Ana M. Sambold, Esq. is a highly effective mediator with extensive experience mediating a wide range of litigated and non-litigated matters. She is fully bilingual and has successfully conducted, in English and Spanish, over 700 mediations involving complex matters, multi-cultural parties, and highly contentious issues. Her tenacity, unique approach, and commitment to each case facilitates positive outcomes and durable settlement agreements. Her extensive subject matter expertise includes a broad spectrum of civil litigation matters, with particular emphasis on business and contract disputes, personal injury, consumer, real estate, probate, and insurance coverage matters.

Ms. Sambold is currently the Co-Chair of the State Bar of California, Civil Litigation Section’s ADR Committee and serves on the Board of Directors of the Southern California Mediation Association. She serves as a panel neutral for the San Diego Superior Court, the American Arbitration Associatin, and the Better Business Bureau. Ms. Sambold has obtained her mediation and dispute resolution training at Harvard Law School – Negotiation Program and the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law. Ms. Sambold is available to mediate in San Diego and throughout Southern California.


  • BUSINESS, COMMERCIAL, INSURANCE: breach of contract; commercial transactions; purchase agreements; partnership dissolutions; unfair competition; fraud; secured and unsecured loan transactions; family business disputes; consumer matters; lemon law; fee disputes; construction defect; insurance coverage; subrogation matters.
  • PERSONAL INJURY: vehicle, motorcycle, and bicycle accidents; slip and fall; dangerous conditions; premises liability; harassment; defamation; dog bites; uninsured and underinsured motorist claims; professional and dental malpractice; workers’ compensation; civil assault and battery claims.
  • REAL ESTATE: commercial and residential landlord-tenant disputes; breach of lease; habitability issues; quiet enjoyment of property; security deposit; constructive eviction; unlawful detainer; rent rebate; building code violations; harassment and trespass; property damage; partition actions and title changes; toxic mold; real estate transfers; neighbor disputes; construction defect; homeowners’ association disputes; broker/agent commission disputes; oral contracts; secured and unsecured loans; real estate co-ownership.
  • PROBATE, ESTATES & TRUSTS: instrument validity and interpretation; financial elder abuse; fraud; revocation of testamentary instruments; competency issues; undue influence matters; conservatorships.


  • Mediator & Arbitrator, ADR Services, Inc. (2017-Present)
  • Arbitrator, American Arbitration Association (AAA) (2016-Present)
  • Arbitrator, Better Business Bureau (BBB) (2016-Present)
  • Mediator, San Diego Superior Court Civil Mediation Panel (2012-Present)


  • Harvard Law School – Program on Negotiation: “Advanced Mediation Workshop: Mediating Complex Disputes”
  • Pepperdine University School of Law – Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution: “Mediating the Litigated Case”
  • American Arbitration Association (AAA) – “Arbitration Fundamentals and Best Practices for New AAA Arbitrators”; “Deciding and Writing Awards”
  • National Conflict Resolution Center – “Mediator Credential”; “Advanced Mediation Skills”
  • Better Business Bureau (BBB) – “Auto Line Arbitrator Training”
  • University of San Diego School of Law, LL.M.


  • Co-Chair, State Bar of California, Civil Litigation Section’s Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution (2017-Present)
  • Member of Board of Directors, Southern California Mediation Association (2016-Present)
  • Member-at-Large, Executive Committee, San Diego County Bar Association’s ADR Section (2016-2017)
  • Judge, American Bar Association National Mediation and Negotiation Law School Competition, San Francisco (2017), New York City (2016), San Diego (2015), and Washington, D.C. (2012)
  • California Real Estate Licensed Agent (2017)
  • Member, American Bar Association, ADR and International Sections (2012- Present)
  • Neutral Observer, Mediation Works Incorporated Boston (MWI) (2015-2016)
  • Member, Mediators Beyond Borders (MBBI) (2012-Present)
  • Member, Rotary International (2015-Present)
  • Trainer, National Conflict Resolution Center (NCRC) (2011-Present)
  • Mentor Mediator, University of San Diego School of Law and Peace & Justice Institute at the San Diego Superior Court (2012-Present)
  • Board of Directors, San Diego Law Library (2016-Present)
  • Facilitator, Institute for Nonviolence (2016-Present); San Diego Restorative Justice Mediation Program, Victim Offender Reconciliation Program (2014-2015)
  • Trainer, San Diego Peer Mediation Training Program (2012-Present)
  • San Diego County Bar Association Children at Risk Committee in Mediation and Conflict Management (2011, 2012)
  • Professor of Law, California Western School of Law (2016-Present)
  • Member, Lawyers Club of San Diego (2013-Present)
  • Member, La Raza Lawyers and Latinas in the Law (2013-Present)

