Honorable Nat Agliano (Ret.)

Honorable Nat Agliano (Ret.)

Judicial Mediator

Justice Agliano joined JAMS’ panel of neutral arbitrators and mediators shortly after his retirement as Presiding Justice of the Court of Appeal, Sixth Appellate District in 1992. Before serving on the Court of Appeal, Justice Agliano served as a Judge of the Monterey County Superior Court for 13 years. He has served as a mediator, or referee/special master and judge pro-tem in thousands of cases in a wide area of civil law. His 46 years of legal experience as a practitioner, judge, and teacher provides him with the tools to navigate through highly complex and turbulent cases.

Jane Bednar, Esq.

Jane Bednar, Esq.

Attorney Mediator

Jane E. Bednar has been in practice on the Monterey Peninsula for 28 years. A 1988 alumna of Monterey College of Law, she handles litigated cases in the areas of personal injury; trusts and estates; elder financial abuse; landlord-tenant, and business and real estate disputes.

John Burton, Esq.

John Burton, Esq.

Attorney Mediator

Mr. Burton has been practicing since 1974. He currently is with Burton & Cooper LLP. Based out of Santa Cruz, the firm has held a strong presence on the coast for the past 25 years. He is skilled in ADR and Professional Mediation as well litigation in areas ranging from Insurance Defense, Insurance Claims Related to Fire and Property Damage, Dog Bites, Premise Liability, Products Liability and many other branches of law.

Chris Campbell, Esq.

Chris Campbell, Esq.

Attorney Mediator

Ms. Campbell is currently employed with the firm Heisinger, Buck, and Morris; her areas of practice include Probate Litigation, Mediation, and Conservatorships. Ms. Campbell has been practicing for 42 years.

James Cook, Esq.

James Cook, Esq.

Attorney Mediator

Mr. Cook is a seasoned trial attorney, mediator, and arbitrator with over 40 years of litigation experience. A recipient of th e prestigious Lewis Fenton Award for Excellence and Advocacy, Mr. Cook is a well-integrated staple in the Monterey Legal Community. He has served as lead counsel in a large number of jury and court trials, appellate proceedings, arbitrations, mediations, and agency proceedings. His experience as a mediator has included construction, trust and estate, personal injury, and real property disputes.

William Daniels, Esq.

William Daniels, Esq.

Attorney Mediator

A specialist in the field of conflict management and a co-founder of the Monterey College of Law, William Daniels is a supervising attorney at the Policy Research Fellows Program at the Panetta Institute. His area of expertise is in the role of mediation and how judicial knowledge can aid in addressing community concerns. Mr. Daniels began his law career as a public interest attorney with California Rural Legal Assistance from 1967 until 1970. In that year, he was appointed assistant professor of social sciences at City University of New York. In 1971, he joined the Monterey County law firm of Heisler, Stewart, Silver and Daniels and has remained at that firm to the present. He co-founded the Monterey College of Law in 1973 and the Mandell Gisnet Center for Conflict Management in 1988. With the presiding judge and three other members of the Monterey County Bar Association, he established the Monterey County Court-Directed Mediation Program. Mr. Daniels currently teaches mediation and conflict management and has been a moderator and panelist in continuing education programs in alternative dispute resolution. He drafted Monterey County Superior Court local rules for the Court Directed Mediation and Discovery Referee Programs and has been a private mediator since 1993.

Philip J. Daunt, Esq.

Philip J. Daunt, Esq.

Attorney Mediator

A specialist in the field of conflict management and a co-founder of the Monterey College of Law, William Daniels is a supervising attorney at the Policy Research Fellows Program at the Panetta Institute. His area of expertise is in the role of mediation and how judicial knowledge can aid in addressing community concerns. Mr. Daniels began his law career as a public interest attorney with California Rural Legal Assistance from 1967 until 1970. In that year, he was appointed assistant professor of social sciences at City University of New York. In 1971, he joined the Monterey County law firm of Heisler, Stewart, Silver and Daniels and has remained at that firm to the present. He co-founded the Monterey College of Law in 1973 and the Mandell Gisnet Center for Conflict Management in 1988. With the presiding judge and three other members of the Monterey County Bar Association, he established the Monterey County Court-Directed Mediation Program. Mr. Daniels currently teaches mediation and conflict management and has been a moderator and panelist in continuing education programs in alternative dispute resolution. He drafted Monterey County Superior Court local rules for the Court Directed Mediation and Discovery Referee Programs and has been a private mediator since 1993.

