For more than 20 years, Mr. Gumport has served as a mediator. He is a member of the panel of mediators maintained by the ADR Programs of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California.
In all mediations conducted pursuant to the District Court and Bankruptcy Court ADR Programs, Mr. Gumport provides at least three hours of his time pro bono.
Mediations conducted by Mr. Gumport have involved civil government enforcement proceedings, business and bankruptcy disputes, and consumer credit litigation, including disputes about telemarketing, credit reporting, and consumer debt collection practices.
The following are recent ADR Awards to Mr. Gumport from the Bankruptcy Court’s ADR Program:
° For the one-year period 2016-2017 – Mediator Who Conducted the Mediation with the Most Parties Which Settled, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California.
° For the one-year period 2014-2015 – Mediator Who Conducted the Mediation with the Most Parties Which Settled, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California.
Mediations may be conducted in conference rooms at the Firm’s Pasadena office or at locations in Southern California on which the parties agree, including such facilities as those provided by the U.S. District Court pursuant to its ADR Program.
As practitioners know, mediation proceedings are confidential, and Mr. Gumport requires the participants in mediations conducted by him to sign a confidentiality agreement. The websites of the District Court and Bankruptcy Court provide standard form confidentiality agreements that are utilized by Mr. Gumport in mediations in their ADR Programs.
Effective January 1, 2019, SB 954 amends Section 1122 of the California Evidence Code and adds Section 1129 to the Evidence Code. These provisions require attorneys to provide clients with certain written disclosures regarding the confidentiality restrictions in mediation proceedings and to obtain a signed acknowledgment from the client that he, she, or it has read and understands those restrictions. You are urged to review that legislation and to comply with it prior to participating in any mediation to which it may apply. A copy of that legislation is available upon written request.
General Order No. 11-10 of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California governs mediations conducted pursuant to the ADR Program of that District Court. A copy of that general order is available on the website of that District Court.
Third Amended General Order No. 95-01 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California governs mediations conducted pursuant to the ADR Program of that Bankruptcy Court. A copy of that general order is available in Appendix III of the Local Bankruptcy Rules on the website of that Bankruptcy Court.
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