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Greg David Derin – Mediator and Arbitrator

With experience in complex litigation since 1979, hundreds of hours of training in the arts of mediation and arbitration from the nation’s premier dispute resolution programs, and service as an acclaimed neutral since 2002, Greg Derin provides flexible mediation, arbitration and neutral evaluation processes to help disputants resolve even their most intractable disputes. Greg’s unique background has earned him membership in elite professional organizations and recognition as a Power Mediator by The Hollywood Reporter and as an Alternative Dispute Resolution SuperLawyer™.

  • Assisted in teaching the prestigious Mediation Workshop at the Harvard Negotiation Institute
  • Distinguished Fellow, International Academy of Mediators
  • Past Chair, California State Bar Standing Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • “Power Mediator,” The Hollywood Reporter
  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Southern California SuperLawyer™, ADR, Intellectual Property Litigation, Entertainment and Sports

Areas of Expertise

  • Entertainment and Intellectual Property
  • Employment
  • Commercial
  • Real Property
  • Class Actions
  • Corporate and Partnership Disputes
  • Business Torts
  • Misappropriation of Name and Likeness
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Put me in, coach: Coaching the stages of mediation in nine innings

Mickey Mantle had enormous talent. Had I not been raised in San Francisco in the 1960s, I might have believed him to be the most naturally gifted baseball player I had ever seen. But even Mantle acknowledged that coaching was the key to his skill at the plate: “My dad taught me to switch-hit. He and my grandfather, who was left-handed, pitched to me every day after school in the back yard. I batted lefty against my dad and righty against granddad.”

We are each endowed with distinct capabilities and thrust into arenas in which we may achieve greater or lesser success. For litigators, however great one’s talent, the result of our efforts is often dictated by the facts, law, quality of witnesses and the unpredictable role of serendipity. While preparation and diligence can mitigate the winds of fortune, we cannot stop the gale. As I observe counsel struggle against unknown forces in mediation, I often wonder why they fight so relentlessly to control and manipulate the process – and often the mediator – rather than harness the power of the process.