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Kenneth Gack

Kenneth D. Gack, Esq.

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Jesse Dienner
T: 415-774-2626
F: 415-982-5287
Two Embarcadero Center , Suite 1500 , San Francisco , CA 94111
Kenneth Gack, Esq. has arbitrated and mediated thousands of matters since joining JAMS in 1996, including over 300 arbitrations. His experience of over 28 years in civil litigation and his real world business background as the managing party for his former law firm, residential landlord, planning commissioner, and board member combine to provide a breadth of commercial experience to help resolve your business dispute.

Representative Matters

  • Mediated a FACTA (Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act) case regarding credit card expiration dates being displayed on customer receipts at a group of pizza restaurants in Sacramento Area
  • A wide variety of real estate related matters, including construction defect; misrepresentation claims against sellers, agents, brokers, design professionals, mortgage brokers and banks; and all forms of claims to a non-title interest in property, including adverse possession, implied easement and agreed boundary
  • Appraisal, accountancy, and attorney professional negligence claims
  • Commercial disputes with the parties seeking to both forcefully assert their claims for damages, yet maintain, if possible, their business relations. These include service providers, subcontractors, design professionals, and distributors.
  • Commercial property construction disputes involving breach of contract by an insolvent subcontractor, with resultant claims for delay damages by the owner. These include equipment supplier liens and demands. Ken is conversant in the area of mechanics liens preliminary notices, and litigation concerning same.
  • Numerous agribusiness disputes involving property owners, growers, vineyard management, vineyard estate development (both construction and design), and wineries
  • Numerous employment related disputes, including wage and hour/overtime claims, FEHA, and breach of contract
  • Rights and obligation in the buyout of a founder of an accounting/bookkeeping firm, including continuity in practice value to fund the purchase
  • Board Member, SEE International, 2014
  • Recognized as a "Top Neutral," Daily Journal Top California Neutrals List, 2013
  • Recognized as a ADR Northern California Super Lawyer, San Francisco Magazine, 2006-2013
  • Distinguished Mediator of the Year Award, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, 2004
  • President and Board Member, Legal Aid of Sonoma County, 2010-2012
  • Member, Association of Business Trial Lawyers
  • Member, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
  • Frequently requested lecturer on ADR and civil litigation
  • Member, American Healthcare Lawyers Association ADR Panel
  • ADR training includes the Advanced Mediation Training Program at the Pepperdine University Institute for Dispute Resolution, the National Association of Securities Dealers and California State Bar ADR Roundtables
  • "Gack's Got the Knack for Settlement," ADR Profile, Daily Journal, August 10, 2012
  • JAMS, 1996-present
  • Private practice emphasizing alternative dispute resolution services, 1994-1996
  • Founding and managing partner, James, Gack, Bernheim and Hicks, Santa Rosa, 1982-1994
  • Judge pro tem, Sonoma County Superior Court, 1983-present
  • J.D., Pepperdine University, 1976
  • B.A., Anthropology, Cal. State University, Dominguez Hills, 1973

Counsel Comments

    • “Ken has exceptional skills.  He was very prepared, focused and listened to the attorneys and clients.  Not a minute was wasted…he managed to weave through the many layers of controversy. He deserves a medal for settling this case.”
    • "Mr. Gack is always prepared, always knowledgeable, and always cuts to the core of the relevant issues.  Use him once and you will use him again."

      - Prominent Bay Area Litigator
    • “Extraordinary mediation skills in terms of technical knowledge, ability to moderate all involved, [and a] sophisticated manner of guiding discussion. Ken Gack is one of the best in the state.”
    • “Ken Gack is one of the best mediators in the business. Very effective and well-prepared. Kept working the case even after the mediation concluded.”
    • “Patience, wisdom, [and] ability to read different personalities. [Ken] was excellent.”
    • “Thanks again for working so so hard to get this case settled. It’s a testament to your reputation that you continue to put in 110% effort on the cases. I know after all these years it must be hard to stay focused and engaged the way you do…that’s why you are the go to guy at the head of the pack in Northern California.”
    • “Ken was awesome. His patience and ability to understand the motivations in [multiple] rooms and how to nudge and to understand when parties were at their limit.”
    • “Thanks again for a very strenuous effort on your behalf in resolving this very difficult case. It’s always great working with you.”
    • “[Ken has the] ability to tell it like it is to all the parties when they were wrong. He followed up and settled the matter soon thereafter.”
    • “Ken, you are a class act…You have an excellent skill set…I really appreciated your time and expertise.”
    • “[Ken has] superior knowledge of issues regarding medical malpractice.”
    • “[He is] highly skilled at mediation. Especially valuable for post-mediation follow-up. Ken is one of the best.”
    • “Ken is very excellent at moving the parties to the center.”

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