Ivan K. Stevenson, Esq.

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P.O. Box 4740
Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274
Fax: 310-782-7719

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Description of Practice

Ivan Stevenson has served as an arbitrator for 38 years and as a mediator for 21 years. Additionally, he has been a trial attorney for 44 years, during which time he has had an extensive successful trial record and has been responsible for the establishment of case law on both the Appellate Court and Supreme Court level in the State of California.

Ivan's 44 years as a trial attorney has brought him a wealth of knowledge in a variety of fields including: Maritime and Admiralty matters, Construction Contract and Defect matters, Professional, Legal and Medical Malpractice matters, Commercial and Business matters, Contract, Leases, Trademark, Patent matters and knowledge in all forms of Personal Injury, Products Liability, Insurance Law and Governmental Agency law.

Mr. Stevenson has practiced both as a Plaintiff Attorney and as Defense Attorney, which gives him unique insight into handling and resolution of cases. Mr. Stevenson has lectured on the subject of mediation, mediation ethics and the use of mediation on a state, national and international level.

Professional Background

Mr. Stevenson started as laywer with Martin & Stamp. He then spent over 4 years on active duty as a United States Navy Judge Advocate, serving in Guam during Operation New Life and in Morocco during the turn over of U.S. Military bases to the Kingdom of Morocco. He spent several years in the Navy Reserves, serving in Guam, Washington, D.C. and in San Diego. He went back to Martin & Stamp and in 1983 opened the Law Offices of Ivan K. Stevenson. In 2001, he opened Confidential Mediation and Dispute Resolution - CMDR. Mr. Stevenson has tried cases from the plaintiff, as well as the defense side. He has appeared numerous times in the State and Federal Court of Appeals and has been involved in a number of published cases.


Ivan Stevenson has mediated over 2000 cases since 1997 and arbitrated over 500 cases since 1980. Mr. Stevenson has been selected by both plaintiff and defense attorneys on an equal basis. He is often chosen to help settle the cases that have failed at prior mediations with other mediators. He also makes sure that everyone walks out at the end of a mediation with a fully executed Stipulation in Re Resolution and Dismissal.


1971 - Bachelor of Arts - University of California at Los Angeles
1974 - Juris Doctorate - Southwestern University School of Law


Being very aware of the attorney-client relationship, Mr. Stevenson adapts to the needs of the attorneys and the parties in the process in order to maintain respect. Mr. Stevenson is very careful in his approach to the confidentiality of the mediation process, given his own experience as a trial attorney and the abuse of confidentiality by a retired judge who had no idea how to conduct himself as a mediator.


Mediation/Arbitration Fee Schedule

Hearings Conducted At Mediator/Arbitrator's Office:
$500 per hour

$4,000 per diem rate applies for up to 2 parties
$5,000 per diem rate applies for 3 or more parties

Hearings For Off-Site Locations:
$550 per hour

$5,000 per diem rate applies for up to 2 parties
$6,000 per diem rate applies for 3 or more parties

Travel charges are portal to portal.

Areas of Practice

  • ADA
  • Appellate
  • Art
  • Automotive
  • Aviation
  • Business
  • Civil (general)
  • Commercial
  • Community
  • Construction
  • Contracts
  • Cross Cultural
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Estate Planning
  • Franchise
  • General
  • Government
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International
  • Labor - Management
  • Landlord - Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Maritime
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Partnership
  • Personal Injury
  • Police
  • Probate
  • Professional Fees
  • Real Estate
  • Sexual Harrassment
  • Special Education
  • Technology
  • Workers Comp
  • Workplace

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Advanced Mediation Trainer
  • Fact-Finder
  • Mediator-Arbitrator
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Mediation Trainer
  • Representational Lawyer
  • Ombud
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Arbitrator
  • Collaborative Professional
  • Facilitator

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