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Alexander Polsky

Alexander S. Polsky, FCIArb

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Laura Aguilar
T: 714-937-8256
F: 714-939-8710
500 N. State College Blvd., 14th Floor, Orange, CA 92868

Mr. Polsky has worked closely with the insurance industry when he handled insurance related claims. As a result, he is widely regarded as an authority on insurance policy interpretation and has lectured on the topic. He has mediated hundreds of matters involving life, health, disability, earthquake, fire, UIM and UM claims both from the point of view of policy interpretation and also bad faith. He also has extensive experience in the resolution of life, health, disability first party claims against insurer relating to claims handling. Both sides regularly seek his services to mediate and to a lesser extent arbitrate bad faith claims. When coverage is inadequate, E&O claims also often result.

Representative Matters

  • Allegation of bad faith in seeking reimbursement of med pay payments and unilateral suspension of med pay payments to medical providers. Lack of payments to medical providers discovered after settlement of third party claim. Case challenges utilization of in house nurse consultants. (Settlement $60 k)
  • Arbitration of issue of whether ‘impact’ occurred involving an ‘uninsured motor vehicle’ within the meaning of the uninsured motorist provision of an auto liability policy. Claimant fell on fluid in front of her vehicle while at a gas station. Claimant contended that since the fluid was left by a vehicle, coverage was triggered.
  • Assertion of bad faith adjusting of fire loss case. Insured is a diamond cutter. Loss included 500 lbcs of gold shavings, uncut stones, and business interruption. Issue of proof of loss and valuation.
  • Assertion of post claim underwriting in denial of wrongful death benefits.
  • Bad faith and construction defect and negligent repair case involving damage to plaintiff’s home secondary to Northridge earthquake. Repair contractor, recommended by insurer, allegedly performed negligent and substandard repairs. Insurer then refused to pay amounts needed to cure original damage plus damage caused by repair contractor. (Settlement of bad faith claim for $225 k)
  • Bad faith claim arising out of insurer’s refusal to pay insured’s stated value or to accept insured’s stated losses of personal property stolen from a U-Haul during plaintiff’s relocation to California from Utah. (Claimed valuation $145 k. Settlement $300 k)
  • Bad faith denial of coverage in construction defect claim and cross actions against insured homeowner’s association. Specific allegation of bad faith in retaining “approved law firm” to handle defense of insured in manner which could defeat coverage. (Settlement $2.0 mm)
  • Broker Errors and Omissions: Claim involving shortfall of approximately $600 k after a fire destroyed a manufacturing plant. Suit filed against broker for failing to secure adequate coverage for content and business interruption. Defense alleged it relied on the information provided by claimant. (Arbitration)
  • Broker Errors and Omissions: Numerous claims alleging failure to advise of and place adequate levels of insurance.
  • Broker Errors and Omissions: Publisher of magazine obtained a CGL policy through a brokerage firm. Coverage was to include trademark infringement and other publishing issues. A third party sued the publication and the insurer denied defense and indemnity asserting exclusion for personal and advertising injuries committed by an insured “whose business is advertising.” Insured defended and settled the claim and asserted losses relating to legal fees, lost profits due to the relinquishment of a territory as part of the settlement and general and punitive damages. (Settled at mediation)
  • Claim against government employee benefit plan (insurer) for refusal to pay hospital charges for repair of detached retina. Plan contended that prior authorization is not a guarantee of coverage and where, as here, the charges and treatment do not meet standards set by review board, they will not be paid. Plaintiff alleged bad faith and failure to pay for treatment to a life threatening condition. (Settled with payment of benefits plus attorney fees)
  • Claim against homeowner insurer for failure to investigate and respond to complaints of water intrusion. Initial determination was water coming through an AC condensate line with damage within the deductible. During repairs extensive mold contamination was discovered. Insurer denied based on pre-existing conditions and advised insured to seek recovery from the sellers of the home. (Settlement $675,000 and policy buyback)
