With over 25 years of experience in litigation and mediation, Ron White has represented a wide range of clients, including government and individuals, businesses, and public agencies at Ron White Mediation. Seasoned in nearly every area of construction that does not require a hard hat, Ron is excited to offer his well-developed expertise to readers interested in construction law.
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Discretion is the better part of valor, a phrase that can be traced to a 15th Century English writer named Caxton, became part of the English vernacular after the publication of William Shakespeare’s ‘King Henry the Fourth’ in the 16th Century. The phrase came into the...
The New York Giants are playing the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl, again. What would happen if the Patriots prepared for the game by focusing exclusively on their strengths and the Giants’ weaknesses while ignoring their own weaknesses and the Giants’ strengths?...
Deja Brew: A Mediator Looks Back at the Hot Coffee Case or How to Keep Your Dispute from Spilling into Court
Even after twenty years, the so-called “McDonald’s coffee case” or “hot coffee case” is still the poster child of tort reform advocates and the rally cry of consumer attorneys. The former decry a legal system which permits such “frivolous” lawsuits...
As a mediator, I am in the business of getting lawsuits settled, so I take special note of court opinions where a party tries to get out of a settlement by alleging such things as fraud, economic duress, and most recently in Starpoint Properties, LLC v. Namvar, a California Court of Appeal...
I like to read and report on appellate court cases that illustrate the benefits of self-determination in the mediation process as opposed to court-imposed adjudication in the civil trial process. It may involve a little "Monday morning quarterbacking," but I don't...
Conflict is inevitable in our adversary system of justice. The term “adversary system” is defined as “the jurisprudential network of laws, rules, and procedures characterized by opposing parties who contend against each other for a result favorable to...
My high school English teacher, Mrs. Clegg, did her best to instill in me a love for Shakespeare. She taught me to look for metaphors and similes in the great bard’s work, and to apply them to my life. Take Juliet’s famous line:”That which we call a rose by any other name...
NUMBER ONE: Exchange with your opponent salient information about the case well in advance of the mediation. If you represent the plaintiff you may want to ask defense counsel what additional information, if any, is necessary for the defense to be fully prepared for the mediation. If...
Judges are people too. Some of them even have a sense of humor. Years ago Justice Sills of the California Court of Appeal began his opinion in a mechanic’s lien case I was handling with these words: “This case presents a real doozy of a puzzle in mechanic’s lien law.”...
Mediation is the antidote to the uncertainty of trial and most often leads to the timely, cost-effective resolution of disputes. In mediation, the people with “skin in the game,” the litigants, not jurors, judges, or appellate court justices, decide how and when the conflict will...