Bruce Friedman
Friedman Mediation


Greater Los Angeles Area, CA 90017, United States
Areas of Practice
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  • Business Organizations
  • Class Action
  • Commercial Law & Contracts
  • Finance & Banking
  • Litigation
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Real Estate

Negotiation With The Mediator: Another Impasse Buster For Your Consideration

You have reviewed and analyzed the mediation briefs and the parties have disclosed prior settlement negotiations and where they would like to end up at the conclusion of the mediation; or, the parties disclose to you during the…more

Winning at Mediation

When it comes to defining winning a mediation, the question is whether the mediation produced a result better than your client would likely obtain at trial. Put this way, clients and counsel win mediations every day. In a thin…more

What It Takes To Settle

I am a true believer in the evaluative approach to mediation. I not only enjoy engaging counsel and the parties in a discussion of the issues in a case, but I know that this discussion will eventually lead the parties down the…more
 /  Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

Online Mediation - Press Delete

As you might be aware, there is a LinkedIn Group dedicated to Online Dispute Resolution, featuring announcements of conferences on online mediation and blogs on new products that will revolutionize technology assisted dispute…more
 /  Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

Thoughts on the Initial Demand

In an informal survey of mediators, I have found that our collective experience is universal –the initial demand is extraordinarily high, bears no relationship whatsoever to the verdict potential of the case and is usually…more
 /  Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

Mediation and the Professional Liability Dispute

Involved in a legal malpractice or professional liability dispute? As you are likely aware, it is common for a legal malpractice claim to be countered by a fee claim by the lawyer defendant arising out of the former…more
 /  Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Professional Malpractice

The Ethical Neutral

I have encountered some confusion among lawyers and mediators over conflict of interest and disclosure requirements applicable to mediators in California. Some say there are no requirements at all. Others say that there are…more
 /  Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

Conducting a Cultural Mediation

In our multi-cultural society, disputes arise between individuals from different ethnic, racial and cultural backgrounds and between businesses, both domestic and international, run by these individuals. The cultural background…more
 /  Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

Tips on Mediating the Legal Malpractice Case

The legal malpractice case presents a number of interesting substantive and insurance coverage issues that must be addressed in mediation in order to settle the case. The substantive elements of the claim must be analyzed by…more
 /  Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

Mediating the Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Case

In general, I believe that the approach to the mediation of an insurance coverage and bad faith case is similar to mediations in other substantive areas of law. However, there are a few differences; including the analysis of…more
 /  Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Insurance

Commercial Litigation Requires an Evaluative Approach

In my experience, in the mediation of commercial cases, the parties and their counsel want an evaluative mediation approach. I have found that even if a mediation is unsuccessful, the parties and counsel seem satisfied if they…more
 /  Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Commercial Law & Contracts

When Insurance Coverage Issues Get In The Way of Settlement

As a litigator turned mediator, I believe it is crucial (both for myself and the parties for whom I mediate), that I stay current on relevant legal issues and practices. With that in mind, I recently attended a seminar on…more
 /  Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Insurance

Tips for Mediating a Securities Class Action

As every litigator and experienced mediator can attest, no two mediations are the same. In fact, the mediation process can vary greatly from practice area to practice area. I have mediated class actions, insurance disputes, real…more
 /  Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Securities Law

Binding Mediation: An Oxymoron?

We now have a new concept to add to the ADR lexicon — binding mediation. I know it sounds bizarre, how can mediation, a facilitative process to encourage the parties to voluntarily agree to settle a case, become a decision…more
 /  Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

When is a Mediator's Proposal Appropriate?

In my view, the mediator’s proposal is overused and abused. It is not an appropriate settlement technique in most cases, yet it is used too often out of frustration at the conclusion of an unsuccessful mediation. When is a…more
 /  Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
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