Providing in-person and online mediation, 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.


HOURLY RATE: $525 per hour. Fees are charged for time spent in preparation for the mediation; reviewing documents, briefs and statements; pre-mediation conferring with the parties; site inspection (if appropriate); the mediation session, telephone calls, and travel time if beyond Walnut Creek. Fees are based on time expended by Mediator.

In the event that a case is appropriated for a flat fee, my flat rate is $5,000 per eight-hour 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. 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.


For Hourly Rate: The date and time of the mediation session will not be confirmed until a refundable deposit of $2,000 from each party has been received.

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.

For Flat Fee Daily Rate: All fees are due upon scheduling of the hearing. The session date and time will not be confirmed until after the fees are received.


Cancellation of 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.

Mr. Strongman honors the reduced fee and free time requirements of court sponsored ADR programs.

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. There is a four-hour minimum for these reduced fee mediations. The deposit requirements remain the same. Being located in the jurisdiction is not an automatic qualification for reduced fees.

Until confirmation is received from the Court that the case qualifies for reduced fees, Mr. Strongman’s Daily Rate will apply. 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 $525.00 per hour.

Ken Strongman, MediatorKen Strongman, a private commercial mediator/arbitrator of complex, high risk litigated cases since 2004. Disputes addressed include business, securities, construction defects, real estate, intellectual property, employment, environment, energy, and trusts & estates.

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