After 32 years of legal practice representing both plaintiffs and defendants in California, New York, and New England with significant high exposure jury trials, Rob Bennett left litigation to commit himself full time to serving as a Neutral. His skillful approach to mediation employs his considerable knowledge and insight gained not only from 32 years practicing law, but also from his 12 years as an insurance executive managing both the bad faith departments and severe injury claims divisions of two major insurance carriers. Honored as a "master negotiator" by his peers, Rob has been a frequent lecturer on Bad Faith Claims on both sides of the Bar. He has used his creative approach to resolve cases involving complex issues, multi-party conflicts with difficult theories and overlapping coverage layers as well as concluding groundbreaking bad faith claims directed against insurance companies. Several plaintiffs' counsel remarked that Rob's knowledge of the insurance industry and its inner workings were the key to bringing all the parties together. One attorney said "from doctors to contractors, Rob always related extremely well with my clients. He could speak their language."
Mr. Bennett was well-prepared and really worked both sides in a fair and meaningful manner. The case settled.
- Attorney, Orange County, California
He had a perfect manner in the case, so comfortable for defendant's attorney, plaintiff's attorney, the 2 plaintiffs and the attorney claim rep
- An attorney on a legally complex, highly emotional case
Robert Bennett did a masterful job mediating our case. I hope to work with him soon.
- Attorney, Manhattan Beach, California
Law Firm of Robert M. Bennett, New York, New England, California, Plaintiff Personal Injury and Business Law (1980-85)
Plaintiffs litigation counsel, Law firm of Dudley K. Wright, Santa Ana, CA (1979-80)
Professor of Law, Northrop University of Los Angeles (1981-87)
Education & Professional Affiliations
Member California, New York, Vermont, Federal District & U.S. Supreme Court Bars
Juris. Doctorate, Pepperdine University (1979)
B. A., University of California Los Angeles (1976)
Los Angeles County Superior Court Certified Mediator/ADR Panel
Member, Consumer Attorneys of California; Orange County & LA County Bar Assoc.
Pepperdine Strauss Institute Attendee "Mediation Goes Mainstream" Conference, 2002; Advanced Negotiation Skills and Cultural Mediation Strategies, 2008
28 year voting member, NARAS Recording Academy for the Grammy Awards
Member Beijing Mediators Association, Peoples Republic of China
Achievements & Awards
Design and deliver advanced Bad Faith, Ethics, Insurance Coverage, and Negotiations Seminars throughout the U.S.
National Panelist on the Lorman Bad Faith Seminars since 2007
Pepperdine Strauss Institute Panelist/Lecturer (2005 & 2008)
Past President of the California Association of House Counsel (1993-95)
Named Distinguished Faculty Member, Northrop University College of Law (1984-88)
Distinguished member award over twenty years' service to the NARAS Recording Academy
Hobbies & Interests
In his spare time, Rob is an international sports venue consultant who has worked for the Rose Bowl Parade and Game for over 30 years, as well as the Los Angeles Olympics and World Cup, the Beijing Olympics, and served the negotiating team that brought Formula One Racing to Shanghai China in 2004. He is an avid music enthusiast and film buff. Rob speaks Mandarin Chinese and enjoys travel, winter sports and restoring vintage sports cars.
Complex Litigation including Real Estate, Banking and Bankruptcy, Securities
Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith
Medical and Professional Malpractice
Business Disputes, Consumer Class Action
Sports and Entertainment Contracts
Automobile Lemon Law and Sales Disputes, Dealership Disputes
Complex Pensions/Trust case triggering conflicting decedent's rights issues.
Breach of finance contracts and fraud issues.
Injunctive relief case on breach of business anti competition clauses.
Crowd funding and investment enterprises corp versus former employee for alienation of business etc. Cross actions for wrongful termination and status rating under labor code.
Construction Breach Of Contract
Home addition case with construction defect/architectural malpractice crossover issues.
Declination of Coverage, Loss of Business premises use and Loss of Income, Bad Faith and Coverage issues.
