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Ross Feinberg

Ross W. Feinberg, Esq.

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Lisa Winch
T: 714-937-8219
F: 714-939-8710
500 N. State College Blvd. , 14th Floor , Orange , CA 92868

Ross W. Feinberg Esq. has served as a full time mediator and special master since 2007. A highly respected and sought after neutral, he has been the recipient of numerous awards from all sides of the bar.  Critical to his work, Mr. Feinberg is equally respected by all sides.  Mr. Feinberg, known originally for solving and settling complex construction defect matters also actively mediates cases involving business/commercial, personal injury/torts, class actions, entertainment and sports, school district claims, construction accidents and delay, and commercial, residential real estate litigation and community association disputes.

ADR Experience and Qualifications

After spending 22 years mediating complex multi-party cases, Mr. Feinberg joined JAMS in 2007. He is recognized by the Daily Journal as a top neutral and the recipient of the prestigious Jerrold S. Oliver Award of Excellence in 2003.

An AV rated lawyer, author and speaker, Mr. Feinberg has been the chair and/or a speaker of well over 100 national seminars from personal injury and mold claims to construction defect litigation and numerous facets of real estate brokerage and common interest development law.

Mr. Feinberg has successfully mediated over 2,000 cases both as counsel and as a mediator. For 33 years, Mr. Feinberg has been widely recognized for his ability to initiate open communication in cases with a myriad of complex situations leading to constructive results.Mr. Feinberg is admitted in the states of California, Nevada and Colorado. 

Representative Matters

  • Business/Commercial

    • Breach of contract involving multi-million-dollar real estate purchase and sale agreement and related disclosures
    • Claim of breach of contract, fraud and misrepresentation related to purchase and sale agreement
    • Commercial business interruption claim stemming from construction and occupancy delays
    • Fire loss cases involving business interruption, profit valuations, and governmental intervention
    • Resolved Claims by athletes and celebrities concerning contractual disputes, insurance coverage and confidentiality requirements
  • Class Action

    • $21.5 million settlement of 3,000 single-family home thermogalvanic corrosion class action
    • $41.8 million resolution of 5,000 home class action case involving galvanized corrosive plumbing. Settlement reached after incorporating several different lawsuits into single global mediation. Mediation included over one hundred parties, insurance carriers, and counsel worldwide.
    • Mediation and resolution of complex pharmaceutical and consumer class actions
    • Successful resolution of two multi project certified class action cases resulting in settlement pursuant to a pipe repair opportunity for owners of multiple homes across several large scale projects.
    • Successful resolution of a $41.8 million thermo galvanic pipe claim after the parties agreed to consolidate several cases into one 5,000 home action
  • Construction

    • Construction Defect
        • In excess of 33 years of experience litigating and resolving multi-party, multi-issue litigation brought by community associations, multiple single family homeowner plaintiffs and commercial property owners.
        • Construction defect litigation involving luxury single family homes
        • Resolution of Dispute involving 460 condominium units in the amount of $13 Million
    • Common Interest Development Law
        • Representation and resolution as a mediator of complex homeowner’s association matters at all phases of litigation.
        • Mediated matters involving the separation of separate area, common area and excusive use common area.
    • Construction and Engineering
        • Representation and resolution as a mediator of commercial and residential construction matters including construction delays, accidents, premises liability and coverage litigation.
        • Settlement of Turbine Accident on a California Freeway Overpass.  Worked with various agencies, builder, supplier and installer.
  • Insurance

    • Insurance Subrogation Claims
        • Resolution of multiple claims by carriers as against third parties for reimbursement of expenses incurred by carrier repairing damage to insured’s property.
        • Subrogation action involving fire loss
        • Subrogation action, post settlement, of complex construction defect litigation
    • Bad faith claims involving denial of coverage and recovery of Brandt fees
    • Bad faith denial in construction defect claim and cross actions
  • Personal Injury/Torts

    • Multi-party mediation over personal injury and property damage from four-car vehicle collision
    • Personal injury mediation between contractors and lumber retailer involving fire-related property damage
    • Wrongful death mediation
    • Resolution of tort and breach of contract claims against a city hospital
  • Professional Liability

    • Claims against physicians and hospitals based on alleged failure to monitor oxygen resulting in cerebral hypoxia
    • Mediation of multiple claims against design professionals, including, but not limited to, architects, engineers, land surveyors, and landscape architects
    • Mediations related to claims for attorney fees inclusive of cross complaints against counsel for breach of contract and negligence
  • Real Estate

    • Extensive experience resolving construction defect disputes involving a wide range of real estate matters
    • For a detailed list of real estate cases Mr. Feinberg has resolved, please visit his real estate biography


  • Recipient, Jerrold S. Oliver Award of Excellence, West Coast Casualty Conference on Construction Defects, 2003
  • AV Rated by Martindale - Hubbell
  • Recipient of 15 national and local awards from organizations on behalf of Homeowners Associations
  • National Board of Trustees, Community Associations Institute (CAI), 2007 and member of its College of Community Association Lawyers and Board of Governors (national president, 2006)
  • Senior faculty member, CAI; member of 5 member panel Speakers and Topics Committee for the annual West Coast Casualty Conference on Construction Defects; senior seminar advisor for national construction defect coverage seminars held by MC Consultants; co-chair for numerous Mealey’s Lexis Nexis construction defect seminars; helped coordinate Brookings Institute annual Construction Defect Seminars in Washington, D.C. and Orange, CA
  • Lectured before local, national, and international organizations on topics related to construction defect litigation, community association law, and consumer class actions; panelist for the Judicial Symposium on Construction Defect Litigation on behalf of the AEI-Brookings Institute Joint Center for Regulatory Studies in Washington D.C.
  • Faculty, California Association of Community Managers teaching California Law and Ethics, 1993-2008
  • Author of books and articles on laws affecting community associations and construction defects, including Construction Defect Litigation - the Community Association’s Guide to the Legal Process and CAI’s accredited California course on Homeowners Association Law (
  • Member, California, Nevada, and Colorado Bar Associations
  • "Building Consensus," Daily Journal, ADR profile, August 6, 2010
  • Partner, Feinberg, Grant, Mayfield, Kaneda & Litt, LLP
  • J.D., University of San Diego School of Law, 1984
  • B.S., cum laude, University of Southern California, 1981

Counsel Comments

    “Knows the law... Intelligence off the map. Hardest worker in field. A closer! Will settle your most difficult case.”

    “His immediate grasp of the concepts and nuances, and his command of the process, places him among the top tier of mediators”

    "Best mediator in the OC"

    - Quotes from attorneys that have used Ross' services

    Mediation is a valuable and necessary tool for resolving construction defect claims effectively given the myriad of legal, forensic, and insurance issues combined with the number of parties, experts, and claims professionals necessary to achieve final resolution.




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