Scales of Justice

Should Lawyers "force" their clients to mediate?

Once again, I have a cautionary tale about the perils of NOT mediating a…


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Contractual Arbitration Provisions Under California Law

If you have ever purchased or sold a home, or seen a medical doctor, no doubt…


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Arbitrator Disclosures Give Rise To Litigation

No Man is an Island: Court rules that arbitrators need not live in splendid…


Scales of Justice

The Uncertainty of Litigation

Attorneys regularly counsel their clients regarding the unpredictability of…


The Value of a Lawyer’s Reputation

“You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do" said Henry Ford.…


Arbitration Agreement

Not All Arbitration Clauses Are Enforceable

It is common practice among retailers to use form contracts which are presented…


Scales of Justice

IRS Appeals Procedure

The IRS has finished its audit and has issued a “30-day letter" with proposed…


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The Consequences of a "Failed" Mediation

Several years ago, a judge called me to see if I could mediate a matter that…


Arbitration Agreement

Right to Arbitrate May be Waived by Proceeding With a Lawsuit

The California Court of Appeal recently found that a plaintiff’s election to…