Over the course of his 46-year career, Harris Weinberg has assisted in resolving over 5,000 disputes and has presided over cases of every type, from international, environmental and public policy disputes, to corporate, insurance, construction, employment, real estate, contract, maritime and negligence actions.
Mr. Weinberg is a full-time commercial mediator, who has been engaged in mediation since 1972 when he established a mediation program for troubled juveniles as part of the Vermont Juvenile Justice System. He later commenced his commercial mediation practice in 1989. He has served as Mediator and Special Master to the United States District Court, Northern District of California, and as Mediator and Judge Pro Tem to the San Francisco Trial Courts.
Mr. Weinberg began practicing law in Burlington, Vermont in 1972. He moved to San Francisco in 1978, where he continued the practice of both law and mediation until 1993, when mediation became his exclusive field of practice. His legal career involved extensive representation of a broad spectrum of commercial and litigation matters, including contract, corporate, real estate, employment, insurance coverage, business torts, personal injury, medical jurisprudence and banking, including case management and adjudication.
Mr. Weinberg has both national and international experience as a mediator and speaker. He has traveled frequently to Italy at the request of the U.S. State Department and at the invitation of the Italian government, where he has addressed conferences on mediation in Florence and Perugia, as well as the Italian Justice Ministry and leaders of Italy’s legal and judicial communities at the U.S. Embassy in Rome. He continues to serve as a consultant to Italy’s implementation of ADR into its judicial system. He has traveled to Jerusalem to work with Israeli, Arab and Palestinian government leaders, diplomats, industrialists and academicians to examine the uses of mediation in resolution of their conflicts. Additionally, Mr. Weinberg has spoken at conferences of corporate general counsel, bar associations, risk managers, insurance companies and trade and professional groups engaged in the negotiation and representation of legal disputes throughout the United States.
As a teacher and trainer, Mr. Weinberg has served on the faculty of the Harvard University Law School’s Mediation Workshop. He has trained panelists for the American Arbitration Association, participated in the University of San Francisco Law School’s training of mediators for the Argentinean judiciary, lectured at University of California School of Law at Boalt Hall and Golden Gate University, served as trainer to the San Francisco Community Boards, served as Professor of Business Law at the University of Vermont, and held the position of Professor of Medical Jurisprudence at the California College of Podiatric Medicine. Mr. Weinberg currently serves on the Dean’s Advisory Committee of the American University Washington College of Law in Washington D.C.
Mr. Weinberg is the father of three and grandfather of five. He lives in Piedmont, California, and is married to businesswoman Dana Corvin. He and his wife are involved in numerous civic, religious and charitable organizations.