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Malcolm Sher, Esq
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3494 Camino Tassajara #431
Danville, CA 94506
(925) 906-0990


Description of Practice

Mediation of real estate, landlord/tenant, business, contract/commercial, will/trust, professional liability, construction, employment disputes. Approximately 70% of mediations involve disputants with diverse cultural, ethnic and other diversity issues.

Professional Background

Admitted to California and Federal Bar in 1976; Admitted as Solicitor of the Supreme Courts of England and Wales in 1972; Full-time mediator, arbitrator and neutral evaluator following 40 years litigating on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants in the U.K. and California.


Mediated hundreds of disputes as private mediator and through San Francisco, Contra Costa, Alameda, San Mateo and Solano County court-sponsored ADR programs. Most are litigated cases although many real estate and commercial disputes contractually require a pre-litigation mediative process. Because of my background, (born and grew up in Zimbabwe, legal training and years of practice in the U.K.) approximately 70% of my mediations include disputants from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds and involve significant emotional overlay.


LL.B. (Hons) London University, 1969


I believe in an improvisational approach which allows me to be flexible to the needs of the parties and their counsel. Since both risk and reward are at the heart of the mediative process, I ask open-ended, "what if" questions and whilst willing to be "evaluative", I am never "directive" because I believe that the parties "own" the problem and will resolve it only if they want to.


$450 per hour. Fees split equally. Charge for review and pre-meeting telephone calls with parties/counsel. Four hour minimum for mediation session. Require deposit for four hours. 72 hour cancellation policy. Alternative arrangements for $5,000 per day and $2,500 flat daily and half-day rates available. I do not charge administrative fees believing that parties' funds should be used for the mediative process.

Other Information

I mediate in attorneys' offices. I am willing to travel within the San Francisco Bay Area counties and have arrangements for mediation venues.

Areas of Practice

  • Boundary Disputes (42 mediated)
  • Business (35 mediated)
  • Civil (general) (495 mediated)
  • Commercial (135 mediated)
  • Construction (15 mediated)
  • Contracts (2,250 mediated)
  • Cross Cultural (1,350,000 mediated)
  • Elder (18 mediated)
  • Employment (37 mediated)
  • Family (15 mediated)
  • Foreclosure (15 mediated)
  • Insurance (20 mediated)
  • Landlord - Tenant (46 mediated)
  • Legal Malpractice (9 mediated)
  • LGBTQ (4 mediated)
  • Partnership (10 mediated)
  • Personal Injury (50 mediated)
  • Probate (26 mediated)
  • Professional Fees (12 mediated)
  • Real Estate (1,195 mediated)
  • Sexual Harrassment (10 mediated)

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Fact-Finder
  • Mediator-Arbitrator
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Mediation Trainer
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Arbitrator
  • Facilitator
  • Online Mediator
  • Online Arbitrator

References available upon request.

This dispute resolution professional keeps professional liability insurance.


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