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  • Available in San Diego, All of California
  • Mediation Only


For three decades, Richard earned the respect of colleagues, adversaries, and the courts for his intelligence, creativity, and high ethical standards. His success was matched only by his continued commitment to the legal community, including acting as President of both the San Diego County Bar Association and the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego. Richard has a reputation for his unique ability to build consensus among parties with varied and sometimes competing interests through his calm leadership style, integrity and credibility. An attorney had this to say about Richard as a mediator, “Clearly a big picture guy who knows how to take the little steps to overcome barriers which keep the parties apart. Highly recommend Richard for mediations should you need a closer.” From the simple to the complex, and from the cooperative to the contentious, Richard has the experience, the temperament, and the skills that are needed to help parties resolve their disputes in an expeditious and professional manner.


Hobbies & Interests

Richard enjoys playing golf, watching sports, spending time with his family and going out for Sushi.



"Smart, a seasoned trial lawyer, with a great attitude, work ethic, courtesy, and respect.”"
- Attorney on a tort case

"Richard is always a good listener, efficient and rapidly focuses the process on what it should be about v. wasting time on minutiae"
- Attorney on an Personal Injury Auto Dispute

"He was very well prepared and fully appreciated the facts, law, and both side's strengths and weaknesses."
- Attorney on a Personal Injury Matter

"Richard was fully prepared, understood the complexities, understood the client and focused on resolving the matter to the satisfaction of both sides. Well done!!!"
- Attorney on a business/contractual dispute

"Clearly a big picture guy who knows how to take the little steps to overcome barriers which keep the parties apart. Highly recommend Richard for mediations should you need a closer."
- Attorney on a multi-party tort case

"Thanks [to his] incredible efforts. I didn't get that deal done - [HE] DID. He's just been bumped up to #1 on our preferred mediator list."
- Attorney on a Real Property Breach of Contract Dispute

"Thank you for so professionally mediating our issues...we are relieved to have the dispute in our past. We certainly would recommend you to anyone needing mediation services."
- Party in a business dispute

"Very complicated medical issues and extremely complicated client with big expectations. Richard was very business-like, direct, focused and result driven. Excellent mediation skills."
- Attorney on a personal injury matter

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Experience Summary

Legal Career

  • Full-time Mediator (2016-Present)
  • The Huver Law Firm (2009-2018)
  • Partner, Levine, Steinberg, Miller & Huver (1998-2009)
  • Associate, Levine, Steinberg & Miller (1994-1998)
  • Law Clerk & Associate, Law Offices of Ned Good (1982-1994)

Education & Professional Affiliations

  • J.D., Southwestern University School of Law (1987)
  • B.A., University of San Diego (1982)
  • Pepperdine Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Mediating the Litigated Case (2015)
  • National Conflict Resolution Center, Mediation Skills Training (2015)
  • Consumer Attorneys of San Diego; President (2006); Board of Directors (1998-2009)
  • San Diego County Bar Association; President (2015); Board of Directors (2012-2016)
  • Louis M. Welsh Inn of Court; Master (2007-2014); Senior Master (2015-Present); Executive Committee (2019-Present)
  • Lawyers Club of San Diego; Fund For Justice Committee (since 2009); Co-Chair Mediation Task Force
  • Member, California Women Lawyers (since 2019)

Achievements & Awards

  • Super Lawyers, Alternative Dispute Resolution, San Diego (2019, 2020)
  • An Insider's View: Effective Mediation Strategies (2019)
  • Super Lawyers, Top 50 Lawyers, San Diego (2018)
  • Why You Need The Power Of The Pause (2018)
  • Super Lawyers, Personal Injury, San Diego (2012-2017)
  • The Daily Transcript, Top 10 San Diego Personal Injury Attorney (2011)
  • The Daily Transcript, Top 10 San Diego Insurance Attorney (2009)
  • San Diego Magazine, Top San Diego Personal Injury Attorney (2010-2016)
  • Top San Diego Personal Injury Attorney, Our City San Diego (2010 – 2012)
  • Top San Diego Personal Injury Attorney, San Diego Metro (2011, 2012)
  • Outstanding Advocacy Award, Consumer Attorneys of San Diego (2011)
  • Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award, Consumer Attorneys of San Diego (2000)
  • Martindale-Hubbell, Highest Rating for Legal Ability and Ethical Standards
  • Avvo, Super Rated Attorney, Highest Rating Possible, 10.0

Legal Experience

  • Business/Contractual
  • Employment
  • Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith
  • Professional Negligence
  • All Types of Personal Injury including mass tort and wrongful death
  • Real Property

Representative Case Information

Recent Representative Cases



  • Alleged default on purchase agreement for business, complicated by multiple stock transfers, lien agreements and personal guarantees using real estate. Suit brought by former owners of the once successful business enterprise.
  • Emotionally charged dispute between former friends who joined together to form a business alleged by one partner to be successful and the other partner to be failing.
  • Breach of purchase agreement alleged by major cellphone manufacturer against retail supplier with cross-complaint for allegedly providing defective products. 7-figure settlement negotiated after significant follow up.
  • Alleged breach of contract and contract termination between company and vendor, with confidentiality and non-disparagement provisions that consumed the challenging mediation process.
  • Complaint for breach of contract of joint business venture with cross-complaint for negligent workmanship. Mediation resulted in settlement of both claims.


