Friday, June 30th, 2023, at 12:00pm
Hybrid Event

In Person at: 2000 Alameda De Las Pulgas, San Mateo CA 94403
In the Atrium Conference Room

Virtually will be via Zoom.

Arbitration – Litigation – Mediation – Private Judging:  

A discussion of the advantages/disadvantages of each, how to set up your litigation case for a successful mediation, and when private judging might be a good option.


Geroge Wailes, will talk about how to use litigation effectively to maximize the chances of settlement, including when to suggest mediation and what to do to obtain a successful mediation outcome.

James Madison, will talk about the advantages and disadvantages of arbitration and for which types of disputes it is most suited.

Jeff Windsor, will discuss mediation best practices, such as when to suggest mediation (at the beginning, after some discovery, after a summary judgment motion has been filed), and what evidence to reveal and best practices for mediation briefing.

Lauren Zorfas, will talk about private judging, including the laws and requirements for hiring a privately compensated judge, the cases in which it is best suited and when parties might seek a private judge.

Cost: $20 for SMBCA members; $25 for Non-Members. Cost includes lunch for in-person participants and 1.5 HRS of MCLE for all that attend via in-person or virtually.

Registration and Information: Please click on the button above to register for this event. If you wish to pay by check, please still register online first and send your check payable to SMCBA, to: 333 Bradford St., Ste. 150, Redwood City, CA 94063. Attn: Events. *Please note for which event you are paying and the name of the attendee.

Logistics: Your Zoom credentials will automatically be emailed to you shortly after you register online, as well as the day and hour before the event. Please note that you’ll need to be logged into a Zoom account to join the webinar. The written materials for the webinar will be emailed to attendees the morning of the event. 

Contact Info for this Event: For questions about this event, please email

For in person cancellations, the cancellation must be received ONE WEEK PRIOR the event. If you do not cancel within one week prior to the event or do not show up to the event, you will be charged the full amount.

For zoom cancellations, must be received at least 48 HOURS PRIOR to the event for a full refund of the registration fee for those who register via Zoom. If you do not cancel within 48 hours or do not show up to the event, you will be charged the full amount.