• Available in Orange County, All of California, Northern California, San Diego
  • Mediation Only


During 25 years as a civil trial lawyer, Mr. Donovan has resolved over a thousand cases in the areas of construction, premises liability, product liability, vehicle accidents and professional malpractice regarding architects, engineers and real estate agents through arbitration, mediation and trial, representing both defendants and plaintiffs. Since the early 1990s, he has also served as a mediator, arbitrator and Temporary Judge in a wide range of civil cases for the Orange County Superior Court. When he joined the mediation and Temporary Judge panels for the Riverside County Superior Court, Gary amplified this substantial experience. To make a full-time ADR commitment, Mr. Donovan underwent intensive training from the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University. Mr. Donovan has also participated in continuing education for the Temporary Judge programs in Orange and Riverside Counties. As a mediator, he is a very effective communicator and is resourceful and persistent in striving to reach a resolution in each case. As an arbitrator, he has excellent case evaluation skills and is known as being fair and impartial. One defense attorney commented, "His practical approach had an uncanny way of revealing the true settlement value of the case to the parties." A plaintiff attorney stated, "He settled three cases for me with difficult clients that I thought would never settle."


  • Aviation
  • Products Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Vehicle Liability
  • Employment
  • Real Property
  • Construction Defect
  • Homeowner’s Disputes
  • Business Contractual

Hobbies & Interests

In his spare time, he enjoys hockey, motorcycling, flying, boating, skiing, and is an avid Rock and Jazz Drummer.



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 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

Gary was a great mediator. I'll definitely be using him again in the future.
- Attorney, Orange County, California

I appreciate the difference that Gary made on this case. I am spreading the word in the office about our great experience with him and I look forward to working with him in the future.
- Attorney, Los Angeles County, California

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

I wanted to express my gratitude to Gary Donovan for his smooth handling of the mediation.
- Attorney, Orange County, 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

Experience Summary

Legal Career

  • Mediator, Judicate West (2007-Present)
  • Mediator, TLC Resolutions (2002-Present)
  • Mediator, Riverside County Bar Dispute Resolution Service (2001-14)
  • Temporary Judge, Riverside County Superior Court (2001-07)
  • Temporary Judge, Orange County Superior Court (1991-07)
  • Partner, Donovan & Draheim (1994-07)
  • Partner, Donovan & Quilligan (1987-94)
  • Associate, Wood, Ward & Garnett (1983-87)
  • Associate, Thomas & Price (1981-83)
  • Hill, Genson, Even, Crandall & Wade (1978-81)

Education & Professional Affiliations

  • J. D., Southwestern University School of Law (1981)
  • B.A., Economics, Fordham University, Bronx, New York (1977)
  • Pepperdine University, School of Law - Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, “Mediating the Litigated Case” (2001)
  • Member, Southern California Mediation Association (2008-Present)
  • Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles (2001-Present)
  • California Real Estate Broker (1998)
  • F.A.A. Licensed Private Pilot (1991)
  • Association of Southern California Defense Counsel (1988-Present)
  • Member, Orange County and Riverside Bar Associations

Achievements & Awards

  • Mr. Donovan has been an AV-rated attorney listed in the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register since 1989.

Legal Experience

  • Aviation
  • Products Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Vehicle Liability
  • Employment
  • Real Property
  • Construction Defect
  • Homeowner’s Disputes
  • Business Contractual

Recent Representative Cases

Downtown Los Angeles

601 S. Figueroa
Ste 4000
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Phone: 213.223.1113
Fax      : 213.223.1114

Los Angeles Mediation

West Los Angeles

11601 Wilshire Blvd
Ste 2040
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Phone: 310.442.2100
Fax      : 310.442.2125

Mediators Los Angeles

San Diego

402 W. Broadway
Ste 2400
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619.814.1966
Fax      : 619.814.1967

San Diego Mediation

Santa Ana

1851 East First Street
Ste 1600
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Phone: 714.834.1340
Fax      : 714.834.1344

Orange County Mediation

San Francisco

100 Pine Street
Ste 1950
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: 415.266.1242
Fax      : 415.266.1243

San Francisco Mediation


980 9th Street
Suite 2200
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916.394.8490
Fax      : 916.394.8495

Sacramento Mediation