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.
"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
"“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
""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
"“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
"“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
""He was very well prepared and fully appreciated the facts, law, and both side's strengths and weaknesses.""
- Attorney on a Personal Injury Matter
""Thank you so much for the fantastic results you accomplished at the mediation, and for taking the extra time to make it happen. ... I will definitely request you as my mediator on any future San Diego cases!""
- Attorney for subrogating party in multi-party case
"”Smart, a seasoned trial lawyer, with a great attitude, work ethic, courtesy, and respect.” "
- Attorney on a tort case
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.