Michael R. Diliberto, Esq.


Michael Diliberto is an internationally recognized mediator and arbitrator in full-time practice since 2003. He is expert at working with complex facts and legal issues as well as cross-cultural dynamics. Mr. Diliberto also serves as an Administrative Law Judge pro tem for the Office of Administrative Hearings, conducting administrative hearings with various agencies of the State of California. A prolific writer, speaker and consultant on mediation, he has trained lawyers and judges in the United States, Europe and South America. Mr. Diliberto is a skilled negotiator, and teaches “negotiations” as an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School.

Areas of Expertise

  • Business/Commercial: Breach of contract and commercial agreements; partnership and corporate matters; dissolution and winding up of partnerships and corporations; buy-sell agreements; joint venture and franchise disputes; attorney/client fee disputes; professional malpractice claims; insurance coverage and bad faith claims. Mr. Diliberto also conducts arbitrations for securities violations claims brought before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).
  • Employment: Wrongful termination; discrimination (FEHA, Title VII, ADEA, and ADA); sexual harassment; whistleblower and retaliation; wage and hour; executive and personal services contracts; and ERISA. Mr. Diliberto conducts administrative hearings for public employee termination appeals for the City of Los Angeles Civil Service Commission, and retirement benefits appeals for the Orange County Employees Retirement System. Mr. Diliberto also conducts Board of Rights hearings for police officer use of force, officer-involved shootings, and other disciplinary matters for the Los Angeles Police Department.
  • Entertainment: Motion picture, television, music, advertising, internet, new media, and publishing disputes; copyright and trademark infringement; idea submission; misappropriation of name and likeness; First Amendment; defamation; rights of publicity; licensing agreements; royalty accounting; and profit participation. Mr. Diliberto also conducts international motion picture arbitrations involving production agreements, financing agreements, film exhibition agreements, royalties, and above-the-line employment issues brought before the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA).
  • Intellectual Property: Copyright, trademark, trade dress, and patent infringement; rights of publicity, trade secrets, unfair competition, and domain name disputes.
  • Real Estate: Residential and commercial purchase and sale contracts; homeowners associations; partnership disputes; breach of fiduciary duty claims; design and construction defects; boundary lines and easement rights; premises liability; and environmental matters.

Litigation and Trial Experience

  • Kleinberg & Lerner, LLP, Partner, Los Angeles, California, 1993-2003
  • Sheldon & Mak, LLP, Associate, Los Angeles, California, 1990-1993
  • Allen, Allen & Hemsley – Solicitors, Sydney, Australia, 1989
  • Diliberto, Booth, Sibley & Guttieres, Associate, Miami, Florida, 1987-1989


  • J.D., University of Miami School of Law, 1987
  • Temple University School of Law, Summer Session, Rome, Italy, 1985
  • B.A., University of Miami, 1981

Selected Professional Affiliations

  • Los Angeles Copyright Society, Member
  • Italian American Lawyers Association, Past President
  • Fulbright Senior Specialist, Council for International Exchange of Scholars

Selected Publications

Selected Speaker Engagements

  • Adjunct Professor, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California
  • Visiting Professor, Elon University School of Law, Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Continuing Education of the Bar, Los Angeles, California
  • U.S. Department of State, Washington D.C.
  • Academy for Training of Judges and Prosecutors of the Republic of Macedonia, Skopje, Macedonia
  • Corte Provincial de Justicia, Loja, Ecuador
  • Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja, Loja, Ecuador

Selected Professional Recognitions

  • Southern California Super Lawyers: Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Mediator Profile: “In Tune at the Table,” Daily Journal, Verdicts & Settlements [Nov. 25, 2011]
  • Mediator Profile: Daily Journal, Extra [April 19, 2004]


  • Fluent in Spanish

Representative Cases


  • Collection of credit card debt against primary cardholder and corporation by major credit card company.
  • Action to enforce judgment with claim of fraudulent transfer of assets by defendant to avoid judgment.
  • Breach of contract regarding partnership dispute involving investor and payment of profits.
  • Marijuana industry case regarding breach of contract claims arising out of sale of extraction pod for marijuana.
  • Breach of contract and related indemnity claims arising out of manufacture and sale of jet fuel alternative fuel.


  • Multiple plaintiff case for wrongful termination, wage & hour, and related employment claims.
  • Claims for wage and hour, overtime, and meal and rest breaks.
  • CFO was removed from the Board and asked to leave company. Settlement of exit from company and exit package regarding compensation and benefits.
  • Claim for wrongful termination and related claims for employee fired while on medical leave of absence.
  • Pregnancy discrimination and wrongful termination for not hiring back after leave of absence.
  • Claims for sexual harassment, discrimination, and retaliation by a nurse against a skilled nursing facility.
  • Wrongful termination based on alleged retaliation regarding complaints for unsafe workplace.
  • Wrongful termination and discrimination based on gender and disability.
  • Claims regarding improper pay statements, meal breaks, and rest breaks.

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Entertainment/Intellectual Property

  • Defamation claim based on alleged statement that skin treatment product causes cancer.

Real Estate

  • Action by buyer against seller of real property alleging breach of contract for construction and sale of real property.
  • Claims for breach of fiduciary duty, negligence, fraud, and related claims brought by a real estate developer against a real estate broker. The broker’s MLS listing stated that the property was zoned LAR4, and allowed the buyer to build a multifamily building containing up to 16 units. After close of escrow, the buyer discovered that a General Plan Land Use contained restrictive zoning that took priority over the R4 zoning. As a result of the zoning conflict, buyer claimed damages for development fees incurred, lost profits for inability to develop the property as represented by the broker, and for the difference between the purchase price and the true value of the property.
  • Lottery winner claimed she was the victim of fraud and elder abuse by others who gained her trust and caused her to invest millions of dollars in real estate investments.