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Judge Michael D. Marcus (Ret.) is a top-rated mediator, arbitrator and discovery referee, who is associated exclusively with ADR Services, Inc. Judge Marcus has been a full-time neutral since January 2002. If you are considering mediation, arbitration or discovery reference as a way of resolving a legal problem, please consider Michael Marcus who brings an extraordinarily broad legal background, experience and understanding to these important processes.

Judge Marcus is known for “intelligence, humor.” (Los Angeles Daily Journal, October 25, 2013)

About Michael Marcus

Judge Michael Marcus (Ret.), who received his B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1964 and his J.D. in 1967 from the UCLA School of Law, brings an extraordinarily broad legal background and experience to mediations, arbitrations and discovery reference. Before becoming a full-time neutral in January 2002 with ADR Services, Inc., he was a very successful trial lawyer, a former law firm partner and a judge. He has also taught at law schools, is a legal author and a bar leader.

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Mediation Message #164

ZOOM VIDEO CONFERENCING, PART II   Since many (but not all of you) have been involved in one or more Zoom mediations the last several weeks, I thought some helpful hints regarding that process would be welcome. Before discussing those ideas, I hope everyone is staying healthy in these difficult times. The impact of video conferencing on future legal affairs is still not known, but it’s fair to say that it has many more plusses…

Mediation Message #163

VIDEO CONFERENCING   The coronavirus has dramatically impacted our lives in every conceivable way – personally, medically, socially, financially, politically and legally. It is causing us to reconsider how we do everything. I write only as to a small part of the legal picture – the need for video conferencing as a replacement for in person mediations. There is a concern that video conferencing will not be as effective as meeting face-to-face with the neutral…

Mediation Message #162

SPECULATIVE EXPERT TESTIMONY v. EXPERT QUALIFICATIONS Sargon Enterprises, Inc. v. University of Southern California (2012) 55 Cal.4th 747 holds that the exclusion of speculative expert testimony is one of a trial judge’s gatekeeper functions. (Id. at pp. 771-772.) In other words, “the court must simply determine whether the matter relied on can provide a reasonable basis for the opinion or whether that opinion is based on a leap of logic or conjecture.” (Id. at p….

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Judge Michael D. Marcus (Ret.)
ADR Services, Inc.
1900 Avenue of the stars, Suite 250
Los Angeles, California 90067