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Deborah Rothman Esq., Mediator & Arbitrator, Los Angeles, California.

Deborah Rothman Esq.

Mediator & Arbitrator

Los Angeles, CA 90066
Tel: (310) 452-9891
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Recognized to California Chapter for Mediation & Arbitration

Regularly travels out of state to: Illinois, Nevada, New York

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  • Practice Commenced: 1991
  • Total Mediations (as of Jan 2023): 1000
  • Total Arbitrations (as of Jan 2023): 150
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Deborah was recently named the 2012 "Best Arbitrator in Los Angeles" by BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA.
Nationally-recognized arbitrator and mediator experienced in the resolution of complex disputes in all areas of civil law, both nationally and internationally, in a wide variety of industries, with unique expertise in dealing with emotional situations and difficult people: Commercial, banking and savings and loans; franchise disputes; employment (discrimination - sex, race, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation & sexual harassment; wrongful termination; retaliation; wage & hour class action; breach of covenant not to compete); aerospace/defense; aviation liability/pilot instruction; accounting firms, business torts, car wash establishments, carpet cleaning; commercial contracts & leases, communications, computers-technology; consumer disputes; construction defect & earthquake damage; entertainment (radio, TV, motion picture production, songwriter credits/royalties, personal management); fast food franchises; First Amendment, foreclosure; health care - doctors, pharmacies, nursing homes, HMO's, hospitals; law firm and other partnership dissolutions, fee disputes and employment disputes; medical and legal malpractice; nursing homes, negligence, personal injury; school districts, police departments, municipalities, and U. S. Postal Service; probate; product and premises liability; real estate; securities; software joint venture; security guard services, taxation-municipal and corporate; trade secret theft and unfair competition.

Honored as a California Super Lawyer in the field of ADR from 2006 to the present; as a Best Lawyer in America (California) in the field of ADR from 2006 to the present; as one of 34 Power Mediators in the U.S. by the Hollywood Reporter in 2007, and as a top arbitrator by Who's Who Legal (California) in 2009.

Case Experience

  • ADA Disability
  • Agricultural
  • Anti-Trust
  • Aviation
  • Banking & Finance
  • Civil Rights
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial/Business
  • Consumer Fraud
  • Contract Disputes
  • Discrimination
  • Education
  • EEOC
  • Employment
  • Entertainment Sector
  • Family Businesses
  • Franchise
  • Health Care
  • Intellectual Property
  • International
  • Libel & Slander
  • Local Govt./Municipalities
  • Media & Communications
  • Medical Devices
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Nursing Homes
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Product Liability
  • Public Policy
  • Real Estate
  • Securities
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Software
  • Technology
  • Telecommunications
  • Torts
  • Trademarks/Patents
  • Unfair Competition
  • Wage & Hour/FMLA


June, 1971. B.A., Yale College, Magna cum Laude. June, 1976. Juris Doctor, New York University School of Law. June, 1976. Masters, Public Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton Univ. ADR Training: *Extensive arbitration & mediation training: American Arbitration Assoc. (annual trainings), ABA, College of Commercial Arbitrators. Certified in mediation by L. A. County Bar Assoc. ("LACBA") Dispute Resolution Services ("DRS"). *Trained by Army Corps of Engineers: construction partnering. **Trained by Department of Justice: mediation of ADA claims.  *Trained by FINRA--mediation & arbitration of securities disputes.

Memberships & Affiliations

*Panel of Arbitrators and Mediators, American Arbitration Association. Large Complex Case Panel, eCommerce B2B, Commercial and Employment Law Panels. *Vice-President, College of Commercial Arbitrators. *Fellow, International Academy of Mediators. *Board of Directors, Wells Bring Hope. **Board of Directors (former), Center for Civic Mediation, fka Dispute Resolution Services Inc., L. A. County Bar Association. **Former Chair, Beverly Hills Bar Assoc. Labor & Emp. Law Section (2005 - 2006). **Former Chair, Beverly Hills Bar Assoc. ADR Section (2004 - 2005). Current Memberships include ABA, LACBA & BHBA.

Rates Information

Available at daily or hourly rates. 

The health and safety of our community is my utmost concern during these unprecedented times. In response to the recent developments related to the COVID-19 outbreak, I am offering to conduct mediations and arbitration hearings via Zoom Conferencing. Zoom enables us to meet face-to-face online in a virtual conference room. In mediations, there is an unlimited number of virtual break-out rooms for caucusing and strategizing. Zoom gives the parties the ability to screen share important documents such as exhibits and agreements. I look forward to facilitating dispute resolutions in this new way.

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