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


An attorney and mechanical engineer, Donald R. Person, Esq. has substantial subject matter and dispute resolution expertise in environmental matters. He is experienced and adept at resolving claims under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), as well as other state and federal land use planning and clean water and air laws. Mr. Person is particularly skilled at understanding the underlying technical issues involved in environmental cases, in the effective management of multiple and complex issues, and in proposing creative and workable neutral solutions. His successful mediations have often taken place during the pendency of appeal.

Mr. Person practiced law for 22 years before joining JAMS in 1997. His law practice included significant work both on the side of responsible development and on the side of environmental protection. He also understands the role and interests of government in the resolution of environmental disputes.

Representative Mediations

  • Successful resolution of claims involving private development projects requiring state and federal permitting and the preparation and evaluation of environmental impact reports and statements
  • Successful resolution of claims involving public development projects requiring the preparation and evaluation of environmental impact reports and statements
  • Successful resolution of federal and state clean air and water challenges to port expansion and dredging
  • Successful resolution of one of the pioneer cases in California to use the conveyance fee concept to provide funds for the acquisition and management of alternate habitat mitigation lands
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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