Mediation and Arbitration

Carole J. Buckner, Esq., Mediator and Arbitrator

Based in Southern California (San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles and Online)

619.906.5614 (o)  714-227-8183 (m)

carole.buckner@procopio.com


Introduction | Experience | Education and Affiliations | Practice Areas | Mediation Experience | Arbitration Experience


Introduction

With over 30 years as a successful litigator handling a wide variety of litigation, including employment, commercial matters, real property and professional liability, Carole brings a wealth of experience and skills to her service as an arbitrator and mediator. In her experience as a litigator, she has tried, arbitrated and mediated cases starting in 1984. In her experience in-house, Carole has managed dispute resolution from the company’s perspective. Carole has earned the respect of her colleagues, with an AV rating in Martindale-Hubbell for over 20 years, as well as numerous other accolades. Carole has extensive experience bringing contentious matters to resolution.

Experience

Partner, Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP (2017 to date)

Partner, Berger, Kahn, et al.,

Partner, Pettis Tester Kruse and Krinsky

Associate, Rutan & Tucker

Education and Affiliations

Member, Southern California Mediation Association, 2020

Certification in Mediation, Pepperdine’s Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution, 2020

Advanced Mediation Training, Pepperdine’s Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution, 2021

Advanced Mediation and Impasse Strategies in a Digital World, American Arbitration Association, 2021

Fee Arbitrator, Orange County Bar Association, 2016

Mediator, Orange County Bar Association, 2020

University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J. D. 1984

University of California, Berkeley, B.A. 1980

Practice Areas

Lawyers Professional Liability:  Legal malpractice, breach of fiduciary duty & fee disputes involving lawyers engaged in corporate practice, employment practice, and real property transactions.  Served as an expert witness in legal malpractice and fee dispute matters involving fee agreements, sharing, unauthorized practice of law, conflicts of interest, flat fees, withdrawal from representation, structured settlement, modification of fee agreements, standard of care, reasonableness of legal fees, client trust accounting, contingency fee agreements, true retainers, and other issues.

Employment Disputes:  Wrongful termination, sexual harassment, discrimination, assault, defamation, emotional distress, trade secrets, unfair competition involving a wide variety of industries including medical, technology, manufacturing, sales, entertainment.  Conducted numerous investigations of employee misconduct, harassment and discrimination, and advised regarding reductions in force and other labor and employment matters.

Commercial and Business Disputes: Litigated disputes concerning shareholders, unfair competition, securities class actions, breach of contract, Uniform Commercial Code, unfair competition, partnership disputes, and financial institutions.

Real Property Disputes:  Litigated disputes concerning landlord/tenant matters, commercial loans, commercial leasing, easements, foreclosure, covenants, and title insurance issues, purchases and sales of property, and land use litigation.

Mediation Experience

Served as neutral in legal fee dispute involving representation in litigation involving real property issues

Served as neutral in legal fee dispute involving representation commercial litigation issues pending in federal court

Represented plaintiff in mediation of legal malpractice case involving multiple business transactions

Represented defendant in mediation of legal malpractice case involving handling of arbitration of employment issues

Represented defendant in mediation of legal malpractice matter involving handling of trial breach of contract and fraud

Arbitration Experience

Served as neutral in legal fee dispute involving representation in litigation involving real property issues

Served as neutral in legal fee dispute involving representation commercial litigation issues pending in federal court

Represented plaintiff in mediation of legal malpractice case involving multiple business transactions

Represented defendant in mediation of legal malpractice case involving handling of arbitration of employment issues

Represented defendant in mediation of legal malpractice matter involving handling of trial breach of contract and fraud

Contact Carole

619.906.5614 (o)  714-227-8183 (m)

carole.buckner@procopio.com