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Richard Phelps, Mediator & Arbitrator, Oakland, California.

Richard Phelps

1999 Harrison Street, 18th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
Tel: (510) 612-0989
Fax: (510) 382-0323
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Recognized to California Chapter for Mediation & Arbitration Other ADR Services: ADR Training/CME, Discovery Referee, Early Neutral Evaluation, Fact Finding, Insurance Umpire, Med-Arb, Mini-Trial Judge, Special Master
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  • Practice Commenced: 1990
  • Total Mediations (as of Dec 2022): 2800
  • Total Arbitrations (as of Dec 2022): 300
Practice Percentages
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Richard Phelps is the  2017 SFTLA "Distinguished Mediator".

He is a full-time mediator and arbitrator. He has mediated 2800+ civil cases of all types with a very high resolution rate. He has arbitrated approximately 300 civil cases; both UM/UIM and stipulated 3rd party. Experiened using ZOOM to for ADR.
He has volunteered as a Mandatory Settlement Conference Office for San Francisco Superior Court. His 37 years civil litigation and trial experience helps him understand your case's pluses and minuses. He has civil trial experience representing plaintiffs and defendants. He uses facilitation and/or evaluation techniques and other communications skills as needed for your case. Prior to practicing law he worked as a claims adjuster. From 1998 to 2004 he was Co-Chair of the Alameda County Bar ADR Section and produced many MCLE Programs on Mediation and Arbitration.
In 2016 he was appointed to the Alameda County Superior Court ADR Committee by the PJ.  His neutral experience also includes refereeing over 1200 soccer games including college, high school, youth competitive, State Cup, adult amateur and semi-pro. He has been assigned to regional high school championships four times. He Co-authored and lobbied into law CCP Section 425.18. He has published articles on mediation and arbitration.

Case Experience

  • ADA Disability
  • Appellate
  • Arts (Fine/Performing)
  • Automotive
  • Civil Rights
  • Commercial/Business
  • Community Associations
  • Construction
  • Consumer Fraud
  • Contract Disputes
  • Cross Cultural
  • Debt Collections
  • Discrimination
  • Education
  • EEOC
  • Elder Abuse
  • Employment
  • Entertainment Sector
  • Family Businesses
  • Franchise
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Labor/Unions
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Lemon Law
  • Libel & Slander
  • Local Govt./Municipalities
  • Media & Communications
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Mortgage Foreclosure
  • Non-profit Organizations
  • Partnerships
  • Personal Injury
  • Police
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Fees
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Damage
  • Real Estate
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Sports
  • Torts
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Wrongful Death



  • 40 hour residential training at the Center for Mediation in Law.
  • Advanced Mediation training co-sponsored by Alameda and San Francisco County Bar Associations.
  • Participant in "The Advanced Mediator's Forum," Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution/Pepperdine University School of law.
  • Seminar on Avoiding Impasse. Lee Jay Berman.
  • Diversity Training for Mediation, 2 different programs.
  • Harnessing the Power of the Master Mediator, 3 day seminar. Lee Jay Berman and Doug Noll.
  • Three day Arbitrator Certificate training by Ron Kelly, sponsored by Bar Association of San Francisco.
  • Advanced Conflict Resolution Skills for Collaborative Professionals. Woody Mosten.
  • Questions for Mediation: Ken Cloke.
  • Mediation Master Class: Seeing and hearing new things in the same old rooms. Kim Deck and Lee Jay Berman.
  • Sterotyping,Prejudice and Bias in Mediation: Lessons for Mediation Practitioners, Ken Cloke
  • Ethics in ADR: Lee Jay Berman.
  • Mediation and the Challenges in Today's World: William Ury and Ken Cloke.
  • Numerous 1/2 day seminars on mediation.
  • 4 day residential training in Psychodrama by Dorothy Satten. 

Memberships & Affiliations

Volunteer experience:

ACSC Mediation Program, 2009-present.

CCC Superior Court Mediation Program, 2005-present
SFSC Mandatory Settlement Conference Officer, 2015-present.
ACSC ADR Administration Committee, appointed by the Presiding Judge, term 2016-2019.

Rates Information

$450 per hour for two party cases. Call for multiple party rates. $360 p/h for Limited Jurisdiction cases.

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