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Steven A. Wawra
Wawra Dispute Resolution

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430 Vista Grande
Newport Beach, CA 92660-4004
(949) 640-4500
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Description of Practice

Extensive experience as arbitrator for over 18 years for NASD/FINRA (securities cases), and with various panels at certain times, including IVAMS, Los Angeles Superior Court, and Orange County Mandatory Fee Arbitration Committee

Professional Background

General counsel of Mitsui Real Estate Sales U.S.A. involved in real estate acquisitions and joint venture developments. Associate general counsel of Vidal Sassoon, Inc. and assistant general counsel of a publicly-held mutual fund management company. Associate attorney with Graham & James representing Japanese trading and banking companies. Established California office of New York law firm.


Extensive experience as mediator and as temporary judge in mandatory settlement conferences(over 1000 cases), arbitration (over 50 cases) serving on numerous panels, including Agency for Dispute Resolution, Inland Valley Arbitration and Mediation Services (IVAMS), USDC Mediation Panel, Los Angles, Orange, and Riverside Counties Superior Court-affiliated Panels, U.S. Postal Service, OCBA Mandatory Fee Arbitration Committee, FINRA/NASD Panel of Mediators and Arbitrators, San Bernardino Superior Court Temporary Judge.


Inclusive style on mediation, using approaches necessary to help the parties fully express their side of the conflict; to assist parties to negotiate in a cooperative, problem-solving manner: to clarify understandings of the strengths and weaknesses in caucus; to build a trusting relationship throughout the process; to make all efforts necessary to overcome impasses and resolve the dispute.


$175 per party per hour ($350 maximum per hour) Minimum 3 hours of mediation time Plus preparation charge of one hour for review of briefs No travel time charge within Southern California (additional cost of travel charge only for mediations outside Southern California)

Other Information

Instructor in Certificate Program in Conflict Management and the Use of Alternative Dispute Resolution, University of California, Irvine, Extension; speaker/mediation topics; basic and advanced mediation and settlement advocacy training: Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School of Law; numerous additional training courses. French speaking. Calif. real estate broker.

Areas of Practice

  • Automotive (15 arbitrated)
  • Boundary Disputes
  • Business (10 arbitrated)
  • Civil (general)
  • Commercial
  • Community
  • Construction
  • Contracts
  • Cross Cultural
  • Education
  • EEOC
  • Employment
  • Franchise
  • General
  • Insurance
  • International
  • Land Use
  • Landlord - Tenant
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Organizational
  • Partnership
  • Personal Injury
  • Police
  • Postal Service
  • Probate
  • Professional Fees
  • Real Estate (5 arbitrated)
  • Securities (20 arbitrated)
  • Victim - Offender
  • Workplace

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Facilitator
  • Online Mediator
  • Conflict Coach
  • Advanced Mediation Trainer
  • Communication Skills Trainer
  • Systems Designer
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Mediation Trainer
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Arbitrator


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