Rebecca’s mediation experience includes employment, real estate, landlord tenant, personal injury as well as a strong emphasis on insurance coverage, bad faith and ERISA matters. Prior to becoming a full time neutral, Rebecca enjoyed a 20-year litigation career handling employment, insurance coverage, bad faith and ERISA life, health and disability claims. As an attorney and partner at a boutique insurance coverage firm, she handled coverage disputes on behalf of policyholders involving business insurance coverage, subrogation, life, health and disability insurance, ERISA and bad faith. In 2012, she founded The Grey Law Firm, PC where she continued to specialize in life, health and disability coverage bad faith and ERISA cases. Also starting in 2012, Rebecca was appointed Judge Pro Tem at the San Francisco Superior Court, where she began mediating all types of civil disputes including employment, landlord tenant, personal injury, insurance coverage matters.
Rebecca’s mediation style is direct, down to earth, and personal. Her decades of experience representing individual plaintiffs has sharpened her ability to hear and understand their experiences and motivations. Her experience as a trial lawyer enables her to provide parties with a realistic expectation of ongoing litigation and trial. Rebecca’s goal is to give litigants the opportunity to exert control over the outcome of their legal disputes to achieve certainty and closure.
"Ms. Grey is an excellent mediator. She is very intelligent, easy to work with, and great at what she does. I highly recommend her."
- Attorney on a Property Damage Matter
"I really liked Rebecca's style. She was very effective. She understood the case dynamics very well. Great personality. I will use her again for sure."
- Attorney on an Employment Discrimination Wage & Hour case
"Rebecca did a fantastic job. I would definitely recommend her and use her in the future."
- Attorney on an Employment Discrimination Wage & Hour case
"We used Rebecca on a contentious and unusual case with difficult facts and even more difficult parties. She was level headed, kept the parties talking, and earned the respect of everyone involved. Many times she could have thrown up her hands up and accepted the stalemate, but she persevered and ultimately provided an immeasurable benefit to resolution."
- Attorney on a Real Property Eminent Domain Dispute
"I thought Ms. Grey was a very efficient mediator as far as getting the parties and their counsel to a settlement in the time that was allotted for the half-day mediation. Ms. Grey showed seriousness and respect for my client which helped with a settlement."
- Attorney on a Landlord/Tenant case
"Rebecca Grey did a great job at quickly resolving the case."
- Attorney on a Property Damage case
"Rebecca Grey is a terrific neutral. She is tough but balanced and was able to both hear and communicate with my client directly with compassion and pragmatism. Our matter was emotionally charged on both sides, and she managed to help the parties deal with the factual and legal issues without letting the parties’ feelings become a distraction. I would use her mediation services again in a minute!"
- Attorney on a Landlord/Tenant Dispute
"Rebecca is a tenacious, committed and talented mediator. In my 30 years of practice, having done hundreds of mediations, I have rarely worked with a mediator who took more of an interest in the dispute, and who stuck with it longer. I give her my highest recommendation."
Mediator, Arbitrator, Private Judge, Judicate West (Present)
Mediator, Grey Resolution (2018 – Present)
Judge Pro Tem, Discovery Panelist, San Francisco Superior Court (2012-Present)
Appointed Mediator United States District Court, Northern District of California, Early Neutral Evaluator/Mediator (2019-present)
Appointed Panelist, The Bar Association of San Francisco (2018-Present)
Appointed Settlement Panelist, Marin County Superior Court (2018-Present)
Appointed Day of Court Mediator, Alameda County Superior Court (2019-Present)
Appointed Mediation Mentor, Contra Costa Superior Court (2019-Present)
Mediator, Community Boards, San Francisco (2018-Present)
Faculty, Stanford Law School Trial Skills Program (2010-Present)
Partner/Principal, The Grey Law Firm, PC handling insurance coverage, bad faith, ERISA life, health, long term care and disability matters (2012-2019)
Partner, Pillsbury & Levinson, LLP (now Pillsbury & Coleman) handling insurance coverage, business, and individual, specializing in life, health and disability coverage, ERISA (1999-2012 (partner from 2007)
Attorney, Lawless, Horowitz & Lawless (now Lawless & Lawless) handling all types of employment disputes (1998-1999)
Legal Research Attorney, San Francisco Superior Court (1996-1998)
Internships: Employment Law Center (now Legal Aid at Work), employment discrimination public interest organization (1995); Steel, Clarence & Buckley (now Clarence, Dyer & Cohen) Habeas Corpus, criminal defense, employment and personal injury boutique (1995); California Appellate Project, post-conviction capital appeals (1994)
Staff Investigator, Seattle Public Defender (1991-1993)
Education & Professional Affiliations
J.D., Stanford Law School (1996)
B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz (1990)
Pepperdine Law School, Straus Institute, Mediating the Litigated Case (42 Hours) (2012)
Northern District of California ENE and Mediation Certification (40 hours) (2019)
Community Boards, Mediation Training for Community Dispute Resolution (40 hours) (2018)
San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, Member (1999-Present); Board Member (2010-2014)
Consumer Attorneys of California, Member (1999-Present)
Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom, Member (1996-Present)
Alameda County Trial Lawyers Association, Member (2018 – Present)
Contra Costa County Trial Lawyers Association, Member (2018 – Present)
California Employment Lawyers Association, Member (2018-2019)
Achievements & Awards
California SuperLawyer (2012-2019)
Let’s Talk Confidentiality: California’s New Mediation Requirements, CLM (November 2019)
Lying in Mediation, Plaintiff Magazine (Fall 2019)
ERISA as Zombie Apocalypse, Plaintiff Magazine (Fall 2016)
Translating Disability Insurance Issues for the Treating Doctor, Plaintiff Magazine (2013)
Insurance Bad Faith including Life Health & Disability, Policy Limits and Excess Verdicts
Song-Beverly action claiming multiple automotive defects during relevant period for luxury certified pre-owned car purchase, including pre-litigation requests from the manufacturer for a buyback.
