Profile

Geri Green, Esq. is a full-time mediator and discovery referee. She has successfully mediated and presided over nearly 1,000 disputes in the areas of Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Business, Employment, Real Estate, Landlord-Tenant, Insurance Coverage, Civil Rights & Disability Rights, Police Misconduct, Probate, and Elder Abuse.

MEDIATION

Ms. Green is described as a “true neutral” who zeroes in on the strengths and weaknesses of a case with surgical precision. Her straight-forward approach and open-minded pragmatism generates the trust necessary for litigants to entertain the possibility of resolution and arrive at solutions. She is known for settling impossible cases by connecting with litigants and “bringing them on board for the ride.”

Ms. Green’s approach to dispute resolution is shaped by her diverse background – as a litigator representing both plaintiffs and defendants, as general counsel, and her owner/management experience in the hospitality industry. Her commitment to the settlement process is demonstrated by her early immersion in a case and connection with counsel. She works closely with the parties to realistically assess risks and impediments to resolution. Her thorough preparation, exceptional listening skills, and judicious, evenhanded approach leads to creative solutions for intractable problems.

As a Settlement Officer for the Superior Courts of San Francisco, Alameda, Marin, and Contra Costa, Ms. Green has conducted settlement conferences in most areas of the law and gained a reputation as one of the most successful settlement officers serving the Bay Area.

DISCOVERY

Litigating early ESI cases, including the “largest [ESI] case ever filed in the Northern District,” Ms. Green developed expertise in E-Discovery matters, and even developed her own software and systems to manage them. As a discovery referee, she has presided over discovery matters in a wide variety of cases, such as family law, probate, personal injury, real estate, fraud, medical malpractice, construction defect, employment, civil rights, sexual harassment, and allegations of sexual abuse at educational institutions. Due to her extensive trial and appellate experience and evidence scholarship, she has the expertise to handle complex privilege claims and ESI matters. Ms. Green sits as Discovery Judge Pro Tem, Facilitator, Referee, and Special Master at courts around the Bay Area.

AREAS OF EMPHASIS

  • Personal Injury/Insurance Coverage/Government Liability:
    • Auto accidents
    • Wrongful death & catastrophic injury: brain, birth, burn and spinal cord injuries
    • Government tort/municipal liability
    • Nursing homes
    • Premises liability
    • Product liability
    • Toxic tort
    • Coverage & subrogation, UM/UIM, bad faith, SIU
    • Labor Code Section 3852 third-party tortfeasor cases
  • Professional Liability/Malpractice:
    • Medical
    • Hospital
    • Dental
    • Chiropractor
    • Psychiatric
    • Catastrophic injuries, birth injuries, surgical errors
    • Attorney
    • Real Estate Brokers
  • Business and Commercial:
    • Fraud/misrepresentation
    • Intentional interference
    • Antitrust/unfair competition
    • Partnership disputes and dissolution
    • Real estate investor disputes
    • Commercial leases
    • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
    • Trade secrets
    • Industry expertise: hospitality, cannabis businesses, entertainment venues, golf courses, beauty products, fisheries and perishable goods
  • Employment:
    • Wrongful termination
    • Discrimination & retaliation
    • Labor code
    • PAGA actions
    • Whistleblower
  • Civil Rights/Police Misconduct/Government Liability/ADA
    • 1983 & Bivens
    • Title IX
    • Sexual harassment and abuse
    • Law enforcement
    • ADA
    • Premises liability
    • Unruh Act
  • Real Estate:
    • Partition
    • Sales transaction disputes
    • Commercial and residential leases
    • Development contract breaches
    • Nuisance/quiet enjoyment/habitability
    • Construction defect
    • Wrongful foreclosure
    • HOA/CC&Rs
    • CEQA
  • Family/Elder Abuse/Conservatorships/Probate:
    • Family: child custody and visitation, property disposition, child and spousal support
    • Conservatorships & Probate Code § 1471
    • Financial elder abuse
    • Nursing homes
    • Probate
    • Trust management and disposition of assets.
    • Developed expertise in crisis intervention, trauma management, families confronting substance abuse, and mental illness.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Geri Lynn Green, Esq. – ADR (2015-present)

  • Green started her mediation practice in 2012, becoming a full-time mediator in 2015.

Principle, Green & Green (1987-2015)

  • Green handled a complex litigation practice, prosecuting and defending civil rights, employment, RICO, antitrust, injury, business torts, partnership dissolution and commercial disputes. She also worked with federal and state legislatures on policy, and internationally with United Nations Treaty Bodies to develop the framework for American NGOs to effectively utilize the international diplomatic process. She has significant industry expertise in all aspects of the hospitality industry, cannabis businesses, entertainment venues, golf courses, beauty products, fisheries and perishable goods.

General Counsel, Devereux Creek Properties and Ocean Meadows Golf Course (2000-2015)

  • Managed employment, contract, and commercial transactions & litigation
  • Managed Environmental Impact Statement for planned residential development
  • Managed construction of golf course/restaurant
  • Managed California Coastal Commission & CEQA challenges
  • Negotiated sale to trust for public lands
  • Managed eminent domain dispute with UCSB

Owner, Taverna Aventine (2008-2019)

Management, Entertainment/hospitality venues (1980-1990)

Adjunct Professor, New College of Law, Evidence (1996-2000)

EDUCATION

  • J.D., University of California College of the Law, San Francisco (formerly Hastings College of the Law)
  • L.L.M., International Law, Golden Gate University School of Law
  • B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law
  • More than 600 hours of ADR-related training

HONORS, MEMBERSHIPS AND PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Advisor, Bay Area Legal Incubator (BALI) holding monthly training for lawyers on ADR (2019-Present)
  • Civil Settlement Officer & Discovery Judge Pro Tem for San Francisco, Marin, Contra Costa, Alameda Superior Courts
  • Mediator: Third District Court of Appeal, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • ADR Administration Committee for the Alameda Superior Court (2021-Present)
  • Board of Directors, San Francisco Pre-Trial Diversion Project
  • Member, Bar Association of San Francisco, Contra Costa County Bar Association, Alameda County Bar Association, Women Lawyers of Alameda County
  • Member, The Mediation Society
  • Member, The Academy of Professional Family Mediators
  • Arbitrator, FINRA, Kaiser
  • Mediator, San Francisco Department of Police Accountability
  • Adjudicator, San Francisco Neighborhood Courts
  • Member & Past Board President, Community Boards
  • Honored for 10 years by the San Francisco District Attorney for “her work and outstanding commitment to improving the quality of life for San Franciscans”
  • Named a Super Lawyer in Civil Rights & ADR (2012-Present)
  • Selected as a member of San Francisco Magazine’s Northern California Top Women Attorneys List in the field of Civil Rights (2012-2016)

TEACHING AND SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

Geri Green is a frequent presenter at law schools, universities, continuing education seminars and programs for attorneys, including: University of California College of the Law, San Francisco (formerly Hastings College of the Law), UC Berkeley Law School, Stanford, Golden Gate University, American Bar Association, Bar Association of San Francisco, Alameda County Bar Association, The Claremont Colleges, United Nations. Topics have included: evidence, discovery, electronic discovery, international law, negotiation & ADR related practice, RICO, Sexual Harassment and Abuse, Discrimination.

