settlement provided that developer to repair slope and pay attorney fees and costs of homeowner.
  • Pregnant plaintiff contends pooling of water in closet area caused built up of mold, which was not completely remediated causing her breathing problems and extreme emotional distress, especially because she was worried about her unborn child.

Real Property

  • This case involved claims of intentional fraud and negligent misrepresentations regarding alleged failure to disclose construction defects causing water intrusion in a multi-million dollar apartment complex. Specifically the case dealt with claimed refundability of the deposit in connection with the sale of the complex. Plaintiff buyer contended that the seller committed fraud and negligent misrepresentation by falsely representing that water intrusion problems were relatively insignificant and had been fixed, when in fact there were various construction defects causing substantial ongoing water intrusion problems. Defendant claimed that no untruthful representations were made, but in any event various disclosure documents that plaintiff received accurately reflected extent of the problems. The case did not settle at mediation, but was successfully resolved after numerous post mediation telephonic contacts.
  • Plaintiff buyer and defendant sellers entered into a contract for the sale of residence and opened escrow. Sellers left the U.S. planning to relocate to Spain, but soon changed their plans and attempted to cancel escrow, belatedly claiming that buyer had failed to submit proof of ability to obtain financing within three days of the signing of contract. Case settled in mediation. Sellers agreed to sell under as originally agreed but were given two months free rent before surrendering possession.
  • Nasty long dispute going on for years between two neighbors where one neighbor discovered true boundary line which gave that neighbor ownership of most of other neighbor's front yard. After two days of mediation, one neighbor conveyed fee interest in front yard to other neighbor in return for many conditions outlined in complex settlement agreement. Title insurance companies also participated in settlement.
  • Decedent went into assisted living facility, where he lived alone for several years, while his long time girlfriend remained in house they had occupied, which was owned in joint tenancy. Shortly before his death, he terminated the joint tenancy. Girlfriend claimed undue influence. Case settled at mediation for what a partition of the house and almost equal sharing of proceeds.
  • Commercial lease dispute regarding exercise of five year early termination provision. Lessor claims that he properly refused to allow implementation of early termination provision because tenant precluded from exercise because tenant subleased and because full payment for exercise not timely. Lessee counters that landlord waived and was equitably estopped from denial of the early termination provision. Parties reached a compromise at mediation to resolve the case.
  • A parcel of land was not properly subdivided in the 1970s; After a survey, examination of the records revealed the failure to comply with Subdvision Map Act. One of the neighbors sued their realtor and previous seller. Small settlements paid by realtor and sellor, and title company funded lot adjustment to resolve the problems.
  • Plaintiff had won his case in trial court and the Court of Appeal for prescriptive easement entitling him to access road of Defendants' property, but the City would not authorize the road where it had previously been located. After 6 years of litigation, the case settled in mediation.
  • Plaintiff's residence flooded in two separate years from water runoff of road maintained for neighbor's access and from runoff of other neighbors, despite Plaintiff's attempt to wall off their residence, which caused the road to become impassable.
  • Dispute between investors in four townhomes. Party who was acting as construction manager claimed he was entitled to compensaton for his efforts, but the other side accused him of embezzleing construction funds.

Warranty of Habitability

  • Mold case: Tenants of single family residence in La Jolla for over one year began experiencing respiratory problems and discovered mold on walls and on their personal belongings. They immediately moved out. Landlord returned their deposit and refunded their rent for the month. They sued for lodging expenses and damage to personal property. Case settled in mediation.


Catastrophic Injury

  • Large beach umbrella not bolted down properly during high winds at a hotel came loose and acted like a spear striking plaintiff in forehead, causing a concussion and leaving a divot in her forehead. Plaintiff claims vertigo she is suffering was caused by her injury.
  • Wrongful death case of correctional officer driving home from work who collided with a double-trailer agricultural vehicle making dangerous, unsafe left turn across busy expressway.

Civil Rights

  • Bar at international hotel chain erroneously charged drink surcharge to two female African American college professors based on false assumption that they were part of a large group of African American women also ordering drinks at cocktail lounge. After the professors objected, they were not allowed to order food without first paying for their drinks. Large hotel chain was tardy in writing letter of apology. Case settled months after original mediation after dozens of communications with both sides.

