News and Events
New "Identifying and Managing High Conflict Personality Clients", condensed version of the six article series published by the Daily Journal has been published by the American Bar Association in the January/February, 2012, edition of Probate & Property Magazine. Read full ABA article. (Printable version)
"The Power Tools of Estate Conflict Management: Recharging the Culture of Estate Conflicts"
Paul's series of articles on Estate Conflict Management has been published by the ABA in Probate & Property Magazine in two installments. Part 1 in the May/June 2010 issue, and Part 2 in the July/August 2010 issue.
Part 1 (printable version)
Part 2 (printable version)
Straus Institute For Dispute Resolution
Pepperdine University School of Law
Pepperdine team took First Place in a field of 28 teams at the California Environmental Law Negotiation Competition, 2011
Paul Fisher has resolved many hundreds of disputes as Mediator since 1986, and has heard hundreds of cases as Arbitrator since 1978. Paul has been a full time neutral since 1991. From 1971 until 1991, he was in a litigation practice specializing in complex real estate, business and construction disputes. He is an adjunct professor of law at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University. In 2001 Paul was named to the Distinguished Panel of Neutrals of New York’s CPR International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution. In 2002 he received the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Award for Case of the Year. Recognized as a Southern California Super Lawyer in the area of mediation in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. Paul is a nationally published author, and frequent speaker. He continuously develops his expertise by participating in national advanced mediator conferences annually. Clients have commented, in a letter to Judge Bobb, “Please accept my enthusiastic suggestion that parties in highly complex business and employment litigation should be directed to consider utilizing Mr. Fisher. He was terrific.” Others have commented, “You are truly a super-star”, and “As a mediator myself, I can say -- you are a mediator’s mediator!”
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Legal Career & Prior Experience
Professional Affiliations & Education
Identifying and Managing Difficult, High Conflict Personality Clients
"Identifying and Managing High Conflict Personality Clients", (Probate & Property Magazine, January/February 2012, American Bar Association)
"Identifying and Managing Difficult, High Conflict Personality Clients - Introduction and Borderline Personalities" (Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal, January 2011)
"Identifying and Managing Histrionic Personality Clients" (Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal, February 2011)
"Identifying and Managing Narcissistic Personality Clients" (Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal, March, 2011)
"Identifying and Managing Antisocial Personality Clients" (Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal, May, 2011)
"Double Trouble: Managing the High Conflict Personality Client's Enabler" (Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal, June 2011)
"Mindfulness in Managing High Conflict Personality Clients" (Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal, July 2011)
Enforceability of Agreements Reached During Mediation
"Avoiding Enforceability Problems of Mediation Settlement Agreements" (January, 2008)
"When Is A Memorandum of Understanding Not Enforceable?" (June, 2005)
Enforceability of Mediation Provisions
"Failure to Mediate Leads to Remediation of Moldy Delusional Dispute" (October, 2009)
"Award of Attorney Fees Affirmed Where Mediation Requested After Suit Filed "(November, 2006)
"Waiver of Attorney-Client Privilege Trumps Mediation Confidentiality" (May 2010) The Court of Appeal opinion discussed in this article concerning John Porter et al. v. Steven Wyner et al., may have been overruled by the decision discussed in the article above.
"Exception to Mediation Confidentiality: Claims by Client Against Their Attorney" (November, 2009) The Court of Appeal opinion discussed in this article concerning Cassel V. Superior Court; Wasserman, Comden et Al, Real Parties in Interest, has been overruled by the decision discussed in the article titled "California Supreme Court: No "Attorney Malpractice" Exception to Mediation Confidentiality" (January, 2011)
"Changes in Mediation Confidentiality", ADR Edge, June 2000.
Estate Conflict Management series
"The Power Tools of Estate Conflict Management - Recharging the Culture of Estate Conflicts, Part 1" (published by the American Bar Association in Probate & Property Magazine, May/June 2010)
"The Power Tools of Estate Conflict Management - Recharging the Culture of Estate Conflicts, Part 2" (published by the American Bar Association in Probate & Property Magazine, July/August 2010)
"Conflict Management in Family Inheritance Wars" (May, 2008)
"Benefits of Addressing Conflicts During the Estate Planning Process" (September, 2008)
"Take-Aways: Parting Words to Keep Conflict Apart from Those Parting Ways" (September, 2009)
"The Power of a Positive Relationship with Opposing Counsel" (November 2010)
"Recent Dramatic Cases Provide Valuable Practice Tools" (August 2010)
Tools For Negotiators: "Beyond Reason - Using Emotions as You Negotiate" Book Review. (July 2006)
"Early Case Management" (June, 2004)
"Case Management as an Institutional Force" (June, 2004)
"Conflict Wisdom" (periodically updated)
"Preparation Emphasizes What Clients Don't Want To Hear", Alternatives,
CPR (Center for Public Resources) Institute for Dispute Resolution,
Impasse in Mediation -- A Critical Checklist For Mediation Counsel",
Alternatives, CPR (Center for Public Resources) Institute for Dispute
Resolution, May 2001.
"All You Need
to Know About Mediation But Didn't Know to Ask -- A Parachute for Parties
"Creative Mediation Design," Los Angeles Lawyer, May 1995.
"How to Successfully Mediate a Case: Tips to Attorneys and Mediators," reprinted in Alternative Dispute Resolution NEWSALERT, 1993, Arbitration Journal, 1991.
"Mediation Advocacy Tips", ADR Edge, Spring 1999.
"Mediation: What's In It For Litigators", ADR Edge, Spring 1999.
"Judicial References: Choice is Everything", ADR Edge, Spring 1999.
Judicial Utilization of ADR," to Los Angeles Superior Court Alternative
Dispute Resolution Committee, August 1996.
"Mediation Benchbook," 1994.
"How Attorneys In Mediation Face The Conflict Of Keeping The Client Happy Versus The Need To Discuss The Hard Issues -- Or, How to Succeed in Mediation Without Losing Your Client", pending publication.
ADR EDGE, a periodic abstract of developments in Alternative Dispute Resolution.
"Courts Refuse to Overturn Arbitrator Awards on Attorney Fees", Los Angeles Daily Journal, Oct. 25, 2000.
Adjunct professor of law, The Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University. Guest lecturer at Loyola Law School. He has served as faculty in innumerable ADR programs before Bar Associations, law firms, Estate Planning Councils, Annual Arbitration/Mediation Day Conferences, and the American Arbitration Association.
Licensed to practice law before the Supreme Court of the United States and the Supreme Court of California, U.S. District Court, Central District of California.
ABA Committee on Emotional and Psychological Issues in Estate Planning
Los Angeles County Bar Association, real property, construction, litigation, labor and employment section. Business & Corporations, Trusts & Estates. Participant, Los Angeles Superior Court ADR Committees.
Recognized as a Southern California Super Lawyer