Thomas Duffy, Esq.

Thomas Duffy, Esq.

Attorney Mediator

Admitted to the bar in 1975, Mr. Duffy has provided an indispensible service to the Monterey legal community. His areas of practice include commercial litigation in both federal and state trial and appellate courts, including construction defect litigation, agricultural industry litigation, investor fraud matters, anti-trust/unfair competition litigation, estate/trust litigation, general business matters, as well as serving as a mediator.

James D. Emerson, Esq.

James D. Emerson, Esq.

Attorney Mediator

Mr. Emerson has been an avid civil trial lawyer for the past 35 years. A member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), The International Society of Barristers, and the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, all by-invitation-only organizations. Praised and viewed with high regard by his local legal community, Mr. Emerson has made a reputation for being a skilled trial attorney as well an individual who knows when to take alternative routes to resolution, ensuring the most effective outcome for his clients.

Thomas J. Espinoza, Esq.

Thomas J. Espinoza, Esq.

Attorney Mediator

Mr. Espinoza has been practicing law in the Monterey Bay area since 1996. Opening his own office in 2003, Mr. Espinoza represents clients in actions ranging from trust and estate litigation, conservatorships to unlawful detainer and civil litigation actions. Further, Mr. Espinoza has more than eighty hours of formal mediation training through the University of California, at Berkeley and through the Mandell-Gisnet Center for Conflict Management. Providing aid to the Monterey County Superior Court’s, Court-Directed Mediation Program, Mr. Espinoza has been rendering services since the Program began in 2005.

James Farrar, Esq.

James Farrar, Esq.

Attorney Mediator

Mr. Farrar has been a presence in the Monterey legal community for over 40 years, practicing in areas such as trust, probate, elder abuse, fiduciary and conservatorship litigation matters. While known for his expertise in the courtroom, Mr. Farrar strives for the most practical solution despite the complexity of the issue at hand, achieving such results via settlement, mediation and when necessary, trial. Mr. Farrar has also honed his successful mediation practice by acting as a mediator and through trainings at the Mandell-Gisnet Center (with Bill Monning) and at the prestigious Pepperdine Law School, Straus Institute.

Jed Peace Friedland, Esq.

Jed Peace Friedland, Esq.

Attorney Mediator

Jed Peace Friedland has been litigating a wide variety of complex cases for 3 decades and has participated as an advocate in hundreds of mediations. As a mediator Jed has presided over 70+ mediations involving disputes including divorce/property division, real estate/land use, trusts, intellectual property, personal injury, elder abuse, professional negligence, commercial/contractual, RV parks, faith communities, nuisance, animal welfare, school, workplace/employment and parent/teen. He serves on the Monterey County Superior Court panel of Court directed mediators and he is also a certified family law mediator. Jed is the curriculum designer and instructor of the 32 hour Core Mediation Certification Training and the 15 hour Advanced Mediation Training offered at Mandell-Gisnet Center and Monterey College of the Law as well as a variety of Advanced Mediation and Facilitation programs offered statewide through his firm Remarkable Solutions. Jed is active as a mediator/facilitator and mediation trainer at the Conflict Resolution Center of Santa Cruz County, Mandell-Gisnet Center, and has been a regular mediation presenter at the annual conferences of the Professional Fiduciary Association of California. Jed is an affiliated panelist/mediator with Spark Resolutions Group and Neutral Ground in Santa Cruz and also mediates for the Law Offices of Jane E. Bednar in Monterey County. He currently acts “Of Counsel” for Fischer/Kerney LLP in construction defect litigation throughout Northern California. Jed is also very active as a musician, producer, technical advisor and personal manager.

Maxine Howard, Esq.

Maxine Howard, Esq.

