Neutral Profile



  • Available in Northern California
  • Available for Mediation, Arbitration, and Private Judging assignments


As a Sacramento based trial attorney specializing in employment law for 37 years, Jeff has earned a reputation among his peers for being a sharp, fair, and respectful adversary and colleague in the legal community. As a result, he has been retained by employment and labor lawyers to serve as mediator and arbitrator in their cases.

In private practice, Jeff litigated, tried or mediated hundreds of employment cases in the State and Federal courts as well as before administrative agencies in cases involving discrimination, harassment, privacy, wage and hour as well as management/union relations including grievance proceedings, negotiating collective bargaining agreements and advising on rights and obligations under federal labor law. He has taught numerous classes to human resource professionals, employers and lawyers on various employment and workplace issues. He currently mediates for the Settlement department 59 in the Sacramento Superior Court and voluntary dispute resolution program in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California.

His passion for serving as a neutral is evident, as many describe him as having a communicative, evaluative, and caring approach that gets results.


  • All types of Employment Disputes including PAGA, Class Action, Labor Law
  • Business/Contractual

Hobbies & Interests

In his spare time, Jeff enjoys playing outdoor sports, hiking, cycling, and adventure travels.


Mr. Owensby did an excellent job of listening to my client, evaluating the case and what the other side was willing and not willing to do, and earning mine and my client’s trust. I would highly recommend him to anyone.
- Attorney on an Employment Wrongful Termination Dispute

Experience Summary

Legal Career

  • Neutral, Judicate West (Present)
  • Partner, Kennaday Leavitt Owensby, PC (2016 - Present)
  • Neutral, Voluntary Dispute Resolution Program, U.S. District Court - Eastern District of California, (2014-Present)
  • MSC Judge Pro Tem, Department 59, Superior Court of Sacramento (2004 – Present)
  • Partner, Rediger McHugh & Owensby LLP (2007-2016)
  • Partner, Riegels Campos & Kenyon LLP (1999-2007)
  • Attorney and Partner, Diepenbrock, Wulff, Plant & Hannegan (1982-1998)

Education & Professional Affiliations

  • J.D., University of California Davis (1982)
  • B.A., University of San Francisco (1979)
  • Mediation Program, Strauss Institute, Pepperdine (2018)
  • Sacramento County Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section (1982-Present)
  • Sacramento County Bar Association, ADR Section (1982-Present)

Legal Experience

  • All types of Employment Disputes including PAGA, Class Action, Labor Law
  • Business/Contractual

Recent Representative Cases

Downtown Los Angeles

601 S. Figueroa
Ste 3400
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