  • Claim against UIM carrier for failure to defend claim arising from intersectional accident between pick-up truck and automobile. Driver who violated right of way was convicted of DUI and was residing in a Salvation Army rehabilitation center. Mediation was of UIM claim, BI claim filed by adverse driver and anticipator bad faith claim for failure to defend. (Settlement $200 k on BI claim under the UIM policy and $100 k on the first party claim)
  • Claim arising from insurers refusal to provide wrongful eviction coverage. Claimant, a 16-year insured of respondent, was sued for wrongfully evicting a tenant. One division of the respondent company denied the claim based on its standard form policy without advising claimant that he was clearly covered under a policy issued by a separate division, which contained much broader coverage. Claimant, age 76, spent $12 k in legal fees and $4 k in settlement of the eviction claim. (Settlement $900 k)
  • Claim by schoolteacher against school board and benefit plan administrator for not covering $30,000 in emergency medical care for detached retina. Claim of bad faith by school board against plan administrator. Defense of lack of pre-certification for the procedure asserted by the administrator. (Settled at mediation for payment of medical expenses, legal fees, and collateral damages)
  • Claim for bad faith denial of life insurance benefits. On April 18 petitioner applied for life insurance. He was issued a conditional receipt and advised that coverage would not be placed until all conditions were met. On April 21 petitioner failed his medical exam for the policy. On May 11 respondent issued a denial of coverage letter. On May 7 petitioner died. Estate brought claim. (Settled)
  • Claim involving shortfall of approximately $600 k after a fire destroyed a manufacturing plant. Suit filed against broker for failing to secure adequate coverage for content and business interruption. Defense alleged it relied on the information provided by the claimant. (Arbitration)
  • Claim that carrier acted in bad faith by wasting benefits of a depleting policy for a developer of residential real estate by: Failure to notify the client that it was providing a defense to another insured under the depleting policy, failing to give insured opportunity to appoint a single counsel, failure to pursue a potential primary carrier, disparate treatment in fees paid to counsel, appointment of incompetent counsel leading to a $3.7 mm award in a construction defect case involving two homes valued at $350 k each. (Settled)
  • Coverage dispute following sinking of vessel in calm seas. Insurer asserted that vessel not seaworthy at the time of the sinking due to rust out of drain plug. Jury ruled against insurer and mediation utilized to resolve bad faith claim and insurer's errors and omissions claim against counsel at the underlying trial.
  • Declaratory relief and bad faith actions arising out of insurer’s refusal to pay damages after arising from allegations that petitioner shot another while at a café. The insurer provided a defense under a reservation of rights. The policy was a homeowner’s policy issued to the parents of petitioner. Denial was based on the resident relative exclusion and the intentional acts exclusion. There was a dispute as to whether petitioner was the shooter. Petitioner was with a group of persons who were denied access to the café and who returned in their vehicle and fired over 50 high caliber rounds at the café entrance, critically injuring a patron. At the underlying trial, petitioner stipulated to a finding that he was a negligent cause of the injury. (Settlement $475 k)
  • Delay and incomplete payment following fire loss. Claimant was an 89-year-old continuous insured of respondent for 35 years and had never submitted a claim. Disputes over the applicability of a policy rider covering additions to the property and the estimates for restoration. (Settlement $200 k)
  • Dispute between primary insurer, re-insurers and agents in connection with Warehouseman’s Legal Liability Policies.
  • Dispute over proceeds of a whole life insurance policy issued in 1995 in the face amount of $50,000. The policy was rescinded after the insurer discovered a non-disclosed criminal record. Policyholder was shot and killed in December1996. (Settlement ($15 k)
  • Failure to properly remediate mold by homeowner’s insurance carrier. Family contracted mold related allergy symptoms. Alternative housing provided for one year while parties disputed scope of covered repairs. (Settlement $1.5 mm)
