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Mediation & Settlement Conferences

Mr. Louderback has acted as a Mediator or Judge Pro Tempore in the settlement of 100 to 150 cases in the Bay Area counties within the last 18 years.  Mr. Louderback specializes in mediating all aspects of employment related issues including cases involving discrimination, harassment, retaliatory discharge, wage and hour classification issues, disability discrimination, construction discharge, family and medical leave, unfair competition/trade secret theft, unfair labor practices, breach of contract, defamation and related common law claims.  Mr. Louderback's approach in mediation and settlement conferences emphasizes an assessment of case value and negotiation based upon what evidence is likely to be admissible at trial and most persuasive to a jury.   He evaluates the likelihood of what evidence will be admissible at trial and what testimony and documentary evidence would be most persuasive to a jury based upon his extensive trial experiences.

Mediation Fees

Mr. Louderback's fees for mediation are a rate of $5,000/day.  This fee is for two parties (plaintiff and defendant), with each party paying $2,500 to the mediator.  The fees include preparation for the mediation, review of all mediation briefs, the actual mediation for the entire day and confidentiality agreement at the conclusion of the mediation.

Trial Experience

Mr. Louderback is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). Membership is granted to this prestigious trial organization by invitation only, based upon the trial attorney's reputation in the legal community, the number of jury trials tried to verdict, and trial skills of the attorney.

Mr. Louderback is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Circle. This organization is composed of members by invitation only and reflects multi-million dollar awards that he has obtained on behalf of his clients.

Mr. Louderback is a member of the faculty for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA).  This national organization trains and educates lawyers at all levels of experience in the art of trial advocacy.
Mr. Louderback has tried a myriad of cases throughout California from Sacramento County to San Diego County over a 20-year period.  His trial practice is primarily based in Bay Area counties.  The issues that he has tried to a jury include sexual harassment; age, race, religious, and sex discrimination claims; negligence; products liability; bad faith; breach of contract; personal injury claims; and causes of action involving fraud, breach of contract, unfair competition, and punitive damages.

Education & Background

In 1983, Mr. Louderback published a Law Review article entitled "Standards for Limiting the Tort of Bad Faith Breach of Contract" which has been cited as authority in many appellate decisions and three decisions of the California Supreme Court, including Foley v. Interactive Data Corp. (1988) 48 Cal. 3d 654.

Mr. Louderback has been invited to speak on an annual basis at Stanford University Law School and the University of Santa Clara Law School on various aspects of his trial practice.  He has been a guest speaking for trial organizations in locations throughout the county.

Mr. Louderback received his J.D. from the University of San Francisco Law School in 1979, where he was an associate editor of the Law Review.  He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Davis, graduating cum laude.

Mr. Louderback is admitted to practice before all California state and federal courts and is a member of the San Francisco County Bar Association, San Francisco Trial Lawyer's Association and Consumer Attorneys of California.