Arbitration & Mediation Experience


Michael Marcus has been honored six times by the Daily Journal Corporation (the publisher of, the Los Angeles Daily Journal, the San Francisco Daily Journal and the Sacramento Recorder) as one of California’s 50 best mediators and arbitrators. He is a California Super Lawyer in the alternative dispute resolution category from 2008 through 2021.  And, he was also a National Law Journal ADR Champion (one of forty-eight nationally).

Judge Marcus has also been recognized by the Los Angeles Superior Court for his contributions to the Court’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Program.


Michael Marcus has mediated more than 4,000 cases involving employment (class actions, PAGA, wrongful termination, discrimination [race, disability, country of origin, sex, pregnancy and age], sex harassment, hostile work place environment, failure to accommodate disabilities, whistle blowing, retaliation and wage and hour violations, including overtime, misclassification and meal and rest break issues); legal malpractice; commercial and business disputes (breach of contract, trade secret infringement and theft, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, banking and accounting irregularities); real property (sale of real property, failure to disclose material defects, specific performance, breach of lease, easement, eminent domain, neighbor v. neighbor disputes, inverse condemnation and HOA disputes); personal injury (product liability, automobile, premises liability including trip and fall, wrongful death, environmental/toxic tort, dog assaults); medical malpractice; police misconduct including civil rights violations and construction defect.

While bringing an evaluative approach to mediations, Judge Marcus understands that every case is unique and must be approached differently. His intensive preparation, knowledge of the litigation system and ability to communicate lead to a high percentage of settlements.


Michael Marcus has arbitrated over 100 matters involving business and commercial disputes; employment (age, disability and pregnancy discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination); legal malpractice; medical malpractice; real property; personal injury and legal fee disputes. His trial experience as both a judge and lawyer and knowledge of evidence are very helpful to the satisfactory resolution of these disputes.