  • Failure to timely pay UIM benefits to 73-year-old roofer who was the victim of an attempted car jacking. Allegation of improper negotiation wherein $12 k was initially offered then increased to the policy benefits of $15 k with no new facts. Thereafter, the settlement agreement included a release of Bad Faith claims. (Settlement $75 k)
  • In excess of 25 cases involving failure to remediate or provide coverage for remediation of mold.
  • Insurance bad faith and agent errors & omissions/fraud in connection with sales of replacement life insurance and lapse of original coverage.
  • Insurance bad faith in connection with delay in payment of uninsured motorist benefits. Arbitration award was in excess of policy benefits. In-house counsel wrote pejorative remarks on letters placed in file that were discovered when documents were produced suggested willful delay. (Settlement $250 k)
  • Insurance bad faith in connection with denial of disability benefits to ophthalmologist who could no longer perform complex surgeries for which he was specifically insured (but could still practice medicine). (Settlement $5 mm)
  • Insurance broker errors and omissions: Claim involving shortfall of approximately $600 k after a fire destroyed a manufacturing plant. Suit filed against broker for failing to secure adequate coverage for content and business interruption. Defense alleged it relied on the information provided by claimant. (Arbitration)
  • Maritime insurance bad faith claimed following denial of post yacht sinking while in port. Denial predicated on issue of sea worthiness as a condition precedent for stating a claim. (Settlement $425 k)
  • Mediation of claim filed in Federal Court in Nevada alleging bad faith failure to cover damages, including mold intrusion, secondary to the discharge of water from a kitchen appliance. Insurer provided repair contractor to repair the covered claim. Insured hired this repair contractor. The contractor set up fans to blow hot air to affected area, and applied a fungicide to the area. An odor developed throughout the property and claimant became ill. It was determined that the blowers released mold spores throughout the residence and that claimant suffered mold related illnesses and allergic reaction. The insurer denied this claim as falling within the pollution exclusion. Claimant asserted that the mold was a covered resultant damage from the lead and improper repair. (Settlement $450 k)
  • Numerous claims alleging failure to advise of and place adequate levels of insurance.
  • Numerous coverage disputes in connection with construction defect/delay in responding to rotted pipe under foundation coupled with incomplete/faulty repair and failure to fully pay claim.
  • Numerous insurance bad faith and coverage cases where Mr. Polsky has served as a discovery referee and special master, and has monitored depositions.
  • Numerous insurance broker errors and omissions claims alleging failure to advise of and place adequate levels of insurance.
  • Plaintiff entered onto the land of another to cut down a stand of trees. Plaintiff believed that the trees were on his property. The aggrieved homeowner sued plaintiff. Plaintiff’s insurer refused to defend or indemnify. Plaintiff asserted that the denial amounted to bad faith. Respondent asserted that the act of entering onto the land was not ‘accidental’ as contemplated by the policy of insurance. (Arbitration)
  • Pre suit mediation of claim alleging bad faith delay and negotiation and claim evaluation tactics arising out of a first party claim secondary to a hit and run accident. Special damages exceeded $425 k including $70 k for past medical and $230 k for future medical. No offer was made. No independent medical examination was requested until three weeks prior to the arbitration. Insurer changed law firms three times, cancelled scheduled depositions of insured’s experts, and brought motions to continue the arbitration and re-open discovery. The motions were granted, testing occurred, and an offer of $250 k was made 13 months after the claim was initiated. The arbitrator awarded $574 k but the insurer paid only $550 k asserting that the arbitrator erred by not deducting med pay payments of $25 k. (Settlement $450 k)
  • Pre suit mediation of claim of insurance bad faith arising out of insurer’s delay and low offer (relative to arbitration award) in uninsured motorist case. Insurer argued delay caused by difficulty in evaluation plus need to investigate and therefore there was no bad faith. (Settlement $100 k)
  • Primary vs. secondary coverage for loading dock injury.
  • Publisher of magazine obtained a CGL policy through a brokerage firm. Coverage was to include trademark infringement and other publishing issues. A third party sued the publication and the insurer denied defense and indemnity asserting exclusion for personal and advertising injuries committed by an insured “whose business is advertising.” Insured defended and settled the claim and asserted losses relating to legal fees, lost profits due to the relinquishment of a territory as part of the settlement, and general and punitive damages. (Settled at mediation)