  • Alleged misappropriation of trade secrets, unjust enrichment and breach of fiduciary duty by one partner against another involved in multiple business ventures.
  • Highly contentious dissolution between longtime business partners with allegations of fraud and breach of fiduciary duties.
  • Complicated fraud; breach of contract and defamation case arising out of federal grant money administered by non-profit, with coverage issues and strong emotions.


Bad Faith

  • Five party insurance bad faith and broker negligence claims against insurer, multiple brokers/agents and an alleged independent adjustment company for losses sustained in fire.
  • 6-figure settlement of first party breach of contract and bad faith claims handling for denial of homeowner’s claim for damages.
  • First party claim of breach of contract and bad faith arising out of losses at condominium complex, as well as cross-complaint for alleged defective manufacturing and/or installation of fire sprinkler systems.
  • First party insurance bad faith claim arising out of handling of insured’s Uninsured Motorist Claim.
  • First party insurance bad faith claims combined with third-party claims for property damage allegedly occurring at residential home. Both claims resolved at mediation.
  • First party insurance bad faith claim against homeowners insurance company, and broker/agent negligence claims arising out of loss to highly upgraded home. Issues included allegations against third party adjuster, extent of necessary repairs and significant content damage claims.

Professional Malpractice

Medical Mal Dental

  • Mother and minor daughter alleging dental malpractice, including failure to properly administer sedation, and extensive and unnecessary extractions, resulting in emotional trauma to minor daughter necessitating hospitalization.

Prof Malpractice Pharmacy

  • Pharmaceutical malpractice alleged against major pharmacy/pharmacist for dispensing incorrect dosage of high blood pressure mediation, resulting in loss of consciousness, post-traumatic panic attacks, anxiety disorder and hospitalization.

Real Estate

Real Property

  • Highly contentious and emotionally charged residential home ownership dispute between family members. Mediation between competing family member, some still living in the same home, also involved issues related to trustor/trustee relationships.
  • Siblings battling over ownership rights to family home with financial and emotional relationship issues hanging over entire mediation.
  • Partition action between couple who bought home together while engaged, but whose relationship subsequently ended after years of payments toward home by both parties.


Catastrophic Injury

  • Auto accident resulting in alleged traumatic brain injury, with significant cognitive, psychological and emotional deficits. Damages were hotly contested and after multiple sessions, case ultimately resolved shortly before trial.
  • 7-figure settlement in premises liability case with involving falling merchandise with alleged Grade III concussion, significant brain damage resulting in cognitive and neurologic deficits

Personal Injury

  • Trip and fall outside restaurant resulting in significant orthopedic injury, with claims against business owner and governmental entity. Global resolution achieved after significant follow up.
  • Challenging liability case involving slip and fall on dance floor during New Year’s Eve dance, resulting in concussion and fractured wrist. Case resolved after significant follow up.

PI Auto

  • 4-vehicle accident involving 11 parties, 8 unrepresented by counsel at mediation, with policy limits demands against 2 primary defendants for various levels of claims, including brain damage/MTBI, differing severities of orthopedic injuries and emotional distress damages. Global resolution of all claims on behalf of all represented and unrepresented parties before expiration of statute of limitations.
  • 4-vehicle accident with allegations of orthopedic and neurologic injuries. Mediation involved significant policy limits issues caused by the competing claims for recovery. Global resolution achieved in one session.
  • 4-vehicle accident with 4 passengers in 1 vehicle, all with varying levels of orthopedic and neurologic injuries. Resolution of all claims achieved in single mediation.
  • Major accident causing injuries leading to cervical and lumbar fusion surgeries. Case resolved with mediator’s proposal.

Premises Liability

  • Two separate trip and fall incidents occurring within weeks of each other, one vs. governmental entity, the second vs. apartment complex. Significant follow-up resulted in settlement during motions in limine.
  • Combined governmental entity premises liability resulting in alleged serious injuries, followed shortly thereafter by auto accident with claims of exacerbation of prior injuries/residual conditions. Lengthy mediation session with follow up ultimately resolved both claims shortly before trial.
  • 6-figure settlement of alleged slip and fall incident, followed 16 months later by auto collision, with each defendant blaming the other for the major injuries and resulting surgery. Both claims resolved on mediator’s proposal.
  • Dangerous condition of public property alleged against 2 separate cities arising out of injuries sustained by bicyclist. Case resolved against both cities.