mediator orange county, CA - Rebecca Callahan

Rebecca Callahan’s CV:

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Ms. Callahan has been in the ADR trenches for over 20 years and knows how to put theory into practice as a mediator, arbitrator, and court-appointed referee. Ms. Callahan’s specialty is resolving business / money / valuation / accounting disputes. She draws upon her 30+ years experience as an AV-rated attorney and intensely trained ADR professional to help parties resolve their disputes in a way that is efficient, economical and effective.

Anything is possible with a good mediator at the table.

BA – USC

JD – Boalt Hall, UC Berkeley

LLM – Pepperdine School of Law / Straus Institute

California State Bar, 1982

U.S. Supreme Court

9th Circuit Court of Appeals

Central District, U.S.D.C.

Eastern District, U.S.D.C.

Northern District, U.S.D.C.

Southern District, U.S.D.C.

Massachusetts State Bar, 1998-2008 (inactive)

District of Columbia Bar, 1998-2008 (inactive)

American Arbitration Association,  Arbitrator, Commercial Arbitration Panel and Large Complex Case Panel

American Arbitration Association,  Mediator, Mediation Panel

Pepperdine University School of Law / Straus Institute,  Adjunct Professor

American Arbitration Association University,  Faculty

U.S. District Court / Central District of California,  Panel Mediator

California Court of Appeal / Second District,  Panel Mediator

Orange County Superior Court,  Panel Mediator

American Arbitration Association, Mediator / Arbitrator (2006 – Present)

American College of E-Neutrals, (2017 – Present)

College of Commercial Arbitrators (2018 – Present)

Orange County Bar Association, Director (2014 – 2016)

Orange County Bar Association, ADR Section, Chair (2013) and Seminar Chair (2013, 2014 and 2015)

Pepperdine / Straus American Inn of Court for Dispute Resolution, Founding Member (2017 ); Secretary (2017-2019)

Peter M. Elliott Inn of Court, Past President

The Pacific Club, Member

Young Lives Redeemed, Board of Directors (2018-)

Bridging the Gap, sponsored by the Orange County Bar Association (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)

LEAP Program for young lawyers, sponsored by the Legal Aid Society of Orange County (2015, 2016)

OCBA Young Lawyer Mentor Program (2015, 2016)

The Pacific Club / Lott Trophy IMPACT Leadership Academy, volunteer trainer (2014, 2015, 2016)

Orange County Veterans Stand Down, volunteer (2015)

Foothill Ed Fund, Director (2000-2004)

Foothill Knights Football Boosters, President (2002-2004)

Callahan Law Corporation, 1993-present

Partner, Lobel Winthrop & Broker, 1986-1993

Associate, Buchalter Nemer Fields & Younger, 1985-1986

Associate, Allen Matkins Leck Gamble & Mallory, 1983-1985

Associate, Kindel & Anderson, 1982-1983

Duty Issues

  • defined by contract;
  • imposed or implied by law;
  • undertaken by status as an attorney, broker, officer, director, partner, managing member, employer, employee, agent, or representative

 

Money Issues

  • accounting for money;
  • tracing the use or disposition of funds or other assets;
  • assessing the monetary value of property, goods, services or other benefits bestowed or received;
  • assessing the monetary value for loss of or damage to tangible or intangible property/property rights;
  • understanding the current or historical financial condition of a business or business venture

Conduct Issues

  • negligent acts and omissions;
  • tortuous conduct in the form of fraud, trespass, misappropriation, infringement, conversion, transfer and concealment of assets;
  • unfair business conduct in terms of not performing as agreed or engaging in conduct aimed at obtaining an unearned advantage.

Valuation Issues

  • assessing the value to be ascribed to real or personal property, goods, services or other benefits received or bestowed;
  • assessing the value of a partial ownership interest in property, a business, a trust or other assets

Offset Issues

  • assessing the effect of competing claims

Speaker and Skills Trainer for over 20 years.

Recent Speaking Engagements

“Striving for Excellence: Emotional Intelligence, Personalities and the Value-Driven Mediator”

(SCMA Advanced Training Program, 2018)

“Mediating the Litigated Case”

(Straus Institute, Professional Skills, 2018)

“Mediator Tips / 5 thoughts and perspectives on things we can do to be better at promoting and bringing about the negotiated resolution of disputes”
“Lying in Mediation / What we as mediators can do to promote honesty and candor in our mediations”
“Five Thoughts and Perspectives Recent Developments in Arbitration, Mediation and Settlement”

(Straus Institute, Advanced Training Program for Delegation of Judges and Attorneys from India, 2018)

“Arbitration Theory & Practice”

(Pepperdine University School of Law / Straus Institute, 2018)

“Recent Developments in Arbitration and Mediation”

