Since 2007, Gary has been a full-time neutral and has successfully mediated over 3,000 civil matters.
During his 25 years as a trial lawyer, Mr. Donovan represented both defendants and plaintiffs in all types of civil matters. Since the early 1990s, he served as a mediator, arbitrator and Temporary Judge for both the Orange County Superior Court and Riverside County Superior Court. It was during that time he discovered his passion for mediating. Subsequently, to make a full-time ADR commitment, Mr. Donovan underwent intensive training from the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University.
As a mediator, he is a very effective communicator and is resourceful and persistent in striving to reach a resolution in each case. Those qualities are reasons why he is often selected by both plaintiff and defense attorneys. One attorney commented, "Gary did a great job in bringing so many parties together on a mutually beneficial settlement. I look forward to working with him again in the future."
Hobbies & Interests
Gary enjoys hockey, motorcycles, boats, skiing, drums, and airplanes.
"Very persistent and creatively broke an impasse between the parties."
- Attorney on an Elder Abuse/Medical Malpractice Matter
"I wanted to express my thanks to Gary in getting this case settled. He's a great mediator
and this showed in his work on this case. I will not hesitate to use his services to help
my clients settle their cases in the future."
- Attorney, San Diego County, California
"Gary is an outstanding mediator and deserves all the credit for getting this case settled.
I am grateful for all the hard work and time put in on the case."
- Attorney, Newport Beach, California
"Gary did a great job in bringing so many parties together on a mutually beneficial settlement.
I look forward to working with him again in the future."
- Attorney, San Diego, California
"Various options in attempting to get the parties to talk numbers. Very creative."
- Attorney on a General Negligence Matter
"Gary Donovan is creative and tenacious. He didn't quit until we had a deal and provided
an excellent follow-up post-mediation."
- Attorney, Los Angeles County, California
"Gary, as always, did an exceptional job!! I will recommend him in the future."
- Attorney, Inland Empire, California
"I wanted to express my gratitude to Gary Donovan for his smooth handling of the mediation."
- Attorney, Orange County, California