Common Carrier

  • Personal Injury Admiralty: 68-year-old female passenger on a large vessel broke her femur. Plaintiff claimed that sudden sharp upturn in the vessel's deck during turbulence caused her femur to snap near the hip joint. Plaintiff was suffering from preexisting pain and numbness in the leg that broke. Defendant contended that the seas were calm, that any movements of the deck were foreseeable, and that the Plaintiff's inattentiveness caused her to fall. Defendant also denied plaintiff's contention that vessel's safety warnings to passengers were inadequate. Case settled in mediation.


  • Defamation and wrongful impersonation alleged by creating false and disparaging social media messages defaming the plaintiff.

Elder Abuse

  • Elderly plaintiff recovering from a hip replacement in a skilled nursing facility suffers a hip displacement when in transfer from wheelchair to bed, and claims other injuries related to bladder incontinence.

General Negligence

  • Child under a year old who is highly allergic to milk and wheat goes into anaphylactic shock and is taken by terrified parents to hospital, vomiting a white substance. Daycare center denies giving child milk products or wheat. Conflicting expert testimony as to cause of illness. Child recovers after treatment. Case settles in mediation.
  • Virtual mediation involving a false imprisonment case involving a parking facility that did not allow a working mother to exit to pick up her children because of a dispute over payment of her monthly parking fee.

Maritime Law

  • Boatyard owner allowed defendants to moor leaky barge in harbor on condition that barge owner signed a release for ordinary negligence. After many months, barge was repositioned and leaked so badly it almost sunk,. Boatyard owner spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to rescue the barge. Barge owner claimed boatyard was grossly negligent in repositioning the barge. Case settled in mediation.
  • Seaman with serious pre-existing knee issues fell on deck of boat during operations and sued boat operator and owner under the Jones Act. Plaintiff also claimed the vessel was unseaworthy due to slippery deck. Defendants claimed that plaintiff admitted that his knee gave out and that defendants were not responsible. Case settled in mediation.
  • Sailboating student hit by the boom of the sailboat during the second day of instruction and suffered a broken nose. The student's mother had signed a release of liability.

Personal Injury

  • Pit-bull not on a leash at a dog beach (where dogs do not have to be on leash) bit an 11-year-old boy who was walking with boogie board and suffered bites on upper thighs. Dog then bit another child who was also at the beach. Case settled at mediation for high five figures.
  • A woman with a history of falls and significant preexisting back problems who was still being treated for pain, slipped in an area where olive oil had spilled and had been cleaned up. Plaintiff claimed that her condition significantly worsened as a result of the fall. Defendant claimed that plaintiff was not paying attention to the cone placed in the slippery area. Case settled in mediation.
  • Admiralty case. Shipyard repair worker slipped off a ladder in access trunk and fell 40 feet breaking her ankle and injuring her back. She claimed that improperly installed safety nets contributed to her injury blaming her employer, which she said knew of the dangerous situation, and a sandblasting company whose hoses impinged upon the net. Case settled in mediation.
  • Elderly woman in Goodwill Store injured by an object which fell off high shelf hitting her head and upper body causing some pain and dizziness. A few months later, still suffering dizziness, she fell and injured her knee. Plaintiff had some pre-existing injuries. Case settled in mediation.
  • Pest control company used a substance containing silica in the attic of a single family residence as a marker for termites but also left bulk quantities, which were sucked up and dispersed throughout the house by a defective HVAC system, ultimately causing personal injury to homeowner plaintiffs, who abandoned the house. Mediator's proposal appears likely to resolve the case.
  • Plaintiff who had been drinking at holiday party was bitten in the face by pit bull owned by a resident of owner-insured's home. Plaintiff has had two operations and needs two more but will still suffer from loss of feeling on side of his mouth.
  • Plaintiff and his wife rented a motor boat. Plaintiff’s wife sustained a serious back injury when their boat was buffeted by the high wake of Defendant’s touring boat. Plaintiffs contended that the same boat had caused similar injuries to other boaters before and after this incident. Tour boat operator denied responsibility based on boat's log allegedly showing that tour boat was not in the area at the time of injury.
  • While riding new bike down a hill, either the fork of the bicycle split, and/or wheel flew off causing injury to bicyclist.
  • Plaintiff slipped and fell on a wet spot in a chain restaurant, injuring her knee, and required surgery. The plaintiff made a complaint much later regarding shoulder injury, which was disputed by the defendant, who otherwise did not dispute fault.

