have utilized George Calkins as a mediator and arbitrator in
numerous matters, with great
including matters that began the alternative dispute resolution
process with other mediators. He is prepared, organized, and has
a knack for getting to the root of the dispute without wasted effort."
John O'Meara, Esq.
Bremer Whyte Brown & O'Meara, LLP
Newport Beach and Woodland Hills, California
Las Vegas, Nevada
George Calkins has presided over complex arbitration proceedings
involving diverse legal and factual issues. Over his twenty year
ADR career, George Calkins has arbitrated disputes involving commercial
projects and public works projects as well as issues involving
suretyship, insurance and business. He is respected for his judicial
temperament, coupled with years of litigation experience in business,
construction and insurance arenas. His experience in the courtroom,
professional demeanor and vast body of knowledge makes him "an
excellent choice for arbitrating construction or insurance related
Calkins serves on the Commercial and Construction Large Complex
Case Panels of the American Arbitration Association, as well as
on the California Public Works Arbitration Program. He has participated
in drafting legislation arbitration procedures and has been a leader
in the development of sophisticated Alternate Dispute Resolution
procedures for the development, construction and business community. “Many
talk the talk, but George actually delivers results,” concludes
a peer. He’s “a true master of the craft.”
Challenging cases since 2003 include:
- Member of a three-arbitrator panel resolving complex auto industry
dispute involving automated innovation, commercial and manufacturing
issues with claims in the many millions of dollars.
- Member of
a three-arbitrator panel involving close-out of large hotel
project in Las Vegas, Nevada involving delay, change order
and extra work disputes.
- Meditation and Arbitration (MedArb)
of a complex dispute between a school district in Kern County
and a Fortune 500 distributor
regarding the adequacy of installation of an electrical
system. Mediated a settlement and then conducted an arbitration
a remaining energy savings dispute, involving an expedited
resolution of complicated issues.
What other experts say…
“George's years of litigation
experience in the construction and insurance arenas give him
a unique perspective for properly
and cost effectively managing these cases. His experience in the
courtroom, his professional demeanor and his vast knowledge base
make him an excellent choice for arbitrating construction or insurance
David Lee, Esq.
Lee & Russell, PC
Las Vegas, Nevada
years, I have been involved in hundreds of days of mediation/
arbitration. I have had the good
of having many of these
cases either mediated or arbitrated by George Calkins. I have found
that George's significant experience as a construction defect lawyer
coupled with his knowledge of insurance law and pragmatism to be
a great recipe for successful resolution of cases. I believe that
George is one of the finest construction defect mediators in Southern
David A. Loewenthal, Esq.
Loewenthal, Hillshafer & Rosen LLP
Sherman Oaks, California
"In multiple party mediations,
George Calkins grasps the key issues, strengths, weaknesses
and dynamics of each party's position
effectively employs these assessments to persuade parties to realistically
evaluate their case. He is tireless and focused in his efforts
while always maintaining control of and civility in the mediation
process. George is certainly recognized by California Construction
Lawyers as among the top 3 or 4 mediators of complex contract and
construction matters in the West."
Richard D. Corona, Esq.
The Corona Firm, Inc.
San Diego, California