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Robert H. Brumfield
Brumfield & Hagan, LLP

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2301 F Street
Bakersfield, CA 93301
USA
(661) 215-4980
Fax: (661) 215-4989

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Description of Practice

I am a mediator and arbitrator with a wide range of practice experience as an attorney handling civil litigation matters, including complex business litigation, real estate, construction, insolvency and bankruptcy, and general business law. This experience allows me to recognize and resolve disputes and can afford you the opportunity to avoid unnecessary and costly litigation. By virtue of this experience, I handle mediations in all of the areas in which I have practiced law. With civil cases having less courtroom availability due to budgetary constraints, alternative dispute resolution methods are gaining importance and I am committed to this out of court resolution process.

Professional Background

I have practiced law in Bakersfield since 1986. Before starting my current firm, I was a Principal with the Sacramento based firm Kronick, Moskovitz, Tiedemann & Girard for five years and was in sole pratice for three years prior to that, emphasizing real estate, business law and litigation, construction, property tax and bankruptcy (primarily creditor representation). For the previous seventeen years, I was an associate and then partner with a Bakersfield full-service business and civil litigation firm.

Experience

I have handled many mediations at every stage of civil litigation, and in bankruptcy and insolvency matters. My experience as a mediator is in the Central Valley and coastal areas in California

Degrees

B.A. California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, 1980 J.D. University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, 1983 LL.M., Taxation, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, 1985

Training

Dates    Trainer(s)    Title   
February 2010    Pepperdine University    Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution; 42 hours
March 2010    Kern County Bar Association    Maximize Your Mediations; 7 hours

Approach

I believe that mediation is a process that involves achieving understanding among the parties and a full exploration of each party's interests. Taking the time to appreciate and understand the different points of view held by the participants in the mediation is the most effective manner in which to facilitate a lasting and productive resolution.

Fees

I charge $300 per hour, with a 3 hour minimum, shared by the parties. All fees for the estimated duration of the mediation are to be deposited in advance of mediation. The deposit is fully refundable if the mediation is cancelled more than seven days prior to the mediation.

Other Information

Mr. Brumfield has been a featured speaker on several occasions for educational programs sponsored by the California State Bar, Kern County Bar Association, Central California Bankruptcy Association and the National Business Institute. His other professional activities and affiliations include:
• Board Member, Kern County Bar Association Charitable Foundation
• Chair, Kern County Bar Association’s Mandatory Fee Arbitration program
• Mediator, Bankruptcy Dispute Resolution Program, United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of California
• Member, California Dispute Resolution Center
• Member, Southern California Mediation Association
• Member, Association of Conflict Resolution
• Member, California State Bar Association
• Member, Kern County Bar Association
• Member, Kern County Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee
• Former President and Board Member, Kern County Bar Association
• Former Member, Committee on Mandatory Fee Arbitration, California State Bar
• Member, American Bankruptcy Institute
• Martindale-Hubbell BV Rated Attorney

Mr. Brumfield’s community involvement includes:
• Member, North Bakersfield Rotary Club
• Chairperson of the Board, Bakersfield Homeless Center
• Chairperson of the Board, Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault

Areas of Practice

  • Business
  • Civil (general)
  • Commercial
  • Construction
  • Contracts
  • Elder
  • Estate Planning
  • General
  • Land Use
  • Landlord - Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Partnership
  • Personal Injury
  • Probate
  • Professional Fees
  • Real Estate

Professional Services

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

References available upon request.

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