PI Auto

  • This is a traumatic brain injury case wherein plaintiff walking on a sidewalk was struck by a car driven by a car dealership employee. Plaintiff suffered a closed head injury, a subdural hematoma. Plaintiff also received orthopedic injuries, including a rotator cuff injury and a knee injury. Plaintiff underwent successful shoulder surgery. Medical expenses, lost wages and future lost wages were factors. Plaintiff had suffered trauma in her life, including child abuse and a similar brain injury in a previous auto v. pedestrian accident 10 years prior. Plaintiff testified she had severe ongoing pain, claimed she needed to use a cane to walk, and testified in depo that she had to wear sunglasses in daylight. Defense produced a post-accident sub rosa video showing plaintiff walking briskly without a cane and not wearing sunglasses during the day. The case settled in mediation after a mediator's proposal.
  • This traumatic brain injury case involved a 20-year-old plaintiff who was running against a red light in a marked crosswalk, attempting to catch a bus. Defendant, a 20-year-old driver of a 2004 Chevy Malibu, was proceeding into the same intersection on a traffic light which had just turned green and did not brake before hitting plaintiff, causing plaintiffs body to fly high in the air and land in the intersection. Plaintiff suffered orthopedic injuries and a traumatic brain injury (t.b.i.), which necessitated his being placed in a 6 day drug induced coma. One eyewitness stated that defendant driver was speeding and inattentive just before impact. This case settled, pre-filing.
  • Plaintiff, a homeless man and marijuana user with .05 blood alcohol, crossing a busy street mid-bloc while pushing a stroller filled with empty liquor bottles, was struck and seriously injured by defendant's pickup truck. Plaintiff moved erratically immediately before the collision as if trying to outrun the pickup, but driver probably underestimated his speed and culpability. After protracted post-mediation negotiations involving the mediator, the case settled.
  • Plaintiff, a sixty-year old obstetrics nurse with 30 years nursing experience was hit by a car driven by a ride-share company while crossing a busy intersection with the light. Plaintiff suffered a broken humerus and a knee injury and had two shoulder surgeries and a procedure on her knee. Defendant claimed that plaintiff's knee pain was caused by a pre-existing injury. Plaintiff attempted to return to work but claimed her shoulder and knee pain made it impossible for her to do her job and refused to do alternate desk work. Case did not settle at mediation but eventually resolved after extensive post mediation negotiations.
  • Auto vs. pedestrian UIM case at or near an unmarked crosswalk. Conflicting expert testimony as to whether driver was at fault for driving too fast under the circumstances or whether pedestrian was responsible for starting to cross without first looking to ensure it was safe to cross the busy street.
  • Ride share driver was instructed by his fare to quickly get to the right to make a right turn on a busy thoroughfare. The driver made an unsafe lane change into the path of plaintiff's motorcycle, which caused the plaintiff to crash into the car. Plaintiff fractured his arm and pelvis. Residual effects of injury were loss of some use of an arm, some chronic pain in pelvis, and a belated claim of short term memory loss. A subrosa video showed plaintiff vigorously riding stationary bike. Plaintiff made a policy limits demand for the million dollar policy limit, but accepted a settlement for less.
  • Car in front of plaintiff's car suddenly stopped, and plaintiff could not avoid impact with that car before being hit from behind by defendant's car. Plaintiff had preexisting back problems, but claimed that the impact from the accident greatly exacerbated his symptoms which are now permanent. Defense contended that plaintiff's symptoms following the accident resolved in a few months. Case settled during mediation.
  • Plaintiff's vehicle was hit by a landscaping truck hauling a trailer at an intersection after truck ran a red light. Plaintiff tried various non-surgical treatments, but eventually had a two level spinal fusion, which was not successful. Now fusion of her entire cervical spine is recommended. She survives on non prescription pain meds during the day, but must take opiates at night and nevertheless sleeps only 3-4 hours. After extensive post mediation negotiations, case settled for multi million dollar policy with excess coverage.
  • Elderly woman slowly crossing a busy street in a crosswalk, kept on crossing, even when light turned red and was hit by a pizza delivery vehicle. She suffered fractures of clavicle, scapula, humorous, tibia and fibula resulting in 4 nights hospitalization and 17 additional days in skilled nursing facility. At mediation, parties were far apart, but after mediation, continued discussions with both sides led to a mediator's proposal, which was accepted by both sides.
  • Plaintiff bicyclist riding to work at high speed does not see landscaping truck stopping in bike lane to read meter on side of road. Plaintiff sustains serious injuries but fortunately makes good recovery. Case settles in after extensive post-mediation discussions.
  • Man in his late sixties and diabetic was walking his bicycle and was hit in the head by hydraulic boom of county vehicle used to mow lawns, spends almost two weeks in the hospital, and has his health condition seriously deteriorate after recovering from head injuries. Case settled in mediation.
  • 40-year-old female pedestrian in marked crosswalk hit by inattentive driver, landed on hood of car, and then ejected when the car stopped. Plaintiff suffered traumatic brain injury was not expected to survive, was in a coma for 7 days and a total of two weeks in the hospital. Residual effects of TBI were loss of her sense of taste and smell, inability to concentrate, anxiety, and poor memory. Case settled in half day mediation.
  • Plaintiff kneeling on sidewalk, distracted by taking photos, when his foot is run over by a large truck, breaking 7 different bones. Case settles in mediation.
  • Experienced bicyclist rolled through a stop sign at about 8 MPH and collided with a school bus making a left hand turn. The bicyclist had severe injuries putting him in intensive care for more than a week, followed by three weeks hospitalization in hospital and skilled nursing facilities. Dispute as to degrees of comparative fault. Case settled in mediation.
  • Motorcyclist lane splitting on freeway injured when SUV made sudden lane change and collided with motorcyclist causing serious injuries. Case settled in mediation.
  • Virtual mediation involving a bicyclist in a race on a two-lane highway who was trying to make a left turn without looking or signaling in front of an SUV and went flying over the windshield. All captured on the rental SUV's video.
  • Mediation of a serious auto accident caused by a big rig's unsafe lane change, causing the plaintiff's car to impact the center divider. Plaintiff suffered a broken back.
  • A bus, carrying a high school girls volleyball team was rear-ended by a semi-tractor trailer. Some seriously injured, including one TBI injury. Liability was not an issue.

