More About Bob Ivey
A mediator is not required to be a lawyer, but as an experienced lawyer, I am often able to help parties find common ground just because of my personal background in representing parties with similar issues.
I provide the following information so that you can determine whether my experiences as a lawyer may also be beneficial to you.
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I have represented clients in many kinds of disputes and in diverse settings and processes. These include extended negotiations, mediations and arbitrations; court and jury trials; and hearings before city, county, state and federal administrative bodies. I've handled appeals to state and federal appellate courts and represented clients in federal criminal investigations.
In addition to the cases described on the previous page, here are several other representative cases that account for many years of my career:
· L.A. Aqueduct Filtration Plant. Three lawsuits over five years that arose from the (state-of-the-art) design and the construction of the Los Angeles Aqueduct Filtration Plant -- representing a joint venture of two national engineering firms, which designed it.
· Puerto Rico Power-Plant. Extended litigation in the United States District Court in San Juan, Puerto Rico arising from the design and construction of Puerto Rico's Aguirre Power Plant -- then the largest power plant in the Caribbean or Central America. Our team brought the action on behalf of the Japanese construction contractor, and after seven years of litigation, conducted in three languages, we settled the case favorably just three days before the start of trial. It was the largest settlement ever paid by the Government of Puerto Rico at that time.
· Bob Hope's Palm Springs Home. In one of my first construction cases, early in my career, I represented the celebrated architect John Lautner in the litigation that arose from the fire that destroyed the Hope home in Palm Springs when it was under construction. We were successful in removing John from the litigation, and he remained a personal friend until his death.
· Navy SLAT Missile Contract. Bi-coastal litigation between two major government contractors arising from the termination of a U.S. Navy contract for rocket-ramjet missiles.
· Japanese Electronics Firm. Contract litigation and complex settlement negotiations between a preeminent Japanese company and its American distributors.
· Air Force Contracts in Turkey, Greece. Two cases in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims arising from contracts with U.S. Air Force to provide personnel for electronic communications facilities in Turkey and Greece. These cases, like others I have handled, required months of witness interviews in multiple countries.
· Other. I have:
o counseled a preeminent computer-wafer manufacturer on seismic remediation and construction issues,
o served as an expert witness on construction-related issues in a major overseas arbitration,
o managed water-intrusion investigations and the resulting lawsuits, and
o handled cases that involved easement disputes, unlawful detainer and eminent domain cases, entertainment-industry contracts, personal injury, and mass-tort claims.
I have resolved disputes for clients in Asia, Europe, Africa, the Caribbean, the Pacific Islands, and in many locations throughout the United States. Some of my cases have involved three or more languages; others, more than one hundred million dollars; and several, witnesses around the world. I have also litigated and mediated many much smaller disputes, which are often just as difficult to resolve as the big ones.
- Best Lawyers in America (Construction Litigation, Commercial Litigation), multiple years through 2011
- AV Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
• "Trials and Bat Milk on the Isle of SPAM," California Construction Law Reporter (West Group), 2003 [For a copy, CLICK HERE]
• "Claim Certification," Briefing Papers (Federal Publications), October 1991
• "Payment Delay Claims" (Chapter, co-author), Proving and Pricing Construction Claims (Wiley), 1990
• "'Qui Tam' Lawsuits" (co-author), Briefing Papers (Federal Publications), 1989
• "Advocacy in Mediation" -- Annual Meeting, ABA Disputes Resolution Section [Seattle, April 2008]
• "Electronic Discovery and the New Federal Rules" -- Seminar [Toronto, 2007]
• "The Large Construction Jury Trial" -- Annual Meeting, ABA Forum on the Construction Industry [San Francisco, 2005]
• "Post-Earthquake Roles for Structural Engineers and Lawyers" -- Panel, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) Annual Meeting [Los Angeles 2004]
• "Earthquake Collapse: The Legal Aftermath" -- Keynote Speech, 7th National Conference on Earthquake Engineering [Boston, 2002]
• "When Buildings Collapse: The Legal Aftermath" -- Presentation, Center for International Legal Studies [Steamboat Springs, 2002]
· Forum on the Construction Industry, American Bar Association
· Disputes Resolution Section, American Bar Association
· Litigation Section, American Bar Association
· Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Los Angeles
· Los Angeles County Bar Association, Litigation and Real Property Sections
Court Admissions, Practice
- All State Trial and Appellate Courts in California
- United States District Courts for the Central, Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of California
- United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- United States Court of Federal Claims
- Admitted to the State Bars of California (active) and Virginia (inactive)
I am fortunate to be married to Jill Bowman, who among other achievements was for twenty years a CBS Television Network executive (prime-time series, special programming, movies). Today, she serves as School Board President of Renaissance Arts Academy.
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