Law Office
Charles J. Mellor

Mediation Services

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Charles Mellor is an experienced trial attorney and mediator, having mediated numerous cases to closure involving personal injury, property damage, construction, real estate, insurance claims and securities fraud. He has a strong background in facilitative mediation and litigation experience, representing both plaintiffs and defendants. This allows Mr. Mellor to offer a blend of extensive litigation experience with years of experience in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). He is accomplished at analyzing litigation strategies and possesses strong conflict resolution and leadership skills.

For seven years Mr. Mellor served as Staff Trial Counsel for a major insurance company. In this role he continually assessed the risks and benefits associated with proceeding to trial on cases ranging in exposure from zero to million dollars.  In 1996, Mr. Mellor established his own law firm representing plaintiffs and defendants in litigated matters.  This combination of plaintiff and defense litigation experience, along with comprehensive mediation process training, allows Mr. Mellor to maintain control of negotiations and facilitate the resolution of cases. His mediation style assures that the parties assess the strengths and weaknesses of each side’s case, and then weigh the costs, risks and benefits of proceeding to trial, versus settlement. This process has allowed Mr. Mellor to develop reputation for finding resolution options not previously envisioned.


Western State University, (San Diego, CA), Bachelor of Law Studies;
Thomas Jefferson School of Law (San Diego, CA), Juris Doctor Degree;
Pepperdine University, School of Law (Malibu, CA), Mediation training, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution

Admitted to California State Bar, 1989;

Admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court, Southern & Northern divisions in 1989;  Admitted to practice in the U. S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit in 1989.


Defense Research Institute, (DRI), Utilizing ADR in Your Case;
Defense Research Institute, (DRI), Facilitating Settlement;
Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution Pepperdine University, School of Law, Negotiation and Claims Settlement;
Sonoma County Superior Court ADR Panelist;
Marin County Superior Court Judge Pro Tem Panel;
Marin County Superior Court ADR Panelist;
Masters in Trial, American Board of Trial Advocates, (ABOTA);
San Francisco County Superior Court ADR Panelist;
San Mateo County Superior Court Multi-Option ADR Panelist;
Santa Clara County Superior Court ADR Panelist;
Insurance Appraisal: The Scope & Nature of Insurance Appraisals,
Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University, School of Law, Mediating the Litigated Case;
San Diego Superior Court, Judge Pro Tem


Association of Corporate Counsel:
Association for Conflict Resolution;
Los Angeles County Bar Association;
Marin County Bar Association;
San Diego County Bar Association;
Sonoma County Bar Association;
Judge Pro Tem, Marin County Superior Court;
Judge Pro Tem, San Diego County Superior Court;
Past Justice, Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity;
Past President, Business Networks International (BNI);
Past Chairman, (3 terms) Peninsula Community Planning Board (PCPB);


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