Civil Mediator Background Information


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Name:
Housman, Simon A
Firm Name:
Address:
74075 El Paseo
Suite A5
Palm Desert CA 92260
 Phone:
   Alt/Cell:
 Fax:
Email:
(760) 328-7995
(760) 835-3550
(760) 328-4985
simon@sah.law
BAR Number:
101779
ADR Experience: (Arbitration, Mediation & Settlement Conferences)

Over a period of more than a decade I have served as an arbitrator on the Attorney Fee Arbitration Panel for the Desert Bar Association. Over a period of more than a decade I have acted as counsel in more than 5 mediations representing various clients. Over a period of more than a decade I have participated as counsel representing various clients in more than 10 mandatory and voluntary court sponsored conferences. I have also settled numerous civil cases through informal settlement conferences with counsel and parties.

Subject Matter Expertise Area(s):
  • Business
  • Real Property
Languages Spoken:
(Other Than English)

Representation:

Plantiff Representation: 30%

Defendant Representation: 70%

Current Practice & Professional History (Temp Judge Exp):

1993-present, Law Offices of Simon A. Housman 69-730 Highway 111, Suite 207, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270 Practice concentrates in Commercial and Civil Litigation, Real Estate transactions and dispute resolution, Civil Appeals. 1990-1993, Schlecht, Schevlin & Shoenberger, A Law Corp. 801 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Suite 100, Palm Springs, CA 92262 Associate in General Civil Business firm. Concentrated in construction and business litigation, real estate brokers claims. Over a period of more than a decade I have served as Judge Pro Tem in the Desert Branch of the Riverside Superior Court in Indio. My responsibilities included the Small Claims Trial Calendar, Civil Law and Motion Calendar, the Traffic Arraignment Calendar and the Traffic Trial Calendar.

Educational Background:

B.A. Journalism, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ (1977); J.D., Southwestern University School of Law, Los Angeles, CA (1981) Bar Admissions: 1981 California; 1982 U.S. Tax Court; 1982 United States District Court, Central District, California; 1983 New Jersey; 1985 New York.

ADR Training:

"Mediating the Litigated Case" (42 hours, Feb/March 2009) Pepperdine University School of Law, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution.

Professional Licenses:

Aircraft, Private Pilot, Single Engine Land and Single Engine Sea; Motorcycle drivers license; Former articulated vehicle drivers license. (18 wheelers); Editor Desert Bar Bulletin (1988-1996)

Arbitration Approach:

I listen to the attorneys and understand their application of the facts to the law. I also try to hear and understand the parties thoughts, impressions and feelings invested in the dispute and litigation. I look for the common ground and following the guidance of the law try to help the parties find a resolution to the dispute.

Briefs & Other:

Please provide a brief summary identifying the parties, the uncontested facts, the contested facts, the applicable law, amount of damages and status of prior settlement offers. If possible please email the brief three (3) days before the mediation. Thank you.

Fee Information:

$400 per hour

Locations:

Eastern Region (Indio); at the office of the mediator; at the facilities of one of the parties' counsel or other appropriate facilities.


DISCLAIMER: This information has been provided by the mediator and has not been independently verified by the Superior Court of California, County of Riverside. The Court provides this list of mediators as a public service. The Court does not endorse, recommend, or make any warranty pertaining to the qualifications or competency of any provider on this list. Inclusion on the list is based on the representations of the mediator. The Court assumes no responsibility of liability for any act or omission of any mediator on the list.