Plaintiff brought lemon law claims for repeated alleged defects in a luxury automobile transaction involving lease and purchase after lease. Plaintiff also alleged fraud claims for diesel manufacturing design which permitted the car to pass emissions testing despite excessive diesel emissions at certain temperatures.
Song-Beverly complaint by the purchaser of a luxury SUV who experienced repeated problems with display screens and unintended door unlatching; Manufacturer alleged defects were either not reproduced or repaired.
Song-Beverly claim for multiple safety-related electrical and transmission problems in a new car lease wherein the plaintiff sought total buyback plus civil penalties, and fees, and the defendant denied the existence and pre-litigation notice of any defect.
Plaintiff alleged FEHA claims against the county for failure to engage in the interactive process, failure to accommodate, and retaliation arising from her disability arising from a severe workplace injury incurred during her training as a deputy sheriff. Defendant contended it engaged in numerous interactive processes and appropriately accommodated the plaintiff's disability in finding her temporary and permanent alternate positions.
Wage and Hour
A doctor who was formerly employed by a local clinic brought a labor commission claim for unpaid wages claiming she had been improperly classified as an independent contractor.
African-American female plaintiff alleged race discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination after being terminated from a position in which she complained of racial animus by her co-workers.
Plaintiff ICU doctors brought breach of contract and bad faith claims for disability during high-risk pregnancy during COVID.
Plaintiff insurance company brought subrogation action against subcontract which it alleged caused a fire on a residential construction site; subcontract cross-complained against the general contractor which in turn cross complained against the homeowner and its own insurer.
Plaintiff claimed the surgeon committed malpractice during a male breast reduction procedure resulting in a puncture wound in the pectoral muscle and a subsequent hematoma with lasting complications.
A long-term tenant displaced by fire made various habitability claims including a claim for future rent differential when the defendant landlord failed to timely invite her to return to the repaired unit.
Plaintiff alleged an improper owner move-in eviction where the new owner's notice of eviction was based upon the new owner's mother moving into the unit but where the unit was subject to nearly two years of remodeling before the owner's mother actually took possession of the unit.
Participated in settlement of a case arising from long-term tenancy of a single-family dwelling in San Leandro. Plaintiffs made habitability claims including rodents, mold, operable windows, plumbing, and security complaints; Plaintiffs also alleged retaliatory attempts to evict. The property owner contended she responded to and repaired all conditions of which she had notice.
Warranty of Habitability
Plaintiff brought habitability and retaliation claims against her landlord alleging rodents, mold, upkeep, and habitability problems over her 6-year tenancy, forcing her to move out. Defendant contended he responded to all legitimate claims promptly and appropriately and that tenant moved out because she lost her job.
Personal injury claim for an unlicensed handyman who claimed injuries from a fall off a ladder at the defendant's home. The parties disputed whether WC was the exclusive remedy.
Plaintiff made claims for chronic personal injuries after stepping into an uncovered utility box on a public sidewalk on Treasure Island. Defendants claimed it lacked notice and challenged medical causation for the claimed injuries.
Personal injury matter by an unlicensed subcontractor against the homeowner after a fall from a ladder resulting in severe leg injuries.
Mediated pre-arbitration first-party Underinsured Motorist auto accident case involving claimed chronic cervical and lumbar spine whiplash injuries and emotional distress.
PI Sexual Assault
Personal injury alleged by the plaintiff against the defendant in sexual assault in a hotel room. Plaintiff alleged physical and mental injuries.
Plaintiff alleged personal injuries arising from an accident in which a grocery clerk collided with her pushing a fully stocked dolly. She claimed chronic injuries to the neck, shoulder, and hip as well as mental injuries and emotional sequelae; Defendant contended that the plaintiff suffered a small ankle contusion and any subsequent claims were unsupported by the medical evidence and/or were pre-existing.
Arbitration turned mediation of a subrogation claim involving a dispute about entitlement to the allocation of third-party tortfeasor payment of policy limits where workers comp carrier, underlying plaintiff, and plaintiff's counsel all claimed entitlement to some or all of the funds.