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