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, Esq. has been an attorney for almost forty years. He holds an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell and has been listed in its national Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. Mr. Person has extensive law practice expertise in business, real estate, and construction matters, and prior to joining JAMS was a consulting and testifying expert witness on real estate matters. Mr. Person is also a mechanical engineer and has significant experience in intellectual property, manufacturing, and other technology matters. Attorneys have depended on Mr. Person to arbitrate and decide cases involving power plant performance and construction issues without the necessity of expert testimony.

Representative Matters

  • Business: Operation and ownership, employment, buy-sell, and other issues
  • Construction: Defect, delay, payment, and other issues in construction cases, including cases decided for the California Contractors’ License Board
  • Contract: Interpretation and application, remedies, and other issues in breach of contract disputes
  • Industrial: Electrical generation plant performance and operation issues
  • Products Liability: Automotive products liability issues
  • Real Estate: Specific performance, concealment, non-disclosure, and other real estate issues
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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