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Ivan K. Stevenson, Esq.

Ivan Stevenson has served as an arbitrator for 43 years and as a mediator for 26 years. Additionally, he has been a trial attorney for 49 years, during which time he has had an extensive successful trial record and has been responsible for the establishment of case law on both the Appellate Court and Supreme Court level in the State of California.

Ivan’s 49 years as a trial attorney has brought him a wealth of knowledge in a variety of fields including: Maritime and Admiralty matters, Construction Contract and Defect matters, Professional, Legal and Medical Malpractice matters, Commercial and Business matters, Contract, Leases, Trademark, Patent matters and knowledge in all forms of Personal Injury, Products Liability, Insurance Law and Governmental Agency law.

Mr. Stevenson has practiced both as a Plaintiff Attorney and as Defense Attorney, which gives him unique insight into handling and resolution of cases. Mr. Stevenson has lectured on the subject of mediation, mediation ethics and the use of mediation on a state, national and international level.

Mr. Stevenson started as lawyer with Martin & Stamp. He then spent over 4 years on active duty as a United States Navy Judge Advocate, serving in Guam during Operation New Life and in Morocco during the turn over of U.S. Military bases to the Kingdom of Morocco. He spent several years in the Navy Reserves, serving in Guam, Washington, D.C., New Orleans, Long Beach, Port Hueneme and San Diego. He went back to Martin & Stamp and in 1983 opened the Law Offices of Ivan K. Stevenson. In 2001, he opened Confidential Mediation and Dispute Resolution – CMDR.

Mr. Stevenson has tried cases from the plaintiff, as well as the defense side. He has appeared numerous times in the State and Federal Court of Appeals and has been involved in a number of published cases.

ADR Experience

Ivan Stevenson has mediated over 2500 cases since 1997 and arbitrated over 500 cases since 1980. Mr. Stevenson has been selected by both plaintiff and defense attorneys on an equal basis. He is often chosen to help settle the cases that have failed at prior mediations with other mediators. He also makes sure that everyone walks out at the end of a mediation with a fully executed Stipulation in Re Resolution and Dismissal.


Being very aware of the attorney-client relationship, Mr. Stevenson adapts to the needs of the attorneys and the parties in the process in order to maintain respect. Mr. Stevenson is very careful in his approach to the confidentiality of the mediation process, given his own experience as a trial attorney and the abuse of confidentiality by a retired judge who had no idea how to conduct himself as a mediator.


1971 – Bachelor of Arts – University of California at Los Angeles
1974 – Juris Doctorate – Southwestern University School of Law

Areas Of Practice

  • Accidents
  • ADA
  • Appellate
  • Art
  • Automotive
  • Aviation
  • Business
  • Civil (general)
  • Commercial
  • Community
  • Construction
  • Contracts
  • Cross Cultural
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Estate Planning
  • Franchise
  • General
  • Government
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International
  • Labor - Management
  • Landlord - Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Maritime
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Partnership
  • Personal Injury
  • Police
  • Probate
  • Professional Fees
  • Real Estate
  • Sexual Harrassment
  • Special Education
  • Technology
  • Workers Comp
  • Workplace

Additional Services

  • Advanced Mediation Trainer
  • Arbitrator
  • Collaborative Professional
  • Facilitator
  • Fact-Finder
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Mediation Trainer
  • Mediator-Arbitrator
  • Representational Lawyer



Fees and Provisos

Mediation/Arbitration Rates

Mediation/Arbitration Fees Conducted at the Mediator/Arbitrator’s Office*

$7,000.00 – Full Day Per Diem – 2 parties **

$7,500.00 – Full Day Per Diem – 3 parties **

$8,000.00 – Full Day Per Diem – 4 or more parties up 8 **

Mediation/Arbitration Hearing Off-Site Location Fees*- California:

$9,000.00 – Full Day Per Diem **

Mediation/Arbitration Hearings- Continental United States*:

$10,000.00 – Full Day Per Diem + Travel Costs **

Mediation/Arbitration Hearings РOutside Continental United States*:

$14,000.00 – Per Diem + Travel Costs **

* No Administration Fees
** No Follow Up Fees

Liability Insurance

  • Yes

Professional Associations

  • ABA DR - ABA Section of DR
  • AAA - American Arbitration Assoc.
  • NAF - National Arbitration Forum
  • California Academy of Distinguished Neutrals (CA)
  • NADN - Nat. Acad. of Distinguished Neutrals