Premises Liability

  • Defendant truck driver negligently struck fire hydrant causing a flooding emergency in nearby office building responded to by city fire department. All damages to the building had been paid, except cost of replacement of pipe between fire hydrant and building. City was blamed for shutting down a valve from hydrant to building's water supply, which caused the pipe supplying the building to burst. City denied fault and said the pipe was not properly maintained. Case settled for equal split of cost of repair pipe between negligent driver, city, and building owner.

Product Liability

  • Pelvic transvaginal mesh product liability case against manufacturer of the device, which was part of a vey large Multi District Litigation but spun off for upcoming trial in US District Court. Plaintiff suffered life altering complications after implantation of the mesh device, which has required one additional surgery and will require another.
  • Shower head in apartment came off during shower, causing concussion to tenant, but no brain damage. Case settled in mediation.
  • Paraplegic man attempting to use hotel pool chairlift to bathe in jacuzzi was pinned under the chair, almost drowned but was saved by his wife and daughter keeping his head above water. Injury caused by sudden failure of motorized chair. Plaintiff sued the manufacturer of the chair and the hotel, which did not properly select and maintain the device and destroyed parts of the chair after the accident. Case settled before any discovery.
  • Plaintiff 43 year old woman had hip replacement using a dual mobility acetabular cup to enable her to have greater range of motion than with normal hip replacement . She never properly recovered and needed a partial replacement 4 years later, claiming metal on metal contact causing necrosis and small tumor. Device manufacturer denied responsibility. There were no product recalls or other similar claims. Case settled in mediation.
  • Plaintiff claims she tripped when her athletic shoe stuck to a smooth floor in a shopping center. Several other similar claims reported. This model shoe had sold millions of pairs. Case settled in mediation.