Representative Cases

Discovery References

  • Discovery reference in a personal injury case involving a 3-vehicle accident and significant injuries.
  • Discovery reference in a breach of contract case involving a commercial lease between a nationwide gym franchise and a shopping center during COVID shut down.
  • Discovery reference in a case where employee sued nationwide drug store chain alleging sexual harassment by store manager who was stalking and placing threats on car windshield.
  • Discovery reference for a case involving a landscaping company’s commercial lease; unlawful seizure and forcible removal of trade fixtures, and sexual harassment and discrimination of business owner.
  • Discovery reference in case involving sole heir and devisee who sued estate administrator for plundered the estate funds and stealing estate Property alleging the administrator refused to transfer title to the property as the will provided and used the estate funds as a “personal slush fund”.
  • Discovery reference in a product liability/construction defect case against window manufacturer alleging some of the 90 windows installed in high end house were defective as were the replacement windows.
  • Discovery reference in a personal injury case involving injuries incurred when a pedestrian was hit in the head by parking lot swinging arm gate.
  • Discovery reference in a personal injury and ADA case involving injuries incurred due to a broken/defective shower door at a senior/health care facility.
  • Discovery reference in a probate case brought by spouse alleging family members unduly influenced a medical doctor who was incompetent due to Parkinson's Disease and Lewy Body Dementia into executing Fraudulent Estate documents.
  • Discovery reference in a personal injury auto accident case involving serious injuries.
  • Discovery reference in a breach of contract - involving a construction contract with a solar energy company.
  • Family Court discovery reference concerning the 5th Amendment applicability to the contents of a safe and its passcode.
  • Discovery reference in a slip and fall personal injury case involving breadth of medical records requests involving life long diseases and conditions.
  • Family Court discovery reference concerning privileged materials contained in Electronically Stored Information.
  • Discovery reference in a commercial breach of contract matter between a Nationwide Real Estate Company Owner of a large urban retail shopping center, and a tenant a nationwide gym/fitness chain.
  • Discovery reference in a family law matter concerning production of wills and trusts relevant to the determination of spousal support
  • Discovery reference concerning commercial dispute between a Nationwide Window Retailer and builder over the quality of the windows installed.
  • Discovery reference in a products liability suit against American Honda Motor Co.
  • Discovery reference in a probate dispute concerning the validity of a trust revocation
  • Discovery reference in a matter between two property owners/neighbors concerning the ownership of land, right of way, where one party has placed objects on the graveled shoulder of the road preventing access, and the other claims is the public right-of-way
  • Discovery reference in a case of alleging an anticipatory breach of a Tenancy in Common Agreement where trustee of a family trust tried to secretly buy an asset of the trust through a strawman
  • Discovery reference in a matter alleging the trustee of a family trust wrongfully terminated CEO/ heir in retaliation for complaints that trustee was improperly commingling Trust and Company funds.
  • Discovery reference in dispute over breach of fiduciary duty by trustee involving allegations of tax fraud and Civil RICO.
  • Discovery reference in Personal Injury case where plaintiff suffered catastrophic injury when a crane hit him while he was while working at an oil refinery.

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Employment

  • Mediated a Defamation, Anti-SLAAP appeal involving Health Care Employee who sued union for improperly using her likeness and words on a flier.
  • Mediated a personal injury case involving Non-Profit employee's intentional assault against another employee/workers comp intentional assault exemption.
  • Mediated a labor relations case on appeal after successful MSJ of NLRA claims.
  • Mediated a three-plaintiff wrongful discharge case against a non-profit financial institution alleging age discrimination.
  • Discovery Reference in a case where employee sued nationwide drug store chain alleging sexual harassment by store manager who was stalking her by placing threats on car windshield.
  • Mediated defamation dispute venue in the appellate court between employee and union over unauthorized use of employee’s photograph on union fliers.
  • Mediated wrongful termination, wage and hour, PAGA claim, against tech company alleging illegal arbitration and settlement agreements involving 3,000 employees.
  • Mediated an employment dispute between an employee and her employer, a national Airline Ground support company involving allegations of age discrimination, ADA violations, wrongful termination, physical, retaliatory verbal, and emotional abuse by supervisors and co-workers, resulting in permanent damage.
  • Mediated a wrongful discharge case involving employer’s coverup and failure to notify Plaintiff of her Worker’s Compensation rights, and subsequent failure to accommodate her physical disability that resulted from an attack by co-employee.
  • Mediated a dispute involving the ownership of photographs taken of her work-product by nail salon employee and damages incurred by employers subsequent interference with employees future prospective employment.
  • Negotiated a Title IX and Employment cross-border dispute, with a female student complaining of sexual harassment and abuse, transnational stalking by another student, and two educational institutions and the executives’ failure to protect the female student.
  • Handled fraud action against owners of a Limited Liability Company involved with the sales of securities.
  • Handled a mortgage fraud case involving real estate brokers and their agent.
  • Handled case involving unfair trade practices, fishing rights and sale of crab by commercial fishing boats and associations.
  • Handled case involving fishing rights for 28 commercial squid fishing boats.
  • Handled case involving fishing rights/strikes for commercial salmon fishing boats.
  • Handled action involving 7 plaintiffs alleging race and national origin discrimination in violation of 42 U.S.C. Sec. 1981, 1983, 1985 & 1986 against Municipal Transportation Agency.
  • Handled 9th Circuit Appeal involving suits against a Municipal Agency, and various individual defendants for race and national origin discrimination in violation of 42 U.S.C. §§ 1981, 1983, 1985 & 1986 alleging that Defendants discriminated by giving preferential hiring treatment to Asian and Filipino workers.  
  • Handled multi-plaintiff action against a state agency and its executive staff involving violations of Labor Code §1102.5, age discrimination, retaliation for whistleblowing, and retaliation for protected activity under the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA).
  • Mediated a dispute involving the misclassification of independent contractors under the California Department of Labor Standards Enforcement resulting in wage and hour claims in the Beauty Product industry.
  • Mediated dispute over misclassification of beauticians.
  • Handled matters involving whistleblowers entitlement to SSDI And Disability Retirement under Federal Employees Retirement System.
  • Handled action brought by 4 plaintiffs against Municipal Agency alleging that Defendants gave preferential treatment to certain applicants based on their ethnicity who did not meet the minimum qualifications for the job and that Defendants modified the requirements for to purportedly make it easier to hire certain applicants, and failed to provide sufficient information about the open positions based on ethnicity.
  • Mediated a dispute between employees and employer alleging sexual harassment, gender discrimination, discrimination based on sexual preference, hostile work environment, intentional infliction of emotional distress, retaliation, and failure to protect employees from harassment.
  • Handled matter where employees sued employer, a state agency, for retaliation for whistle blowing in violation of Labor Code Section 1102.5.
  • Handled matter where plaintiff sued State Agency for retaliation for protected activity under the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) Cal. Gov. Code Section 12900 following her successful lawsuit against the agency for gender discrimination.
  • Handled a wrongful discharge and breach of contract matter by former C-Suite executives and a multi-national cosmetic company.
  • Handled wage and hour claims against celebrity/beauty company.
  • Handled race discrimination and harassment claims against Non-Profit Organization focused on civil rights.
  • Handled sexual harassment and various claims involving Title 9 and the alleged mistreatment of children by employees against an educational non-profit organization.
  • Handled matter involving non-binary and transgender employees claims of sexual harassment and discrimination against nationwide non-profit.
  • Handled matter involving Federal Officials threatening employee to stop her from filing a sexual harassment complaint.
  • Handled matter involving the harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination of a federal official/whistleblower
  • Handled DSLE matter involving Wage & Hour and Status Misclassification claims of paralegals.
  • Handled litigation of appeal of DSLE ruling concerning Wage and Hour claims.
  • Handled matter where federal employers had employee erroneously charged with Trade Secrets Act violations in order to force termination.
  • Handled 9th Circuit appeal of viability of Trade Secrets Act against a federal employee.
  • Handled wrongful termination of spouse of whistleblower by federal prison.

