• Available in Orange County
  • Available for Mediation, Arbitration, and Private Judging assignments


James F. Grier is a Professional Arbitrator and Mediator who has successfully mediated hundreds of disputes and has heard over 2,000 arbitrations. Since 1982, he has also been serving as Judge Pro Tempore for the Orange County Superior and the West and Harbor Municipal Courts. As an Arbitrator, Mr. Grier is a scholarly, intellectual neutral with a sharp, analytical mind. He is known for his ability to render clear, concise decisions in a timely manner and for cutting through trivia to expedite his hearings. One attorney comments: "He is very bright...and extremely flexible in his willingness to conduct arbitrations in a manner that suits the needs of the parties." As a Mediator, Mr. Grier is praised by clients for his knowledge of law, medical issues and case values placed by juries in various venues. He is also outstanding at communicating each party's perspectives to the others and for aggressive follow up after the hearing until closure. One defense client commented that "Mr. Grier knows his medicine, is real sharp at grasping the issues and is great for settlement conferences." Others, both plaintiff and defense, have concurred.


  • Personal Injury

Hobbies & Interests

Pilot who enjoys flying to remote locations for Hearings or Golf; Professional and College Sports enthusiast.

Experience Summary

Legal Career

  • Full time Arbitrator and Mediator (1989-Present)
  • Associate, Highman, Dillard & Fuller, Insurance Defense, Orange County (1988-89)
  • Private General Civil Practice, Orange County (1986-88)
  • Partner, Grimes & Grier, General Civil Litigation, Orange County (1983-86)
  • Private General Civil Litigation Practice, Century City (1978-82)

Education & Professional Affiliations

  • Member, California State Bar Association
  • Adjunct Professor, Western State University, Fullerton, California, Torts, Arbitration and Mediation (1991- Present)
  • Professor, American College, Anaheim, California, Constitutional Law, Civil Procedure, Remedies and Sports Law (1984-90)
  • J.D., American College, Anaheim (1976)
  • B.A., University of California, Irvine (1972)

Legal Experience

  • Personal Injury

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