"George's past life
as a real trial lawyer gives him a depth of experience, especially
in the construction
arena, which most mediators simply don't have."
Brian Stewart, Esq.
Collins, Collins, Muir & Stewart, LLD
George Calkins brings years of experience to resolving professional
negligence disputes involving attorneys, accountants, engineers,
architects, real estate brokers, healthcare and other professionals.
He facilitates successful interaction between insurance carriers
and their insured professionals in order to develop the requisite
consent for settlement.
George has developed and implemented strategies for resolving
complex issues that arise in professional negligence cases. He
is familiar with specialized codes and regulations that impact
the duties and responsibilities of professionals, including those
impacting structural, electrical, or mechanical issues and conditions
that can be hazardous to worker health and safety. He has extensive
experience as to mediating design professional aspects of toxic
and environmental claims, as well as in depth experience resolving
disputes relating to alleged insurance broker and real estate broker
Examples of George's experience in the professional negligence
- Dispute regarding the alleged failure of a civil engineer
to properly evaluate the drainage
requirements of a natural watershed adjacent to a commercial
office park in Ventura County
- Alleged failure of a structural engineer to property calculate
and account for the loading factors as to an aerospace research
- Alleged failure of mechanical engineer to properly design
the features of an Orange County "Smart Building"
- Alleged failure of an attorney to properly represent a
developer in a multi- party construction defect case in the
- Alleged failure of a structural engineers to properly
calculate and account for the forces impacting a metal support
system for a shppping center roof in Eugene Oregon
- Alleged failure of an accountant to properly track the
coast factors impacting a development firm's profitability
- Alleged failure of electrical and mechanical engineers
to properly analyze the power production capacity of a power
plant in Orange County
- Complex dispute regarding alleged failure of brokers to
disclose material facts involving complex real estate transactions
in San Francisco
What other experts say:
"George and I butted heads many times over the years, always
on opposite sides, so I had my doubts when I was brought into a
matter shortly before a mediation in which George had already been
selected as mediator. He did a terrific job, however, in settling
that case and several others since then. He is creative, is comfortable
in complex cases and has a great ability to keep people talking
to one another…."
Douglas C. Purdy, Esq.
Morris, Polich & Purdy LLP
Los Angeles, California