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Personal Injury

  • Mediated a personal injury case involving Non-Profit employee's intentional assault against another employee/workers comp intentional assault exemption.
  • Mediated ADA dispute where Plaintiff claimed injury at a medical facility due to non-ADA-compliant entrance.
  • Mediation auto accident case with catastrophic injuries.
  • Mediated a Personal Injury auto case/rear-ender/surgical neck injury.
  • Mediated an ADA/personal injury case involving the repeated sexual assault of a severely disabled juvenile student by another juvenile student on school bus.
  • Mediated a case involving injuries sustained when a passenger on a public city bus was violently attacked by another passenger resulting in significant injuries.
  • Discovery Reference in personal injury case involving a 3-vehicle accident
  • Discovery Reference in personal injury case involving injuries incurred when a pedestrian was hit in the head by parking lot swinging arm gate.
  • Discovery Reference in a personal injury/ADA case involving injuries incurred due to a broken/defective shower door at a senior/health care facility.
  • Discovery Reference in a personal injury auto accident case involving serious injuries.
  • Mediated personal injury/malpractice action against an obstetrician for catastrophic suffered by infant during delivery when infant’s shoulder became stuck behind mother’s pelvis “shoulder dystocia”.
  • Mediated construction defect/personal injury action where construction performed in a unit of an apartment complex caused a mother and her 18-month-old child to fall through the floor to the apartment below causing catastrophic injuries to mother and child.
  • Mediated personal injury/Dental Malpractice action involving injuries sustained during endodontic therapy resulting in an extraction.
  • Mediated a personal injury/ motor vehicle dispute involving a Mercedes and a scooter resulting in an ankle medial malleolus fracture.
  • Mediated a personal injury/ motor vehicle dispute after a rear-ender between tourists driving a rented Porsche to wine-country and a San Francisco taxicab involving severe traumatic brain injuries and surgical orthopedic injuries.
  • Mediated a personal injury/ motor vehicle dispute involving a taxicab running a stop sign and broadsiding a pediatrician resulting in concussion, headaches, dizziness, photosensitivity, phonophobia, cervical/thoracic sprain right leg weakness, radiculopathy, anxiety and emotional distress.
  • Mediated a personal injury/ motor vehicle dispute between a work truck and car resulting in back and hip injuries.
  • Mediated a personal injury/ motor vehicle/ battery/ road rage/ negligent entrustment dispute that resulted in catastrophic injuries. Plaintiff alleged that while he was waiting to pull into a parking space, Defendant, a stranger, walked up to Plaintiff’s window and punched him in the face numerous times. Defendant then returned to his vehicle and rammed Plaintiff’s vehicle, when Plaintiff tried to flee to safety, Defendant gave chase to intimidate him.
  • Mediated a personal injury/ insurance bad faith dispute arising out of high-speed broadside collision causing resulting in substantial property damage and catastrophic injuries.
  • Mediated dental malpractice dispute involving severe nerve damage during root canal procedure.
  • Handled wrongful death/civil rights/medical malpractice suit against Lake County officials, and California Forensic Medical Group for the failure to provide adequate medical care to pretrial detainee suffering from severe drug withdrawal symptoms resulting in her preventable suicide by strangulation while in their care and under video observation.
  • Handled personal injury/medical malpractice/civil rights case against private healthcare providers, Sacramento County and California officials for the denial of medical care to a pretrial detainee suffering with neuromyelitis optica (NMO) resulting in catastrophic paralysis and partial blindness.
  • Handled medical malpractice/personal injury suit against Sacramento County officials where county medical personnel failed to provide medical care for man suffering with NMO in retaliation for earlier law suit causing further catastrophic damage.
  • Handled wrongful death/medical malpractice/civil rights case by the family of a gay man who was held as a pre-trial detainee in the Sacramento County Jail. Officials and medical personnel were sued for their failure to provide medical care over the course of days while the man vomited blood and cried out in excruciating pain ultimately resulting in his preventable death due to a treatable duodenal ulcer.
  • Handled wrongful death/medical malpractice/civil rights case brought by the family of a young man suffering with mental illness against Santa Clara County officials and medical providers for the failure to provide legally mandated care after his release from an involuntary psychiatric commitment to general population without proper observation, supervision and medical/mental health care resulting in his preventable death by suicide by suffocation by a plastic bag.
  • Handled a wrongful death/civil rights/medical malpractice/government tort case involving the death of an inmate in the custody of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, resulting from the unconstitutional removal of all prison personnel from a unit housing mentally ill prisoners. Upon their return, prison personnel failed to provide constitutionally mandated lifesaving medical assistance over a protracted period of time resulting in plaintiff’s preventable death.
  • Handled 9th Circuit Appeal involving the qualified immunity of state officials failure to medical care and legally mandated observation for mentally ill inmates.
  • Handled a wrongful death/medical malpractice/civil rights case against San Joaquin County officials and a private mental healthcare provider for the failure to provide mental health care to an 18-year-old long-term patient known to be suffering from delusions, schizophrenia and suicidality, resulting in an unprecedented jury award, punitive damages against the medical provider, and attorney fees.
  • Handled a personal injury case involving the amputation of a fingertip due to a door malfunction.
  • Handled multiple personal injury/ motor vehicle actions involving soft tissue injuries.
  • Handled matter involving injuries sustained by a celebrity perpetrated by a stalking, mentally ill, fan.
  • Handled a wrongful death/civil rights/excessive force action against San Joaquin County where parents, wife and minor children sued officers who chased an unarmed man down, and caused his death by positional asphyxia. Handled a personal injury/civil rights/government tort matter for two men who were the victims of wide-ranging police and prosecutorial misconduct by the Sacramento County.
  • Handled a personal injury/motor vehicle action against trucking company for torn rotator cuff and other soft tissue injuries sustained after rear-ender.
  • Handled a personal injury/civil rights/government tort matter against the City of Benicia officials on behalf of a young man who was arrested without probable cause, causing physical and reputational injury.
  • Handled a wrongful death/medical malpractice/government tort/civil rights case on behalf of the four daughters of a man with serious mental illness who was denied access to clinically necessary and court-ordered psychiatric hospitalization while in the County of Sutter’s jail. After being placed in solitary confinement and denied treatment at the jail for four weeks, he committed suicide in his cell.
  • Handled wrongful death/medical malpractice/government tort/civil rights case on behalf of the mother and children of a young man who developed a life threatening infection over the course of several days at the County of Sutter’s jail. Custody and medical staff ignored and failed to respond to his worsening condition and pleas for help, leading to his preventable and painful death.
  • Handled a personal injury/excessive force/civil rights/government tort action against Sacramento County for staff members engaging in violent involuntary cell extractions of several prisoners wherein custodial personnel, without proper warning, threw flash-bang grenades into the cells, causing severe mental and physical injury. Thereafter, staff beat and illegally restrained men in prostraint chairs without proper and necessary medical attention, care and treatment. All the actions were racially discriminatory and in retaliation for complaints regarding unconstitutional conditions of confinement.
  • Handled a personal injury/civil rights/excessive force/government tort case against the City of Folsom and the Folsom Police Department for the unlawful and unwarranted use of force, and wrongful arrest after an officers wrongful and illegal deployment of her Taser gun and failure to provide vital medical care causing permanent catastrophic injury.
  • Handled wrongful death/medical malpractice/government tort/civil rights case against the officials of Lake County and California Forensic Medical Group on behalf of the parents and minor children of a man suffering with acute suicidality. Upon a call for emergency psychiatric services after a suicide attempt, the man was taken to jail where he was denied appropriate medical and mental health treatment resulting in his foreseeable and preventable suicide by hanging.
  • Handled wrongful death /civil rights/ excessive force/government tort action against the County of San Francisco on behalf of the mother of a man known to be mentally disabled who jailers handcuffed, shackled, tortured and beaten to death. Where the San Francisco Medical Examiner ruled death to be caused by a homicide perpetrated by jail officials.
  • Handled wrongful death/civil rights/ excessive force/ municipal liability/ case against San Joaquin County and City of Stockton for the wrongful death of an unarmed man chased by policy, and beaten to death by law enforcement officers while restrained on the ground.
  • Handled federal civil rights action for damages and injunctive relief brought on behalf of multiple female prisoners who were sexually assaulted while incarcerated in federal prison when prison guards removed them from the women’s facility in order to traffic them and sell sexual favors to male prisoners. Resulting in damages and system-wide reform of nationwide policies, procedures, and training governing issues of sexual assault, sexual harassment, and the rights of female prisoners and victims of crimes. The court also awarded significant attorneys’ fees.
  • Handled multiple personal injury/civil rights actions brought under Bivens v. Six Unknown Named Agents by women sexually abused by officers at various Bureau of Prisons institutions throughout the U.S.
  • Handled personal injury action for negligence resulting in cutting off a woman’s finger in a door.
  • Handled personal injury/excessive force/ civil rights/municipal liability/ government tort brought by protestor against members of the San Francisco Police Department for injuries incurred during her arrest.
  • Handled civil rights/personal injury/Bivens action representing a prison warden named in a suit against the Bureau of Prisons alleging injuries incurred from constitutional violations that resulted during searches of inmates returning from working at the UNICOR factory.
  • Handled a personal injury/civil rights/medical malpractice/Bivens action representing a Bureau of Prison warden in a case where prisoner was injured in a car accident while being transported. Plaintiff allegations included denial of medical treatment and inappropriate security demands to be provided treatment.
  • Handled 9th Circuit appeal personal injury/civil rights/medical malpractice/Bivens action representing a federal Bureau of Prison warden alleged to have denied medical treatment
  • Handled wrongful death of woman and 16-year old daughter who were killed when a drunk driver crossed over into oncoming traffic.
  • Handled a personal injury/civil rights/government tort action on behalf of a man suffering with Post-Concussive Syndrome against San Francisco County officials for their failure to provide medical care and appropriate housing placement which caused him to fall 5 feet and sustain a subtrochanteric fracture. Officials refused treatment or assistance causing excruciating pain and ultimately requiring a screw inserted into his hip and femur.
  • Handled a personal injury/civil rights/government tort claim against San Francisco County officials for their improper use of segregation cells for persons with mental illness, physical abuse, retaliation, removal of clothing for purposes of humiliation without security reason, exposure to extreme temperatures, denying him food, water and medical care, use of restraints known to cause asphyxiation, hog-tie or figure-four restraints, use of choke holds.

