1851 E. First Street
Suite 900
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Phone: 714.529.5685


During over 30 years as a civil trial lawyer, Mr. Donovan has resolved thousands of litigation and injury matters in the areas of construction, premises liability, product liability, vehicle accidents, business, real estate and professional malpractice regarding architects, engineers and real estate agents. He has represented both defendants and plaintiffs. These matters were resolved through arbitration, mediation and trial.

Since the early 1990s he has also served as a mediator, arbitrator and Temporary Judge in a wide range of civil cases for the Orange County Superior Court. When he joined the mediation and Temporary Judge panels for the Riverside County Superior Court in 2001, Gary amplified this substantial experience. To make a full time ADR commitment, Mr. Donovan underwent intensive training from the Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law. Mr. Donovan has also participated in continuing education for the Temporary Judge programs in Orange and Riverside Counties.

As a mediator he is a very effective communicator and is resourceful and persistent in striving to reach a resolution in each case. As an arbitrator, he has been recognized as having excellent case evaluation skills and is known as being fair and impartial. TLC Resolutions was founded as a result of Gary’s decision to serve as a dispute resolution neutral full-time. Mr. Donovan focuses his ADR practice in the areas of personal injury, real estate, construction defects, construction site injuries, employment, business, insurance and aviation.

 Professional Experience and Qualifications

  • Mediator, Judicate West, Santa Ana, CA (2006 - Present)
  • Mediator & Arbitrator, TLC Resolutions, Santa Ana, CA (2002 - Present)
  • Mediator, Riverside County Bar Dispute Resolution Service (2001 - 2014)
  • Temporary Judge, Riverside County Superior Court (2001 - 2007)
  • Temporary Judge, Orange County Superior Court (1991 - 2007)
  • Arbitrator, Orange County Superior Court (1991 - 2007)
  • Donovan & Draheim, Fullerton, CA (1994 - 2007)
  • Donovan & Quilligan, Orange, CA (1987 - 1994)
  • Wood, Ward & Garnett, Santa Ana, CA (1983 - 1987)
  • Thomas & Price, Glendale, CA (1981 - 1983)
  •  Hill, Genson, Even, Crandall & Wade, Los Angeles, CA (1978 - 1981)

Education and Training

  • Southwestern University School of Law, Los Angeles, California
    J.D., December 1981
  • Fordham University, New York, New York
    B.A., Economics, June 1977
  • Pepperdine University School of Law, Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution, Malibu, California - Mediating the Litigated Case, 2001

Bar Standing and Licenses

  • California State Bar 1982
  • United States District Court: Central, Northern, Eastern & Southern Districts 1983
  • United States Court Of Appeals: Ninth Circuit 1985
  • United States Supreme Court 1987
  • F.A.A. Private Pilot 1991
  • California Real Estate Broker 1998

Professional Affiliations

  • Southern California Mediation Association
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Riverside County Bar Association
  • Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles
  • Association of Southern California Defense Counsel

Achievements & Interests

  • Martindale - Hubbell, AV Rated
  • Rock and Jazz drummer
  • Flying, motorcycling, boating, skiing

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