  • Subrogation claim by insurer after paying property damage, lost profits and loss of use on behalf of insured secondary to water damage from improperly applied roof. Related insurers argued coverage issues negated obligation to indemnify. (Settled in low seven figures)
  • Suit against government benefits plan administrator and school district by 31-year employee arising out of failure to cover costs associated with emergency medical treatment secondary to a heart attack. As a result of the failure to pay a claim was presented to plaintiff for $40 k in medical costs. (Settled with payment of medical bills and attorney fees)
  • Under-valuation uninsured motorist claim and asserted failure to investigate following an award that was four times the highest offer. Asserted offer based on computer analysis and not actual factual issues. (Settlement $85 k)
  • Use of neutral case evaluation to settle a suit involving failure to properly adjust an earthquake claim. Litigation was protracted and negotiation at a standstill with a demand starting at $620 k and an offer of $100 k. (Case settled at neutral recommended $300 k)
  • Wrongful denial of first party property claim arising out of incident where the tow bar of plaintiff’s trailer became detached while being towed by plaintiff’s commercial dump truck. Insurer asserted that the damage to the tow bar was excluded under a business auto policy, which provided exclusion for wear and tear. (Settlement for actual property damage plus attorney fees)
  • Recognized as a Best Lawyer, Alternative Dispute Resolution category, Best Lawyers in America, 2008-2018
  • Recognized as a SuperLawyer, Alternative Dispute Resolution category, SuperLawyers, 2006-2016
  • Recognized as a Top Master, Daily Journal
  • Recognized with AV Preeminent Status as a Top Rated Lawyer in Alternative Dispute Resolution, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recognized as a Top California Neutral, Daily Journal, 2006-2010, 2012
  • Speaker, "What Real Estate Attorneys Can Learn From Mediators—And Vice Versa," Tokyo Annual Conference of the International Bar Association, 2014
  • Panelist, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California Mediation Panel
  • Successfully completed "Accelerated Route to Fellowship International Arbitration Program with Award Writing Examination, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, North American Branch, 2014
  • Fellow, International Academy of Mediators
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Southern California School of Law and Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law
  • Lecturer (partial list): California Bar Association, American Bar Association, Association of Southern and Northern California Defense Counsel; Consumer Attorneys of California, Los Angeles and Orange County; Los Angeles, Orange County and San Francisco Bar Associations; Pepperdine University Law School; Building Industry Association
  • Past Director: Orange County Bar Association, Orange County Trial Lawyer's Association, Southern California Adjuster's Association
  • Past Chairperson, Orange County Bar Association Committee on ADR
  • Delegate, State Bar of California, Conference of Delegates
  • National Institute of Forensic Studies, Professional Advisory Board
  • Publications on ADR and Attorney Fee Disputes for State and Local Bar Associations, firms, trade associations, and newspapers. Author: "A System for Cost Effective Management of Construction Defect and Complex Litigation." Author: "ADR, Why Does it Work?" Author: "Use of the Special Master in Complex Litigation." Author: "Use of Risk Based Facilitative Dispute Resolution."
  • Mr. Polsky is a sought after negotiation skills trainer and has lectured throughout the United States. He is an adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Southern California, where he teaches a course he designed on ADR and negotiation, and at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law, where he teaches courses in the LLM program. He is available to provide training in negotiation and mediation skill development to corporations and professional organizations.
  • Pro bono activities include Dispute Resolution Services (DRS) Board of Directors; Los Angeles/Long Beach Legal Aid Grand Cru Board of Directors; Public Law Center of Orange County Board of Directors; Los Angeles County Bar Association volunteer mediation program volunteer
    ADR Profiles

