FEES / PROCEDURES
Ordinarily, hearings are conducted in my offices at 464 E. Bonita Avenue, Suite "1", San Dimas, CA 91773. However, I also travel to convene hearings at other locations with a slight increase in fees.
Mediation and arbitration sessions are typically scheduled in half-day (4 hour) or full-day (8 hour) blocks at the rate of $300 per hour when conducted in my San Dimas offices. Fees are $400 per hour if the hearing is convened at another location, such as the offices of counsel. There are no additional fees charged for travel, administration, preparation, or telephone calls. Reduced time allotments are available for limited-jurisdiction and smaller cases.
Continuance and Cancellation Policy
In all but the most extreme cases, fees are refunded if a hearing is cancelled. There are no charges for continuing or changing a hearing date.
Briefs are important to me, and I read them in advance. Briefs should be RECEIVED by me 2 business days before the hearing, and may be designated as confidential, or shared with opposing counsel. Briefs should not exceed five pages unless the matter is extremely complex. Briefs should be informative rather than persuasive, and should include succinct sections addressing the following: 1) Factual Background; 2) Legal Theories of Recovery/Defense; 3) Evidence Supporting Recovery/Defenses; 4) Nature and Extent of Claimed Damages; 5) Details of Any Prior Settlement Negotiations; 6) Names and titles of all individuals who will attend the mediation.
Relevant documentary exhibits and/or case law should be brought to the hearing if appropriate (do not fax or E-mail exhibits). All materials are treated as confidential unless otherwise designated by the parties. Briefs are preferred via E-mail, but are accepted by courier, fax or regular mail.
Persons with authority for a final, binding resolution should attend the hearing, pursuant to the requirements of CRC Rule 1634. Please alert me to special situations (absence of decision-makers, telephonic conferencing, need for ADA accommodations, etc.) so that opposing counsel can be notified and acceptable arrangements can be made. Please bring the necessary settlement documents to the hearing.
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