Providing mediation, arbitration and related Alternative Dispute Resolution service for business, securities, construction, real estate, insurance, technology/IP, intellectual property, employment, environment, energy, trusts & estates and other disputes.


DAILY RATE: $4,000/day in the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento and all of Northern California. This fee covers mediation sessions with up to three parties.* For those mediations conducted outside of Northern California, time and travel expenses are negotiable.

• Four to six parties, add $400 to Daily Rate
• More than six parties, add $800 to Daily Rate

If the mediation session exceeds 10 hours per day (usually about 8 hours of hearing time on the scheduled day and 2 hours of reading and research) additional sessions can be scheduled to resolve the dispute. If the session ends in less time for any reason, the daily rate still applies. Once the time is committed, there are no refunds for proceedings that take less time.

Additional reading/research and hearing time, and follow-up calls may be billed, depending upon how extensive the time required, after the hearing at the rate of $400 per hour.

*Parties are those named in the action or those with a stake in the proceedings. One party could include several individuals, e.g., Board of Directors of a Homeowners Association with several Board members in attendance.


All fees are due upon scheduling of the hearing. The session date and time will not be confirmed until after the fees are received. Division of the payment amount is to be determined by parties involved, but for our collection purposes, the full fee is split and advanced in full by the parties before the first session.

Any additional fees incurred are due and payable upon receipt of the invoice. If the invoice is not paid within 30 days of the date of the invoice, a 1% per month compounding late fee will be applied.


Cancellation/Continuance Period Hearing Fee.
• More than 35 Days prior to hearing: 100% REFUNDABLE
• 35 Days or Less from hearing: NON-REFUNDABLE.
• Hearings of three days or more are subject to 40 days advance notice cancellation/continuance policy.


In the interest of justice, Mr. Strongman provides mediation services for Court Panels at significantly reduced rates. The reductions of fees is not paid by the Court, but are donated by Mr. Strongman.

Only if the mediation is ordered by the presiding bench officer of a panel on which Mr. Strongman is a member, and the part(ies) qualify for reduced fees under the local rules, then the local rules for reduced fee mediation will apply. Being located in the jurisdiction is not an automatic qualification for reduced fees.

Mr. Strongman is a member of the following Court Panels:
• California Court of Appeal, First, Third and Sixth Districts
• Superior Court of California, County of Alameda
• Superior Court of California, County of Contra Costa
• Superior Court of California, County of San Joaquin
• Superior Court of California, County of Solano

Until confirmation is received from the Court that the case qualifies for reduce fees, Mr. Strongman’s Daily Rate must be forward to his office before confirmation of the date and time of the mediation session. Once the reduced fee arrangement requirement is met per the local rules and confirmed by the Court, participants agree to pay Mr. Strongman’s fee for additional services rendered in the amount of $400.00 per hour. Fees are charged for time spent in preparation for the mediation (reviewing briefs/statements, site inspection, etc.), the mediation session, telephone calls, and travel time if beyond Walnut Creek. Fees shall be shared equally by the Participants, unless a different arrangement is made. For these reduced fee mediations, Mr. Strongman will refund any unused time to the parties if the mediation takes place and the time is not used. If not defined by local rules, the cancellation policy above will be followed.

Ken Strongman, MediatorAbout the Mediator: Ken Strongman (www.kpstrongman.com) has years of experience and a growing national reputation as a mediator and arbitrator.  He has successfully resolved more than a thousand disputes in the fields of construction defects, real estate, intellectual property, and employment.  He is also a Mediator and Arbitrator for FINRA.

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