Voted by counsel as Best Lawyers® "Lawyer of the Year", Arbitration (Neutral), 2014, in the Los Angeles Metropolitan Area details here

2012 & 2014: Recognized by The Daily Journal as a Top Neutral in Southern California for article click here

Elected by his Peers, 2006 through 2018, as Distinguished Fellow, International Academy of Mediators


               MAX FACTOR III, Esq.                       
 Email:
Max@FactorADR.com

General Inquiries: 310-749-2766 - Irene
Mediation Inquiries: 310-284-8224 - Nicole

Appreciative comments from counsel & litigants:

"Max brought closure in one day to a matter we thought would never end."

"A Highly Effective and Valuable Agent of Reality."

"Max uses his skills as a successful deal-maker and experienced litigator to get results that make sense."

"One of the best mediators I have had the pleasure of dealing with in 33 years of practicing law."

 

"Cap'n Max" (right) with actual captain and guide in British Columbia, late July 2018.  That's a 21 pound King Salmon.  Next day he caught a 27 pounder, reaching the weekly limit for keeping; thereafter it was catch and release.

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    Mediations via ARC (Alternative Resolution Centers):  www.arc4adr.com/
and via AAA (American Arbitration Association):  www.adr.org/

    

  • Knowledgeable - efficient dealmaker in business, employment and real estate
  • Experienced - full-time neutral with a thriving ADR practice since 2000
  • Excels in situations laden with difficult clients and hard bargaining tactics
  • Persevering - stays with counsel until resolution is reached or the case is over
  • Successful - respected as a Top Neutral by counsel and peers

Hundreds of Successful Mediations
9 years in public service
22 years in private practice
18 years as a full-time neutral


 

  • Presenter: "The Non-paying Party" at "Mastering Commercial Arbitration", January 28, 2016, a full day program about cutting edge practical issues, presented by Los Angeles County Bar Association.

  •  Co-presenter with Richard Chernick, Esq.  & Deborah Crandall Saxe, Esq. for The Rutter Group: "Arbitration: Cutting Edge Issues"  April 27, 2015

 

 

  • Recognized in April 2013 as one of 81 Honorees of the Los Angeles County Volunteer of the Year Award for playing a key role in enriching the lives of LA County residents.  Nominated by the LASC ADR office for volunteer work done over many years to promote mediation and arbitration.  Above: with Supervisors Don Knabe & Michael Antonovich, Head of LASC ADR Department, Ana Maria Veiga, and LA County CEO, Bill Fujioka.

  • Panelist: "Beyond Mediation: The New Frontier of Dispute Resolution", Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles ADR Section, November 2012

  • Co-author: "Advanced Negotiating Techniques Every Attorney Should Know": 85th Annual California State Bar Conference, Monterey, October 2012

  • Co-presenter: Highly Effective Strategies and Techniques in Employment Mediation: SCMA/ARC May 2012

  • Presenter: Sharpening Your Mediation & Negotiation Skills: Pepperdine, May 2012

  • Co-Presenter: American Bar Association's Section of Dispute Resolution 14th Annual Conference, April 2012: "Building an ADR Practice"

  • Presenter: Ventura Center for Dispute Resolution Annual Mediation Conference, April 2012: "Hardball Negotiating Tactics –Do They Work in Real Estate, Employment and Commercial Conflicts?”

  • Presenter, American Bar Association's Section of Dispute Resolution 13th Annual Conference, April 2011: "Hardball Tactics, When to Use & How to Defend when Negotiating (or Mediating) the Litigated Case" (with Michael Orfield and Christine Masters).
     
  • Presenter, California Judges Association Retired Judges Conference, March 2011:  "Mediation Confidentiality: Issues & Current Cases" (with Denise Madigan and Judge Laurie Zelon)
     
  • Adjunct Professor, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University, 2006-2016 teaching in The Mediation Clinic.   Taught, as Faculty, "Mediating the Litigated Case" - highly regarded, intensive course for attorneys & graduate students from all over the country: 2010-12 Orange County and Malibu campuses
     
  • Member, Los Angeles Superior Court ADR Committee & Sub-Committee on Operations, 2008-12

  • Member, Executive Committee, Litigation Section, Los Angeles County Bar Association, 2009-12

  • 2006-2017: SuperLawyers recognition for ADR Practice
  • 2007-17: Best Lawyers® Best Law Firm for ADR Practice (Arbitration & Mediation)

  • 2014: Best Lawyers® "Lawyer of the Year", Arbitration, in L.A. area

  • Chair, 4th - 9th Annual Robert I. Weil Lecture, 2009 - 2014

  • President, Downtown Los Angeles Litigation Inn of Court, 2008

  • Member, California & National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals 2006-2017

  • Member, Chair's Council for the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences, CalTech 2011-18; Chair's Council for the Division of Biology, CalTech, 2008-10 
     
  • Member, USC Board of Councilors

  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Distinguished Visitor Lecturer, September 2007: "On Understanding the Effects of Anger and Fear in Negotiating Outcomes"

  • Distinguished Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators 2004 - present
    Panellist, "Emerging Ethical Issues: Are Mediations Really Confidential?" at IAM Conference, Coral Gables, Florida, May 2008
    Moderator, "Fear, Anger & Risk in Mediation" at IAM Conference, Portland, Oregon, October 2007
    Moderator, "Beyond Yes: An Exploration of the Mind & Decision-Making" at IAM Fall Conference, Dana Point, California, November 2005

  • President of the Southern California Mediation Association, 2005-06
     
  • Presenter, Spring 2005: American Bar Association Spring Conference

  • Past Chairman (2006-07), California State Bar Committee on Administration of Justice

Education

Harvard College, 1966: B.A. Economics magna cum laude
Yale Law School, 1969: J.D., Yale Law Journal 1967-69   
  US Court of Appeals (6th Circuit) - Hon. Anthony J. Celebrezze
Law Clerk, 1969-1971  


Max was featured in Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine, February 2008 & February 2009. To read the article, click here Super Lawyer Article Feb 2008.pdf


 

 

Sunset over the lake, Northern Idaho, August 2018: vacation time for Max and Jane

Sunset over the lake, northern Idaho, summer 2018

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"I feel good!" - the legendary James Brown sharing some soul with Max




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