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Medical Malpractice

  • Mediated personal injury/malpractice action against an obstetrician for catastrophic suffered by infant during delivery when infant’s shoulder became stuck behind mother’s pelvis “shoulder dystocia”.
  • Mediated Dental Malpractice dispute involving injuries sustained including extraction after endodontic therapy.
  • Mediated dental malpractice dispute involving severe nerve damage during root canal procedure.
  • Mediated medical malpractice of a chiropractor where treatment resulted in catastrophic injury.
  • Handled medical malpractice case brought by the son of a woman arrested when she was found lost and wandering the streets in Lake County. Instead of taking her to a hospital as warranted by their observations, she was transported to the jail where Lake County officials and the California Forensic Medical Group failed to provide any medical care for her observed severe drug withdrawal symptoms resulting in her preventable suicide by self-strangulation when she tore up her blankets and tied them to the pipes under the sink.
  • Handled medical malpractice action against private healthcare providers, Sacramento County and California officials for the denial of medical care to a pretrial detainee suffering with neuromyelitis optica (NMO) resulting in catastrophic paralysis and partial blindness.
  • Handled a second medical malpractice case involving Sacramento County’s retaliation against a man who had previously sued defendants for their medical malpractice resulting in a subsequent attack of neuromyelitis optica (NMO) which they failed to properly treat resulting in further catastrophic paralysis and blindness.
  • Handled medical malpractice case brought by the family of a gay man who was held as a pre-trial detainee in the Sacramento County Jail. Officials and medical personnel were sued for their failure to provide medical care over the course of days while the man vomited blood and cried out in excruciating pain ultimately resulting in his preventable death due to a treatable duodenal ulcer.
  • Handled medical malpractice case brought by the family of a young man suffering with mental illness against Santa Clara County officials and medical providers for the failure to provide legally mandated care after his release from an involuntary psychiatric commitment to general population without proper observation, supervision and medical/mental health care resulting in his preventable death by suicide by suffocation by a plastic bag.
  • Handled a medical malpractice action brought by the mother of a man held in the custody of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, when medical and custodial staff stationed in the housing unit housing severely mentally ill inmates were removed allowing Plaintiff to hang himself unobserved. Upon their return, prison personnel failed to provide constitutionally mandated lifesaving medical assistance including CPR over a protracted period of time resulting in plaintiff’s preventable death.
  • Handled 9th Circuit Appeal involving the qualified immunity of state officials failure to medical care and legally mandated observation for mentally ill inmates.
  • Handled medical malpractice case against San Joaquin County officials and a private mental healthcare provider for the failure to provide mental health care to an 18-year-old long-term patient known to be suffering from delusions, schizophrenia and suicidality, resulting in an unprecedented jury award, punitive damages against the medical provider, and attorney fees.
  • Handled medical malpractice case on behalf of the four daughters of a man with serious mental illness who was denied access to clinically necessary and court-ordered psychiatric hospitalization while in the County of Sutter’s jail. After being placed in solitary confinement and denied treatment at the jail for four weeks, he committed suicide in his cell.
  • Handled medical malpractice case on behalf of the mother and children of a young man who developed a life-threatening infection over the course of several days at the County of Sutter’s jail. Custody and medical staff ignored and failed to respond to his worsening condition and pleas for help, leading to his preventable and painful death.
  • Handled medical malpractice action on behalf of a mother of an 18-year-old who suffered with early onset schizophrenia against San Joaquin County officials and private mental healthcare provider for their systemic failure to provide mental health care to an 18-year-old long-term patient known to be suffering from delusions, schizophrenia and suicidality resulting in an unprecedented jury award, punitive damages against the medical provider, and attorney fees.
  • Handled medical malpractice/Bivens action representing a Bureau of Prison warden in a case where prisoner was injured in a car accident while being transported then denied appropriate medical care.
  • Handled 9th Circuit appeal medical malpractice/Bivens action concerning denial of appropriate medical treatment
  • Handled medical malpractice case against the officials of Lake County and California Forensic Medical Group on behalf of the parents and minor children of a man suffering with acute suicidality. Upon a call for emergency psychiatric services after a suicide attempt, the man was taken to jail where he was denied appropriate medical and mental health treatment resulting in his foreseeable and preventable suicide.
  • Handled a medical malpractice action involving the medical care provided during repairs to a fingertip amputation.
  • Handled Medical Malpractice action involving medical care provided to man suffering with nerve damage in his hand resulting from Taser.
  • Handled a medical malpractice action involving a flawed urine test resulting in injury.

