Member Profile: Richard Phelps

Richard Phelps
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


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

ADA Disability
Arts (Fine, Performing)
Civil Rights
Community Associations
Consumer Fraud
Contract Disputes
Cross Cultural
Debt Collections
Elder Abuse
Entertainment Sector
Family Businesses
Health Care
Legal Malpractice
Lemon Law
Libel & Slander
Local Govt./Municipalities
Media & Communications
Medical Malpractice
Mortgage Foreclosure
Non-profit Organizations
Personal Injury
Premises Liability
Product Liability
Professional Fees
Professional Liability
Professional Malpractice
Professional Negligence
Property Damage
Real Estate
Sexual Harassment
Shareholder Disputes
Workers' Compensation
Wrongful Death



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

 He is full-time mediator and arbitrator. He has mediated 2500+ civil cases of all types with a very high resolution rate. 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. 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. 


  • 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.


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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