Alexander S. Polsky, Esq., FCIArb

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Alexander S. Polsky, Esq. is considered a pioneer in the field of alternative dispute resolution. An AV-rated trial lawyer who began practicing in 1977, Mr. Polsky left litigation in 1991 and refocused his practice solely on ADR at a time when few attorney specialists were working in the field. Mr. Polsky’s practice spans disciplines and countries, as he conducts mediations, arbitrations, reference trials and training programs worldwide. He has presided over the resolution of more than 10,000 disputes and is well known for his ability to calm highly emotional parties and to simplify complex disputes.

Mr. Polsky has received nearly every independent award for excellence in the field of ADR. He has been recognized year after year as a top arbitrator and mediator by the Los Angeles Daily Journal, Super Lawyers and ALM Best Lawyers. Martindale Hubbell has given him an AV rating and he is among Lawdragon’s top 1,000 Lawyers in America. Mr. Polsky teaches negotiation and mediation at USC’s Gould School of Law. He also provides negotiation training to law firms, bar associations and corporations worldwide.

Mr. Polsky has a deep understanding of securities-related issues, as well as insurance coverage issues as they apply to complex class action matters.

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ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • Has participated in the resolution of over 4,000 disputes nationwide
  • Multi-disciplinary ADR practice includes:
    • Appellate dispute resolution
    • Business
    • Construction defect, accident, and E&O
    • Environmental exposure and remediation
    • Franchise disputes and class actions
    • Government liability/code enforcement
    • High value domestic relations and child custody
    • Insurance coverage, E&O, and bad faith
    • International arbitration
    • Labor/employment: management disputes, fact-finding, sexual harassment
    • Land use/condemnation
    • Maritime
    • Medical negligence & devices (neutral & party arbitrator)
    • Patent/copyright
    • Product liability
    • Real estate-transactional and E&O (licensed real estate broker)
    • Serious injury and wrongful death
  • Complex case management experience includes serving as a discovery referee in complex litigation. Mr. Polsky designs and implements discovery plans with the goal of cost efficient analysis and early resolution.

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Recognized as a SuperLawyer, Alternative Dispute Resolution category, SuperLawyers, 2006-2014
  • Recognized as a Best Lawyer, Alternative Dispute Resolution category, Best Lawyers in America, 2008-2015
  • Recognized as a Top Master, Daily Journal
  • Speaker, "What Real Estate Attorneys Can Learn From Mediators—And Vice Versa", Tokyo Annual Conference of the International Bar Association, 2014
  • Panelist, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California Mediation Panel
  • Successfully completed "Accelerated Route to Fellowship International Arbitration Program with Award Writing Examination, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, North American Branch, 2014
  • Recognized with AV Preeminent Status as a Top Rated Lawyer in Alternative Dispute Resolution, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recognized as a Top California Neutral, Daily Journal, 2006-2010, 2012
  • Fellow, International Academy of Mediators
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Southern California School of Law and Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law
  • Lecturer (partial list): California Bar Association, American Bar Association, Association of Southern and Northern California Defense Counsel; Consumer Attorneys of California, Los Angeles and Orange County; Los Angeles, Orange County & San Francisco Bar Associations; Pepperdine University Law School; Building Industry Association
  • Past Director: Orange County Bar Association, Orange County Trial Lawyer's Association, Southern California Adjuster's Association
  • Past Chairperson, Orange County Bar Association Committee on ADR
  • Delegate, State Bar of California, Conference of Delegates
  • National Institute of Forensic Studies, Professional Advisory Board
  • Publications on ADR and Attorney Fee Disputes for State and Local Bar Associations, firms, trade associations, and newspapers. Author: "A System for Cost Effective Management of Construction Defect and Complex Litigation." Author: "ADR, Why Does it Work?" Author: "Use of the Special Master in Complex Litigation." Author: "Use of Risk Based Facilitative Dispute Resolution."
  • Mr. Polsky is a sought after negotiation skills trainer and has lectured throughout the United States. He is an adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Southern California, where he teaches a course he designed on ADR and negotiation, and at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law, where he teaches courses in the LLM program. He is available to provide training in negotiation and mediation skill development to corporations and professional organizations.
  • Pro bono activities include Dispute Resolution Services (DRS) Board of Directors; Los Angeles/Long Beach Legal Aid Grand Cru Board of Directors; Public Law Center of Orange County Board of Directors; Los Angeles County Bar Association volunteer mediation program volunteer

 
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Available to hear cases nationwide.