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Civil Rights, Police Misconduct, Governmental Liability

  • Mediated a personal injury case involving the Repeated Sexual Assault of a severely Disabled juvenile student by another juvenile student on school bus.
  • Mediated a case involving injuries sustained when a passenger on a public city bus was violently attacked by another passenger resulting in significant injuries.
  • Handled civil rights/ excessive force/ municipal liability/ wrongful death – 42 U.S.C. § 1983 action against the County of San Francisco for the wrongful death of pretrial detainee known to be suffering with mental illness, which the medical examiner deemed a homicide because the man was beaten to death by Sheriff’s deputies while being handcuffed and shackled.
  • Handled civil rights/ excessive force/ municipal liability/ wrongful death – 42 U.S.C. § 1983 action against San Joaquin County and City of Stockton for the wrongful death of a man beaten by law enforcement officers while restrained.
  • Handled civil rights/excessive force/ municipal liability/ government tort – 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the City and County of San Francisco for cutting off a woman’s finger.
  • Handled civil rights/excessive force/ municipal liability/ government tort – 42 U.S.C. § 1983 brought by protestor against members of the San Francisco Police Department.
  • Handled civil rights/ wrongful death/ government tort - 42 U.S.C. § 1983 suit against Lake County officials, and California Forensic Medical Group for the failure to provide adequate medical care to pretrial detainee suffering from severe drug withdrawal symptoms resulting in her preventable suicide by strangulation while in their care and under video observation.
  • Handled civil rights/ government tort - 42 U.S.C. § 1983 case against private healthcare providers, Sacramento County and California officials for the denial of medical care to a pretrial detainee suffering with neuromyelitis optica (NMO) resulting in catastrophic paralysis and partial blindness.
  • Handled civil rights/ government tort - 42 U.S.C. § 1983 suit against Sacramento County officials where county medical personnel failed to provide medical care for man suffering with NMO in retaliation for earlier law suit causing further catastrophic damage.
  • • Handled civil rights/wrongful death/ government tort - 42 U.S.C. § 1983 case by the family of a gay man who was held as a pre-trial detainee in the Sacramento County Jail. Officials and medical personnel were sued for their failure to provide medical care over the course of days while the man vomited blood and cried out in excruciating pain ultimately resulting in his preventable death due to a treatable duodenal ulcer.
  • Handled civil rights/wrongful death/government tort - 42 U.S.C. § 1983 case brought by the family of a young man suffering with mental illness against Santa Clara County officials and medical providers for the failure to provide legally mandated care after his release from an involuntary psychiatric commitment to general population without proper observation, supervision and medical/mental health care resulting in his preventable death by suicide by suffocation by a plastic bag.
  • Handled a civil rights/wrongful death - 42 U.S.C. § 1983 case involving the death of an inmate in the custody of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, resulting from the unconstitutional removal of all prison personnel from a unit housing mentally ill prisoners. Upon their return, prison personnel failed to provide constitutionally mandated lifesaving medical assistance over a protracted period of time resulting in plaintiff’s preventable death.
  • Handled 9th Circuit Appeal involving the qualified immunity of state officials for removal of all institutional staff for a period of hours, and resulting failure to provide medical care and legally mandated observation for mentally ill inmates.
  • Handled a civil rights/wrongful death/ government tort - 42 U.S.C. § 1983 case against San Joaquin County officials and a private mental healthcare provider for the failure to provide mental health care to an 18-year-old long-term patient known to be suffering from delusions, schizophrenia and suicidality, resulting in an unprecedented jury award, punitive damages against the medical provider, and attorney fees.
  • Handled a civil rights/ government tort - 42 U.S.C. § 1983 matter for two men who were the victims of wide-ranging police and prosecutorial misconduct by the Sacramento County.
  • Handled a civil rights/government tort 42 U.S.C. § 1983 matter against the City of Benicia officials on behalf of a young man who was arrested without probable cause, causing physical and reputational injury.
  • Handled a civil rights/wrongful death/government tort - 42 U.S.C. § 1983 case on behalf of the four daughters of a man with serious mental illness who was denied access to clinically necessary and court-ordered psychiatric hospitalization while in the County of Sutter’s jail. After being placed in solitary confinement and denied treatment at the jail for four weeks, he committed suicide in his cell.
  • Handled civil rights/wrongful death/government tort - 42 U.S.C. § 1983 case on behalf of the mother and children of a young man who developed a life-threatening infection over the course of several days at the County of Sutter’s jail. Custody and medical staff ignored and failed to respond to his worsening condition and pleas for help, leading to his preventable and painful death.
  • Handled civil rights/excessive force/ government tort - 42 U.S.C. § 1983 action against Sacramento County for staff members engaging in violent involuntary cell extractions of several prisoners wherein custodial personnel, without proper warning, throwing flash-bang grenades into the cells, causing severe mental and physical injury. Thereafter, staff beat and illegally restrained men in prostraint chairs without proper and necessary medical attention, care and treatment. All the actions were racially discriminatory and in retaliation for complaints regarding unconstitutional conditions of confinement.
  • Handled a civil rights/excessive force/ government tort - 42 U.S.C. § 1983 case against the City of Folsom and the Folsom Police Department for the unlawful and unwarranted use of force, and wrongful arrest after an officers wrongful and illegal deployment of her Taser gun and failure to provide vital medical care causing permanent catastrophic injury.
  • Handled civil rights/wrongful death/ government tort - 42 U.S.C. § 1983 case against the officials of Lake County and California Forensic Medical Group on behalf of the parents and minor children of a man suffering with acute suicidality. Upon a call for emergency psychiatric services after a suicide attempt, the man was taken to jail where he was denied appropriate medical and mental health treatment resulting in his foreseeable and preventable suicide by hanging.
  • Handled civil rights/wrongful death/ government tort - 42 U.S.C. § 1983 case against San Joaquin County and City of Stockton for the wrongful death of an unarmed man chased by policy, and beaten to death by law enforcement officers while restrained on the ground.
  • Handled federal civil rights Bivens action for damages and injunctive relief brought on behalf of multiple female prisoners who were sexually assaulted while incarcerated in federal prison when prison guards removed them from the women’s facility in order to traffic them and sell sexual favors to male prisoners. Resulting in damages and system-wide reform of nationwide policies, procedures, and training governing issues of sexual assault, sexual harassment, and the rights of female prisoners and victims of crimes. The court also awarded significant attorneys’ fees.
  • Handled multiple personal injury/civil rights actions brought under Bivens v. Six Unknown Named Agents by women sexually abused by officers at various Bureau of Prisons institutions throughout the U.S.
  • Handled personal injury action for negligence resulting in cutting off a woman’s finger in a door.
  • Handled civil rights/personal injury/Bivens action representing a prison warden named in a suit against the Bureau of Prisons alleging injuries incurred from constitutional violations that resulted during searches of inmates returning from working at the UNICOR factory.
  • Handled a personal injury/civil rights/medical malpractice/Bivens action representing a Bureau of Prison warden in a case where prisoner was injured in a car accident while being transported. Plaintiff allegations included denial of medical treatment and inappropriate security demands to be provided treatment.
  • Handled 9th Circuit appeal Bivens/civil rights action representing a federal Bureau of Prison warden alleged to have denied medical treatment
  • Handled a civil rights/government tort - 42 U.S.C. § 1983 action on behalf of a man suffering with Post-Concussive Syndrome against San Francisco County officials for their failure to provide medical care and appropriate housing placement which caused him to fall 5 feet and sustain a sub trochanteric fracture. Officials refused treatment or assistance causing excruciating pain and ultimately requiring a screw inserted into his hip and femur.
  • Handled a civil rights/government tort - 42 U.S.C. § 1983 action against San Francisco County officials for their improper use of segregation cells for persons with mental illness, physical abuse, retaliation, removal of clothing for purposes of humiliation without security reason, exposure to extreme temperatures, denying him food, water and medical care, use of restraints known to cause asphyxiation, hog-tie or figure-four restraints, use of choke holds.
  • Appointed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office to represent a federal prison warden in multiple actions brought under Bivens v. Six Unknown Named Agents alleging excessive force and misconduct by officers in his control.
  • Mediated dozens of Police Misconduct matters involving high-conflict situations, violence, substance abuse and mental illness as a mediator for the Department of Police Accountability.
  • Facilitated conversations on behalf of San Mateo County officials between community members and various governmental entities regarding racial inequality and implicit bias.
  • Facilitated conversations on behalf of San Mateo County officials between community members and various governmental entities and real estate developers regarding development, zoning, housing, and land use.
  • Settled scores of matters involving high emotions, substance abuse, mental illness, and violence or monetary loss as an adjudicator at San Francisco Neighborhood Courts.