Representative Cases


  • Business: Claim arising out of the purchase and sale of a restaurant. Plaintiff/purchaser sued for fraud and misrepresentation alleging Defendant fraudulently misrepresented the financial condition of the business by providing false and misleading financial records and concealing relevant information to Purchaser.
  • Business: Pre-litigated dispute between several bishops over the control and management of a non-denominational religious congregation. After several mediation sessions, they were able to resolve their differences and design a plan of action to effectively manage the organization.
  • Breach of Contract: Dispute arising out of the sale and installation of a security system. Plaintiff refused to pay outstanding balance alleging system malfunction and sued for reimbursement of payments made to a second company for installing a new system.
  • Breach of Contract: Plaintiff contracted with Defendant to design his company website. It allegedly had numerous problems and was not designed as specified in the contract. Defendant agreed to redo website and extend period of maintenance.
  • Breach of Contract: A bakery sued its main supplier for failure to fulfill his contractual obligations on time. Plaintiff sought to recover for loss of earnings and damages caused by delays. Speculative damages, litigation costs motivated settlement.
  • Partnership Dissolution: Dispute between former partners over distribution of partnership assets, claims of unfair competition, misappropriation of proprietary information and customer database. The mediation process assisted in preserving their friendship.
  • Lemon Law: Plaintiff purchased a used vehicle. After having numerous mechanical difficulties, placing it out of service for many days, and expending significant amounts in repairs, Plaintiff sued for fraud, misrepresentation and breach of warranty.
  • Creditor v. Debtor: Defendant borrowed $300,000 from his elder relatives (monolingual Spanish speakers) to invest in his furniture business. After a few payments, Defendant defaulted. Settled for outstanding balance plus attorney fees. Mediation helped to mend and reestablish family relationship.
  • Insurance Subrogation: Tenant allegedly committed suicide at the leased property. Body was found weeks later. Police prohibited access to property for months and rental property was vandalized. Plaintiff, the landlord’s insurance company, sued the tenant’s estate seeking reimbursement for amounts paid to the insured landlord for the cost of repairs, cleanup and for loss of income while the unit was being prepared for rent again. The mediation process assisted the defendant’s family gain closure.
  • Insurance: Water leak coming from an adjacent property damaged a rental unit owned by plaintiff. Defendant’s insurance company alleged it was the HOA’s responsibility to pay for damages, repairs and loss of rent. Case was satisfactorily settled.
  • Construction Defect: Homeowner hired a general contractor to remodel his home. After delays and cost overruns, homeowner sued for construction defect and overcharges. As part of the settlement, Plaintiff agreed to withdraw his complaint against the contractor at the State Contractors Licensing Board.

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  • Vehicle Accident: Negligence and subrogation action arising from a three motor vehicle accident. Plaintiff, the insurance company sued one of the drivers for negligence and sought reimbursement of payments made under its insurance contract. Defendant (who only spoke Spanish) allegedly was driving so recklessly on the rain-slicked road that he caused the rear-end multi-vehicle collision. Issues include apportionment of the recovery among additional insured carriers, policy limits and out of pocket expenses.
  • Vehicle Accident: Action arising out of negligent operation of motor vehicle causing property damage to Plaintiff’s vehicle. Since defendant driver was driving a company vehicle at the time of the accident, Plaintiff sued driver’s employer. Issues included whether the employer was vicariously liable and if the accident occurred within the scope of employment.
  • Auto v. Auto: Plaintiff, a 25-year-old individual, sustained serious back and neck injuries after Defendant made an unsafe and illegal turn and caused a collision. Defendant was alleged to be driving under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident. Medical bills of $18,382 and continuing; loss of earnings and earning capacity undetermined; injuries considered to be chronic and required periodic treatment in the future.
  • Slip and Fall: Negligence and other premises liability actions against a retail store resulting from a slip and fall accident that caused substantial injuries to Plaintiff. $40,503 in past medical bills; indeterminate amount for future loss of earnings plus loss of consortium claim. The case settled via a blind Mediator’s Proposal a few days after the mediation.
  • Defamation: The Defendant, a homeowner, was questioning some purchases made by the board of the homeowners association. The president of the board responded by email and copied all the 45 remaining homeowners calling the homeowner a “smuggler.” Plaintiff sued for defamation seeking to recover for damages to his reputation and loss of business.
  • Personal Injury: Claim arising out of alleged faulty mechanical work. Plaintiff alleged his vehicle caught on fire a few days after he took his vehicle to be repaired by Defendant. Settlement included reimbursement for repairs, lost wages, pain and suffering, and plaintiff agreed to remove negative postings about Defendant’s business.
  • Dental Malpractice: Claim regarding injuries caused by negligent dental malpractice. Additionally, misrepresentations, improper diagnosis, unnecessary treatment and surgery. Defendant dentist cross-complained for the cost of treatment and surgery.
  • Dog Bite: Pitbull bit the Plaintiff and his small dog. Plaintiff’s small dog subsequently died from injuries. Plaintiff sought damages for veterinarian-related bills, medical expenses and treatment. Plaintiff suffered permanent scarring.
  • Uninsured Motorist: Plaintiff sought to recover for personal and property damages.