Attorney Mediator

Maxine Howard has been mediating and arbitrating since 2001. Following college at Cornell University, law school at Georgetown University and clerkship with a Federal Appellate Judge in Washington D.C. she worked as a litigator at Dow Lohnes & Albertson in Washington. After moving to New York she broadened her practice to include real estate, trusts and estates, and small business representation in Westchester County. She served as Acting Village Justice in Ardsley, New York, and later became a prosecutor in Ardsley and Elmsford Village Courts.Following her training as a mediator and arbitrator, she handled attorney/client fee disputes and was a member of the Westchester County Supreme Court Commercial Division Alternative Dispute Resolution Program. Since moving to Santa Cruz, she has received additional training in both community and divorce mediation. She works through the Conflict Resolution Center of Santa Cruz resolving disputes in Small Claims Court and for divorcing couples. She is a member of the Court Directed Mediation Program of Monterey County and has a private mediation practice based in Scotts Valley. In addition to her mediation practice, Maxine is a licensed Realtor at Schooner Realty, Inc. in Santa Cruz.

Kenneth J. Kroopf, Esq.

Kenneth J. Kroopf, Esq.

Attorney Mediator

The Law Offices of Kenneth J. Kroopf is a bilingual plaintiff’s personal injury and employment law firm, located in Monterey. For over 40 years Ken, a graduate of Southwestern Law School, has been representing plaintiffs in a variety of personal injury matters, including, wrongful death, motor vehicle, motorcycle, bicycle, pedestrian and premises liability. In the past several years he has joined the California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA) and has expanded the firms focus into the area of employment law, including, wrongful termination, age and disability discrimination, harassment, whistleblowing, retaliation, government entity and wage claims. Having been an advance level arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association for approximately 10 years, Ken now participates as a volunteer in the Monterey County Direct Panel Mediation and Arbitration Programs, and accepts private mediation and arbitration matters. He has been an instructor in paralegal programs at UCLA and UC Davis/Santa Cruz and has participated in continuing education programs. He received a Certificate of Recognition from Congressman Sam Farr and State Senator Henry Mello for his commitment and voluntary activities with local non-profits.

Robert S. Luft, Esq.

Robert S. Luft, Esq.

Attorney Mediator

Mr. Luft is a widely respected attorney given his fairness and skill in pinpointing the underlying issues of a case. A San Jose based mediator and arbitrator, Mr. Luft puts his 40 years of experience as a civil trial lawyer to use. His qualifications include numerous successful settlement conferences and private mediations in both state and federal courts, more than 125 superior court jury trials and binding arbitrations involving medical malpractice, professional liability, and other civil litigation. Mr. Luft is currently a Mediation panelist for Santa Clara and San Mateo County Superior Courts, U.S. District Court Northern District of California, Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, and American Health Lawyers Association.

Michael Masuda, Esq.

Michael Masuda, Esq.

Attorney Mediator

Mr. Masuda specializes in civil litigation, trial and appellate practice, arbitration and mediation. He was chosen as 2014, 2015 and 2016 Northern California Super Lawyer. In addition, Mr. Masuda received the 2013 Lewis L. Fenton Excellence in Advocacy Award and was selected as a 2016 Top Rated Lawyer in Appellate Law by Martindale-Hubbell. He has tried over 90 cases in both state and federal courts throughout California.

Honorable Richard J. McAdams (Ret.)

Honorable Richard J. McAdams (Ret.)

Judicial Mediator

Justice McAdams joined JAMS after retiring from the Court of Appeal, Sixth Appellate District. He began his judicial career in 1977 in the trial courts of Santa Cruz County, handling all assignments including civil, probate and family law. He utilizes his 40 years of cumulative legal knowledge in his practice of ADR. He is considered one of the most notable and accomplished judges in California as a result of his judicial career and his experience as a judicial educator. Justice McAdams resolved hundreds of civil, probate, and family law cases over the course of his tenure on the bench and he has served as a mediator, arbitrator, and referee/special master with JAMS in scores of cases in a wide variety of practice areas.

Neil L. Shapiro, Esq.

Neil L. Shapiro, Esq.