(ADR Section of the OCBA and Pepperdine Straus Inn of Court Program Meeting, 2018)

“What You Need to Know About Drafting, Attacking and Enforcing Arbitration Clauses”

(Orange County Bar Association Employment Law Section Annual Symposium, 2017)

“Advanced Arbitration Skills Program”

(University of Southern California Law School / JAMS, 2017)

“Advanced Mediation Training / Settlement Building Techniques”

(U.S. District Court Arbitration Panel Program, 2017)

“Recent Developments in Arbitration and Mediation Law”

(OCBA-ADR Section 2017)

“First Inaugural Advanced Arbitration Skills Program”

(University of Southern California Law School / JAMS, August 2016)

“Mediation Theory and Practice”

(Pepperdine University School of Law / Straus Institute, Fall 2016)

“Arbitration Theory and Practice”

(Pepperdine University School of Law/Straus Institute, Spring Semester 2016)

“The Full Pinocchio – Lying for the Sake of the Deal:
Is it Ever OK to Lie in Mediation?”

(AAA/ICDR Annual Conference, 2016)

“Recent Developments in Arbitration, Mediation and Settlement”

(OCBA-ADR Section, 2016)

“The Distinguishing Features of Arbitration vs. Litigation in Banking Disputes”

(OCBA – Banking Law Section, 2016)

“Essential Skills for the New Mediator!”

(American Arbitration Association University, 2016)

“Impasse:
Mediating in the Red Zone”

(American Arbitration Association Webinar Program, 2015)

“E-Discovery:
Arbitration in a Digital World”

(American Arbitration Association, 2015)

“Mediating the Litigated Case”

(Straus, 2015)

“Mediation Advocacy:
Negotiation Tips and Perspectives to Help You Up Your Game at Mediation”

(Private MCLE Seminar, 2015)

“Third Annual Recent Developments in Arbitration and Mediation Law”

(Orange County Bar Association-ADR Section, 2015)

“The Full Pinocchio – Lying for the Sake of the Deal:
What zeal for the deal might cause parties, attorneys and/or the mediator to do!”

(ABA-Dispute Resolution Section Spring Conference and Southern California Mediation Association Annual Conference, 2015)

“Essential Skills for the New Mediator!”

(American Arbitration Association University, 2015)

“Are You in the Red Zone? Strategies and Tips for Understanding and Dealing with Impasse”

(Elliott Inn of Court, 2015)

“Essential Skills for the New Mediator!”

(American Arbitration Association University, 2014)

“Conducting Research & Investigations:
The Arbitrator’s Authority”

(American Arbitration Association, 2014)

“Principled Deliberations:
Decision-Making Skills for Arbitrators”

(American Arbitration Association, 2014)

“Second Annual Recent Developments in Arbitration and Mediation Law”

(Orange County Bar Association-ADR Section, 2014)

“Mediation Theory & Practice”

(Pepperdine University School of Law/Straus Institute, Spring Semester 2014)

“Essential Skills for the New Mediator!”

(American Arbitration Association University, 2014)

“Conducting Research & Investigations:
The Arbitrator’s Authority”

(American Arbitration Association, 2014)

“Principled Deliberations:
Decision-Making Skills for Arbitrators”

(American Arbitration Association, 2014)

“Second Annual Recent Developments in Arbitration and Mediation Law”

(Orange County Bar Association-ADR Section, 2014)

“Mediation Theory & Practice”

(Pepperdine University School of Law/Straus Institute, Spring Semester 2014)

“Recent Developments in Arbitration and Mediation Law”

(Orange County Bar Association- ADR Section, 2013)

“Essential Skills for the New Mediator!”

(American Arbitration Association University, 2013)

“Lying for the Sake of the Deal:
What zeal for the deal might lead us or the other side or the mediator to do!”

(Elliott Inn of Court Program, 2012)

“Are Your Secrets Safe in Mediation”

(Orange County Bar Association – Commercial Law & Bankruptcy Section, 2012)

“Follow the Money: Tips, Strategies and Special Issues Associated with Settling Insured Claims”

(Orange County Bar Association-Insurance Law Section, 2012)

“The Well Wrought ADR Clause”

(ABA-Dispute Resolution Section, 2012)

“Economy, Speed and Justice:
What Neutrals, Forum Providers, Advocates and Parties Can do to Control and Reduce the Cost of ADR Processes”

(Orange County Bar Association-ADR Section, 2012)

“Mediating in the 21st Century: Current Topics, Trends and Strategies”

(American Bankruptcy Institute, 2012)

“Mediation Theory & Practice”

(Pepperdine University / Straus Institute, Spring Semester 2012)

“Maximizing Efficiency and Economy in Arbitration:
Challenges at the Preliminary Hearing”

(American Arbitration Association, 2011)