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  • Silent Ownership: Complicated family dispute involving issues of partition, eviction, unlawful detainer, lease, sublease, verbal agreements, a mortgage and the title of a house. Plaintiff claimed he was the owner of the house while his son-in-law and daughter lived and paid rent to him. Defendants claimed that they had made a verbal agreement with the plaintiff (the father) that he would be the one to obtain the loan for the house but they will make the mortgage payments since the son-in-law and daughter did not qualify for a loan. After a while, neither the plaintiff nor the defendant were making mortgage payments so the bank foreclosed the house and the whole family was torn apart. Mediated successfully in English and Spanish.
  • Co-ownership and Partition: Plaintiff and his parents purchased a house together. Since his parents did not qualify for a loan, Plaintiff had taken it out in his name alone and contributed to the mortgage “rent” payments. When Plaintiff got married and moved out, he initiated a partition action to have his name removed from the loan. Since parents did not qualify by themselves for the loan, they refused to sell the house.
  • Landlord/Tenant: Plaintiffs claimed they complained to the landlord about different defects on the property during the tenancy that were unresolved: Issues included no working heater, mold, no smoke detector, broken ventilation, exposed electrical wiring and sockets, etc. When the tenants were evicted, they sued their landlord on six causes of action: breach of the statutory warranty of habitability, breach of the implied warranty of habitability, negligent maintenance of premises, retroactive rent abatement, breach of written contract and negligence per se. Plaintiff sought damages equivalent to 50% rent abatement for the tenancy.
  • Landlord/Tenant: Tenants sued landlord for personal injury due to mold exposure and damages to personal property. They refused to pay rent. Landlord initiated an unlawful detainer action. In settlement, landlord agreed to pay for damages and tenant agreed to vacate the premises.
  • Habitability: Dispute arose between unit owner and a property management company over a rat infestation resulting in Temporary Restraining Orders for alleged threats of physical violence and harassment.
  • Security Deposit: Plaintiff sought to obtain three times the amount of his security deposit alleging his landlord did not reimburse his security deposit within the statutory period. Defendant alleged unpaid rent, utilities, and damages to property.
  • Breach of Lease Agreement: Landlord sued Tenant after he vacated the premises before the expiration of the lease period. Tenant cross-complained alleging he gave proper notice and sought full reimbursement of his security deposit.
  • Homeowners Association: Disputes between homeowners’ association and owners regarding compliance with CC&Rs, failure to pay HOA fees, liability for repairs, restoration of property, and unauthorized improvements.
  • Homeowners Association: Homeowner seeking damages from homeowner association claiming members breached their fiduciary duties and were allegedly negligent for engaging in contracts which were not in the best interest of the association.
  • Procuring Cause: Dispute between a real estate broker and his former real estate agent over a commission for the sale of a house made to a buyer introduced by the agent to the broker while they were working together.
  • Easement: Neighbors dispute over the use of an easement resulted in an action for trespassing, nuisance property damages, assault and battery, and a Temporary Restraining Order after Plaintiff’s dog allegedly was shot by Defendant with a BB gun. Both neighbors installed powerful lights and security cameras pointing at each other’s properties and harassed each other’s family members and guests for many years. The case settled satisfactorily after a full day mediation.

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  • Case involving multiple parties , English and Spanish speakers a $7 million estate around the validity of the latest amendment to as trust. Some of the beneficiaries of the original trust were contesting the amendment alleging undue influence on the settlors and decedents testimony capacity.
    Additionally, there were allegations of fraud and undue influence on settlors request to caregivers. Successfully settled after 14 hours online mediation.
  • Living Trust: Older two siblings were named as the successor co-trustees on their mother’s living trust. After mother had a stroke, a dispute arose with father and remaining two siblings over validity and interpretation of the living trust, Settlor’s mental capacity, trustee’s appointment, determining community property assets plus allegations of undue influence, forgery, financial elder abuse. Mediated in Spanish and English.
  • Elder Abuse: Dispute between older sibling and two younger siblings involving allegations of elder abuse, mismanagement of family properties and caretaking of elder parents.


