Robert Tessier is a California attorney since 1986 and co-founded CEDRS, an organization committed to helping businesses succeed by preventing and resolving commercial disputes. He earned his law degree in 1986 from Pepperdine University School of Law, with honors.
Mr. Tessier is a lifelong resident of Los Angeles. He attended Loyola Marymount University, earning a B.A. degree in 1983. He earned his law degree in 1986 from Pepperdine University, School of Law, with honors. While there he served on Law Review, was published in the Pepperdine Law Review in the area of civil law, earned a place on the Dean’s List every year, and won awards for academic excellence and legal writing. While in Law School, he was employed with a law firm specializing in Writs and Appeals. He graduated in the top five percent of his class, and was admitted to practice December 1986. Work experience following law school includes defending product manufacturers against claims of defect, followed by working as an associate in firms committed to representing victims of vehicle accidents and defective products such as automobiles, conversion vans, trucks, and household consumer products. Other experience includes representing injured railroad workers in Federal Employees Liability Act (FELA) litigation, and the victims of industrial injury due to unsafe job sites or machinery and equipment.
In 1992, he co-founded the law firm Rowell & Tessier, and was managing partner there until 1997, at which time he formed the Law Offices of Robert M. Tessier, P.C. with his wife, Terri, also a practicing attorney who has significant experience in medical malpractice litigation. He earned an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell reflecting the respect garnered from the bench and adversaries in the field of civil litigation. During this time, he volunteered as a mediator in the Los Angeles County alternative dispute resolution program. Having discovered passion and talent in this sub-specialty, he chose to pursue ADR full time both as mediator, and teacher.
In 2005, he co-founded the Centres for Excellence in Dispute Resolution. He brings vast experience in the civil arena to assist parties and their lawyers achieve optimum settlements in claims involving negligence (including construction accidents, automobile and truck accidents, and premises liability), product defect (vehicles and consumer products), wrongful death, elder abuse, and professional negligence. He has developed particular expertise in orthopedic and neurological injuries, with continuing education focused on spinal injuries, knee injuries, and brain injuries.