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Member Profile: Mark C. Rutherford

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Conflict Management Institute
4212 Saddlecrest Lane
Westlake Village, CA 91361
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Tel: (818) 889-2211
Fax: (818) 707-2211

CA Chapter:

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ADR Services Include:

Mediation; Arbitration; Med-Arb


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Mark C. Rutherford has substantive case experience in the following areas...

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A full time neutral with the AAA since 1994 with an extensive mediation and arbitration practice who has earned a reputation for settling the most difficult and complex disputes.

  • Business: Numerous business disputes in a wide variety of industries including sale of businesses, disputes concerning payment terms, consulting, covenants not to compete and related agreements, contract violations, fraud, misappropriation of trade secrets, copyright and trademark infringements, business torts including contractual interference, unfair competition , partnership and close corporate disputes.
  • Real Estate: Numerous commercial and residential real estate claims, including disputes arising out of buy-sell agreements alleging nondisclosures, failure of financing and other contingencies, broker disputes, commercial and residential lease disputes; matters involving land use zoning and environmental regulations and condemnation valuation disputes.
  • Construction: Numerous multiparty disputes concerning alleged design and construction defects, nonpayment, lost profits, overcharges, unauthorized change orders, abandonment, prevention of performance, delay damages and completion costs.
  • Health care: Multiparty disputes amongst providers, payor's management entities, and suppliers.
  • Torts: including defamation, Libel, slander and personal injury, fee and professional negligence claims and related disputes.

Since 1994, focused entire practice on ADR. Currently appointed on the Ventura County Superior Court's Mediation Advisory Board, the AAA's Commercial Panel, National Construction Mediation Panel, the Large Complex Case Panel (LCCP) and the Los Angeles B2B Advisory Committee.


  • Southern Oregon University (BS, Clinical Psychology-1977);
  • University of San Diego (JD-Law Review-1986).

Alternative Dispute Resolution Training:
AAA Commercial Arbitrator II Training, Los Angeles, 1/02; AAA Arbitrator Update 2001; AAA Commercial Arbitrator Training, Los Angeles, 2/99; AAA Advanced Construction Mediator Training, San Francisco, 12/97; First Mediation Corp., Amazing Resolutions to Deadlock Mediations, 9/97; AAA Dealing with the Toughest Issues as an Arbitrator or Advocate, 6/96; Los Angeles County Bar, Nuts and Bolts of Judicial Mediation, 10/96; Southern California Mediation Association, The Many Faces of Mediation, 11/96; Southern California Mediation Association, Nature of Mediation Skills, 11/95; Southern California Mediation Association/Society of Professional in Dispute Resolution, Ethical Challenges Mediators Face, 7/95; Southern California Mediation Association, New Opportunities for Mediation and Mediators, 11/94; Hawaii State Bar Association, Fee Agreements and Contracts Mediation Training, 11/92; Hawaii State Bar Association, Hawaiian Continuing Legal Education: Understanding, Preparation, and Practice, 5/92; Hawaiian Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Advanced ADR Issues in Commercial, Real Estate, and Personal Injury, 11/91 various other ADR training.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Section
  • California Bar Association
  • Hawaii Bar Association
  • Los Angeles Bar Association
  • College of Commercial Arbitrators
  • Southern California Mediation Association
  • Association for Conflict Resolution
  • Southern California Association of Governments, Energy and Environment Committee Board Member
  • Los Virgenes Council of Governments, Board Member


$400.00 per hour for hearing and study time.


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Mark C. Rutherford is a member of our CA chapter, California Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, California's premier roster of preeminent mediators and arbitrators. The CADN profile includes more specific local information, such as counties and regions served, and can be visited directly at


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