Since 2007, Gary has been a full-time neutral, and has successfully mediated over two thousand 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, in order 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
In his spare time, he enjoys hockey, motorcycling, flying, boating, skiing, and is an avid Rock and Jazz Drummer.
Very persistent and creatively broke an impasse between the parties.
- Attorney on an Elder Abuse/Medical Malpractice Matter
Various options in attempting to get the parties to talk numbers. Very creative.
- Attorney on a General Negligence 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 was a great mediator. I'll definitely be using him again in the future.
- Attorney, Orange County, California
Gary, as always, did an exceptional job!! I will recommend him in the future.
- Attorney, Inland Empire, 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
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