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Louis Marlin

Louis M. Marlin, Esq.

Case Manager
Tricia Lunceford
T: 714-937-8251
F: 714-939-8710
5 Park Plaza, Suite 400, Irvine, CA 92614


After 43 years of active litigation, which included a variety of personal injury and tort matters, Louis M. Marlin, Esq. has devoted himself to working full time as a neutral at JAMS since September 2015. His experience as a litigator, representing both defendants and plaintiffs in highly charged and often intricate matters, has provided him with an understanding of the needs of both sides when mediating these important cases.

Whether it is litigating a catastrophic personal injury action involving manufacturing machinery severing a worker’s arm, defending an action against a student-abroad program for wrongful death of students killed in an auto accident, or handling highly sensitive sexual assault claims by minors, his experience has formed the bedrock for his well-respected range of knowledge concerning personal injury and tort matters.

Mr. Marlin was considered among the top class action/complex litigation attorneys in California, and regularly applies that insight and experience to his practice as a neutral in all areas from single plaintiff matters to all types of multi-party litigation. He is known for working actively to assist both sides in resolving personal injury and tort matters and for achieving timely and efficient resolutions in even the most contentious disputes.

Representative Matters

  • Successfully mediated personal injury matters, including:
    • rear-end collision between retail company truck and personal vehicle that burst into flames. Matter involved substantial loss of consortium claim and questions concerning validity of sub rosa video of plaintiff
    • shooting involving plaintiff and large police department
  • In addition, Mr. Marlin served as counsel on dozens of personal injury matters, including:
    • Court appointed “liaison counsel” in numerous matters involving large number of parties and counsel
    • Action against student-abroad program for wrongful death of several students in auto accident
    • Catastrophic personal injury action involving manufacturing machinery severing worker’s arm
    • Claim by ballet dancer that he was beaten by staff at state mental institution
    • Claim by high school student that she had sexual relations with teacher and that school, although aware of relationship, took no action to protect her
    • Complex psychological malpractice tort action against group of psychologists operating residential program
    • Pedestrian’s claim of having been struck by rental truck and rendered paraplegic
    • Personal injury claim concerning design of child’s stroller and its use on escalator
    • Rear-end auto accident resulting in plaintiff’s loss of hearing
    • Several proposed class actions/multi-party litigation against large university system for mishandling of human remains.  Lead counsel in trial court and appellate court proceedings
    • Teenager’s sexual assault claim against treating physician
    • Wrongful death claim for family of man hit by speeding fire response vehicle
    • Wrongful death of motorcycle driver
  • Honors
    • Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
    • Rated as “Super Lawyer" (attorney 2007-2015, mediator 2016-2017)
    • Listed in “Top Attorneys of Southern California” by Los Angeles Magazine, class actions, complex litigation, and mass torts, 2007-2015
    • Listed in “Top Attorneys in Orange County“ by Orange Coast Magazine, 2010-2015
    • Listed as “Top Attorney in Orange County” by the Orange County Register newspaper
    • Listed as National Trial Lawyers’ “Top 100 Lawyer in California,” 2013-2015
    • Listed in Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, 1991-2015
    • AV rated over 25 years
  • Memberships
    • Orange County Bar Association
    • Los Angeles County Bar Association
    • Federal Bar Association
    • American Bar Association
    • Association of Business Trial Attorneys
  • Professional Activities
    • Speaker on multiple topics, including:
      • Ethics in Mediation
      • Resolving PAGA Cases in Mediation (Orange County Bar Assoc. Labor & Employment Seminar)
      • Elimination of Bias in Mediation
      • Presentation of Wage and Hour case in mediation
  • ADR Profile
  • Founding Partner, Marlin & Saltzman, 1984-2015
  • Law Offices of Louis M. Marlin, 1973-1984
  • Associate, Sonenshine & Armstrong, 1972-1973
  • J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law
  • B.A., University of California, Irvine

Counsel Comments

    • “Lou Marlin is a fantastic mediator.  He is respected by both plaintiffs and defendants because of his experience as a defense attorney and a successful plaintiff’s attorney. I strongly recommend him for class action mediations. He does not give up; he pursues the parties weeks after the mediation 'til the case is resolved.”
    • “Mr. Marlin is very knowledgeable about labor and employment law, and his ability to bring the parties together is truly impressive. His impressive combination of persistence, patience and understanding of personal dynamics has provided us with positive results. He is top-notch.”

      -Southern California labor & employment attorneys

    • “Having practiced at the highest levels as both a defense and plaintiffs' lawyer, Lou understands the concept of serving as a true neutral.  He has a singular focus, which is to settle your case.  It helps that he's a quick study, can build rapport with the clients in a matter of minutes, and can relate to almost anyone on almost any topic.  When necessary he will get into the weeds, but generally he will guide the parties through the most important issues in order to close the deal on the day of the mediation.”
      – Los Angeles Attorney
    • “Mr. Marlin communicates well with both sides of a dispute and he gets to the heart of the case quickly. He somehow manages to settle a case in half the time of most mediators, with results that each side can live with. He demonstrates the right combination of legal knowledge and people skills.”
      – Orange County Attorney




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