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Dixon Dern
Practitioner MediatorPractitioner Mediator

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1262 Devon Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Fax: 310-275-7655


Description of Practice

Has specialized in entertainment and IP law since 1956 In addition to representing clients in entertainment matters, he acts as both a mediator and arbitrator in both labor and commercial matters. Since 1967 has served as neutral Arbitrator in labor matters and is a neutral Arbitrator on the Producers/Writers Guild of America and Producers/Directors Guild of America panels.He also has served as an arbitrator and mediator in entertainment and Intellectual Property matters for over thirty years and is currently a member of the IFTA (American Film Market) Panel of Arbitrators and the AAA Panel of Neutral Arbitrators and AAA Panel of Neutral Mediators. He has lectured at Bar functions on ADR issues and teaches dispute resolution courses at California State University Dominguez Hills. During 2011 Participated as instructor in 30 hour Mediation Training Course for Centennial Youth Services program.

Professional Background

Stanford, B.A. 1950, J.D. 1953.Admitted to practice law in California and federal Courts in 1954. Active in Bar matters including serving as member of California State Bar Board of Governors, President of Beverly Hills Bar Association, President of Los Angeles Copyright Society; Has served in past as adjunct professor at USC, Loyola Univesity (LA) and San Diego University in entertainment and copyright matters;has taught in alternate dispute resolution courses for California State University, Dominguez Hills; currently lectures before Bar groups and others on both entertainment and ADR subjects


Has served as mediator in a number of entertainment related and commercial-type mediations in the Los Angeles area. Has completed requisite minimum number of hours of basic and advanced training in mediation (through Los Angeles County Bar Association) and either teaches at or attends educational sessions of Bar associations and the like; member of Southern California Mediation Society.


Dates    Trainer(s)    Title   
2013    I was trainer    30 hour Mediation training for Cent. Youth Center
2007-17    Instructor of ADR at CSUDH   


In most entertainment matters, the mediator serves as a "paid netural negotiator." Because in some cases I am engaged because of specific knowledge or experience in entertainment matters, the parties may expect my role to be more evaluative than in other cases where my role is to facilitate resolution.


Normally $5,000.00 per day plus travel/expenses (if any); in some arbitration matters, billing may be on hourly basis of $550.00 per hour for commercial matters; labor arbitrations are determined with parties at the time.

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Areas of Practice

  • Business (40 mediated)
  • Commercial (40 mediated)
  • Contracts
  • Entertainment (100 mediated)
  • Intellectual Property (50 mediated)

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Mediator-Arbitrator
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Arbitrator
  • Facilitator
  • Online Mediator
  • Online Arbitrator


Richonda Starkey, arbitral agent International Film an&Television Alliance Prof. A. Marco Turk California State University, Dominguez Hills Michael R. Diliberto Advantage Arbitration & Mediation services Richard Chernick JAMS

This dispute resolution professional keeps professional liability insurance.