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"I have utilized George Calkins as a mediator and arbitrator in numerous matters, with great success, 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 disputes.”

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 of a remaining energy savings dispute, involving an expedited arbitration and 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 related disputes.”

David Lee, Esq.
Lee & Russell, PC

Las Vegas, Nevada

“Over 20 years, I have been involved in hundreds of days of mediation/ arbitration. I have had the good fortune 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 California.”

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 and 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