- PERSONAL INJURY (auto and other vehicular accidents, premises liability, pedestrians, family issues, product liability, public property)
- INSURANCE (ERISA benefits, disability, life, AD&D, coverage, general commercial liability, directors’ and officers’ coverage, additional insureds, home warranty)
- REAL ESTATE (commercial, residential, purchase/sale, nondisclosure, deposits, real estate development, mold, quiet title, HOA disputes, offer/acceptance, brokers and agents, construction, landlord/tenant, warranty of habitability, wrongful eviction, boundary disputes, neighbor disputes, eminent domain, land use, nuisance, lender liability, creditors’ rights, property damage)
- EMPLOYMENT (wrongful termination, discrimination, wage and hour, accommodation, ERISA benefits and union issues, retaliation claims, workplace disputes, breach of contract, defamation, non-compete agreements, proprietary information and trade secrets)
- BUSINESS/CONTRACTS (partnership disputes, financial institutions, lending administration, predatory lending, family business, breach of contract, unfair trade practices, Business & Professions Code 17200, consumer, tort claims)
- CIVIL RIGHTS & PUBLIC LAW (excessive force, false arrest, assault and battery, dangerous condition of public property, federal, state, and local jurisdictions, First Amendment, residency restrictions, land use restrictions)
LEGAL AND ADR EXPERIENCE
|2016, 2017||Professional mediator/judge for the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Commercial Mediation Competition in Paris, France|
|1999 - Present||Mediator and Arbitrator (over 200 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|
EDUCATION1983 - J.D., Washington University in St. Louis; Notes and Comments Editor, Washington University Law Quarterly 1980 - B.A., Duke University, Magna Cum Laude
PROFESSIONAL AND CHARITABLE ASSOCIATIONSLos 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.
PUBLICATIONS"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
- "THEORY of MED-ARB & ARB-MED: Why? Where? When?” International panel presentation as part of program entitled "MED-ARB/ARB-MED: MAKING DISPUTE RESOLUTION FASTER, CHEAPER, BETTER," at the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), Toronto Chapter's Fall 2016 Symposium.
- Navigating Family and Divorce Issues in Psychotherapy, 2016. Panel presentation for marriage and family therapists to better understand their clients’ experiences facing divorce, other family conflicts, mediation, legal processes, financial issues, and obstacles to decision-making. California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, San Gabriel Valley Chapter.
- Resolution - What Happens When A Family Decides to Dissolve? - Guest Lecturer for course in Divorce at California State University, Los Angeles, 2016.
- How to Succeed in Mediation, 2016. Presented MCLE program addressing issues including when to mediate, choosing a mediator, preparing for mediation, mediation confidentiality, joint sessions, dealing with unrepresented parties, mediator's proposals, and handling negotiations when cases do not resolve in mediation.
- Elder Care Planning Community Seminar, Arcadia, CA, 2016. Contributed discussion about mediation for families confronting conflict on issues of elder care, estate planning, and distribution of assets under wills and trusts.
- Keeping Negotiations on Track - How to Manage Conflicts before Claims Arise, for Real Estate Professionals, 2015. Presented program on negotiating techniques to de-escalate conflict and create win-win deals; dealing with difficult personalities; handling emotions in negotiation; techniques to save a deal and lead to more referrals.
- Mediation Basics, 2015. Presenter & Moderator, San Gabriel Chamber of Commerce Legal Education Forum.
- Mediation Q & A, 2014. Presenter, San Gabriel Chamber of Commerce Legal Education Forum.
- Negotiation Tactics: "Puffing" vs. Misrepresentation in Mediation, 2014. Presenter, The Esquire Network - Downtown Litigators.
- What Is Mediation?, Presenter, West Los Angeles Chamber Legal Education Panel, 2014.