Mediation Panel

Subject: Name:Court Contact: Last Updated:
Profiles Leb, Michael, H. ADR Program Office, 213-894-299302/01/2018



Name:Leb, Michael, H.
Address:1946 Pasadena Glen Road, Pasadena, CA 91107
Available to Mediate in these Counties:Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Ventura
E-Mail Address:
California State Bar Number:123042
Firm Name:Leb Dispute Resolutions
Areas of Expertise
(willing to mediate cases in these areas):
* Americans with Disabilities Act * Alternative Dispute Resolution * Antitrust * Business/Commercial Litigation * Civil Rights * Class Actions * Employment/Discrimination Wrongful Termination * ERISA * Insurance Coverage/Bad Faith * Labor * Personal Injury * Products Liability * Real Estate/Construction * Securities
Work History for the Past Five Years: I have been a full time neutral since 2009. Prior to that I had a solo law practice where I concentrated on dispositive motions, trial preparation and trial, and appellate work in personal injury and business litigation with special emphasis on employment law including class actions
Education:J.D. Cum Laude – University of Michigan
B.A. Cum Laude – Yale University
Dispute Resolution Training:Los Angeles County Bar Association Basic Mediation Training
Los Angeles County Bar Advanced Mediation Training
EEOC -120 Hour Mediation Training
Pepperdine University – Teaching ADR In Law School
Pepperdine University – “Mediating In The Read Zone”
Dispute Resolution Experience:I have mediated and settled over 100 cases since I became a full-time neutral. In addition to private mediations, I am on the mediation panels of the Los Angeles and Orange County Superior courts. I am a hearing officer for the city of Santa Monica, a member of the Los Angeles County equity oversight panel, and a member of the employment law panel of the American Arbitration Association.. During my career as an attorney prior to becoming a neutral I participated in hundreds of dispute resolution proceedings as a plaintiff’s attorney, defense lawyer and as in-house “client” for two fortune 50 companies. My diverse experience, having sat on all sides of the litigation “fence,” is rare, if not unique, among southern California neutrals.
Professional Licenses:California Bar
Professional Memberships:Southern California Mediators Association; California Association of Workplace Investigators; State Bar – Employment Law Section, LACBA – Employment Law, Beverly Hills Bar Association, Orange County Bar Association – Employment Law Section
Other:I practiced labor and employment law at Latham & Watkins from 1985 - 1992, operated a solo litigation practice until 1994 at which time I became the V.P. of labor relations for Safeway. I left Safeway in 2002 to return to the practice of law at a botique trial practice firm with special emphasis on employment law. In 2005, I became senior vice president of human resources for Wal-Mart where one of my primary responsibilities was legal and governmental compliance which included participation as the “client” in wage/hour and employment discrimination matters including class action.