Recent ADR articles

“Arbitration Clauses: Hot Questions & Cool Answers:
A Contemporary Look at Drafting Considerations and Opportunities (Part 2)”

(Orange County Lawyer, April 2017)
Pdf available at www.callahanadr.com under Articles & Programs

“Arbitration Clauses: Hot Questions & Cool Answers:
A Contemporary Look at Drafting Considerations and Opportunities (Part 1)”

(Orange County Lawyer, February 2017)
Pdf available at www.callahanadr.com under Articles & Programs

“Facework in Mediation: The Need for ‘Face’ Time”

(Orange County Lawyer, September 2016)
  PDF available at www.callahanADR.com under Articles & Programs

“Effective Use of a Forensic Accountant in Mediating Commercial Fraud Disputes”

Chapter 15 of Fraud and Forensics:
Piercing Through Deception in a Commercial Fraud Case regarding how to use a forensic accountant at mediation

(American Bankruptcy Institute, 2015)

“Mediation Advocacy:
Negotiation Tips and Perspectives to Help You Up Your Game at Mediation”

(Orange County Lawyer, July 2015)
  PDF available at www.callahanADR.com under Articles & Programs

“Reservation Points:
A Perspective on Where the ‘Real’ Negotiation Begins”

private publication / MCLE program handout (June 2015)
  PDF available at www.callahanADR.com under Articles & Programs

“Piercing the Veil of Mediation”

(LA Daily Journal, Guest Column, May 8, 2015)
  PDF available at www.callahanADR.com under Articles & Programs

“Mediation Confidentiality:
For California Litigants,
Why Should Mediation Confidentiality be a Function of the Court in Which the Litigation is Pending?”

12 Pepp. Disp. Resol. L.J. 63 (2012)
  PDF available at www.callahanADR.com under Articles & Programs

“What’s Your Client’s Case Worth?”

private publication/brochure (Fall 2011)
  PDF available at www.callahanADR.com under Articles & Programs

“Let the Games Begin: Supreme Court Invites Piecemeal Litigation and Procedural Gamesmanship:
A Case Note on KPMP LLP v. Cocchi”

Conflict Management / ABA-Litigation Section, website publication (2011)

“It Takes Two to Tango:
How to Get the Most Out of Mediation”

Daily Journal Verdicts and Settlements (May 27, 2011)

“What’s Your Client’s Case Worth for Purposes of Settlement”

private publication / brochure (Summer 2011)
  PDF available at www.callahanADR.com under Articles & Programs

“How to Get the Most Out of Your Mediation”

private publication/brochure (Spring 2011)
PDF available at www.callahanADR.com under Articles & Programs

“The Supreme Court Erects Another Roadblock to Challenging Arbitration:
A Case Note on Rent-a-Center West, Inc. v. Jackson”

Conflict Management / ABA-Litigation Section, website publication (2010)

“20 Questions re Commercial Arbitration”

private publication/brochure (Winter 2010)
  PDF available at www.callahanADR.com under Articles & Programs

“20 Questions re Mediation”

private publication/brochure (Fall 2010)
  PDF available at www.callahanADR.com under Articles & Programs

“Severability Rule Expanded:
Supreme Court Holds that Parties’ Agreement to Delegate Questions of Arbitrability Shall be Enforced,
Including Those that Go to the Validity of the Arbitration Agreement Itself”

American Bar Association / Litigation Section, website publication (2010)

“California’s New Ethics Standards:
A Hot Bed of Controversy and Conflicting Decisions”

5 J. Am. Arb. 295 (2006)
  PDF available at www.callahanADR.com under Articles & Programs

“Truth or Dare: California’s New Ethics Standards for Private Arbitrators”

Business Law News (Issue 1 2008)

“California’s New Ethics Standards for Arbitrators:
A Hot Bed of Controversy and Conflicting Decisions”

5 J. Am. Arb. 295 (2006)

“Arbitration v. Litigation:
The Right to Appeal and Other Misperceptions Fueling the Preference for a Judicial Forum”

(2006 Thesis Paper) http://law.bepress.com/expresso/eps/1248
  PDF available at www.callahanADR.com under Articles & Programs

“Facework in Mediation:
The Need for A Little Face Time”

(2005 Paper), http://law.bepress.com/expresso/eps/837
  PDF available at www.callahanADR.com under Articles & Programs

Married to Rich Keys, an attorney and principal of Bidna & Keys APLC

Hobbies and interests include learning a new language (Spanish), going to the gym, walking the dogs and playing bridge

$2,500 Half Day (up to 5 hours)

$4,500 Full Day (up to 10 hours)

$450 Per Hour (extended session)

No charge for travel time

Advance deposit required

14-day cancellation period for single day matters

30-day cancellation period for multi-day matters

We accept all major credit cards

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