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REBECCA GREY, ESQ.

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

Introduction

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.

Specialties

  • ERISA
  • Insurance Bad Faith including Life Health & Disability, Policy Limits and Excess Verdicts
  • All types of Employment Disputes
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Personal Injury

Hobbies & Interests

In her spare time, Rebecca enjoys being with her husband, daughter and/or dog anywhere on or near the water, camping, podcasts, puzzles and watching horror films.

Website

https://greyresolution.com/

Testimonials

"Ms. Grey resolved a very contentious, high-profile employment case that was on the verge of a jury trial. I believed the chances of settling the case were next to zero. Despite my apprehensions about the case, Ms. Grey was able to get it settled by bringing great skill, knowledge and experience to the entire process. She immediately demonstrated to the parties a firm grasp of the factual and legal issues that would likely determine the outcome of the case. She gave insightful feedback about how those issues might play out at trial. Moreover, she understood and supported my client’s emotional needs to be heard, listened to, and supported throughout the conference—she established a strong rapport with me and my client, which facilitated the negotiations greatly. She was a great listener, and showed great empathy to my client’s emotional pain and suffering. Ms. Grey’s knowledge of employment law was extensive. Ms. Grey basically did something close to the impossible in getting my case resolved, for which me and my client are eternally grateful. I would highly recommend Ms. Grey’s services as a mediator or settlement conference neutral to anyone."
- Attorney on an Employment Matter

"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."
- Attorney

"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

"Ms. Grey facilitated the settlement of a difficult, multi-party personal injury case with a pro per plaintiff with potentially significant injuries and damages but no apparent sense of what he wanted and extremely unrealistic expectations for a settlement that was fair to all parties. Ms. Grey clearly understood the issues from the standpoint of all parties, was straightforward and pleasant to work with and went above and beyond to get the case settled."
- Attorney on a Multi Party Personal Injury Matter

Experience Summary

Legal Career

  • 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)
  • Member, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association (1999-Present); Board Member (2010-2014)
  • Member, Consumer Attorneys of California (1999-Present)
  • Member, Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom (1996-Present)
  • Member, Alameda County Trial Lawyers Association (2018 – Present)
  • Member, Contra Costa County Trial Lawyers Association (2018 – Present)
  • Member, California Employment Lawyers Association (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)

Legal Experience

  • ERISA
  • Insurance Bad Faith including Life Health & Disability, Policy Limits and Excess Verdicts
  • All types of Employment Disputes
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Personal Injury

Recent Representative Cases