An experienced full time Neutral since 2002, Rob brings an enhanced depth of skills to a variety of mediated and arbitrated matters. Expanding his focus to cases involving medical issues, Rob has been developing his proficiency with medical negligence and elder abuse cases under the mentorship of Master Mediator/Arbitrator Jay Cordell Horton, co-mediating more than 60 of these cases together. Beyond medical negligence and elder abuse, Rob has handled a wide range of major injury cases, and a full spectrum of complex business/commercial, real estate, employment, and financial institution matters. Combining his knowledge of the field and his mediator skills, Rob receives the highest praise for his persistence and patience.
One attorney commented, "Rob Dobbins is one of the most talented neutrals I know. He is personable, knowledgeable, committed and really connects with the parties." In addition to his work in Southern California, he has close ties to the San Francisco Bay Area as he is Adjunct Professor at UC Berkeley, Berkeley Law ("Boalt Hall"), and an Adjunct at UC Hastings' Center for Negotiation & Dispute Resolution since 2005, teaching negotiation, mediation, and other courses in the ADR curriculum. Rob also conducts continuing education classes on negotiation, mediation, and ethics for lawyers, judges, and organizations throughout the country.
In his spare time, Rob enjoys baseball, running marathons, traveling, brewing fine craft ales and drinking fine wines, and the arts.
"Highly professional, personal, and prepared, and understood the issues; will definitely use again."
- Attorney on a medical malpractice dispute
"Excellent job on a unique case."
- Attorney on a Personal Injury Sexual Assault case
"It was a pleasure to work with Rob. He helped my client understand the process and made him feel comfortable in
an unusual situation."
- Attorney, San Diego County, California
"I've been doing this since 1988 and I have to tell you Robert Dobbins is one of the top three mediators I've dealt with."
- Attorney, Los Angeles, California
"I wanted to take the time to tell you what a professional Rob was in mediating this very difficult business dispute.
I would be more than happy to recommend Rob to any of my colleagues for any business dispute."
- Attorney, Los Angeles County, California
"He was friendly, insightful, knowledgeable, and persistent."
- Attorney on a Complex Business/Contractual Dispute
"The mediator was very patient with my client. The mediator established a connection with the Plaintiff and this was essential to finally getting the case settled."
- Attorney on an Elder Abuse Dispute
"I think the mediator himself was very effective."
- Attorney on a Negligent Supervision Matter
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