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Gerald Kurland

Gerald A. Kurland, Esq.

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T: 310-309-6204
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1925 Century Park East, Suite 1400 , The Watt Plaza , Los Angeles , CA 90067

Gerald A. Kurland, Esq.  Gerald A. Kurland, Esq. is a full-time mediator, referee and special master, who has been selected by the Daily Journal as one of California's 20 Most Sought-After Neutrals.  He is widely known for his ability to consistently achieve consensus in the most difficult and complex cases and is also known as one of the leading construction mediators and special masters in the state.  In addition to the areas listed below, Mr. Kurland also specializes in cases involving insurance, environmental and entertainment issues.

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • After mediating and arbitrating for several years as a member of the national panel of mediators and arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association, in 1995 Mr. Kurland became one of the first attorney-mediators affiliated with JAMS in California
  • Served as a judicial arbitrator, settlement officer, and judge pro tem in the Los Angeles courts
  • Is a frequently requested speaker on various dispute resolution topics and has served as a mediation training facilitator
  • Previously served as in-house counsel to a large real estate development company whose projects included commercial, industrial, hotel, apartment, and residential community projects. One of Mr. Kurland's primary responsibilities was the management and negotiation of settlements of company litigation, which included numerous complex matters and involved direct working relationships with the company's insurers, lenders and partners.

Representative Matters

  • Construction:
    • Settlement of delay, loss of productivity, payment, mechanics' lien, defect and professional negligence claims arising from construction of numerous California hospitals and assisted living facilities

    • Settlement of payment, delay, disruption and defect claims arising from construction of university and high school facilities throughout California

    • Settlement of delay, loss of productivity, differing site conditions, surety, payment and defect claims arising from construction of airports, roadways, pipelines, water treatment plants and reservoirs

    • Settlement of defect, payment, delay and inefficiency claims related to many hotel projects throughout California

    • Settlement of construction defect claims in residential and mixed-used high-rise projects in San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego

  • Commercial: Claims against financial institution for allowing unauthorized withdrawals; action against bank for valuables missing from safe deposit box; claims against storage facility for lost belongings; actions by lenders against borrowers for monies owed under secured loans; breach of warranty and "lemon law" claims by auto purchaser against national auto manufacturer
  • Employment: Claim against major financial services firm for AIDS discrimination; claim of racial discrimination by U.S. citizen against foreign company; sexual harassment claim by male employee based on hostile work environment; severance dispute among several branch managers and financial institution
  • Personal Injury: Wrongful death from truck/auto collision; construction accidents caused by dirt dropped on worker by backhoe and involving falls from a lift and scaffolding; many automobile accidents; dog bite involving young child; assault and battery claim under jurisdiction of district attorney
  • Professional Negligence: Actions alleging medical, legal, and design professional malpractice
  • Real Property: Many actions among sellers, buyers, brokers, and escrows, including claims of fraud and misrepresentation; arbitrations involving specific performance and rescission remedies; disputes over calculation of leasehold and ground leasehold rent; action involving responsibility between landlord and tenant for payment of tenant improvement construction costs
  • Trademark Infringement: Action by restaurant franchisor against former franchisee; arbitration involving software company's claim of infringement of trade name and logo
  • Jerrold S. Oliver Award of Excellence, presented at West Coast Casualty Construction Conference for outstanding contribution to the construction community, 2008
  • Selected as a Top 50 California Neutral, Daily Journal, 2003, 2009, 2011-2013 (This ranking ended in 2013.)
  • Selected as a Top 40 California Neutral, Daily Journal, 2007 and 2008
  • Selected as a Top 30 California Neutral, Daily Journal, 2006
  • Selected as one of California’s 20 Most Sought-After Neutrals, Daily Journal, 2002
  • Selected as a Southern California Super Lawyer in the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2010-2016
  • United States Bankruptcy Court (Central District of California) Panel of Mediators
  • Appointed by Mayor of Los Angeles to San Fernando Valley Citizens’ Committee addressing traffic and transportation issues
  • Commended by Los Angeles City Councilmembers Joel Wachs and Michael Woo for efforts in securing land for the expansion of the Studio City Library (1991)
  • UCLA Alumni Association Board of Directors, 1979-80 and 1985-1988
  • Recipient of UCLA Alumni Association’s “Outstanding Senior Award” (1980)
  • "High-Level Connector," ADR Profile, Daily Journal, March 25, 2011
  • J.D., University of California, Berkeley School of Law (formerly Boalt Hall School of Law),1983 (Law Review)
  • B.A., summa cum laude, UCLA, 1980 (Phi Beta Kappa, Student Body President)

Counsel Comments

    • “He's probably one of the most pre-eminent, well respected mediators.” 

      - CA Attorney
    • “I find him to be very effective and incisive in getting down to the root of the issues, moving along and yet being very open-minded and interested in hearing every party's perspective.” 

      - LA Attorney
    • “Jerry has a unique capacity to manage the eccentricities of multiple lawyers, parties, and experts. He uses his intelligence, diligence, patience, and adaptability to relate to them and find resolution”
    • “Jerry Kurland did a magnificent job in getting our challenging case settled. Without his special ‘Kurland Touch’ and hard work in our session, the case would not have settled.”

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