    Counsel Comments

      • "Nobody works a case like [Alex] and I think all counsel appreciate how prepared he is for tough cases."

        - New York Attorney
      • "Alex went above and beyond the call of duty showing up to our office to review the case the night before[...]. The case did not settle on the day of the [...] mediation and he continued to work [round] the clock on the Friday before trial to get the case resolved. Well done Alex!"

        - Orange County Attorney
      • "The thought, care, and attention he put into this mediation really showed and my client appreciated his superior mediation efforts." 

        - Orange County Attorney
      • “You did a masterful job of handling the many egos in the 2 rooms. The word that always comes to mind about you is ‘unflappable.’”

        - Orange County attorney
      • “Thanks for the great news that this matter has settled. As you know, it was complicated factually and legally, and your resolution of it speaks to your ability and persistence.”

        - Comment from Superior Court judge of settled matter Los Angeles, CA.
      • “I do not believe this would have settled without your efforts.”

        - Comment from counsel after $2.5 million settlement of coverage dispute. Los Angeles, CA
      • “Thank you, Mr. Polsky. We couldn’t have done it without you.”

        - Robert M. Nash, Esq.
      • “Thank you for your evenhandedness at the arbitration.”

        - Alex Weiss, Esq.
      • “Unlike other mediators, Mr. Polsky does not give up, he hangs in there and keeps the process going even when others would expect an impasse he gets the job done.”

        - Robert Hubbell, Esq. Morrison & Foerster LLP Los Angeles, CA
      • “Mr. Polsky, your sensitivity to my family’s horrible loss, and your unbiased communication of the risks of trial, allowed us to see the wisdom of settlement. Thank you.”

        - Comment from plaintiff after settlement of wrongful death case
      • “Thank you for taking the time to drive to my home on a Saturday to mediate what might have been an explosive situation. Your calmness and ability to listen to both sides to assist us in reaching an amicable solution was a supreme effort... My humble thanks for your expertise.”

        - Thank-you note from plaintiff after mediation of construction defect case
      • “Your reputation as a hard working settlement judge was definitely confirmed by your efforts in this case.”

        - Herbert Hafif, Esq. Claremont, CA
      • “Thank you for an outstanding job in settling (case name). You handled the (product liability/death by decapitation) matter in an outstanding fashion.”

        - David Berglund, Esq. Berglund & Johnson Woodland Hills, CA
      • “I do not believe this matter would have settled without your assistance.”

        - Ronald Darling, Esq. Darling & Risbrough LLP Irvine, CA
      • “You have a reputation as a closer who is not afraid to get down to business in construction defect cases and get the job done.”

        - Kenneth Kasdan, Esq. Kasdan Simonds Weber & Vaughan LLP Irvine, CA
      • “Mediator Alex Polsky was fantastic!” 

        - Charles C. McKenna, Esq. Wright, Finlay & Zak Newport Beach, CA
      • “I wish to express the appreciation I feel for the extremely professional, efficient and friendly manner in which this mediation was conducted. Feel free to use my name as an attorney who feels that Alex Polsky not only gets things done, but also does them in a way that is positive and constructive.”

        - Perry Irvine, Esq. Palo Alto, CA
      • “You brought such and ease and true concern in imparting much needed and practical insight.”

        - Angela Pickett, Esq. Long Beach, CA
      • “Your hard work and constructive efforts were instrumental in bringing this litigation to a successful conclusion for both sides.”

        - Henry Zangwill, Esq. Anderson, McPharlin & Conners LLP Los Angeles, CA
      • “A party lied [during non binding arbitration] and when confronted with it, Mr. Polsky called a time-out. I thought this was very sensitive of him. Mr. Polsky’s handling of [the witnesses’] distress was very good.”

        - Pauline White, Esq. Monrovia, CA
      • “We very much appreciated Mr. Polsky’s willingness to conduct a late evening session followed by a Sunday session. With his help, we got the case settled.”

        - David Hochner, Esq. Rutan & Tucker Costa Mesa, CA
      • “Very good result on a hard case. Excellent settlement abilities.”

        - W.O. Robinson, Esq. ArrowPoint Capital Los Angeles, CA
      • “As usual, excellent service!”

        - Randall Koenig, Esq. Koenig Jacobsen, LLP Irvine, CA
      • “Mr. Polsky was capable, professional and courteous.”

        - William Caplan, Esq. Costa Mesa, CA
      • “Mr. Polsky was the best mediator I have ever had experience with in this area.”

        - Ben Schuck, Esq. Santa Paula, CA
      • “Mr. Polsky is one of the best mediators I have worked with in my 20 years of practice.”

        - David S. White, Esq. Los Angeles, CA
      • “The arbitrator was one of the best I have ever utilized.”

        - Ken Steelman, Esq. Irvine, CA
      • “Mr. Polsky is very effective.”

        - Madelyn Enright, Esq. Murtaugh Meyer Nelson & Treglia LLP Irvine, CA
      • “Alex is an outstanding mediator. Most sitting judges could learn a thing or two from him.”

        - Jeffrey C. Metzger Laguna Hills, CA
      • “Mr. Polsky presents a welcomed approach to arbitration. In addition to hearing and reviewing all briefs, evidence and argument needed for determination on the issues, he worked with the parties in an effort to produce a settlement.”

        - Unsigned letter from attorney
      • “Mr. Polsky graciously rescheduled the mediation at no cost to accommodate an emergency and then worked hard to produce a settlement.”

