James H. Mayer, ESQ.


San Diego's "Top Lawyers" (Mediation)

San Diego Magazine Since 2012


Jim Mayer has mediated more than 1,000 disputes with a settlement rate in excess of ninety per cent (90%).

These disputes have involved a wide variety of legal areas, including corporate, securities, business, banking & commercial matters as well as real estate, employment, probate, estates, trusts, personal injury and insurance issues.

Jim has been listed as among the “Top Lawyers” (Mediation) in Southern California and San Diego by the LA Times, San Diego Magazine and Corporate Counsel since 2015. He has been rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell for more than 40 years and is listed in Who’s Who in American Law.

He brings a unique background to the mediation process which has proven valuable to structuring settlements beyond simple dollar solutions where appropriate.

He is an honors graduate of Harvard Law School and Dartmouth College, where he was a Rufus Choate (highest honors group) and National NROTC Scholar and received his degree with Distinction.

After receiving his law degree, he joined Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro (now Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP), a major international law firm headquartered in San Francisco where he became a senior partner in the Commercial/Banking and Corporate/Securities Departments. He opened the firm’s San Diego office as the resident partner with one associate (now 40 lawyers) in 1988. While at Pillsbury, he worked with major corporations as well as partnerships and start-up companies. He was involved with Chevron’s $13 billion acquisition of Gulf Oil in 1984 (then the largest US corporate transaction), Fair Issac’s (FICO) and McClatchy Newspapers’ initial public offerings, the set-up of BankAmericaCard (now VISA), financings for Levi Strauss and Caterpillar and nearly $10 billion in bond issues for Pacific Telephone. He became Pillsbury’s youngest Advisory Partner in 1992 and retired from the firm in 1997.

Jim has been admitted to practice before the U,S. Supreme Court, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S. District Courts (Northern and Southern Districts of California) and all California courts.

In 1992, Jim joined the Bates-Edwards Group when the firm established its San Diego office. Initially, he worked on insurance & personal injury cases but soon branched out into business disputes. Bates-Edwards joined Endispute in 1994 and shortly thereafter was acquired by JAMS. Jim left at that time to establish Mayer Mediation Services, where he has mediated disputes throughout California as well as Arizona, Nevada and Hawaii.

Jim is a member of the mediation panels for the San Diego Superior Court and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).

He has received extensive mediation training from such sources as Professor Mnookin (now Director of Harvard’s Negotiation Project), CDR Associates, National Conflict Resolution Center, Center for Dispute Settlement, Negotiation Strategy Institute, and Pepperdine University.

Jim has provided mediation training to the National Contract Management Association, California Attorney General’s offices (San Francisco, Los Angeles & San Diego), Naval Sea Systems Command, Human Resources Association, General Dynamics, Defense Logistics Agency and numerous Bar Associations.

Retiring as a Rear Admiral from the Navy in 1993, where he was the senior officer in the Naval Reserve, Jim served with distinction in the Navy’s surface, submarine and air forces. He received the Defense Superior Service Medal (2nd highest non-combat award) for “significant contributions” to Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, as well as the Legion of Merit and numerous other awards. He attended the Navy Supply Corps School, Naval War College, Naval Postgraduate School, NATO Senior Officers School and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Jim and his wife Judy enjoy golf and travelling, where they have visited more than 150 countries. He is a member of the San Diego, La Jolla (former Board member) and North County (San Diego) Bar Associations, Naval War College Foundation (former Regional Vice President), Naval Supply Corps Foundation, Association for Conflict Resolution and KPBS Producers Club.

Contact Us

James H. Mayer, Esq.
Mayer Mediation Services
7924 Ivanhoe Avenue, Suite 3
La Jolla, California 92037
Phone: (858)551-5525 | Fax:(858)551-5554
Email: mayermediation@gmail.com

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