Randall Choy

Randall 'Randy' Choy, Esq.

JAMS Mediator

Case Manager
Patricia Usak
T: 415-774-2616
F: 415-982-5287
Two Embarcadero Center, Suite 1500, San Francisco, CA 94111


Randy Choy is a neutral who has nearly 40 years of experience in the legal field. During that time, he has mediated as well as handled a wide variety of cases, including complex personal injury, construction, and business litigation. Mr. Choy’s practice includes personal injury, business, construction, insurance bad faith and coverage, real estate, and family law. A seasoned litigator and trial practitioner, Mr. Choy’s experience provides him with valuable insights as a mediator to evaluate cases to facilitate resolution.

A native San Franciscan, Mr. Choy graduated from Lowell High School prior to getting his undergraduate degree at UC Berkeley, and he returned to San Francisco to get his J.D. degree. Mr. Choy maintains close community ties, both in the local legal community and the San Francisco Bay Area. He is also active in the Japanese and Chinese communities, which are an integral part of present day San Francisco. Mr. Choy is fluent in Cantonese and has continuing improvement in his knowledge of Mandarin.

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • Nearly 40 years of experience in the legal field, including litigation, trial, and mediation and arbitration experience
  • Has successfully mediated dozens of cases
  • Hearing officer of the San Francisco Residential Rent Stabilization and Arbitration Board
  • Arbitrator for the San Francisco Superior Court, in both limited and unlimited jurisdictions

Representative Matters

  • Business/Commercial 
    • Mediated matter involving the purchase of wine and alleged breach of contract for failure to deliver and refusal to return
    • Settled a breach of contract matter between siblings which included allegations of misappropriation of funds
    • Mediated a partnership contract dispute that involved fraud, conversion, and unjust enrichment
  • Construction 
    • Multiple construction/breach of contract cases involving contractors, sub-contractors, design professionals, and owners

    • Case involving various allegations including construction defects, violations of building codes, and elder abuse. Additional issues included two parties in bankruptcy; insurance coverage issues and alleged sub-contractor violations of worker’s compensation laws
    • Construction and fire loss cases involving both residential and commercial complexes
    • Case involving general contractors and foreclosure of a mechanic’s lien and breach of contract
  • Family Law 
    • Successfully mediated numerous family law cases, including issues such as divorce/dissolution, child support, spousal support, characterization of property, reimbursements, and child custody and visitation matters
  • Personal Injury
    • Injury from mis-labeling, lack of instructions/warning for plumbing product, resulting in 2nd and 3rd degree acid burns over arms, legs, and torso of consumer

    • Handled case in which an elderly person was attacked by a dog in the public area of an apartment complex and fell attempting to get away; coverage issues were involved as well as multiple parties, including the injured party, dog owner, dog walker, apartment owner, and the homeowners association (HOA)
    • Handled case involving two martial arts schools competing for business which resulted in a brawl; all parties alleged assault, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and fraud
    • Handled case involving a foreign national motorcyclist who was killed while crossing a major intersection in San Francisco, and subsequent negligence of emergency personnel
    • Handled pedestrian accident case where a person was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer rig
    • Handled settlement of case involving a restaurant, parents and a young child injured at the restaurant from scalding tea
    • Numerous auto accidents involving catastrophic injuries, including head injuries, traumatic brain injury, paraplegia, and quadriplegia
    • Handled case where the plaintiff fell two and a half stories and suffered multiple fractures and head injuries that resulted in paraplegia. Allegations included failure to properly secure a stairway under repair
    • Case involving a minor who stole a vehicle, attempted to elude police pursuit, and struck another vehicle after running a red light. The accident rendered the driver of the second vehicle a partial paraplegic. Insurance issues included determination of primary, secondary, and excess coverage priorities, and involved three different policies
    • Drowning case in the Sierras, alleging improper supervision; case involved a community service organization, as well as the resort where the accident occurred
    • Handled case involving injury and illness stemming from mold, damp conditions, and habitability issues in landlord/tenant/premises liability case
  • Professional Liability
    • Numerous wrongful death cases involving exposure beyond insurance policy limits

    • Esthetician negligence case involving burns to extremities allegedly from hair removal techniques
  • Real Property 
    • Mediated a number of Real Estate/Real Property matters involving issues such as sales and purchase contracts, landlord/tenant disputes, commercial lease disputes, and habitability issues
        Completed Virtual ADR training conducted by the JAMS Institute, the training arm of JAMS.

        • Recognized as one of the Bay Area’s “Top Lawyers,” Bay Area Lawyer Magazine
        • Recognized as a Northern California Super Lawyer
        • Martindale-Hubbell AV rated
        • Fluent in Cantonese and knowledge of Mandarin
        • J.D., University of San Francisco, 1978
        • A.B., University of California, Berkeley, 1975

        Counsel Comments

          • “I've had the pleasure to have Randy Choy mediate a couple of my cases.  In each occasion, he came to the mediation not only well versed in the law that applied to my cases, but also as to the factual background.  His review of the case included a full understanding of sensitive cultural and historical factors that were key to successful mediations. I would highly recommend Randy as a mediator for any business or real estate matter, but especially for matters where culturally sensitive issues relating to the Asian community are at issue.”

            -Bay Area Attorney
          • “I was very impressed with Randy as our mediator in a personal injury action.  He understood the issues, understood the dynamics between the parties, and could deftly navigate delicate issues in our case. He is top-notch and on my short list of ‘go-to’ mediators.”

            -Founding Partner at San Francisco Law Firm 
          • “I would strongly recommend Mr. Choy as a mediator.  He has handled numerous complicated real estate disputes for me and each has resolved.  Randy understands that sometimes it’s as much personalities as legal issues preventing a case from resolving. His knowledge of the law and people have been invaluable in getting my matters resolved.”

            -Founding Partner at San Francisco Firm
          • “It was a pleasure working with Mr. Choy in a difficult case marked by great distrust between the parties.”

            -Bay Area Attorney
          • “Randall Choy worked both sides and eventually was able to help the parties reach a settlement with a mediator's proposal.  We were very happy with the result.”

            -San Francisco Attorney
          • "Thank you for your efforts.  It is my personal belief that this case could not have resolved without your valuable assistance."

            - Civil Litigation Attorney 



        Practice Areas

        • Business/Commercial
        • Construction Defect
        • Estates/Probate/Trusts
        • Family Law
        • Insurance
        • Personal Injury/Torts
        • Professional Liability
        • Real Property
        Available nationwide


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