        - Todd Croutch, Esq. Fonda & Fraser LLP Glendale, CA
      • “Mr. Polsky was fair, professional and courteous.”

        - Adam Siegler, Esq. Greenberg Traurig Santa Monica, CA
      • “I was especially pleased with the way Mr. Polsky communicated with my clients and explained issues to them. He is a good teacher.”

        - (Ref: Complex business mediation) Mark Fredrick, Esq. Santa Ana, CA
      • “Alex did a great job most importantly explaining the insurance issues and listening to the client’s personal trauma.”

        - Colin Barr, Esq. Orbach & Huff LLP Los Angeles, CA
      • “Alex is one of the most effective mediators with whom I have ever dealt.”

        - Carol Burney Lewis Meserve, Mumper & Hughes LLP Los Angeles, CA
      • “You will always be indelibly etched in my mind for your sensitivity and all you have done to help me end this horrible experience.”

        - Plaintiff following settlement of employment dispute
      • “We wish to express our sincere appreciation for your efforts in successfully mediating the matter last week. We applaud your uncommon perseverance during a most difficult session.”

        - K. Stephen Powers Chattanooga, TN
      • “Thank you again for all of your assistance in helping us to resolve the xxx case. Your experience and patience in mediating the matter, when the parties were essentially polarized following our initial failed mediation before another mediator, helped both sides avoid a lengthy and expensive trial.”

        - (Ref: Serious injury mediation) Kara Pape, Esq. Schaffer, Lax, McNaughton & Chen Los Angeles, CA
      • “Mr. Polsky was an excellent mediator. The session was effective with sensitivity to personal issues.”

        - (Ref. Employment mediation) Rachelle Singer, Esq. Smith, Silbar, Parker & Woffinden, LLP Irvine, CA
      • “In the face of adversity, you did not give up, stayed true to your client (a fair settlement) and came up with a creative solution. Thanks!”

        - (Ref: Complex construction defect special master and mediation) Kenneth Kasdan, Esq. Kasdan Simonds Weber & Vaughan LLP Irvine, CA
      • “Thank you for your persistence in helping us reach a successful resolution of this matter. Once settlement was achieved with a majority of the (parties) the court put us in an awkward position where we were forced to consider re-negotiating (past) settlements. You were an oak, and stood firm. Again ou succeeded where your predecessor failed, and this is another testament to your superior skills.”

        - (Ref: Complex construction defect special master and mediation) Doug Stewart Farmer’s Insurance
      • “My family and I appreciate the expediency in which you handled the case. We wish you a healthy, happy and prosperous future.”

        - (Ref. Products liability mediation) B. J. Hagen Houston, TX
      • “Mr. Polsky is a mediator of the highest competence, and his outstanding professionalism in conducting mediations is a credit to JAMS and to the legal profession.”

        - Jon Kodani, Esq. Santa Monica, CA
      • “While it may seem like arbitration and mediation are old news, Alexander Polsky and Deborah David, of JAMS in Los Angeles, presented updated information and new techniques to help claim professionals become more successful in this area of the industry.”

        - Insurance Weekly magazine commenting on a program delivered at the CA Combined Claims Conference
      • “You have done in one day what 4 other mediators were unable to accomplish in over 25 sessions. The court is indebted to you for your efforts and creativity.”

        - Honorable Joan Ettinger, Riverside County Superior Court, upon learning that the major component of a case with over 30 parties and a two year time estimate had been resolved in one specially designed mediation
      • “On behalf of my client and myself I would like the thank you for your service as a mediator in the above referenced matter. You may wish to know that, in each of the three occasions where you served as mediator on a case wherein I served as counsel for one of the parties, you settled the case. This includes the case where you were taken to the hospital. Your professionalism and expertise are greatly appreciated.”

        - (Ref: Serious injury mediation) Earl R. Wallace, Esq. Ruzicka & Wallace, LLP Irvine, CA
      • “It was purely because of your excellent professional help that the case was settled.”

        - (Ref: International business partnership dispute and trade infringement claim) Rachel Moorhead London, U.K.
      • “Thank you for your hard work. It was a pleasure to finally get to work with you. Your name has been ‘bandied’ about on our employment lawyer listserve as people post inquiries and you always received great reviews. My client felt very comfortable with you and commented that you had a nice, calming style; he also appreciated your honest feedback and felt he could trust you. Those are the types of qualities, along with your legal experience to back you up, which help to make you a great mediator.”