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Business, Breach of Contract, Intellectual Property

  • Mediated a business tort case involving Non-Profit employee's intentional assault against another employee alleging workers comp intentional assault exemption.
  • Mediated a defamation, Anti-SLAAP appeal where Health Care Employee sued union for improperly using her likeness and words on a flier.
  • Mediated attorneys' fees/professional malpractice case involving Health Care Law Specialist's re: legal services on a matter concerning revocation of a medical doctor's Hospital Privileges.
  • Mediated commercial Lease and breach of cross-border contract between offshore landlord of downtown office building and national chain restaurant over unpaid rent during COVID shutdown.
  • Mediated a breach of contract, Breach of Implied Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing, Violation of Civil Code §2924.17, TILA and Regulation Z (12 CFR §1026.41), Unfair Competition (B&P Code §17200) case arising out of a nonjudicial foreclosure of Plaintiff’s home, based on Plaintiff’s alleged failure to pay a purchase money junior loan on the property.
  • Mediated a business tort case involving financial abuse of a dependent adult W&I Code 15610.30; undue influence; unfair competition; breach of covenant of good faith and fair dealing car dealership sold car to dependent adult.
  • Mediated 2 nuisance cases against tenant of a non-profit housing facility who suffered with severe mental disabilities.
  • Mediated a three-plaintiff wrongful discharge case against a non-profit financial institution alleging age discrimination.
  • Unruh Act Hotel website accessibility case involving a plaintiff suffering from Cerebral palsy resulting in severe physical disability.
  • Discovery reference for a breach of contract case involving a construction contract with a solar energy company.
  • Discovery reference for a product liability/construction defect case against window manufacturer alleging some of the 90 windows installed in high end house were defective as were the replacement windows.
  • Discovery reference for a case involving a landscaping company’s commercial lease; unlawful seizure and forcible removal of trade fixtures, and sexual harassment and discrimination of business owner.
  • Discovery reference in a case where employee sued nationwide drug store chain alleging sexual harassment by store manager who was stalking her by placing threats on car windshield.
  • Discovery reference in a breach of contract case involving a commercial lease between a nationwide gym company and shopping center during COVID shut down.
  • Mediated fee dispute/legal malpractice/misrepresentation action involving attorney’s failure to recover property.
  • Mediated a dispute between author and publisher regarding author’s rights under the publishing contract to obtain unsold books and marketing information.
  • Mediated a dispute between nail salon owners over the ownership of the intellectual property interests in nail designs involving Interference with Business Opportunity.
  • Mediated a high conflict 7-figure dispute over professional fees and services involving multi-phased trial, appeals and retrial.
  • Mediated a breach of contract dispute between an artist and art dealer involving damage to work of art during an exhibition.
  • Mediated a dissolution between band and promoter involving ownership of intellectual property (music & lyrics), band name shared with name of the lead singer, future proceeds, revenues from bookings, and wage & hour claims by employees of the band.
  • Handled dissolution of an international beauty company involving claims of fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, interference with business, negligence, breach of contract, defamation, labor code violations, wrongful termination, and defamation between partners and principles.
  • Handled dissolution of an entertainment venue involving breach of contract, Corporations Code Section 17351(B)(2), resulting in various restraining orders, allegations of stalking, harassment, verbal taunts, physical intimidation, assault, threats of physical violence, and defamation.
  • Mediated breach of contract in the sale of a commercial fishing vessel, and the transfer of fishing licenses.
  • Handled civil RICO and Sherman Act/ antitrust case alleging price-fixing in the commercial crab fishing industry.
  • Mediated multi-party breach of contract action concerning 7-figure dispute over fees for professional services, professional malpractice, and breach of contract.
  • Mediated partnership dissolution of a musical band involving trademark, brand, band name, division of intellectual property, and future proceeds.
  • Represented a private securing firm defending law suits for personal injuries/civil rights and negotiated contracts and agreements between the private security firm, San Francisco Housing Authority, and the San Francisco Police Department, resolving a heated lengthy dispute over territorial jurisdiction.
  • Handled actions against employee of Savings & Loan involved in multi-year Federal Home Loan Bank Board investigation, prosecution, and resulting civil actions.
  • Handled a probate action involving the dissolution of trucking company and ownership of the intellectual property involved in the creation of mechanical devices used on garbage trucks.
  • Represented, owned, and/or operated various establishments in the hospitality industry including liquor establishments, restaurants, playhouses, and music venues which involved: negotiating partnership, and operating agreements; leases; asset purchase agreements (including liquor license acquisition); distribution, production and supply agreements; catering agreements; licensing agreements; professional service agreements; construction agreements; entity formation and maintenance; negotiating artist’s contracts; and handling employment issues.
  • Provided general counsel services to entertainment venues such as the Santa Barbara International Jazz Festival which involved: negotiating artist contracts; handling the production of and negotiating working relationships with city officials and neighboring businesses; negotiating artists’ contracts; ticketing and partner agreements; and brand protection.
  • Handled and mediated scores of matters in the cannabis industry over 30 years, beginning with medical marijuana maverick Brownie Mary, through to “cannabis business divorces” which today include bitter conflicts among partners, companies, joint ventures, lenders, and others.
  • General Counsel for Ocean Meadows Golf Course and Devereaux Creek Properties, handled matters involving liability, workers’ compensation, alcohol liability, anti-discrimination legislation, ADA, sexual harassment, libel and slander; mediated disputes between the golf course property owners and neighbors; and negotiated business contracts including leases, advertisements, inventory, events, special independent contractor agreements, employment contracts, and the ultimate sale and conversion of the property to a residential development and reclaimed wetlands.

