Bob helps parties to move from dispute to resolution effectively and efficiently. While he has mediated a wide variety of matters, his practice has tended towards disputes involving securities, mortgage lending, real estate title, employment and Montreal Convention matters. Using a combination of facilitative and evaluative approaches, and drawing on his extensive substantive experience gained during his 32 years of litigation, Bob helps parties get to resolutions that meet their interests. He uses a comfortable and spacious facility that has numerous conference rooms, as well as several dining rooms in which he offers the parties complementary lunches.
Prior to opening his mediation practice in 2005, Bob was with Keesal, Young & Logan for 32 years, his entire legal career. Bob graduated from USC law school in 1973 and joined the Law Offices of Samuel A. Keesal, Jr. He became a shareholder in 1977 and helped grow the firm from three lawyers to about 80 as of the time he retired from the firm. He had primarily a litigation practice, mainly in the areas of securities, mortgage lending, employment, attorney malpractice and, earlier on, maritime personal injury and cargo. He headed the firm’s mortgage banking practice and was the firm’s chief ethical advisor.
Bob has mediated a wide variety of disputes, including securities, mortgage lending, employment, title insurance, personal injury, premises liability, Montreal Convention (air and passenger), produce and commercial.
Bob uses a mix of the facilitative and evaluative styles and a number of “tools” in his mediations. He is pleased to help in the convening process and obtains counsels’ views on structuring the mediation. He carefully reviews all submissions, preparing a summary of the case and questions he may want to ask. Both before the start and during the mediation, Bob tries to identify the parties’ interests which are driving the dispute and would help provide a guide to resolution. In Bob’s experience, this approach helps avoid the problems caused by purely positional based bargaining. While he usually starts mediations in a facilitative mode, where appropriate and permitted he will use an evaluative mode. He also frequently coaches the parties in their negotiations.
BA from Stanford University 1970; JD from University of Southern California 1973
Bob charges a flat fee of $5,000.00 for mediations anywhere in California where one session up to a full day is expected. The fee covers all convening work, review of all submissions, travel and hotel, the mediation and all follow-up work. If the mediation is expected to require more than one session or is out of California, fees and expenses will be discussed.