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 mediated and arbitrated numerous business disputes. His expertise includes the successful resolution of disputes involving business entity formation, commercial transactions, operation and management of businesses, purchase and sale agreements, secured and unsecured financing, professional responsibility, business reorganizations, intellectual property rights, financial statement analysis, income and property taxes, profit sharing allocations, withdrawal and retirement of owners, and entity dissolution. Mr. Person has particular expertise in resolving pre-litigation claims and is adept at helping design and implement effective and economical discovery plans.

Mr. Person practiced law for 22 years before joining JAMS in 1997. He has extensive subject matter expertise in business and commercial matters. His transactional and litigation practice included forming many joint ventures, corporations and partnerships; negotiating and drafting purchase and sale, financing, work out, withdrawal, dissolution, and other business and commercial agreements; tax planning; payment and other business disputes; enforcement of trade mark and service mark rights; advising ongoing businesses; and other matters. He has lectured on taxes for the California Continuing Education of the Bar.

Representative Matters

  • Allocation of contingent liabilities between business co-owners
  • Bifurcation and reorganization of business entities
  • Business purchase and sale disputes
  • Dairy operations
  • Distribution of intellectual property rights and revenues
  • Family business disputes
  • Formation and implementation of business and profit sharing plans
  • Power plant operation
  • Withdrawal and retirement of the ranking senior partner from a prominent law firm
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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