Donald Person

Donald R. Person, Esq.

JAMS Mediator, Arbitrator and Referee/Special Master

Case Manager
Robyn Shaldone
T: 916-830-7126
F: 916-565-7780
1415 L Street, Suite 700, Sacramento, CA 95814

Donald R. Person is available to conduct cases virtually. JAMS is equipped to provide virtual ADR services on a variety of online platforms, including Zoom, Microsoft Teams, WebEx, and more.


Donald R. Person, Esq. devotes his more than 38 years of legal expertise exclusively to alternate dispute resolution. He serves in the capacity of mediator, arbitrator, and court appointed referee. Mr. Person works on cases of all types, and has substantial and well recognized expertise in real estate, construction, business, environmental, engineering and infrastructure matters. He is a mechanical engineer. He will travel to accommodate case needs.

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • Successfully resolves business, construction, engineering and infrastructure, real estate, professional liability, environmental, corporate, partnership, civil rights, insurance, personal injury, and other cases
  • Mediated and arbitrated over 1,000 cases; has a well deserved reputation for creativity and tenacity
  • Extensive experience in teaching and speaking on ADR, construction, real estate, contracts, torts, and taxes; trained Judge Pro Tems for United States Bankruptcy Court
  • Arbitrated cases for the California State Contractors' License Board

Representative Matters

  • Business: Mediated and arbitrated numerous business and commercial disputes, including those involving employment, intellectual property, operations, planning, technology, profit sharing, buy-sell, and dissolution matters
  • Construction: Mediated and arbitrated numerous design, defect, delay, interpretation of plans, mechanics’ lien, and other disputes on residential, commercial, industrial, and public works construction projects
  • Real Estate: Mediated and arbitrated numerous purchase and sale, development, construction planning, non-disclosure, specific performance, homeowners’ association, environmental, adjoining owner, easement, and other real estate disputes
Completed Virtual ADR training conducted by the JAMS Institute, the training arm of JAMS.

  • Long time Martindale-Hubbell AV rated attorney
  • Law and Politics designated Northern California Super Lawyer in 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008
  • Previous listee in Martindale-Hubbell’s national Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • A mechanical engineer
  • Featured subject of “ADR Offers A Range of Options For Resolving Conflicts” (Sacramento Daily Journal, March 31, 1998) and “Real Estate Law: Sacramento’s The Place To Be” (UC Davis Extension Certificate News, Fall, 1990)
  • Co-author, "The Art of the Deal: Strategies for Successful Negotiation in Environmental Cases," (Summer 2013), Environmental Law News, vol. 22, no. 1, page 72-73
  • Author, “Site Inspections and Other Non-Neutral Mediation Location Challenges” (Fall, 2005) and “Effective Use Of Expert Witnesses In Mediation” (September, 2002), Dispute Resolution Alert
  • Author, “Effective Use of Alternate Dispute Resolution” (September, 1997) and “Resolving Business Disputes: The Old Way and The New Ways” (April, 1997), Builder and Developer
  • Court certified testifying and consulting expert witness on real estate matters
  • Recipient of excellence in teaching and outstanding service award from UC Davis University Extension
  • Past Board Chairman, American River College Foundation
  • Distinguished civil law practice with extensive experience in business, construction, real estate, corporate, partnership, products liability, and other matters with a total face value of nearly a quarter billion dollars
  • J.D., with highest honors, Golden Gate University School of Law, 1975
  • B.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, 1969




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