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Rebecca Callahan, Mediator & Arbitrator, Newport Beach, California.

Rebecca Callahan

Callahan Dispute Resolution
5120 Campus Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Tel: (949) 260-8888
Fax: (949) 260-9999
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Recognized to California Chapter for Mediation & Arbitration Other ADR Services: ADR Training/CME, Discovery Referee
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  • Practice Commenced2005
  • # of MEDS (as of 24/2/24)1000
  • # of ARBS (as of 24/2/24)60
Current Practice


Ms. Callahan is a 30-year, AV rated attorney who has practiced in Orange County, California her entire career, and handled complex business litigation matters in state and federal courts throughout California and many out-of-state jurisdictions. This experience covered a broad spectrum of industries and subject matters – including business/commercial contracts, commercial lending, commercial leasing, equipment leasing, intellectual property, purchase and sale of businesses, partnership dissolution, financial elder abuse, employer / employee relations, franchisor-franchisee relations, real property purchase, sale and development disputes, and probate and wills and trusts disputes.

For the past 20 years, Ms. Callahan has been engaged in alternative dispute resolution work as a mediator, arbitrator, settlement advisor and arbitration consultant. She has been in the ADR trenches and knows how to put theory into practice. In this regard, Ms. Callahan is known for her advance preparation, creative thinking, high energy, and collaborative style, as well as her ability to bring difficult disputes to a close in an efficient, economic, thoughtful and fair manner. She is a member of the Commercial Arbitration and Mediation panels of the American Arbitration Association, including the Large Complex Case Panel, and has served as arbitrator in dozens of matters and as mediator in hundreds of matters. For more information, please see Ms. Callahan’s Case Summaries posted on her website.

Ms. Callahan is a recognized expert in the field of dispute resolution. She teaches Arbitration and Mediation as an adjunct professor at Pepperdine School of Law / Straus Institute, and is also on the Faculty of the American Arbitration Association University where she presents skills training courses on various arbitration and mediation topics. Additionally, Ms. Callahan speaks, writes and contributes to various advanced-topic book publications, workshops and projects aimed at advancing awareness and understanding of the many alternatives to litigation available to parties in a civil dispute.

For a PDF of Ms. Callahan's CV and Case Summaries, please visit her website at

Case Experience

  • Banking & Finance
  • Bankruptcy/Creditors
  • Business Dissolution
  • Commercial/Business
  • Community Associations
  • Consumer Fraud
  • Contract Disputes
  • Eminent Domain
  • Employment
  • Family Businesses
  • Franchise
  • Health Care
  • Intellectual Property
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Partnerships
  • Personal Injury
  • Probate
  • Professional Liability
  • Property Damage
  • Real Estate
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Title Disputes
  • Torts
  • Trusts / Estates
  • Unfair Competition


  • University of California, Berkeley, J.D.
  • University of Southern California, B.A.
  • Pepperdine University School of Law / Straus Institute, LL.M. in Dispute Resolution

Memberships & Affiliations

  • American College of E-Neutrals, Fellow
  • College of Commercial Arbitrators, Fellow
  • California Court of Appeal/Second District, Panel Mediator
  • Orange County Bar Association
    Director 2014-2016
    ADR Section, Seminar Chair 2013-2015
    ADR Section, Chair 2013
  • National Academy of Distinguishes Neutrals, Arbitration and Mediation Panels
  • Pepperdine / Straus American Inn of Court for Dispute Resolution
    Founding Member 2017
  • Peter M. Elliott Inn of Court, Past President
  • United States District Court, Panel Mediator

Rates Information


  • $450 per hour for hearing, deliberation and award/order writing
  • $250 per hour for "study" time, which is limited to review/analysis of briefs, pleadings and submitted documents
  • 45-day cancellation fee: $2,500 for each day reserved
  • No charge for travel time
  • Trael costs as budgeted and agreed to in advance / as actually incurred


  • Half Day - $2,500 (up to 5 hours)
  • Full Day - $4,500 (up to 10 hours)
  • $450 per hour for extended session time
  • No charge for travel time
  • Travel costs as budgeted and agreed to in advance / as actually incurred


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