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Russell D. Cook
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Russell D. Cook Mediations

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1233 West Shaw
Suite 100
Fresno, CA 93711
559 225 2510
Fax: 559 229 3941


Description of Practice

This Mediator is Certified
Russell D. Cook has acted as a Judge Pro Tem for the Fresno County Superior Court, conducting settlement conferences for the past 25 years. During that time, he has conducted well over 150 such settlement conferences. Additionally, Russell D. Cook has conducted over 500 private mediations. The cases that have been mediated are divergent. They include many complex business cases, wage and hour, personal injury, real estate disputes, insurance coverage disputes.

Russell is currently on the panel of mediators through the Superior Court in Fresno, Tulare and Merced Counties.

Professional Background

33 years as a litigator in all aspects of civil litigation, with over 100 trials.


All California Courts, the United States District Court for the Northern, Eastern and Central Districts of California. He is also admitted in the United States 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.


State Bar of California, Fresno County Bar Association, Association of General Contractors, SCMA, as well as ACR Central California Chapter.


Russell D. Cook has conducted over 500 mediations since 1998. At the present time, fully one half of his time is devoted to mediating litigated cases.


Bachelor of Science summa cum laude from California State University Fresno in 1976 in Construction.
Juris Doctorate from San Joaquin College of Law in 1980.

Additionally, Russell D. Cook has had extensive training in mediation as well as alternate dispute resolution, including attending the Strauss Institute at Pepperdine University annual Summer Professional Skills Program for many years.


Dates    Trainer(s)    Title   
6/23/12    Bruce Edwards & Nina Meierding    Advanced Mediation Training 18 hours
6/23/13    Leonard Riskin & Rachel Wohl    Using Practical Tools 18 hours
6/23/15    Don Philbin & Doug Noll    Preventing Bad Settlement Decisions 18 hours
6/23/15    Peter Robinson & Jim Craven    STAR Method


His approach to dispute resolution is to be skilled at all aspects of mediation. This includes evaluative mediations but knowing when to use his facilitative skills.


$300.00 per hour with a minimum of 4 hours for a one half day mediation. For full day mediations, the minimum is 8 hours.

No fees for travel for the areas within one hour of Fresno, California.

Areas of Practice

  • ADA (3 mediated)
  • Automotive (100 mediated)
  • Civil (general) (50 mediated)
  • Commercial (25 mediated)
  • Construction (50 mediated)
  • Contracts (50 mediated)
  • Employment (50 mediated)
  • Engineering (3 mediated)
  • Foreclosure (5 mediated)
  • Personal Injury (100 mediated)
  • Police (2 mediated)

Professional Services

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


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This dispute resolution professional keeps liability insurance.