  • Marvin Action: Plaintiff sought to enforce an oral agreement made with the Defendant, her ex-boyfriend, under which he gave her ownership rights over the house where they used to live together. After the relationship ended, Plaintiff sought to get reimbursed for half of the equity on the house and improvements she made to the property. Defendant cross-complained for conversion, property damages. Emotional issues dominated the negotiations. After twelve hours of fierce negotiation, the case settled.
  • Business: highly emotional dispute between family members over the control of the family business.


  • Mediation involving two plaintiffs/employees with different claims against the same defendant/ employer. First plaintiff's claims involve violations, discrimination based on sex/sexual orientation, sexual harassments and retaliation, labor code violations (wage and hour), failure to provide meal breaks, pay premium wages, negligent supervision of an employee, breach of contract, intentional infliction of emotional distress and sexual battery by a transgender coworker. The second plaintiff's claims include wrongful termination, retaliation, labor code violations, contract related claims, breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealings, promissory estoppel, promissory fraud and negligent representation.
  • Mediation involving two plaintiffs/employees with different claims against the same Defendant employer. First plaintiffs’ claims involve violations, discriminations based on sex/sexual orientation, sexual harassment and retaliation labor code violations (wage and hour) failure to provide meal breaks, pay premium wages, negligence supervision of an employee, breach of contract, intentional infliction of emotional distress and sexual battery by a transgender coworker. The second plaintiff’s claims includes wrongful termination, retaliation, labor code violations, contact related claims, breach of implied covenant of good faith and for dealing promissory, estoppel promissory fraud, and negligent representation.
  • Claims of pregnancy discrimination, unlawful termination and alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) after employee was terminated due to her perceived disability, perceived pregnancy, and after making a request for accommodations, requesting leave due to illness, and retaliating against her under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (ADA) and FEHA.
  • Case involving a transgender/transsexual employee alleging pervasive hostile work environment and harassment on basis of her gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, severe sexual harassment under the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). Also, allegations of unlawful termination based on employee’s disability and sexual orientation and employer’s failure to engage in timely good faith interactive process regarding employee’s disability under FEHA. Additionally, claims of retaliation and intentional infliction of emotional distress, and wage and hour violations under Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA).
  • Claims of sexual harassment, disparate treatment from male counterparts and unlawful termination after employee reported supervisor’s sexist comments and actions to employer. Claimant alleged she was discriminated against because of her gender (female), and retaliated against for engaging in a protected activity, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
  • Case involving an age and gender discrimination claims and alleged violations of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, after failure to promote to a management position. Additionally, claims of retaliation for filing the discrimination charge.
  • Claims of constant harassment, hostile work environment, and denial of disability accommodations after employee’s report triggered an internal ethics investigation. Additionally, claims of disability and gender discrimination, retaliation and violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
  • Claims of disability discrimination, denial of reasonable accommodations and failure to engage in the interactive process involving a University instructor. She also alleged retaliation under the FIHA because of her request for disability related-accommodation, denial of work opportunities and eventual termination.
  • Claims from a former caretaker alleging employer failed to pay overtime wages, minimum wages, failed to provide meal periods and compensation in lieu thereof, failed to authorize and permit paid rest periods, furnish accurate itemized wage statements, pay “nanny taxes” and other violations of Labor Code §203 and the Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA). Additionally, there were allegations of sexual harassment, negligence, hostile work environment, sexual battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, unwanted sexual advances, including unwanted touching and open sexual assault during employment.
  • Discrimination claims based on national origin (Mexico) following manager’s racist and anti-Mexican comments. Claims of retaliation after employee reported the harassment and discrimination and employee was denied reinstatement of his seniority and eventually terminated.
  • Claims of sexual harassment and retaliation involving the hostess of a restaurant and the restaurant owner. The allegations of sexual harassment included sexual comments, unwanted kissing, hugging and touching. Claimant alleged wrongful termination and retaliation after reporting the sexual harassment under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
  • Claims of discrimination based on age, race/national origin, sexual orientation and retaliation involving an employee at a public agency. Allegations included harassment by the program manager, communicating in the workplace in a language the claimant did not speak, providing training opportunities and recognizing the achievements only of certain employees, assignment of an increased workload with unrealistic deadlines, work relocation, denial of opportunities to be promoted and retaliation, harassment and verbal reprimands after filing a complaint under the Age Discrimination in Employment At of 1967, and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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  • Class action brought by legal aid lawyers against DMV for statewide driver license suspensions of California low-income drivers for failure to pay parking fines and other driving infractions. Parties to resolve prevailing party and implementation of court of appeal order regarding underlying lawsuit including attorney fee award to the prevailing party.