KIM DECK, ESQ.

  • Available in Los Angeles, All of California
  • Mediation Only

Introduction

Since 1998, Kim Deck has been a full-time mediator who specializes in resolving almost every type of employment dispute as well as breach of contract, entertainment and emotionally charged matters. She has successfully settled the vast majority of the more than 4,000 cases she has mediated. She also serves as a neutral fact-finder, conflict resolution coach and trainer for a variety of organizations. Kim receives high praise from both plaintiff and defense counsel for being open-minded, objective, responsive, and tenacious in facilitating settlements. Litigants often comment on her personal concern for their clients' interests and feelings, her persistence in following up with the parties and her creative solutions in dealing with the issues. One client commented, "Kim is a no-nonsense mediator who has settled every case my firm has brought to her. She is masterful, consistently demonstrating the right combination of legal knowledge, aggression, empathy and honest communication to achieve amazing results." Another client commented, "I am always impressed with Kim's ability to fashion a creative solution."

Specialties

Hobbies & Interests

In her spare time, Kim enjoys spending time with her husband and their two children as well as skiing, hiking traveling, and is fluent in Italian.

Website

http://www.ondeckmediation.com

Testimonials

Ms. Deck quickly grasped the most important points, and focused on them to help attain a resolution.
- Attorney, San Francisco, CA












Experience Summary

Legal Career

  • Full-Time Mediator, 1998-Present
  • Associate General Counsel and Manager, Employment Dispute Resolution Group, JAMS, 1991-1998

Education & Professional Affiliations

  • J.D. Whittier College School of Law, 1991
  • B.A. St. Mary’s College, Business Administration & International Relations, 1984
  • Member, Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution, 1991-Present
  • Member, California State Bar Association
  • Member, California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA)
  • Member, Los Angeles County Bar Employment Group
  • Member, Southern California Mediation Society, 1995-Present
  • Board Member, Disability Rights Legal Center
  • Board Member, Association of Media and Entertainment Counsel
  • Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School of Law

Achievements & Awards

  • Ms. Deck has been named by the Daily Journal as a Top Neutral in the State of California (2007).
  • Harvard Negotiation Project-master series for negotiations and managing difficult conversations.
  • Co-Chair of the Dispute Resolution Section for the Association of Media & Entertainment Counsel (AMEC).
  • Peace Maker of the Year Award by AMEC (2013).

Legal Experience

Representative Case Information

Recent Representative Cases

Business/Commercial

Contractual

  • Dispute between family members over right to control family business involving allegations of breach of fiduciary duty and unfair competition issues

Employment

A D A

  • Successfully resolved hundreds of disability discrimination claims involving failure to provide reasonable accommodation and discrimination for a variety of disabilities including diabetes, mental issues, alcoholism, cancer, neurofibromatosis, HIV positive diagnosis and related issues, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, etc.

Discrimination

  • Mediated a settlement in excess of $1 million in a racial discrimination case against a Fortune 500 company
  • Resolved several hundred matters involving workers over 40 claiming age discrimination utilizing creative solutions which have included medical insurance, retirement coverage, pension benefits, and other desirable benefits for employees
  • Resolved many gender bias claims with issues involving disparate treatment of multiple plaintiffs, unequal pay, glass ceiling, transsexual and transgender issues
  • Successfully mediated numerous matters involving national origin and race discrimination claims and retaliation for complaining of such

Empl. Class Action

  • Settled a wage-and-hour class action case against a top Los Angeles restaurant for $2 million
  • Employment Class Actions: Successfully mediated numerous class action matters for large oil company, restaurant chains, retailers, etc. involving misclassification, wage-and-hour violation cases (including failure to comply with statutory breaks, lunch breaks, and failure to pay appropriate overtime including management and artistic exemptions), and gender bias

Family Leave Act

  • Mediated hundreds of matters with women asserting pregnancy discrimination

Hostile Environment

  • Successfully resolved several hundred claims of sexual harassment and discrimination involving supervisor's and subordinates, co-workers, multiple plaintiffs, cases with men and women; issues included constructive discharge due to management harassment, claims of favoritism and conflicts of interest because of sexual harassment, same sex sexual harassment, transgender discrimination, assault and rape in the workplace
  • Successfully resolved numerous cases with males and females claiming sexual orientation discrimination and retaliation in the workplace

Wage and Hour

  • Mediated a complex wage-and-hour dispute against a Fortune 500 energy company that settled for more than $10 million

Wrongful Termination

  • Wrongful termination in violation of public policy: Successfully resolved hundreds of wrongful termination claims involving allegations of health and safety issues, accounting fraud, wage-and-hour violations, violations of business and professions code

Entertainment

Entertainment Issues

  • Studio vs. studio case involving rights and profits
  • Coverage issues between production and bond companies
  • Breach of contract matter involving product placement between film and product companies
  • Claim by actor of breach of contract and discrimination against a studio
  • Famous Pop Star and Manager agree to terminate their management agreement. Mediation involved working out issues regarding contractual interpretation of commissions owed as well as publicity issues.

Real Estate

Breach Of Contract

  • Breach of real estate sales contracts; contractual and equitable remedies including specific performance, rescission, and/or damages
  • Mediation and settlement of numerous brokers' disputes

Buy/Sell

  • Misrepresentations in connection with purchase and sale

Landlord/Tenant

  • Lease disputes on commercial property

Property Damage

  • Contamination to real property, including toxic materials and mold

Real Property

  • Competing purchasers of real property

Transaction

  • Real estate commissions
  • Title insurance, including coverage, malpractice, and handling escrow instructions

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

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Santa Ana

1851 East First Street
Ste 1600
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Phone: 714.834.1340
Fax      : 714.834.1344

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San Francisco

100 Pine Street
Ste 1950
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: 415.266.1242
Fax      : 415.266.1243

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Sacramento

980 9th Street
Suite 2200
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916.394.8490
Fax      : 916.394.8495

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