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.


An attorney and mechanical engineer, Donald R. Person, Esq. has mediated and arbitrated numerous engineering disputes ranging from manufacturing, construction, and heavy industrial, to intellectual property, telecommunications, and computer operations and software. Without the necessity of expert testimony, attorneys have admitted raw data evidence and relied on Mr. Person to arbitrate cases involving power plant performance and construction scheduling and delay issues. His neutral evaluations have been accepted as the basis for settlements. Mr. Person is particularly adept at helping design and implement effective and economical discovery plans and resolving pre-litigation claims.

Mr. Person practiced law for 22 years before joining JAMS in 1997. He has extensive subject matter expertise in real estate, construction, business, and engineering matters. He has served as a court certified testifying and consulting expert witness. Mr. Person has significant work experience in manufacturing engineering and in the design and performance evaluation of rocket engine turbo-machinery. He participated in the design of the space shuttle rocket engines.

Representative Matters

  • Claims regarding the design and installation of assembly line facilities in a medium density fiberboard manufacturing plant
  • Claims regarding the development and application of audio technology for HDTV
  • Claims regarding the performance and operation of an electricity generating plant, including thermodynamic analysis
  • Claims regarding the performance of gaming industry software
  • Defect, payment, delay, acceleration, and other claims regarding the construction of highway and bridge, telecommunication, school, residential, commercial, and other public and private improvement construction projects
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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