Michael Ranahan

Michael D. Ranahan, Esq.

JAMS Mediator, Arbitrator and Referee/Special Master

Case Manager
Lorena Harrell
T: 925-975-5707
F: 925-938-6732
1255 Treat Blvd., Suite 700, Walnut Creek, CA 94597


Michael D. Ranahan, Esq. has been a neutral with JAMS since 2005, and brings over twenty years of experience as a personal injury litigator to his ADR practice. Mr. Ranahan has handled a comprehensive mix of complex catastrophic and serious injury claims. He has participated in hundreds of mediations or arbitrations involving personal injury matters and is well-versed in the coverage issues that often come into play.

Mr. Ranahan is favored for his ability to build rapport with clients in mediation, earning their confidence, while working with attorneys to address the pivotal issues on both sides of the matter. Mr. Ranahan is also noted for his commitment to matters. When a case is not ready to settle, he stays with it through follow-up until resolution is attained. In arbitration proceedings, he is prepared and pursues additional research when necessary, enabling him to quickly absorb the legal issues and make informed decisions.

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • 20 years of litigation experience in personal injury matters
  • 15 years of experience as a temporary judge in Contra Costa County
  • Participated in hundreds of mediations or arbitrations involving personal injury claims
  • Experience with personal injury cases in the following areas:
    • Construction site incidents
    • Premises liability including slip and fall claims
    • Product liability
    • Professional negligence, including legal and medical malpractice
    • Uninsured and underinsured motorists
    • Vehicular related matters
    • Elder abuse
    • Birth injuries
    • Wrongful death and catastrophic injuries
    • Other tort claims


Representative Matters

  • Arbitrated claim involving five-vehicle accident with issues of liability, causation, apportionment of fault, and damages in dispute
  • Arbitrated uninsured motorist claim involving pro per claimant wherein insured suffered neck and back injury; extent and severity of injury and residuals in dispute 
  • Mediated claim against the State of California arising out of a motor vehicle accident with plaintiff claiming significant personal injuries 
  • Mediated uninsured motorist claim where claimant suffered major injuries requiring back fusion surgery 
  • Mediated truck/bicycle accident wherein elderly plaintiff suffered a traumatic brain injury; causation, damage, and extent of injury were vigorously contested 
  • Mediated multiple cases while participating in “Settlement Days” with major insurance carrier 
  • Mediated slip and fall claim where plaintiff suffered traumatic brain injury with resulting cognitive deficiency 
  • Mediated car/motorcycle collision with plaintiff motorcyclist suffering a significant foot fracture with resulting chronic pain and permanent disability 
  • Mediated underinsured motorist claim involving several vehicles with insured suffering a severe shoulder injury requiring surgery and multiple fractures 
  • Mediated multiple landlord/tenant disputes involving personal injury claims and warranty of habitability defenses
Completed Virtual ADR training conducted by the JAMS Institute, the training arm of JAMS.

  • Member, California State Bar Association, 1985-present
  • Board of Directors, Bay Oaks Soccer Club, Oakland, CA, 2004-2007
  • Board of Directors, Park Day School, Oakland, CA, 1999-2002
  • "Making Lemonade," ADR Profile, Daily Journal, July 20, 2012
  • Principal, Ranahan Law Corporation, specializing in personal injury cases, 1985-2004
  • J.D., John F. Kennedy University, Pleasant Hill, CA, 1985
  • MBA, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL, 1981
  • B.A., University of California, Berkeley, CA, 1977

Counsel Comments

    • “Michael keeps clients comfortable and informed while at the same time pushes the attorneys to take a real look at their own and their opponent’s cases. He blends the practical and legal worlds in a way that addresses both the clients and the lawyers concerns, all by getting to the core of the issues…. He’s definitely among the best I’ve ever worked with.” 

      - Prominent Northern California Law Firm Partner




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