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James Lingl

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3075 East Thousand Oaks Boulevard
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362


Description of Practice

James P. (Jim) Lingl has extensive legal experience both as a litigator and as transactional attorney. Between 1983 and 2008, he led a law firm that dealt primarily in Community Association law, a practice encompassing all aspects of homeowner association operation and management. During that time he was involved with the representation of over 600 homeowner associations between San Luis Obispo to San Diego Counties. He was also involved with the representation of more than 200 individual homeowners in disputes with their associations.

With a background in tort and commercial litigation, Mr. Lingl understands that courtrooms are appropriate venues for the resolution of some disputes. However his experience has taught him that less than 10% of the civil cases that are filed actually reach trial, and that most conflicts are better resolved outside of the judicial system. His extensive experience in handling complex interpersonal conflicts, whether arising in a homeowner association, in the probate context, among neighbors, or between businesses that can benefit from maintaining an ongoing relationship, all have helped to shape his "facilitative to evaluative" mediation style.

Professional Background

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School, James P. Lingl was admitted to the Wisconsin Bar in 1975 and the California Bar in 1977. He received his initial mediation training in 1992 from the faculty of Pepperdine University Law School - Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution in conjunction with the Ventura Center for Dispute Settlement. He has continued to pursue extensive specialized mediation training since that time. In July of 2005 he completed Ombudsman training through the International Ombudsman Association. In October of 2010 he completed his masters degree program in conflict resolution at California State University Dominguez Hills. Mr. Lingl serves as an adjunct professor at the Southern California Institute of Law, where he teaches an ADR course as well as a condominium law course.


Mr. Lingl has served as a mediator for the Los Angeles Superior Court. Jim has served on the Ventura Court's mediation panels since 1993 and on the California Department of Insurance Panels since 2003. He has conducted more than 600 mediations, 100 arbitrations, and has represented clients in more than 200 ADR disputes.

Other Information

Memberships and Affiliations

Mr. Lingl is a member of the California and Wisconsin State Bars. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Ventura Center for Dispute Resolution (VCDS) since 2002 and was President of the Board from 2003 until 2008. He is a Member of the Southern California Mediation Association (SCMA), a past Board Member of SCMA, and has been a presenter at the SCMA Annual Conference. Jim is a member of the Channel Island Chapter of the Community Associations Institute, a member of its prestigious College of Community Association Attorneys, and an emeritus member of the California Legislative Action Committee.

He serves as a mediator for the Ventura County Superior Court, for the Ventura Center for Dispute Settlement, for the California Department of Insurance, and in his private practice, with more than 500 successful mediations completed.

Jim is a proud member of Mediators Beyond Borders (MBB), an international peacemaking organization with which he served as the Director of Operations from July, 2009 until February, 2011. He was elected to the Board of Directors of NAFCM - the National Association for Community Mediation - in March, 2011.

In addition to his extensive mediation and arbitration experience, Mr. Lingl has conducted numerous facilitations involving both large and small groups, leading to better communication and functioning within those groups.

Areas of Practice

  • Automotive
  • Boundary Disputes
  • Business
  • Civil (general)
  • Commercial
  • Community
  • Construction
  • Contracts
  • Elder
  • Employment
  • Environmental
  • General
  • Intellectual Property
  • Land Use
  • Landlord - Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Online Mediation
  • Organizational
  • Partnership
  • Personal Injury
  • Probate
  • Professional Fees
  • Public Policy
  • Real Estate
  • Sexual Harrassment
  • Workplace

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Arbitrator
  • Facilitator
  • Online Mediator

This dispute resolution professional keeps professional liability insurance.


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