With over a decade’s worth of experience, Guy Mizrahi has learned that litigating through the traditional court system has left parties exhausted, angry, emotionally drained and often dissatisfied with the ultimate result, even following a “victory” at trial.
Through mediation, Guy offers a process where the ultimate decision in resolving the conflict is held by the disputants themselves, not some third party — such as a judge or jury — with no interest in the outcome.
Guy takes mediation very seriously. He is not just another lawyer looking to generate fees at an exorbitant hourly rate with disregard to the case’s outcome. Guy takes the necessary time to familiarize himself with the details of each case prior to the mediation so the parties do not waste their time and money reviewing background facts and law. Guy dedicates himself to each case he takes on and works relentlessly to assist the parties in reaching a settlement.
Guy Mizrahi began his career in the late 1990s as a law clerk for an entertainment law firm. During law school, he served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Kim M. Wardlaw of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Upon graduation, Guy worked for a mid-size litigation firm specializing in product liability, professional negligence and personal injury. He later moved on to another firm focusing on a wide array of cases including consumer litigation, product liability, class actions, general negligence, premises liability, insurance matters, toxic tort, personal injury, real estate and business dispute matters.
Guy’s natural ability to understand both sides of every story has led him to being the voice of reason throughout his career. He has a multifaceted approach to mediation that varies based on the nature of the dispute and the needs of the parties. A business dispute among sophisticated parties may not require the same style of engagement as a conflict involving an individual and a large company.
Since 2002, Guy has been involved in hundreds of mediations as both an advocate and a neutral and has acquired the necessary skills to achieve settlements.
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, CA
Juris Doctor, 2002
University of California, Santa Barbara, CA
Bachelor of Arts, Law and Society, 1998
Dean’s Honor Roll
Affiliations, Appointments & Training
- Southern California Mediation Association, Outreach Committee Member
- Pepperdine University School of Law, Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution, Mediating the Litigated Case, 2011
- Ventura County Superior Court Panel Appointed Mediator
- Former Los Angeles County Superior Court Panel Appointed Mediator
- Kaleidoscope Competence: An Essential Mediator Attribute, February 2012
- Employment Institute, May 2012
- Legal Nuts and Bolts for Mediators: Legal and Insurance Terms of Art and Settlement Strategies, October 2012
- Building Trust and Utilizing Personal Power in Mediation, November 2012
- Southern California Mediation Association Workshop: Let’s Make a Deal, November 2012
- Advanced Caucus Strategies: Impasse or Bad Behavior, November 2012
- Back to Beepers: Tips from the Masters on Personal Injury Without Court ADR, November 2013
- Let’s Get to Work: Current Trends in Mediating Employment Disputes, November 2013
- Managing Mediation Misconduct, November 2013
Guy has experience and takes on cases in the following areas:
- General negligence
- Premises liability
- Product liability
- Motor vehicle
- Wrongful death
- Catastrophic injury
- Breach of warranty
- Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act
- Consumer Legal Remedies Act
- Automobile Sales and Finance Act
- Related class action matters
- Fair Employment and Housing Act
- Wrongful termination
- Sexual harassment
- Wage and hour violations
- Coverage issues
- Business disputes
- Breach of contract
- Medical professionals
- Insurance agents and brokers
- Legal professionals
- Real estate agents and brokers
- Accounting professionals
Real Estate Matters
- Failure to disclose
- Landlord-tenant disputes
- Broker/agent disputes
- HOA disputes
What is mediation?
Mediation is a process in which two or more parties involved in a dispute work with a neutral party, the mediator, to achieve a mutually agreeable solution to their conflict. The mediation process is informal, voluntary and confidential. Unlike trial or arbitration, the mediator does not render a decision by picking the “winner”, rather he assists the disputants in finding a solution that works for all parties.
Mediation has many advantages over litigation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.
- Mediation leaves the most critical part of the dispute — determining its outcome — in the hands of the parties themselves.
- Mediation is confidential. There is no public disclosure of personal problems or finances.
- Mediation is less expensive than litigation and other forms of dispute resolution.
- Mediation is a significantly faster process than litigation and other forms of dispute resolution.
- Mediation does not preclude the parties from pursuing alternative means of resolving their dispute. If the parties cannot reach an amicable settlement, they are free to proceed with court proceedings.
What happens at the mediation?
At the mediation, the mediator meets with the parties and provides them with the opportunity to be heard and express the circumstances surrounding the dispute. The mediator then shuttles back and forth between the parties and facilitates a discussion geared towards resolving the dispute. Once the parties reach an acceptable resolution, they typically document the terms of the settlement in a written agreement.
How long does mediation take?
There are many variables in determining the length of a mediation session. These include the nature of the dispute, the number of parties and the communication level of the disputants. A simple dispute involving two parties can be resolved in as little as a few hours while more complex matters can take days.
How much does mediation cost?
Mediation is billed hourly and the costs are typically split evenly by the parties.
For any questions regarding availability, services, scheduling, and rates, please feel free to contact us either by telephone, filling out the form below or emailing us.
11400 W. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Tel: (424) 206-4303
Fax: (424) 220-7388