content of the courses created by George and the generous sharing
of his experiences
(at the Straus Institute of Dispute Resolution) exceeded the
expectations of a discerning clientele: late career attorneys
and judges. He is not only qualified and gifted as a mediator,
but also has the personality and communication skills that make
him an excellent educator."
Straus Institute of Dispute Resolution
Pepperdine University School of Law
George Calkins has lectured on
business and construction management and dispute resolution at
of Law, USC Law School, as well as University of California, Irvine
and UCLA Extension Programs. He is an adjunct faculty member of
the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University
Law School, the leading national trainer of mediators, where he
lectures on the nuances, planning and conduct of effective mediation
as to complicated commercial and public works construction disputes.
He has written and lectured at national conferences regarding mediation,
construction law, products liability and insurance law, contract
interpretation, methods of practice and procedure, performance
issues in manufacturing, constructional aspects of public works
projects, design/build contracts, as well as commercial development,
entertainment, construction, real estate. and suretyship.
George has lectured before legal and trade associations including
the California Judges Association, the Southern California Defense
Counsel, the Associated General Contractors, the Southern California
Accountants Association and the Ceramic Tile Institute; and he
has participated as a panelist on California CEB Receivership and
Construction Law panels and as a speaker at the Rutter Group/California
Judges Association Seminar on Real Estate and Construction. He
was retained by FEMA to teach thousands of construction contractors
in California construction claims avoidance strategies when implementing
seismic retrofits. He has been the moderator of panels involving
hot topics on construction defects with the California Continuing
Education of the Bar for more than 8 years. He has chaired the
judges’ panel at the West Coast Casualty, and presented at
MC Consultants, American Conference Institute, Mealey’s,
and the ABA Forum Committee on Construction involving topics of
construction law and dispute resolution.
George has published articles for the California Continuing Education
of the Bar, the Associated General Contractors Legal Advisory Committee
and the University of California regarding construction disputes,
receivership law, construction defect claims, construction law,
alternate dispute resolution, and settlement/mediation of construction
disputes. He has also developed and implemented procedures for
construction claims administration and liability minimization and
dispute resolution for contractors, owners and developers.
George Calkins assisted in drafting the California Public Works
arbitration program legislation when it was first implemented in
California in the nineteen-eighties and has participated in drafting
changes to the state's mechanic’s lien law.
What other experts say…
“George and I taught a two and
one-half day course on the handling of complex construction defect
cases by lawyers and mediators for a number of years at the Strauss
Institute at Pepperdine Law School. During this time I got to
know George very well…. He combines an encyclopedic knowledge
of the law with wit and bon homme that is rare to find….
George possesses all of the qualities in abundance that anyone
would want in a dispute resolution neutral."
The Honorable Judge Kevin W. Midlam
San Diego Superior Court, Retired
San Diego, California
has been a repeat guest speaker in my Construction Management
class at UCLA Extension
for over 15 years, during which
we have seen approximately 1500 students come through the class.
George is an engaging speaker; uses humor and real world examples
to keep the interest of the students. The students have always
commented about the current and relevant issues that Mr. Calkins
addresses, and have rated him very highly every quarter."
Sean Leonard, Esq.
The Law Offices of Sean Leonard
"George takes the time and effort 24/7 to dig in and settle
cases, even where the parties are at a perceived "real" impasse.
He adds value in sophisticated litigation."
Keith J. Bremer, Esq.
Bremer Whyte Brown & O’Meara, LLP
Newport Beach and Woodland Hills, California
Las Vegas, Nevada
"George has been instrumental
in resolving a number of (complex) cases, as a result of his
intricate knowledge of construction
and process, willingness to work very hard, effective communication
with principals and tenacious follow up if the matter is not settled
during the first session."
David McPherson, Esq.
Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald LLP