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Gayle Eskridge
Gayle Eskridge

Senior Mediator

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Gayle Eskridge

Gayle L. Eskridge is available to mediate or arbitrate all types of employment, real estate, and business disputes, as well as attorney malpractice issues.  Ms. Eskridge is also available for executive conflict resolution and discovery referee matters.

GAYLE L. ESKRIDGE, the principal of ESKRIDGE LAW & MEDIATION, has been a litigation and trial attorney since 1988, representing individuals, corporations and partnerships, employees and employers, wealth management firms, financial advisors, investors, developers, and municipalities. With broad litigation and trial experience, Ms. Eskridge has managed hundreds of cases and now dedicates her practice to serving as a Mediator and Arbitrator in the areas of Employment, Business and Real Estate Law, as well as Attorney Malpractice matters.  Ms. Eskridge also provides executive conflict resolution services and discovery referee services.  Ms. Eskridge is an experienced, professional mediator certified by the Los Angeles County Bar Association Dispute Resolutions Services. Ms. Eskridge is also on the American Arbitration Association’s Employment, Commercial, and Consumer panels for both mediation and arbitration.  Ms. Eskridge is also a Pro Tem Settlement Conference Judge with the Sacramento Superior Court, a Settlement Officer for the Los Angeles Superior Courts, a Member of the Los Angeles Superior Court Mediator Panels, a Professional Member of the Southern California Mediation Association, a Member of the Association of Attorney-Mediators, and a Senior Mediator with  Ms. Eskridge is also on the leadership committees of both the Sacramento County Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Section and the Labor & Employment Law Section.

ADR Experience

Ms. Eskridge has conducted over 250 mediations and about 200 arbitrations, including mediations and arbitrations in the following areas:

Employment:  discrimination, harassment, retaliation, termination, wage and hour, and misclassification.


Real property: partition, purchase/sale issues; disclosure issues; ownership issues, property line issues, issues involving neighbors, property lines, and trees; broker/agent malpractice; commercial lease disputes.

Business:  contract disputes of all types, corporate issues, shareholder issues, partnership issues, unfair competition and theft of trade secrets issues.

Attorney malpractice.

Cannabis-related cases.

Automotive cases of various types.

Executive conflict resolution.


Ms. Eskridge’s mediation approach is flexible, depending on the type of dispute and the personalities of the parties. As an experienced litigation attorney, Ms. Eskridge is able to provide valuable input regarding the pros and cons of settling versus not settling. Although there is definitely an evaluative component to Ms. Eskridge’s approach, her approach is generally more persuasive than it is confrontational.


  • J.D., National University School of Law, San Diego, CA, 1988
  • B.A., University of Missouri, Kansas City, MO, 1982

Areas Of Practice

  • ADA
  • Boundary Disputes
  • Business
  • Cannabis
  • Civil (general)
  • Civil Rights (discrimination)
  • Commercial
  • Contracts
  • EEOC
  • Elder
  • Employment
  • HOA
  • Landlord - Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Neighbor to Neighbor
  • Online Civil
  • Online Mediation
  • Online Workplace
  • Organizational
  • Partnership
  • Pet Mediation
  • Professional Fees
  • Real Estate
  • Sexual Harrassment
  • Workplace

Additional Services

  • Arbitrator
  • Collaborative Professional
  • Conflict Coach
  • Facilitator
  • Fact-Finder
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Mediator-Arbitrator
  • Online Arbitrator



Fees and Provisos

Ms. Eskridge’s mediation fee is $6,000 for a full day of mediation, including all time spent in mediation, preparation, and travel. Ms. Eskridge has offices in both Southern California and Northern California.  Travel expenses may be charged for mediations taking place somewhere other than Los Angeles County or Sacramento County.  There is no administrative fee, although there is a $1,000 cancellation charge for cancellations within 24 hours of the scheduled date and time.

Liability Insurance

  • Yes

ADR Training

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association Dispute Resolution Services, Inc. Training (2002)
  • American Arbitration Association Virtual Employment Mediation
  • American Arbitration AssociationThe Extent (or Limit) of Mediator Influence to Effect Settlement
  • California Lawyers Association, Winning at Mediation (2006)
  • American Arbitration Association Neutral's Conference (2023)
  • American Arbitration Association Exercises for Improving Impartiality: Becoming a Better Arbitrator


  • Martindale Hubbell® AV Preeminent Attorney® – Every year since 2003
  • California Super Lawyer® – Every year since 2012
  • One of America’s Most Honored Professionals® – Top 1% – Every year since 2011
  • Martindale-Hubbell® Top Rated Lawyer in Litigation – Every year since 2015
  • Martindale-Hubbell® Labor and Employment Law Top Rated Lawyer – Every year since 2015
  • Martindale-Hubbell® Top Rated Woman Lawyer – Every year since 2015
  • BestLawyers® Best Law Firm – Every year since 2015
  • Avvo® Top Attorney – Every year since 2016
  • Top Attorney in Southern California® (by Los Angeles Magazine) – Every year since 2017
  • California Top Ten Attorney in the Litigation, Lawsuits & Disputes Division by American Institute of Legal Counsel® – Every year since 2017

Professional Associations

  • American Arbitration Association (Mediator and Arbitrator on the Employment, Commercial, and Consumer Panels)
  • Southern California Mediation Association (Professional Member)
  • National Institute for Advanced Conflict Resolution
  • California Dispute Resolution Council
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association – including the Business Law, Real Property, Labor and Employment, and Litigation sections (1994 – present)
  • American Bar Association, including the Dispute Resolution Section (1988 – present)
  • Sacramento County Bar Association, including the Alternative Dispute Resolution, Labor and Employment Law, Real Property Law, and Business Law sections (2021 – present)
  • South Bay Bar Association (1994 – 2020)
  • South Bay Women Lawyers Association (1997 – 2000)
  • California Employment Lawyers Association (2002 – 2020)
  • National Employment Lawyers Association (2002 – 2020)
  • American Association for Justice (2006 – 2020)
  • San Diego County Bar Association – including the Business & Corporate Law, Real Property Law, Labor and Employment Law, General Civil Litigation, and Alternative Dispute Resolution Sections (1988 – 2015), and the Animal Law Section (1997 – 2015)
  • Lawyers Club of San Diego (1988-1994)
  • State Bar of California (1988 – present) – including the Litigation section (1988 – 2018), Labor and Employment Law Section (1994 – 2018), Real Property section (1988 – 2018), and Business Law section (2006 – 2018)
  • California Lawyers Association (2018 – present) – including the Litigation section (2018 – present), Labor and Employment Law section (2018 – present), Real Property section (2018 – present), and Business Law section (2018 – present)
  • Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles – including the Business-Corporations, Real Property, Employment and Labor, Litigation, and ADR-Mediation sections (2006 – 2018)

Publications & Presentations

  • Why Mediation Works
  • Workplace Conflict Resolution
  • The Advantages of Mediation: Control, Speed, Cost, Confidentiality, Impact, and Compliance
  • Let's Get Naked (Mediation – Stripping Yourself of Preconceptions and Implicit Biases)