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Jay Folberg

Jay Folberg, Esq.

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Scott Schreiber
T: 415-774-2615
F: 415-982-5287
Two Embarcadero Center , Suite 1500 , San Francisco , CA 94111

Jay Folberg, former Dean and now Professor Emeritus at the University of San Francisco School of Law, has resolved complex disputes on a wide variety of subjects including employment matters. Considered one of the founders of ADR practice with decades of experience as a mediator and arbitrator, he is particularly skilled at getting to the heart of multifaceted issues and dealing with the human factors that create obstacles to settlement.

Representative Matters

  • Employment discrimination and sexual harassment claims against major companies and federal agencies
  • University faculty employment termination, advancement, and awards disputes
  • Wrongful termination claim of executive employment contract
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, American College of Civil Trial Mediators, 2011
  • Bernard Witkin Amicus Curiae Award for leadership in alternative dispute resolution and outstanding service to the California courts, Judicial Council of California, 2003
  • Distinguished Contribution to Mediation Award, Mediation Society, 2000
  • Distinguished Mediator Award, Academy of Family Mediators, 1999
  • Chair, Ethics Committee, American Bar Association, Section of Dispute Resolution
  • Member, American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • Chair, Judicial Council Blue Ribbon Panel of Experts on Arbitrator Ethics, 2001-2002
  • Chair, Judicial Council Task Force on Alternative Dispute Resolution, 1998-1999
  • President, Academy of Family Mediators, 1989-1990
  • Chair, Section of Dispute Resolution, Association of American Law Schools, 1985-1986
  • President, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, 1983-1984
  • Chair, Oregon State Bar, Family Law Section, 1979-1980
  • Manville Personal Injury Settlement Trust - National Arbitration Panel
  • California Court of Appeal Mediation Panel
  • Federal Court (NDC) Mediation Panel
  • CPR Panel of Distinguished Neutrals
  • JAMS Foundation, Executive Director (Non-profit, charitable foundation)
  • JAMS Institute, Executive Director (Training and continuing education)
  • Publications:
    • Selected Books:
    • Mediation: The Roles of Advocate and Neutral, Aspen (2006)
    • Lawyer Negotiation, Aspen (2006)
    • Resolving Disputes: Theory, Practice and Law, Aspen (2005)
    • Divorce and Family Mediation, Guilford Press (2004)
    • Mediation: A Comprehensive Guide, Jossey-Bass (1984)
    • Selected Articles:
    • Arbitration Ethics - Is California the Future? 18 Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution, Issue 2 (2003)
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution: An Empirical Analysis, 46 Stanford Law Review 1487 (1994)
    • Use of ADR in California Courts: Findings and Proposals, 26 USF Law Review 343 (1992)
  • Experience as a litigator of commercial and insurance cases (Rives & Schwab, now Stoel Rives), as well as civil rights, education, consumer related disputes, including class actions, in state and federal courts (founding Executive Director of Oregon Legal Services)
  • As a professor, taught trial practice, civil procedure, family law, and ADR courses at the University of San Francisco (Dean 1989-1999), Northwestern School of Law - Lewis and Clark College, the University of Washington, and the National Judicial College
  • Extensive experience as a judge pro tem
  • J.D., University of California, Berkeley School of Law (formerly Boalt Hall School of Law), 1968
  • B.A. (Economics and Finance), California State University, San Francisco, 1963

Counsel Comments

    “[Jay possesses] the temperament and patience that made it possible to settle an extremely complicated and contentious issue. Without you, there simply would not have been a deal.”

    -Chairman of prominent Bay Area non-profit organization

    Lifetime Achievement Award, American College of Civil Trial Mediators, 2011

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