Arbitration & Mediation Experience


Michael Marcus was honored in 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 by the Daily Journal Corporation (the publisher of the Sacramento Recorder, the Los Angeles Daily Journal and the San Francisco Daily Journal) as one of California’s best mediators and arbitrators. He has also been a California Super Lawyer in the alternative dispute resolution category from 2008 through 2015.

Judge Marcus was also honored by the Los Angeles Superior Court in 2007 for his contributions to the Court’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Program.


Michael Marcus has arbitrated matters involving commercial disputes; age, disability and pregnancy discrimination, retaliation and wrongful termination; legal malpractice; medical malpractice; 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.


Michael Marcus has mediated more than 2,500 cases involving employment issues (class action; unlawful termination; race, sex and age discrimination; sex harassment; failure to accommodate disabilities and wage and hour violations); legal malpractice; personal injury (product liability, automobile, premises liability, wrongful death, environmental/toxic tort, dog assaults); commercial disputes (breach of contract, trade secret infringement, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, banking irregularities, accounting irregularities); medical malpractice, police misconduct, construction defect and real property (sale of property, breach of lease, easement, eminent domain, neighbor v. neighbor disputes, inverse condemnation).

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.