After nearly three decades as a successful trial attorney, Floyd made the decision in 2008 to transition from litigator to mediator. His passion for mediation stems from his realization that he could have an even greater impact on people's lives by employing his negotiation skills as a neutral. Since he began offering his services seven years ago, Floyd has proven to be extremely effective in gaining the trust, confidence and respect of those who have used his services. Whether he is tackling claims against governmental entities, emotionally challenging claims of sexual abuse or workplace harassment, claims of professional negligence or personal injury, or sophisticated real estate or business disputes, Floyd's ability to listen and his natural instinct for problem solving enable him to guide the parties toward a mutually acceptable resolution. An attorney in one recent mediation commented "Floyd was incredibly efficient and effective in resolving a difficult case that needed some extra attention to reach resolution. He really does go above and beyond to facilitate a settlement and he knows the art of closing a deal." The plaintiffs in another mediation identified Floyd's most important attribute, "Your clients are, I think, lucky to have you on both sides."
Mr Siegal did a great job with the best follow up I have ever seen!
- Attorney, Los Angeles County, California
Mr. Siegal did a phenomenal job preparing for and resolving a difficult multi-party, multi-theory case and then applied his pleasant and professional demeanor towards resolution
- Attorney, Southern California
Floyd Siegal did a fantastic job. He took the time to make calls before the mediation so that when we arrived, we hit the ground running. Then, he was a great strategist, and gave really productive insight into the process versus just conveying offers and demands back and forth.
- Attorney, Los Angeles County, California
His premeditation call was very helpful. His willingness to keep after the negotiations was also helpful.
- Attorney on a real property dispute
Full-time Mediator (2008-Present)
Managing Partner, Spile Siegal Leff & Goor, LLP (1996-2008) with a focus on general civil litigation, insurance defense and real estate.
Partner, Krivis Spile & Siegal (1994-1996)
Criminal Defense Attorney, Private Practice (1978-1985/1988-1994)
Alternate Defense Counsel (1985-1988)
Education & Professional Affiliations
JD, Loyola Law School (1978)
BA, San Diego State University, Philosophy (1975)
Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School of Law, Specialized Mediation/Personal Injury, Professional Negligence, Employment Disputes (2008)
President, Southern California Mediation Association
Affiliate Member, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
Member, San Fernando Valley Bar Association
Fellow, International Academy of Mediators
Achievements & Awards
During the O.J. Simpson criminal and civil trials, Floyd was privileged to serve as a legal commentator on various programs including "Rivera Live."
Floyd also has presented numerous MCLE seminars on the topic of "Resolution Strategies."
Hobbies & Interests
In his spare time, Floyd, a one-time drummer enjoys watching his son (who is far more talented) perform with various bands. He has an interest in baseball, golf, reading non-fiction and watching the entire DVD collection of "The West Wing" over and over and over again.
Dispute between business partners over dissolution of existing business
Claims of sexual harassment against apartment manager
Wage and Hour
Wage and hour claim against private business entity
Wrongful termination lawsuit on behalf of multiple plaintiffs against national restaurant chain, alleging racial discrimination and sexual harassment
Wrongful termination lawsuit against law firm alleging age discrimination
Bad faith claim arising from denial of coverage for property damage
Bad faith claim arising from refusal to pay policy limits in automobile v. pedestrian accident
Claims against insurance broker for failure to procure proper insurance
Wrongful death/medical malpractice claim against hospital and attending physician
Professional Malpractice Legal
Legal malpractice claim arising from failure to file suit within the applicable statute of limitations
Claims against real estate broker/agent for failure to disclose known soil defects
Home Owners Association
Claims of mold infestation against HOA
Claims between insurance companies for unauthorized issuance of insurance policy
Action by family members against other family members for accounting and partition of three parcels of real property.
Warranty of Habitability
Claims by multiple tenants that apartment building was uninhabitable
Claims against mortuary for removal of remains
Claim against nightclub for inadequate security, resulting in serious personal injuries to patron
Claims against lender for racial discrimination against borrower
Defendant was sued for violations of FEHA, Unruh Act and retaliatory eviction for failing to accommodate the asthmatic condition of minor plaintiff.
Claims of food poisoning against restaurant chain.
Claim against business entity for negligence resulting in amputated toe
Claims against multiple carriers arising from boating accident
Construction-site accident resulting in traumatic brain injury
Claims against health spa for inappropriate conduct of employee
Admitted liability automobile case, with shoulder surgery and subsequent shoulder surgery due to physician error, complicated by evidentiary issues concerning the admissibility of plaintiff's prior felony conviction for voluntary manslaughter.
PI Sexual Molestation
Claims arising from sexual molestation of young girl by fellow students
Garden variety slip & fall case, accompanied by personal apology by defendant's VP and offer of gift card to encourage plaintiff to return as customer.
Garden variety trip and fall in furniture store, with a twist -- plaintiff was twelve years old at time of incident and suffered a fractured hip.
Premises liability claim involving five defendants, each with indemnity claims (either express or equitable) against one another.
Claims of product liability against healthcare company
Product liability case alleging defective hand cart / failure to warn, which resulted in refrigerator falling on plaintiff and causing serious injuries. Resolved at last-minute Saturday mediation five days before trial was scheduled to commence.
Wrongful death claim against commercial property owner arising from trip and fall in parking lot
Wrongful death claim against law enforcement agency as a result of police shooting