I help resolve employment and business disputes through a combination of experience, relatability and perseverance

ABOUT MICHAEL

Michael H. Leb, Esq. has been a full-time neutral since 2008. He has more than 35 years of broad-based legal and business experience with a unique blend of traditional labor law, litigation, and transactional expertise.

He has practiced at an international law firm, held senior executive positions with two Fortune 50 companies and represented plaintiffs at a top-tier trial boutique and as a solo practitioner.

His litigation experience includes both trial and appellate work in public and private sector labor and employment law, including class actions, as well as federal and state court commercial litigation.

Michael Leb
Pasadena Top Attorney 2021
Southern California Mediation Association
American Arbitration Association
MC3 Certified Mediator
National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals

EXPERIENCE COUNTS

YEARS FULL-TIME MEDIATION/ARBITRATION

YEARS EMPLOYMENT & LITIGATION

YEARS OPERATIONS senior executive

YEARS TEACHING NEGOTIATION & DISPUTE RESOLUtION

Michael is conversant in Spanish and Italian and has some facility with
Mandarin Chinese, Russian, French and Hebrew.

Case Experience

MEDIATION | ARBITRATION

Michael Leb’s diverse business and litigation experience offers his clients a high level of credibility as a neutral in both mediation and arbitration. Michael’s business experience runs deep having held executive level operations positions at two major corporations and independently started and very successfully ran his own venture in the retail sector. Combining this level of business expertise with Michael’s already well established litigation background, brings forth insight and knowledge from which clients benefit throughout. His has expertise includes but are not limited to these practice areas:

ADA Disability
Appellate
Arts (Fine/Performing)
Automotive
Aviation
Banking & Finance
Business Dissolution
Civil Rights
Class Actions
Commercial/Business
Consumer Fraud
Contract Disputes
Cross Cultural
Discrimination
Education
EEOC
Elder Abuse
Employment
Entertainment Sector

ERISA
Family Businesses
Franchise
Health Care
Industrial
International
Labor/Unions
Legal Malpractice
Libel & Slander
Local Govt./Municipalities
Media & Communications
Medical Devices
Non-profit Organizations
Partnerships
Pensions
Personal Injury
Police
Probate
Product Liability

Professional Fees
Professional Liability
Professional Malpractice
Professional Negligence
Property Damage
Railroad & Trucking
Real Estate
Religious Institutions
Sexual Harassment
Shareholder Disputes
Sports
Torts
Transportation
Trusts/Estates
Unfair Competition
Wage & Hour/FMLA
Wrongful Death

Fee Schedule

RATES | CANCELLATION POLICY

Two-Party Mediation

Full Day Mediation (8 hours): $4,500*/party
Half Day Mediation (4 hours): $3,000*/party

Multi-Party Mediation

– Full Day (8 hours)
Three to Four Parties $4,000*/party
Five or More Parties $3,000*/party

*Fees include pre-mediation calls, preparation time, mediation session, 1 hour follow-up if not settled.

For two party cases the rate is $500/hour per party, billed in 15 min increments for any additional mediation time agreed to by all parties that extends beyond the original time reserved. For class actions and other cases involving more than two parties, please consult the rate sheet.

We recognize that each case is unique.  Contact my case manager, Jessica Morgan, if you would like to discuss alternatives to the quoted rates.

CANCELLATION POLICY

Mediation is based on trust.  In that spirit, our office does not charge a cancellation fee for mediations.  We do ask that you provide as much notice as possible so we can attempt to fill the scheduled time with another matter. Typically, we will not be able to schedule another matter with less than a week’s notice.  So please let us know as soon as you have decided the matter needs to be cancelled.

Arbitration varies by matter, a cancellation policy will be set forth in the engagement letter.

BILLING MATTERS

Payments should be made in accordance with the payment instructions on the invoice. Mediation payments are required in advance.

Arbitration payments are billed twice: once before the hearing, with the final invoice due when the the award is issued.

Calendar

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To reserve a mediation session, please select from any of the available dates below. A quick ONLINE APPOINTMENT REQUEST will collect contact details and case information. Once submitted, we will be in touch as quickly as possible.

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Michael is brilliant. He has an analytical mind that can walk you through a complex fact pattern then come to the relevant law and advise.

Mary Wickham

General Counsel, Los Angeles County

Michael is focused and persistent and works to obtain the right result. In our case he went back to the other side time and time again in an effort to bring about a settlement.

Robert Keehn

Counsel, Law Office of Robert F. Keehn

Michael is smart, hardworking and gets the job done. Michael goes above and beyond to get a resolution. If you want your case to settle, I highly recommend you use Michael Leb as your mediator.

Mark Potter

Counsel, Potter Handy

Michael worked hard throughout a long negotiation to push the parties to find common ground and. asuccessful resolution. He identifies shared ground and helps parties to say ‘yes’.

Ernest Bell

Counsel, Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo

It is rare to find a mediator who has the practical sense of a former in-house attorney, extensive experience as a seasoned litigator and is. amaster of the legal subject matter. Michael brings all of these talents to the mediation process, increasing significantly the chances of success.

Nicholas P. Connon

Counsel, Connon Wood

Mr. Leb understands the critical issues quickly and is dedicated to helping the parties resolve their differences on a fair basis. I have settled most of my cases with the help of Mr. Leb.

Peiwen Chang

Cogswell Nakazawa & Chang