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Member Profile: Richard Phelps

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1999 Harrison Street, 18th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
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Tel: (510) 612-0989
Fax: (510) 382-0323

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ADR Services Include:

Mediation; Arbitration; Early Neutral Evaluation; Med-Arb; Facilitation & Systems Design; Fact Finding; Discovery Referee; Special Master; ADR Training/CME


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Richard Phelps has substantive case experience in the following areas...

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design elementAutomotive
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design elementCommercial/Business
design elementCommunity Associations
design elementCondominiums
design elementConstruction
design elementConsumer Fraud
design elementContract Disputes
design elementCross Cultural
design elementDebt Collections
design elementDiscrimination
design elementEEOC
design elementElder Abuse
design elementEmployment
design elementEntertainment Sector
design elementEnvironmental
design elementFamily Businesses
design elementFranchise
design elementHealth Care
design elementInsurance
design elementLabor/Unions
design elementLandlord/Tenant
design elementLegal Malpractice
design elementLemon Law
design elementLibel & Slander
design elementLocal Govt./Municipalities
design elementMedia & Communications
design elementMedical Malpractice
design elementMortgage Foreclosure
design elementNon-profit Organizations
design elementPartnerships
design elementPersonal Injury
design elementPolice
design elementPremises Liability
design elementProduct Liability
design elementProfessional Fees
design elementProfessional Liability
design elementProfessional Malpractice
design elementProfessional Negligence
design elementProperty Damage
design elementReal Estate
design elementSexual Harassment
design elementShareholder Disputes
design elementSports
design elementTorts
design elementWorkers' Compensation
design elementWrongful Death


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Richard Phelps is the recipient of the 2017 SFTLA "Distinguished Mediator" Award.

He is a full-time mediator and arbitrator. He has mediated 2500+ civil cases of all types with a very high resolution rate. He has arbitrated over 285 civil cases;both UM/UIM and stipulated 3rd party. He has volunteered as a Mandatory Settlement Conference Office for San Francisco Superior Court. His 33 years civil litigation and trial experience helps him understand your case's pluses and minuses. He has arbitrated over 285 civil cases. 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.


  • 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.
  • Numerous 1/2 day seminars on mediation.
  • 4 day residential training in Psychodrama by Dorothy Satten. 

Memberships & Affiliations

Volunteer experience: ACSC Mediation Program,
CCC Superior Court Mediation Program, SFSC Mandatory Settlement Conference Officer, and a member of the ACSC ADR Administration Committee, appointed by the Presiding Judge  


$390 per hour for two party cases. Call for multiple party rates. $300 p/h for Limited Jurisdiction cases.


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Richard Phelps 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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