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Lawrence Mills

Lawrence R. Mills, Esq.

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Tina Oja
T: 415-774-2627
F: 415-982-5287
Two Embarcadero Center , Suite 1500 , San Francisco , CA 94111

Lawrence R. Mills, Esq. brings to his ADR practice an accomplished and multi-faceted career of over 35 years as a lawyer specializing in litigation and business counseling, and over 25 years of experience as an arbitrator and mediator.  Larry is known for his fairness and proven ability to manage and adjudicate complex business and commercial disputes.

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Representative Matters

  • Mediated and provided neutral evaluation in a dispute regarding responsibility for damages under a contract for transport of a perishable food product
  • Arbitrated a case with a claim for refund of a deposit under a contract for purchase of a horse for breeding
  • Arbitrated a claim for attorneys’ fees on the discharge of a law firm in a commercial litigation
  • Mediated dispute between a municipal bond broker and a brokerage company regarding a non-competition provision 
  • Mediated dispute regarding parking charges set by agreement between a tenant and a parking company 
  • Mediated case with claims arising out of alleged breach of warranties on sale of business 
  • Mediated case with claims for damages to restaurant business caused by competitor infringing on concept 
  • Mediated case with claim for breach of a loan commitment and related damages 
  • Mediated case with claim by a financial advisor for breach of a contract for strategic planning and executing a strategic transaction for a hospital district 
  • Arbitrated disputes between materials supplier and distributor regarding allocation of territory and pricing 
  • Arbitrated case with claim by an Indian tribe for damages for failure to perform a settlement agreement 
  • Arbitrated multi-faceted dispute between two on-line services to match compatible individuals for dating 
  • Arbitrated case with claim for indemnification arising out of alleged breaches of representations and warranties in an asset purchase agreement of a seafood company

Honors

  • Recognized as Best Lawyers’ 2018 Seattle Arbitration “Lawyer of the Year”
  • Recognized as a Best Lawyer, Alternative Dispute Resolution Category, Best Lawyers in America, 2015-2016
  • Selected as a Washington Super Lawyer in the field of ADR, 2003-2013

Memberships and Professional Activities

  • Board of Directors, Community Foundation Sonoma County, 2016-present
  • ADR Committee, Sonoma County Bar Association, 2015-present
  • Member, Mediation Society of San Francisco, 2014-present
  • Distinguished Fellow, International Academy of Mediators, 2009-present
  • Fellow, College of Commercial Arbitrators, 2004-present
  • Council Member, American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution, 2002-2012
    • Chair, 2007-2008
  • FINRA Panel of Arbitrators, 2002-present
  • Hearing Officer, Washington State Bar Association, 2001-2012
  • Chair, Dispute Resolution Section of Washington State Bar Association, 2001-2002
  • ADR Committee, Federal Bar Association of the Western District of Washington (Rule 39.1 Mediator and Arbitrator), 1998-present
  • Member, King County Bar Association ADR Section, 1998-present
  • Chair of the Board, Healdsburg Forever (community endowment), 2017
  • Board of Directors, Bainbridge Community Foundation 2004-2007 and 2010-2013
    • President, 2006-2007
  • Board of Directors, Bainbridge One Call for All, 2001-2004
    • President, 2003
  • Board of Directors, Bainbridge Public Schools Foundation, 2002-2004

Selected Publications

  • “Effective Mediation Advocacy: How Legal Counsel Can Make Or Break A Settlement,” Daily Journal, 2015
  • “The Appropriate Relationship Between Arbitration, Mediation and Settlement,” ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Magazine, 2015
  • “Exceeded Powers: Exploring Recent Trends in Cases Challenging Arbitral Authority” (with Thomas J. Brewer), Alternatives, September 2013
  • “When Arbitrators Exceed Their Powers,” (with Thomas J. Brewer), Dispute Resolution Journal, April 2009
  • “Vacatur of Arbitration Awards: A Real-World Review of the Case Law,” (with Thomas J. Brewer), Dispute Resolution Magazine, 2006
  • “A Courtroom Lawyer’s Guide to Arbitration,” (with Thomas J. Brewer), Litigation, Spring 2005
  • “ADR Drafting Tips,” Dispute Resolution Magazine, 2002
  • The Arbitration Alternative: Submission Cases, WSBA Litigation News, 2000
  • “Combining Mediation and Arbitration,” (with Thomas J. Brewer), Dispute Resolution Journal, November 1999

  • Partner/Shareholder, Mills Meyers Swartling, 1981-2013
  • Former panel member, American Arbitration Association (Commercial, Construction, and Large Complex Cases, Arbitration Panels, and General and Construction Mediation Panels), 1985-2012
  • J.D., University of Michigan, 1974; Editor-in-Chief, University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform, Vol. 7
  • M.P.P., University of Michigan, 1973
  • B.S.E., with high honors, Princeton University, 1969

Counsel Comments

    “As an arbitrator, I strive to vindicate the parties’ trust in me by conducting a fair hearing, keeping an open mind, and explaining my decision by applying the law to the facts.

    “My strengths as a mediator are flexibility, improvisation, and persistence. I will do what is necessary to achieve a settlement.”

    Recognized as Lawyer of the Year, Arbitration Category, in Seattle by Best Lawyers in America, 2018

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