Santa Barbara Superior Court
CADRe Program

Binding Arbitration Panelist


George D. Calkins II, Esq.


1601 Cloverfield Blvd., Suite 370-South 
Santa Monica, California 90404

Phone No.:

(310) 392-3044

Fax Number:

(310) 396-7576

E-Mail Address:





Administrative Costs:





Four hours

Cancellation Policy:

Minimum of two business days before mediation

Payment Responsibility:

Each party to bear equal share unless otherwise agreed.


20 years of arbitration experience in several hundred cases. 

Subject Matter of Arbitrations Conducted:

Commercial and public construction closeout disputes, construction defect claims, real estate disputes, insurance coverage issues, personal injury claims, business disputes, commercial disputes, employment disputes of all kinds, including harassment and discrimination, government contract disputes, corporate disputes, partnership disputes, financial and accounting disputes, professional malpractice disputes.

ADR Designations:

Member of American Arbitration Association select panel of commercial and construction mediators; member of Large Complex Case Panel of American Arbitration Association concerning construction disputes; Member of California Public Works Arbitration panel; Member of Mediation Panels of L.A. County and Orange County Superior Court

Areas of Expertise:

Construction law, public works issues, commercial disputes, business disputes, real estate disputes, construction defect disputes, public works disputes, personal injury and professional malpractice disputes, surety and insurance disputes of all kinds.  25 years of litigation experience.  Partner in major law firm for over 20 years and past member of firm’s Executive Committee.  Recognized capacity and capability to facilitate meaningful settlement of virtually any kind of dispute.  Recognized in personal profile published on July 2, 1999 by the Los Angeles Daily Journal newspaper.

Publications and Speaking Experience:

Published numerous articles regarding mediation process.  Published course materials and served as speaker on several occasions on behalf of California Continuing Education of the Bar and the Rutter Group, as well as California Judges Association concerning construction disputes and concerning settlement of real estate disputes.  Long time lecturer regarding construction law principles for the UCLA and UCI Extension programs.  Long time lecturer concerning the legal aspects of seismic retrofits for FEMA and the International Conference of Building Officials as well as the Building Industry Association.

Mediator’s Profile:

In Los Angeles Daily Journal in July 1999.  The article stated in pertinent part:   “Lawyers who have used [George Calkins] . . . in mediation say that Calkins’ years of experience . . . along with his persistence makes him one of the preferred neutrals . . .  Those who have turned to Calkins in difficult matters are appreciative . . . . ‘[Calkins] has good mediation skills – both technical skills and in terms of how to orchestrate the parties [into a settlement] and also in terms of the ability to listen to the people and hear the messages that are being communicated indirectly'. . . "

Mediation Training:

Attended numerous basic and advanced courses in mediation presented by the Dispute Resolution Institute of Pepperdine University School of Law – Reference:  Peter Robinson, Associate Professor of Law at Pepperdine University School of Law

Representative References:

Kenneth Gibbs of Gibbs, Giden, Locher & Turner (310) 552-3400; Joel Castor/Mark Worthge of Castro & Worthge (310) 996-6060; Lawrence Lubka/Dale Ortmann of Hunt, Ortmann, Blasco & Palffy (626) 440-5200; Peggy Gerber and John Heisse of Thelen, Reid & Priest (213) 621-9800; Gary Spencer of Meserve, Mumper & Hughes (949) 474-8995; Peter Rosen of Mayer, Brown & Platt (213) 229-9500; George Arvanitis (619) 234-3908; Philip Dunn (310) 393-2769; Lee Dicker (310) 551-1987


UCLA, B.A. Degree (1968); J.D. Degree, Loyola Law School (1973)

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