Large exposure open policy case vs major carrier. Opportunity to settle was made clear.
Complex Bad Faith and Business interruption case with flood loss and wrongful declinations by 2 carriers.
Wrongful denial of Homeowners claim for flood loss and land movement damages.
Complex bad faith case with workers comp/coverage and other aspects of bad faith at play. Seven year case with long delays.
Significant coverage dispute in liability insurance policy for major public sports venue involving Bad Faith, Breach of the duty to defend as well as policy interpretations on employment coverage, and disability act violations.
Complex property damage and loss of use case with coverage issues and out of state defendant. Charter Bus lost from fleet due to damage from auto versus bus.
Product liability case with multiple parties; failed kitchen appliance with installer and product issues in addition to coverage issues.
Medical malpractice by Acupuncturist. Pneumothorax injury, corrective hospitalization. Case fully resolved.
Prof Malpractice Accounting
Law Firm alleges damage from accountant errors and omissions.
Breach Of Contract
Contentious commercial property purchase, sophisticated and difficult plaintiff and developer and association issues.
Residential Real Estate buyer-Seller dispute and Transfer Disclosure issues Case.
Real Estate partnership involving experienced partner fraud and loans against equity before value of property collapsed. Fraud and contract issues.
Warranty of Habitability
Very complex Landlord Tenant matter. Residential with habitability issues and wrongful eviction.
Detainee of Police Department alleging civil rights violations.
Significant passenger injuries on common carrier.
Fireworks malfunction with resulting personal injuries and hearing loss. Municipality and manufacturer defendants. Multiple
plaintiffs with varying degrees of injury.
Slip and fall at Airport restaurant, Coverage and Liability problems.
Aggravated Dog Bite with neighbor conflict issues and disputes overlay.
Coverage. Declined claim over issue of uninsured vehicle, direct carrier lawsuit.
Intra family business contract dispute, very emotionally contentious with statute of frauds hurdles and waiver-estoppel issues.
Lane splitting Harley Davidson with complex comparative negligence issues and serious injuries.
Open policy coverage issue on a significant injury case. Issues involved both the bodily injury and the coverage and open policy exposure.
Catastrophic Injury Case involving a fall from a Public Transit bus. Elderly Plaintiff had objective injuries but also complex overlay of pre-existing conditions.
Wrongful death, and multiple heirs as claimants. Settlement crafted with creative dispensing of recovery including putative spouse and real spouse (two wives) of decedent.
Workers injuries on unsafe business premises with crossover coverage issues.
Defects in Apartment complex due to errors and or deferred maintenance.
Premises Mold Case with injuries/Illness. Rental Property Mold-Fungal Contamination case.
A guest at a restaurant suffered a serious hand injury in which their finger was severed by entertainment equipment on the premises.
Store display by major national retailer. Liability for defective set up and maintenance of display, personal injuries to customer.
Disability ADA issues overlaying a premises liability case at a big box home store. Obvious pre-existing medical conditions and new objective injuries.
Fall at a construction site. Complex easements from city, to contractor and indemnity agreements by contractor and landowners.
Serious product liability case involving a kitchen appliance causing hand injury with surgeries and severe impact to plaintiff. Causation and engineering issues. Case settled during mediation.
Three party premises liability and subrogation matter involving product liability leading to flooding and damage to neighboring residence.
Commercial Defendants vs. Family survivors of a multiple death case all same family, minor survivors. 3 day case.
Wrongful death. City engineering road construction defects. Conflicting multi-party coverage issues with significant exposure.
Multi-party, three car accident, single death case, with 2 additional significant injuries. UIM policy to mediate in order to avoid a binding result. Difficult medical/coverage issues. Case resolved in mediation.
Wrongful death, motor vehicle accident-course and scope school district employee. Insurance coverage issues involved. Fully resolved at mediation.
Wrongful death of pedestrian, combined liability of vehicle driver and government entity for failure to repair lighting and design flaws.