Jerry Spolter, Esq.

T: 415-982-5267
F: 415-982-5287
Real Property
Since 1980 Jerry Spolter has served as a neutral in numerous real estate and landlord-tenant cases. Jerry owns residential rental property and is a commercial office tenant in San Francisco. In the early 1980’s, he served as an arbitrator for cases involving the Oakland Housing Authority.

Representative Mediations

  • Boundary/lot split dispute with survey, title, insurance, and malpractice claims
  • Disputes involving owner-landlord’s condominium conversion/San Francisco Ellis Act/unlawful detainer and tenant’s cross-complaint
  • Governmental entity’s UBC/Disabled Access violations abatement action against major restaurant with compliance and finance workout
  • Liability, damages, and remediation regarding extensive rural land fire
  • Numerous cases involving warranty of habitability, homelessness due to fire and failure to renovate against SRO hotels
  • Numerous rent control ordinance wrongful evictions per alleged pretextual owner move-in and/or retaliation
  • Sisters’ disputes regarding multiple inherited properties and the sales and division of proceeds

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Recognized as a "Top Master," Daily Journal Top California Neutrals List, 2013
  • Recognized as a Best Lawyer, ADR Category, Best Lawyers in America, 2012-2015
  • Best Individual Mediator, Hall of Fame, The Recorder, 2012
  • Named #1 Mediator, survey of Bay Area attorneys, The Recorder, 2009-2012
  • Named a Top California Neutral, Daily Journal, 2004-2011
  • NorCal Super Lawyer, 2005-2014
  • Outstanding Achievement in Mediation Award, The Mediation Society, 2002
  • Mediator of the Year Award, San Francisco Trial Lawyers' Association, 2000
  • Mediator of the Year, American Arbitration Association, 1989
  • Bar Memberships and Affiliations: U.S. Supreme Court; Supreme Court of California; U.S. Court of Military Appeals; Maritime Law Association (1981-2004), National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA) (1992-2002); American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)

Background and Education

  • Managing Partner, Spolter, McDonald & Mannion, San Francisco, CA, 1975-2005
  • J.D., University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, 1974
  • FAA Commercial Pilots License, 1972; NAUI Scuba Certificate 1975
  • Major, USMCR, Plt. Cmdr., Co.Cmdr., Aerial Observer, Viet Nam, 1968-1970
  • Defense Language Institute (Vietnamese), 1968
  • Language: Spanish
  • B.A., Political Science, San Jose State University, 1967


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