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)
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.
TENTH ANNUAL YEAR-END REVIEW This year’s ten Mediation Messages and two Arbitration Insights covered a wide variety of subjects involving mediation, arbitration, settlement procedure, “one can never be too careful in the practice of law,” general procedures, evidence and professionalism/civility. Please refer to my website (www.marcusmediation.com) for the Mediation Messages and Arbitration Insights summarized below for a complete discussion of the subject matter. MEDIATION Mediation Message no. 151 (“Recovering Mediation Fees after Trial”) discussed Berkeley…
“THE APPROVED AS TO FORM AND CONTENT CLAUSE” The “Approved as to form and content” clause can be both innocuous or material; Monster Energy Co. v. Schechter (2019) 7 Cal.5th 781 explains the distinction. In Monster Energy, parties to a products liability and wrongful death action settled their lawsuit and, in a settlement, which included confidentiality obligations, lawyers for the parties (Schechter for the plaintiff) signed a notation that they approved the written agreement as to…
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…
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