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


Since 1994, Jeff has mediated and arbitrated in excess of 2,000 cases. In his 34+ years of practicing law representing both plaintiffs and defendants, he has handled personal injury cases including uninsured and underinsured motorist, insurance matters, including coverage and bad faith in addition to product liability and asbestos litigation. For the past 12 years, he has specialized in medical malpractice and premises liability cases. The first case Jeff mediated was almost 20 years ago because his opposing counsel said he would make a great mediator, so he asked Jeff to mediate a few of his cases. Since then, he has been just as passionate about the ADR process as he is about trying cases. Jeff commented, "the reason why I serve as a neutral is that I get a great sense of satisfaction in helping people resolve disputes. Being in the trenches has allowed me to see all angles of a dispute, I truly care about people and I will never let a case go, I always stay with it". Those who have worked with Jeff describe him as tenacious, sharp, and a well-prepared neutral who has an excellent read on people.



Jeff Harper was great and a megastar! He got the job done. Fabulous mediator.
- Attorney on a personal injury auto dispute

Experience Summary

Legal Career

  • Of Counsel, Van de Poel, Levy, Allen & Arneal (2014-present)
  • Of Counsel, Craddick, Candland & Conti (2002-2014)
  • Partner and Associate, Knox Ricksen, LLP (1982-2001)
  • Associate, Hardy & McFee (1978-1982)
  • Manager, Refectory International, Inc. (1969-1975)

Education & Professional Affiliations

  • J.D. Hastings College of the Law (1978)
  • B.A. University of California at Berkeley (1968)
  • Member, The Mediation Society of San Francisco
  • Former member, Association of Defense Counsel, Northern California
  • Mediation certification – Center for Mediation, American Arbitration Association (1994)
  • Member, Contra Costa County and Solano County Bar Associations

Achievements & Awards

  • AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Mediator/arbitrator, in Contra Costa, Solano, Coco and Napa Counties Court Programs since 1995

Hobbies & Interests

Running, swimming, kayaking, golf and tennis

Legal Experience

  • Personal injury
  • Medical malpractice
  • Premises liability
  • Products liability
  • Insurance coverage and bad faith
  • Wrongful death/catastrophic injury

Representative Case Information

Recent Representative Cases


General Negligence

  • Mediated a settlement involving a plaintiff who sustained injuries on the premises of a facility after equipment he was using fell on him.

PI Auto

  • Arbitrated claims arising from a vehicle vs. motorcycle accident for injuries and loss of wages
  • Mediated settlement of claims of a pedestrian injured by a car and suffered serious injuries.
  • Mediated a settlement of an auto collision causing severe injuries requiring recurring future medical care.
  • Settled a million dollar case stemming from an auto collision resulting in severe injuries to multiple parties.

Premises Liability

  • Mediated a slip and fall case where a consumer sustained injuries at a large commercial store.

Downtown Los Angeles

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

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West Los Angeles

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

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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