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Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

  • Mediated an ADA/personal injury case involving the repeated sexual assault of a severely disabled juvenile student by another juvenile student on school bus.
  • Mediated an ADA/personal injury case involving the repeated sexual assault of a severely
  • Mediated ADA dispute where Plaintiff claimed injury at a medical facility due to non-ADA-compliant entrance.
  • Mediated ADA dispute involving non-compliant hotel website.
  • Unruh Act Hotel website accessibility case involving a plaintiff suffering from Cerebral palsy resulting in severe physical disability.
  • Mediated an employment dispute between an employee and her employer, a national Airline Ground support company involving age discrimination, ADA violations, wrongful termination, physical, retaliatory verbal, and emotional abuse by supervisors and co-workers, resulting in permanent damage.
  • Mediated a wrongful termination employment dispute involving employers’ failure to notify Plaintiff of her Worker’s Compensation rights, the subsequent failure to accommodate her physical disability that resulted from an physical attack by a customer, and employer’s involvement in a conspiracy to cover it up, and create cause for termination which involved another company thereby preventing employee from seeking other employment.
  • Mediated an ADA/ personal injury dispute between a disabled guest and a premium international hotel group over a non-ADA accessible entrance with inadequate signage, creating a dangerous condition which resulted in Plaintiff’s fall. Also at issue were substantial attorney’s fees and multipliers, and punitive damages.
  • Mediated dispute involving ADA violations alleged against grocery store for inappropriate screening /exclusion of comfort animal.
  • Mediated dispute involving ADA violations alleged against landlord for inappropriate requirements of resident suffering with mental health disabilities.
  • Mediated numerous disputes involving alleged ADA violations due to inaccessibility to retail spaces.
  • Mediated an ADA dispute involving a mobility impaired plaintiff and website providing hotel reservations. Suit alleged website denied access to online information and reservation services regarding the accessibility of the hotels and hotel rooms for mobility impaired consumers.
  • Handled an ADA matter involving failure on the part of San Joaquin County to accommodate detainees with mental disabilities.
  • Handled an ADA matter involving Sacramento County’s failure to accommodate detainees requiring wheelchairs and crutches.
  • Handled an ADA matter involving San Francisco County’s failure to accommodate the needs of those suffering with mental disabilities.

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Real Estate, Landlord/Tenant, Unlawful Detainer

  • Mediated commercial Lease and breach of cross-border contract between off shore landlord of downtown office building and national chain restaurant over unpaid rent during COVID shutdown.
  • Mediated a Breach of Contract, Breach of Implied Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing, Violation of Civil Code §2924.17, TILA and Regulation Z (12 CFR §1026.41), Unfair Competition (B&P Code §17200) case arising out of a nonjudicial foreclosure of Plaintiff’s home, based on Plaintiff’s alleged failure to pay a purchase money junior loan on the property.
  • Mediated 2 nuisance cases against tenant of a non-profit housing facility who suffered with severe mental disabilities.
  • Mediated Unlawful Detainer/Habitability/Nuisance case
  • Mediated a 3-plaintiff wrongful eviction case after building fire in an unpermitted underground dwelling with severe habitability defects /pi/multi-million dollar rent differential.
  • Mediated an unlawful detainer action for non-payment during COVID shutdown.
  • Discovery reference for a case involving a landscaping company’s commercial lease; unlawful seizure and forcible removal of trade fixtures, and sexual harassment and discrimination of business owner.
  • Mediated construction defect/personal injury action construction performed in a unit of an apartment complex caused a mother and her 18-month old child to fall through the floor to the apartment below causing catastrophic injuries.
  • Mediated Landlord/Tenant dispute involving warranty of habitability claims due to extensive mold growth throughout a ten-unit residential building and bad faith insurance claims.
  • Mediated a dispute between a brother and sister over the ownership of a San Francisco single family home. Plaintiff claimed she mistakenly added brother to the deed through coercion and incapacity, and breach of contract.
  • Mediated an ejectment/ Ellis Act eviction involving an elderly long-term tenant. After a fire in the building, Landlord refused to make repairs to make the premises habitable giving rise to tenant’s displacement and allegations of intentional/ reckless disregard of Plaintiff’s rights under the rent ordinance.
  • Mediated a dispute involving a disputed property line between two San Francisco residential properties, the location of a fence between the properties, and the location of a shed that straddled the properties. The highly charged dispute went on for years involving various restraining orders, which gave rise to multiple arrests and allegations of false arrests causing physical and emotional damage.
  • Mediated an ejectment/ Ellis Act eviction involving long-term elderly tenant alleging negligence and violations of habitability/ quiet enjoyment, no permanent source of heat, water leaks, deteriorated windows and doors, no weatherproofing, smoke detectors, damaged floors, walls and ceilings, excessive rent charges.
  • Mediated a residential landlord tenant dispute involving personal injuries and emotional distress due to the unremediated toxic microbial growth, noise, and broken windows in the unit, alleging claims of breaches of the implied warranty of habitability and the covenant of quiet enjoyment; negligence; nuisance; wrongful eviction; tenant harassment; retaliation; intentional infliction of emotional distress; and violation of the Fair Employment and Housing Act.
  • Mediated multi-party landlord/tenant and construction defect case alleging injury to tenant due to unsafe, dangerous, and uninhabitable conditions causing long term exposure to dust and toxins, resulting in severe respiratory illness. Plaintiff alleged negligence, breach of the implied warranty of habitability, breach of the implied warranty of quiet enjoyment, intentional infliction of emotional distress, breach of contract, breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing, private nuisance, and violation of S.F. Admin. Code, Ch. 37 against Landlord. In turn, Landlord alleged contractor was responsible for Plaintiff’s damages due to the performance of construction alleging contractual indemnity, full or partial equitable indemnification, and declaratory relief.
  • Mediated an unlawful detainer action praying for back rent with a cross-complaint for negligence, breach of the warranty of habitability, nuisance and violation of San Francisco Administrative Code section 37.10B and emotional distress.
  • Mediated a dispute where Tenant alleged that the Landlord engaged in sexual battery; battery; sexual discrimination and sexual harassment in housing; retaliation; negligence; nuisance; breach of implied warranty of quiet enjoyment; assault; hostile housing environment; negligent infliction of emotional distress; intentional infliction of emotional distress; violations of Business and Professions Code §17200; and invasion of privacy.
  • Mediated a landlord/tenant dispute involving breach of contract, fraud, habitability, retaliation, and abuse of civil process resulting from a rent dispute after the Department of Building Inspection issued a Notice of Violation citing conditions that create substantial risk to human life and property due to faulty electrical systems and lack of proper ceiling height, lighting and ventilation, equitable relief, emotional distress and punitive damages were also at issue.
  • Mediated landlord/tenant dispute involving allegations that the Owner Move In Notice causing Plaintiff to surrender the premises was fraudulent.
  • Mediated a combined landlord/tenant/ personal injury/ejectment dispute involving a decades-long tenancy with a long history of disputes, including violation of settlement agreements to remediate habitability issues, jury trials, allegations of breach of warranty of habitability, quiet enjoyment, nuisance, noise, retaliation, failed attempts to evict and ultimately the collapse of a ceiling leading to Tenant suffering personal injuries.
  • Mediated numerous disputes involving HOA and TIC litigation including nuisance complaints, maintenance, unequal financing arrangements, co-owner buyout agreements, and enforcement/ violation of covenants, conditions, and restrictions.
  • Mediated a dispute involving high conflict litigation between a man suffering with severe mental health challenges and property owner over land use.
  • Sit as Judge Pro Tem in San Francisco County Superior Court handling unlawful detainer actions.
  • Sit as court mediator for Alameda County’s unlawful detainer action.

