About Len Levy
Leonard S. Levy, Esq.Mediator ADR Services, Inc.
Twenty Two years ago, Len Levy began serving as a settlement officer, and twenty zero years ago began mediating cases. Since that time he has successfully resolved a multitude of cases through mediation, many of them thought by the parties and their attorneys to be "unsettleable".
Len is in great demand as a mediator because, in addition to proven mediation skills, he has extensive substantive experience in a number of areas which enhances his effectiveness as a mediator. Those areas include:
- insurance law (including bad faith litigation)
- real estate (including landlord tenant, title insurance, and other matters)
- commercial law (including virtually all types of business disputes)
- surety and fidelity law
- employment disputes
- business entity disputes (partnerships, corporations, LLCs)
- personal injury claims
- environmental disputes
- medical malpractice
As a litigation attorney for almost thirty years, Len Levy has represented plaintiffs and defendants in complex legal disputes. His creative approach to litigation has earned him a reputation with parties and attorneys as a fair minded individual, adept at finding novel ways to resolve complex matters.
Now, as a mediator, Len Levy explores the issues and goals of the parties, and facilitates their reaching an agreement which is a "win-win" result for all parties to the dispute. His legal and mediation experience and training, as well as his excellent interpersonal skills, patience and tenacity mean that he brings to the mediation process those tools necessary to facilitate settlements. Len explores all issues necessary to achieve settlement, many of which may not be addressed at all in a litigation context, and many of which may not have been apparent to the parties themselves.
Mediation and Arbitration Experience
Member, Mediation and Arbitration Panels, ADR Services, Inc., Member, American Arbitration Association (AAA) Commercial and Construction Arbitration and Mediation Panels; Panel Member, State of California Public Works Contract Administration Arbitration Panel; Member, National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals; Member, California Academy of Distinguished Neutrals; Attorney Settlement Officer Panel, United States District Court Central District; Mediation Panel, Court of Appeal 2nd Appellate District; Los Angeles Superior Court Pilot Program Commercial Provider and Personal Injury Judicially Mandated Mediation Panels; San Fernando Valley Bar Association's Mediation Panel; Los Angeles County Bar Association Fee Dispute Mediation and Arbitration Panels and State Bar Mediation Panel; Los Angeles County Superior Court Panel; Kaiser Permanente Neutral Panel.Member:
- Past Vice President, Member of the Board of Directors Southern California Mediation Association (SCMA) 2003 — 2006, Co-Chair of the Membership Committee, Member of the Courts Committee
- Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) (Former Member)
- California Dispute Resolution Council (CDRC) (Former Member)
- Panel Member, Nevada Construction Law Seminar 2001
- "Disclosure Doubts... Mediation Parties Must Decide How Much to Divulge" (Los Angeles Daily Journal, Feb. 23, 2000)
- "Top 10 (Plus 1) Tips: How to Enhance Your Chances for a Successful Mediation" (Verdicts & Settlements, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Jan. 18, 2002)
- "An Attitude Adjustment Can Get You Further in Court-Ordered Mediation" (San Francisco Daily Journal, Jun. 21, 2004)
- Co-Author "Pros and Cons of Mediation, Arbitration and Litigation" presented at Nevada Construction Law Seminar, 2001
- "Mediator: Not to Be Confused With a Burned Out Litigator" (Fall 2004)
- The 'Standard' Release Poses a Trap for the Unwary Lawyer (Daily Journal, Dec. 20, 2005)
- Mission: Mediation (Daily Journal, Jan. 15, 2008)
- When Winning is Losing (Daily Journal, Jul. 3, 2008)
- Set Asides and Set Backs (June 2009)
- The view from the other side (Advocate, Oct. 2009)
Seminars, California Academy of Mediation Professionals "Negotiating the Litigated Case" (1999); California Academy of Mediation Professionals "Cross Cultural Dispute Resolution" (2000); Dispute Resolution Services "Attorney/Client Fee Dispute Resolution" (2000); SCMA "Mediating Workplace Employment Disputes" (2001); SCMA 12th through 17th Annual Interactive Conferences (2000 through 2005); Beverly Hills Bar Association, "Negotiate Like the Winners" (2010)
Recognition, Certificates of Appreciation from the Los Angeles Superior and Municipal Courts for volunteer services as a settlement officer as part of the Valley Associated Settlement Team (VAST), and as a mediator; Certificate of Appreciation Los Angeles Superior Court for service as Temporary Judge. Invited participant, 2002, 2003 Masters' Forum Conference for Experienced Neutrals.
Adjunct Professor, Loyola University School of Law (2009-present); Member, State Bar of California (1973); United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit (1982); United States District Courts, Central District of California (1974), Southern District of California (1979), Eastern District of California (1982)
In January 1974 joined Stark and Siener and, tried over seventy cases in less than a year. From December 1974, as an associate in Montgomery, Bottum, Regal & McNally, tried numerous cases in the insurance, surety and fidelity, and business litigation fields, as well as appellate work in those areas. In 1981 began a general civil practice including business and real estate litigation, until 1982, at which time he became partner in Regal & Levy, and tried and performed appellate work in many complex civil practice areas including business and real estate, fidelity and surety law and insurance law. In October, 1990, became of counsel to Mink, Alpert & Barr (predecessor to Alpert & Barr), maintaining his practice in the same general areas, but in addition, commencing a mediation practice. In August, 1999, became a partner in Levy, McMahon & Levin, concentrating on mediation.
- Loyola University School of Law J.D., June 1973
- UCLA, B.A., 1970
- Mediation Training, Pepperdine University School of Law, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, 1998