Academy Member Inducted 2021
- Practice Commenced: 2012
- Total Mediations (as of May 2022): 62
- Total Arbitrations (as of May 2022): 48
In 2012, after serving sixteen years on the Superior Court, Judge Brian R. Van Camp (Ret.) commenced serving as a mediator, arbitrator, and judicial referee, specializing in broad business, commercial, corporate, real property and employment areas of the law. Lawyers describe Judge Van Camp as well prepared, professional, an empathetic listener and a creative and innovative problem-solver. Attorneys surveyed voted him one of the top Mediators and/or top Arbitrators for Sacramento Magazine’s 2015, 2016, and 2017 annual “Best of…” lists.
Since becoming a full-time neutral, Judge Van Camp has successfully mediated, arbitrated and/or presided over cases with a focus on business and corporate disputes, break-ups and sales, partners’ and shareholders’ actions, real estate sales and leases, employment wrongful termination, professional malpractice, construction defects, software licensing, franchising, insurance coverage, intra- and inter-governmental disputes and class actions.
Judge Van Camp brings over four decades of judicial and practical legal experience, with an ability to listen carefully to lawyers and their clients, facilitate communication, and where he can, add value based on his bench and practice experience.
- Business Dissolution
- Class Actions
- Contract Disputes
- Eminent Domain
- Family Businesses
- Legal Malpractice
- Local Govt./Municipalities
- Medical Malpractice
- Mergers & Acquisitions
- Non-profit Organizations
- Product Liability
- Professional Fees
- Professional Liability
- Professional Malpractice
- Professional Negligence
- Property Damage
- Public Policy
- Real Estate
- Shareholder Disputes
- Title Disputes
- Unfair Competition
- Venture Capital
- Wrongful Death
1965 LL.B., University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Boalt Hall)
1962 B.A., University of California, Berkeley (Political Science)
Judge Van Camp studied dispute resolution at the Harvard Law School (2010), the Straus Institute at Pepperdine (2012, 2003 and 2001) and the NationalJudicial College (2007).
He studied Arbitration Rules and Practices by the American Arbitration Association (2014), where he is a member of the Commercial Arbitration and Complex Litigation Panels.
Judge Van Camp has taught over 80 CLE courses to judges and lawyers in the areas of corporate, securities, partnership & limited partnerships, non-profit corporations and trial advocacy for his state bar, judicial education center and private seminar providers.
He has published fifteen articles in law reviews and professional journals on corporate law, securities regulation, franchise law, trial advocacy and comparative law (incl. British, South African and International Courts at The Hague).
Memberships & Affiliations
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
2003 “Judge of the Year,” Capitol City Trial Lawyers
2000 “Achievement of Excellence,” California Alumni Association
1996 “Thomas Jefferson Award,” American Public Service Foundation
- Judge Van Camp is a Charter Member and Director of the American College of Business Court Judges and was the Business Court Representative to the ABA’s Business Law Section.
- He is also a member of the AAA's Commercial Arbitration and Complex LItigation Panels
- He recently concluded a term serving as a Director of the California Judges Association
Hourly Rate: $500
Travel Rate: No charge to San Francisco Bay Area for multi-day hearings. Otherwise,
by auto $250/hr, up to 3 hours; by air, flat charge of $750, each way, for multi-day hearings.