Rande S. Sotomayor, Esq.

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Rande S. Sotomayor is a mediator, conflict resolution consultant, attorney, and arbitrator with over 30 years of civil litigation, business, and dispute resolution experience. She takes a down-to-earth, common-sense approach to helping people solve problems and conflicts. Tenacious, intuitive, and with exceptional ability to perceive and manage the emotional component of any conflict, Rande’s approach delivers consistently excellent results and early dispute resolution.

With significant trial, arbitration, and appellate experience, Rande has resolved hundreds of disputes, either as neutral or advocate, in cases involving the following subjects:

Business/Contracts Real Estate Employment
Insurance Personal injury Construction
Land use Bad Faith Consumer
Premises liability Partnerships Unfair trade practices
Homeowners associations Disability Third party coverage
Eminent domain ERISA benefits Professional liability
International/Cross-cultural Public law Family dynamics


Feb. 2016 Professional mediator/judge for the 11th International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Commercial Mediation Competition in Paris, France
1999 – Present Mediator and Arbitrator (over 190 hours of continuing mediation and arbitration education and training)
2010 – Present Principal, Sotomayor Law – Mediator, Conflict Resolution Consultant, Attorney, Arbitrator
2015 – Present Panel Mediator, California Association of Realtors, Mediation Center for Consumers
2014 – Present Panel Mediator, California Associations Institute – Greater Los Angeles Chapter
2013 – Present Panel Mediator, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
2004 – Present Mediator and Arbitrator, Los Angeles County Superior Court
2008 – 2010 Burke, Williams & Sorensen, LLP (following merger with Bannan, Frank & Terzian) – Partner in 85 – attorney business and litigation law firm
1996 – 2008 Bannan, Frank & Terzian, LLP – Of Counsel and Partner in 12 – attorney litigation law firm
1983 – 1996 Adams, Duque & Hazeltine – Associate and Of Counsel in 100 – attorney business and litigation law firm


1983 – J.D., Washington University in St. Louis; Notes and Comments Editor, Washington University Law Quarterly
1980 – B.A., Duke University, Magna Cum Laude


Los Angeles County Bar Association, Pasadena Bar Association, American Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Section, Southern California Mediation Association, Community Associations Institute Greater Los Angeles Chapter, The Esquire Network, IVAMS Arbitration and Mediation Services, Pasadena Chamber of Commerce. Board Member, San Gabriel Chamber of Commerce.  Board Member, Pasadena Senior Center. Past President, National Charity League, Pasadena Chapter.


“Effective Mediation Briefs,” California Lawyer, August 2014
“Practical Advice for Getting Results in Business Mediation,” Big News for Solo & Small Firms (CA State Bar), Summer 2014