Professional Details

Michael D Compean
Practitioner MediatorPractitioner Mediator

Black Compean and Hall, LLP

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275 E. Hillcrest Drive, Suite 160-1021
Woodland Hills, CA 91360


Description of Practice

This Mediator is Certified
Legal Practice Areas: Insurance Coverage, Coverage Litigation, Bad Faith Litigation, Appellate Practice, Insurer Insolvency, and Insurance Defense, involving a wide variety of underlying business and tort claims (construction defect, environmental pollution, toxic tort, asbestos, etc.).

Professional Background

Legal/Professional: 1991 – Partner/Co-Founder: Black Compean Hall & Eli, LLP, Los Angeles, California. 1987 – 1991: Clausen Harris & Campbell, Los Angeles, California. 1984 – 1987: Jess & Erickson, Los Angeles, California.


Mr. Compean began his mediation practice in January 2008. Since then, and through May 2011 Mr. Compean has acted as Mediator for in excess of one hundred (100) mediations, involving a wide variety of business and/or tort claims, with a very high rate of success.


University of California at Berkeley (1970-1972); University of California at Los Angeles (B.A., 1981); University of California at Los Angeles (J.D., 1984).


Dates    Trainer(s)    Title   
April 26-28, 2006    Cynthia Greer, Director and Senior Mediator    25 Hours - Court-Connected Mediation Training Certificate, California Academy of Mediation Professionals
2008 - 2010    Various    15 Hours - Through L.A. Superior Court ADR Program's periodic ongoing mediator education courses
2010 - Present    Various    Continuous Hours through various online continuation training and webinar attendance


Mr. Compean works in the Facilitative ADR style for most matters, primarily because he believes it best for parties and counsel to come to a given resolution on their own. He will also on occasion utilize an Evaluative style, usually when asked to do so by one or another party and/or counsel, or to assure that counsel and/or the parties have fully comprehended and considered both the cost and risk factors involved with the litigation alternative to a mediated resolution, or otherwise where it appears it would be helpful to overcoming an impasse reached in the course of a given mediation.


Private Simple Two-Party Action: $200.00 per hour Private Complex (Multi-Party) Action: $250.00 per hour Party Select Panel (L.A. Sup. Court): As per panel allowance, $150 an hour for the first three hours, and $225.000 per hour thereafter.

Other Information

Mr. Compean’s twenty-five (25) plus years of experience as an insurance attorney have given him a broad and unique understanding of a wide array of legal problems, which he brings to bear in both a professional and, when needed, a personal manner in mediation. His fifteen plus years of experience as a father and advocator for his teenage moderately to severely autistic son, particularly with the L.A. Unified School District, provide him with great knowledge of the special ed setting for purposes of that kind of mediation as well.

Areas of Practice

  • Autism
  • Business (15 mediated)
  • Civil (general) (40 mediated)
  • Commercial (15 mediated)
  • Construction
  • Contracts
  • Education (3 mediated)
  • Environmental (3 mediated)
  • General (5 mediated)
  • Insurance (5 mediated)
  • Landlord - Tenant (3 mediated)
  • Legal Malpractice (3 mediated)
  • Partnership (5 mediated)
  • Personal Injury (10 mediated)
  • Special Education (2 mediated)

Professional Services

  • Mediator

References available upon request.

This dispute resolution professional keeps professional liability insurance.