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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 No. 158

998 OFFER INVALID FOR BEING TOO EARLY AND “GAMING THE SYSTEM”   Licudine v. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (2019) 30 Cal.App.5th 918 provides a tutorial on early C.C.P. sec. 998 offers and, to a lesser degree, when such offers “game the system.” In Licudine, plaintiff’s minimally invasive surgery for gallbladder removal became invasive when the surgeon nicked a vein inside her abdominal cavity. Nineteen days after service of her three-page complaint on Cedars et al. for…

Arbitration Insight No. 28

UNCONSCIONABILITY ANALYSIS AND THE ARBITRATION OF UNPAID WAGE CLAIMS   OTO, LLC v. Kho (Cal. Supreme Court, August 2019) No. S244630; 2119 Cal. Lexis 6241 does not change the standards for determining unconscionability in an arbitration agreement, but it is very important nevertheless because of how it applies the existing standards to the facts at hand, particularly if the employee’s claim involves unpaid wages. In OTO, a human resources porter for One Toyota of Oakland…

Mediation Message No. 157

SANCHEZ’S HEARSAY DECISION THREE YEARS LATER People v. Sanchez (2016) 63 Cal.4th 665 holds that the hearsay rule applies to case-specific out-of-court statements considered by experts as true and accurate and relied upon to support their opinions, because such statements are being admitted for the truth. (Id. at p. 686.) “Case-specific facts are those relating to the particular events and participants alleged to have been involved in the case being tried.” (Id. at p. 676.)…

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Judge Michael D. Marcus (Ret.)
ADR Services, Inc.
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