Assisting as Neutrals

In many cases, the firm’s lawyers are asked to assist other law firms and their clients, serving as discovery referee, early neutral evaluator, private settlement judge, or mediator and arbitrator. At McManis Faulkner, we have a wealth of experience in dispute resolution by alternative means, acquired from more than 30 years of successfully bringing parties to the table in a variety of cases. Our skills and acumen have earned the respect and trust of our peers and judges, which has resulted into numerous referrals to the firm. With senior partners as mentors, other firm attorneys have become well schooled in the practice of ADR. And, as evidence of the respect the bench accords, McManis Faulkner partners are frequently asked to serve as judges pro tem at mandatory settlement conferences, held before trial.


Case Studies

Assisting as Neutrals Case Studies

Special Master

Result:
Settlement of more than 800 cases with recoveries in excess of $100 million.

Overview:

McManis Faulkner was appointed Special Master in the Technical Equities case by the Superior Court of the State of California and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Described at the time as the largest securities fraud in California history, the case required McManis Faulkner to hear and decide discovery disputes, determine law and motion proceedings, conduct hearings on a variety of issues, and oversee negotiations, which led to the settlement of more than 800 cases with recoveries in excess of $100 million.




Sexual Abuse

Result:
Million-dollar settlements in a number of cases involving allegations of sexual abuse.

Overview:

McManis Faulkner was asked to mediate cases involving allegations of sexual abuse by Catholic priests. McManis Faulkner conducted mediations requiring multiple sessions over an extended period of time and leading to million-dollar settlements in a number of cases, sparing the parties the expense and anguish of protracted trial proceedings.




Departing Venture Capitalist

Result:
Separation of a principal from a venture capital firm.

Overview:

McManis Faulkner arbitrated the separation of a principal from a venture capital firm in a case involving interpretation of multiple agreements and valuation of substantial assets.