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Family Law / Probate

  • Mediated a Business Tort case involving financial abuse of a dependent adult W&I Code 15610.30; undue influence; unfair competition; breach of covenant of good faith and fair dealing where car dealership sold car to dependent adult.
  • Discovery Reference in a Probate case brought by spouse alleging family members unduly influenced a medical doctor who was incompetent due to Parkinson's Disease and Lewy Body Dementia into executing Fraudulent Estate documents.
  • Discovery Reference in a case where daughter, sole heir and devisee sued estate administrator for plundering the estate funds and stealing the estate Property. Administrator refused to transfer title to the property as the will provided and used the estate funds as a “personal slush fund”.
  • Mediated dispute between the parties to a 33-year non-marital relationship involving the partition of real property, division of community property, quasi-community property, breach of contract as to earnings, breach of contract pertaining to mortgage and tax contributions towards real property, fraud, and bankruptcy.
  • Mediated a high-conflict neighborhood dispute with three litigants all of whom were protected and/or restrained persons under multiple temporary restraining orders due to respective violent acts.
  • Mediated multiple child custody and visitation matters and modifications of spousal support and visitation orders in ongoing high-conflict dissolutions and/or involving child neglect.
  • Mediated family disputes in families with government pension plans and defined contribution plans.
  • Mediated elder abuse matter between siblings and elder suffering with dementia involving fraud, coercion and financial abuse.
  • Handled a high profile cross-border custody and visitation dispute of newborn.
  • Mediated a family matter over several years involving parents outside the U.S., a severely mentally ill adult child residing in the U.S. refusing treatment, and two people who had sought and obtained restraining orders due to violence and stalking.
  • Handled the dissolution of marriage between bar owner and spouse.
  • Handled the dissolution between muralist and long-time spouse.
  • Family Court discovery reference concerning the 5th Amendment applicability to the contents of a safe and its passcode.
  • Family Court discovery reference concerning privileged materials contained in Electronically Stored Information.
  • Discovery reference in a family law matter concerning production of wills and trusts relevant to the determination of spousal support
  • Discovery reference in a probate dispute concerning the validity of a trust revocation
  • Discovery reference in a case of alleging an anticipatory breach of a Tenancy in Common Agreement where trustee of a family trust tried to secretly buy an asset of the trust through a strawman
  • Discovery reference in a matter alleging the trustee of a family trust wrongfully terminated CEO/ heir in retaliation for complaints that trustee was improperly commingling Trust and Company funds.
  • Discovery reference in dispute over breach of fiduciary duty by trustee involving allegations of tax fraud and Civil RICO by trustee of a family trust.

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Testimonials

“Geri was extremely insightful in understanding the points, goals  and concerns of the parties and their counsel. With grace and compassion, she got through the emotions and old grievances to get to the heart of what the parties needed to come to a resolution—and she did create resolution that satisfied the parties, their attorneys and offered a solution to the problem that this case presented. She was extremely professional had excellent time management, technical and legal procedural skills She kept us all on track, managed complex technology and guided us all through it, as needed. Geri had an excellent command of the law, the procedure, the mediation rules and ethical issues and the practical experience to make this mediation a valuable process for all concerned.”


“Geri Green who was our mediator over the course of three sessions, and a period of weeks, who managed a contentious process with skill, heart and good humor. I would use her again in a heart beat!”


“I remain impressed with the way Ms. Green approaches any situation with professionalism, civility, and compassion. She is committed, fair and thorough, allowing all parties to feel safe and heard. In one instance, I watched as Ms. Green adeptly handled an emotionally charged litigated dispute involving numerous staff members and students. With her steady hand working the situation over the course of weeks, she was able to instill trust, calm all parties, and lead them to a peaceful resolution. I have also observed her ability to handle those suffering with mental health conditions rendering them overly cautious and suspicious. She has a deep understanding of how to communicate and calm even the most challenged, while also managing the needs and expectations of lawyers allowing even the most adverse parties to come to an understanding and resolution.”


“I recently had an occasion to mediate a dispute with Geri Green. It turned out to be a very emotionally charged mediation where the parties had been at odds for decades over deep‐seeded trauma. The mediation was complicated by the fact one participant exhibited signs of dementia. This challenging situation gave me an opportunity to observe Ms. Green’s professionalism and skill as a neutral. It was clear that she has the calm hand and the patience necessary to help people work through their emotions so as to move beyond past traumas in order to find resolution. Her work with the party suffering with dementia evidenced her empathy and compassion, as well as deep understanding of human nature. Ms. Green’s passion for her work as a mediator and consensus builder is evident in everything she does. That coupled with her knowledge and skill in handling conflict makes her extremely effective at bringing parties to resolution.  . . . . The participants were incredibly happy and very appreciative over the fact that they were finally able to  communicate with one another after 30 years of dysfunction, anger, and separation. It was a truly amazing experience for everyone.”


“Ms. Green’s wisdom and vast legal knowledge along with her innate and learned understanding of mental illness, substance abuse, and cross-cultural issues provides her the ability to artfully negotiate even the most challenging and emotionally charged situations.  She is fair, thorough, and she addresses every situation as unique, even the most mundane, exhibiting her curiosity and passion for understanding the human condition.”