        - (Ref: Complex employment mediation) Michelle Reinglass, Esq. Orange County, CA
      • “Thank you for your efforts in resolving the above-entitled case. Quite frankly, I did not feel that this action would settle without your assistance. Again, thank you for your professionalism.”

        - Joseph A. Shuff, III, Esq. Shuff Law Firm Santa Ana, CA
      • “I was extraordinarily pleased with Mr. Polsky’s analysis, effort and perseverance toward attempting to resolve the above referenced matter. Further, his suggestion to meet at lunch with defense counsel was innovative and assisting in developing a rapport, which made final discovery easier as well as eventual settlement.”

        - (Ref: Complex business mediation) Jonathan Weber Los Angeles, CA
      • “Please forgive the delay in writing you this much-deserved ‘thank you’ for the outstanding job you did on this Mediation. … Had you not persuaded the defendants to disclose the 11th hour adverse testimony on the Fire Captain, it would most likely have been a disaster for us at trial. Again, our sincere thank you for a job well done.”

        - (Ref: Severe Burn case) John C. Adams III Hunt & Adams Santa Ana, CA
      • “I've been doing this for more than 20 years and I have never seen a mediator take such a personal interest in a case as you have in this one.Mike King has said you're the best.He is right.Thanks for your help.”

        - (Ref: Habitability class action mediation) Grant Riley Riley & Associates Los Angeles, CA
      • “I look forward to your involvement in the matter and welcome the proactive manner you use in undertaking pre-mediation telephone discussions.”

        - (Ref. Employment mediation) Jeffrey Gordon Los Angeles, CA
      • “Thank you for all your hard work and extra time. It’s refreshing to know that some mediators put in extra time to get a deal done without looking at the ‘clock.’ Kudos to you and your entire staff… ”

        - Reza Mirroknian Esq. Los Angeles, CA
      • “Thank you, Alex: This was one of the most difficult cases on every level that I have had in many years. I thought your work was excellent. I appreciate(d) your constructive comments.”

        - Howard Kornberg, Esq. Los Angeles, CA
      • “What they say about you is true—you get results!”

        - Sean McGee, Esq. Irvine, CA
      • “Thank you for all your assistance in this case. It was one of the more challenging cases I have dealt with, which I consider right in ‘the Polsky zone.’ Meaning, when people tell me they have complex cases, or cases with many moving parts, you are always my first recommendation. Thank you.”

        - Matthew McNicholas, Esq. McNicholas & McNicholas LLP Los Angeles, CA
      • “Your style and realistic approach made the day relatively enjoyable despite difficult dynamics. While it's distasteful to pay anything under the circumstances, and it would have been a fun trial, you are right that from an economic perspective the settlement was the right thing to do. We'll talk again soon. Regards.”

        - Vincent J. Davitt, Esq. Murphy Rosen & Meylan LLP Santa Monica, CA
      • “You did a fantastic job with this (difficult) case.”

        - Victoria Ersoff Wood Smith Henning & Berman LLP Los Angeles, CA
      • “Alex, you did a great job, you are a terrific study!”

        - Richard Bridgford, Esq. Bridgford & Gleason Aliso Viejo, CA
      • “…you were masterful. I look forward to using your skills in the future.”

        - Steven Maslauski, Esq. Kirtland & Packard LLP El Segundo, CA
      • “Thank you so much for your professional and outstanding assistance!”

        - M. Kelly Tillery, Esq. Pepper Hamilton LLP Philadelphia, PA
      • “As always, you managed to make things come together with a good result for all parties. Your considerable talent and personality makes it a pleasure working with you. I enjoyed our off case conversations and look forward to the next mediation….You are one of the hardest working guys I know. I wish you would slow down just a bit. Not so much you don't have time for our mediations, though.”

        - Charles Arnold Arnold & Arnold Marine Loss Adjusters
      • Thank you for staying late and helping bridge a wide cultural cap and some strong personalities to help us settle this difficult case! I don't think many mediators would have pulled it off.

        - Los Angeles attorney

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