Santa Barbara Superior Court
CADRe Program



George D. Calkins II, Esq.


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

Phone No.:

(310) 392-3044
(213) 383-6516 (JAMS)

Fax No.:

(310) 396-7576

Email Address:





Administrative Costs:



Fee covers all expenses – will serve at appropriate locations in Santa Barbara without extra expense to the parties


$400 per party

Cancellation and Continuance Policy:

48 business hours notice of cancellation

Payment Responsibility:

Each party is responsible for equal share of fee; unless otherwise agreed

Experience as ADR Professional:

Six years mediation; 20 years arbitration experience, including hundreds of arbitrations for AAA and L.A. Superior Court

No. of Mediations Conducted:

150 +

Subject Matter of Mediations and 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

Mediation and 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 Castro/Mark Worthge of Castro & Worthge (310) 966-6060; 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)

Panelist Information Updated: October 26, 2009

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