Experienced Attorney

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, probate and wills and trusts disputes.

Alternative Dispute Resolution

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 for over 20 years 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.

Recognized Expert

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 disputing parties and providing attendees with strategies and tools to be successful in mediation and arbitration as both neutrals and advocates.

Extensive Education and Affiliations

Ms. Callahan received her JD from the Cal Berkeley (Boalt Hall) and her undergraduate degree from USC. In 2007, she earned an LLM in Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine University School of Law / Straus Institute. She is a Past Chair of the ADR Section of the Orange County Bar Association and former elected member of the Board of Directors of the Orange County Bar Association. In 2017, Ms. Callahan became a founding member of the Pepperdine / Straus American Inn of Court for Dispute Resolution and was elected to act as its Secretary for a two-year term. In 2018, Ms. Callahan was invited to join the College of Commercial Arbitrators as a Fellow.

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