Gary A Weiner Esq.

Gary A Weiner Esq.

Location:
Sebastopol, California
Phone:
707-623-1366
Fax:
888-586-6780
Email:

Gary Weiner was the Mediation Program Administrator for the Court of Appeal, First Appellate District from 2009 to 2013. He has been a mediator, arbitrator, discovery referee, receiver and an attorney. Gary was the Director of the Sonoma County Superior Court Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution from its inception through June 2004.

Beginning in 2010 Gary assumed a leadership role in the ABA dispute resolution section mediation and court ADR committees on mediation quality and spearheaded a successful effort to convene the very first mediation research mini-conference which was held in Washington, DC in April 2012.

Gary has mediated and helped to resolve cases in all areas and has developed a specialization in appellate mediation during his tenure at the Court of Appeal. At the Court Gary mediated and co-mediated cases including

  • an appeal from an injunction issued under CEQA prohibiting continued construction on a massive refinery construction project,
  • a construction defect case involving a benevolent society and a large corporate contractor,
  • an appeal from an order of attorneys' fees over one million dollars in a trust dispute between an enormous financial institution and a tax attorney from Washington, D.C. and
  • a complex conflict between guardians of residents at a state facility and the state agency managing the facility over the quality of care provided.

Gary was a member of the panel of Kaiser Permanente medical negligence arbitrators. Before his appointment to the Sonoma County Superior Court Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution he was a certified mediator with the United States Postal Service employment dispute resolution program known as REDRESS and mediated cases of discrimination of all types for the Service.

In 1997 Gary served as a Sonoma County Superior Court Judge pro tem in a seven-day long court trial of a real estate development dispute. He has also served as an administrative law judge with University Services Administrative Law Judges, a contracting provider with the California Department of Insurance, hearing Proposition 103 rate rollback cases.

Gary was a solo general practitioner and is one of very few California attorneys who read the law to qualify for the bar in lieu of law school. He was mentored by Chris Andrian, one of the premier criminal defense and litigation attorneys in Sonoma County. Before joining Chris, Gary worked as a research clerk at the Sonoma County Public Defender's office on the first 4 death penalty cases after the enactment of the Briggs Initiative reinstating the death penalty. During that time he was at counsel table for the entire litigation of all four cases starting with law and motion and concluding with the penalty phase. In all, he was in court for almost an entire year. He has tried cases to juries, judges and arbitrators throughout his career.

Gary has been an adjunct professor at the Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution at UC Hastings, has taught mediation in India, Australia and throughout California. During his recent trip to Australia he was invited to deliver a public lecture at Monash University Law Chambers in Melbourne on his widely read paper "A Call for Evidence Based Research on Mediation Quality." He is now a certified mediator in New South Wales.

He has a degree in Psychology from Cornell University in 1971 and is an accomplished musician and fine art photographer whose work has been shown in galleries throughout San Francisco including Rayko Photo Center.

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1983
  • U.S. Federal Court, 1983

Education

  • California Bar Association, Read for the Bar, Sacramento, California
  • Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 1971

Published Works

  • A Call for Evidence Based Research on Mediation Quality

Classes/Seminars

  • Panelist, San Francisco Mediation Panel
  • Panelist, Sonoma County Bar Association Medical Arbitration Referal Service
  • Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution at UC Hastings, Adjunct Professor
  • Monash University Law Chambers in Melbourne, Lecturer

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Sole Practioner, 1984 - Present
  • Sonoma County Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, Former Chair
  • Sonoma County Bar Association, Chair Emeritus, Steering Commitee
  • Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution, Member
  • California Dispute Resolution Council, Member
  • U.S. Postal Service Employment Dispute Resolution Program, Qualified Mediator
  • Panel of Kaiser Permanente Medical Negligence Arbitrators, Member
  • United States Postal Service Employment Dispute Resolution Program, Certified Mediator

Past Employment Positions

  • Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, Mediation Program Administrator, 2009 - 2013
  • Sonoma County Superior Court Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution, Director
  • Sonoma County Superior Court, Judge pro tem, 1997 - Present
  • University Services Administrative Law Judges, Administrative Law Judge
  • Sonoma County Public Defender’s office, Research Clerk