Attorney Mediator

Mr. Shapiro has practiced law for 45 years in San Francisco and the Monterey Bay area. He is experienced in litigation and counseling in a wide array of areas including copyright, trademark, trade secrets, partnership, real estate, general business and business torts, and defamation and privacy; and state and federal trial and appellate representation. In addition Mr. Shapiro for more than two decades has provided services in a neutral 3rd party capacity by being a mediator, special master, discovery referee, partition referee, and receiver.

Andrew H. Swartz, Esq.

Andrew H. Swartz, Esq.

Attorney Mediator

Mr. Swartz has been practicing in Monterey since 1973. He has specialized in a wide array of civil litigation, ranging from personal injury to defamation, as well business, trust and will and real estate disputes. Aside from his skill as a lawyer, Mr. Swartz has also been a court appointed referee, private arbitrator, mediator, discovery referee, and has served as an expert witness in attorney’s fee disputes and ethical questions.

Charles Swanston, Esq.

Charles Swanston, Esq.

Attorney Mediator

Mr. Swanston has been practicing since 1996 with Fitzpatrick Spini &Swanston. His practice focuses on employment litigation, including sexual harassment, retaliation, discrimination, misclassification, overtime and various wage and hour lawsuits and various other branches of law.

Ralph W. Thompson, Esq.

Ralph W. Thompson, Esq.

Attorney Mediator

Mr. Thompson co-founded Thomas, Panetta & Thompson in 1971, and continued his law practice with successor law firms until his retirement in 2015. His law practice included litigation matters involving business and real estate; trusts and estates; professional negligence and insurance; sexual harassment and employment disputes; and serious injury and wrongful death claims. His practice also included estate planning, probate and trust administration. Mr. Thompson has provided ADR services as a neutral through Thompson Mediation & Arbitration since 1996. Post retirement, he has maintained his active State Bar license and continues to serve as a private and court-appointed mediator and arbitrator.

Debra Tipton, Esq.

Debra Tipton, Esq.

Attorney Mediator

Debra Tipton has been a practicing attorney in Monterey since 1999. Debra has handled cases varying from medical malpractice to personal injury. In addition, Debra has been a volunteer attorney for the Alliance for Children’s Rights and Los Angeles County Counsel where she has been able to assist underprivileged children with adoptions and guardianships. Debra is currently a court-appointed mediator for the Monterey County Superior Court and has acted as a discovery referee.

Ann Clark, Esq.

Ann Clark, Esq.

Attorney Mediator

If ever there was a time that could shape people into mediators it was the tumultuous decades of the 60's and 70's. From the Vietnam War and civil rights movement to various political dilemmas, these years were rife with conflict. Ann Clarke grew up in the midst of this all and from a very early age, she recalls feeling a connection to difference. Different cultures intrigued her, as did the difference they created. In fact, her pursuit of understanding difference was so strong that it led her to study geography, and law.
It was during law school, that Ann became acquainted with Alternative Dispute Resolutions (ADR). She recalls watching ADR develop into a discipline, and as it did, so did her experiences with negotiation. When Ann began working in management she got to witness internal conflict between and within agencies.
Once retiring from public service, Ms. Clark became a part of the Mandell Gisnet Center for Conflict Resolution. Ann mentions that in all her years of working with Department of Aviation, NASA, and other State agencies, she was never able to hold a truly neutral position when overseeing disputes. She was finally able to attain a truly neutral position when she began mediating.
During her time at the MGC, Ann has specialized in mediating civil harassment cases in court, and in elder mediation. Regardless of the category that a case might fall into, Ann tries to approach each mediation with several guidelines. First off, she suggests, ``Instead of focusing solely on the points of dispute, I try to be alert to the areas of agreement ... (because) once you find common cause, it opens the door to reframe ``. Secondly, and this comes as no surprise, she urges that listening is paramount to this practice, ``Listen to what is being said, and what isn't and ask questions wisely``. These are just some of the valuable suggestions that Ann has to share with those interested in learning more about conflict and mediation. And since these words come from someone that chose to make a career out of understanding differences and disputes, we might be wise to listen.