Michael J. Lancaster, Esq.

Arbitrator & Mediator

Michael J. Lancaster, Esq. has demonstrated a consistent ability to resolve complex business cases, employment, and real estate as a mediator and arbitrator. He has been in State and Federal civil practice for 35 years, is a Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy, ABA and State Bar Trial Specialty, and Pre-Eminent AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell. He has a diversified litigation and transactional practice focusing primarily in business, employment, real property, and HOA Law. He has litigated over 500 Superior Court jury and court trials and arbitrations to conclusion. Mr. Lancaster brings 25 years of ADR experience to JDR with a established reputation for professionalism and fairness.

ADR Experience and Qualifications

Mr. Lancaster has participated in the resolution of over 1,500 disputes 

  • Real Estate: commercial, residential, broker/agent, E&O, escrow, title
  • Employment: hostile work envrnmt, wage/hour, discrim-age/race/gender
  • Business Torts: unfair competition, non-compete agreements, mergers
  • Corporate Governance: director/shareholder disputes, investmnt litigation
  • Insurance coverage, Errors&Omissions,  Bad Faith, declaratory relief
  • Intellectual Property: copyright, trade secret, trademark infringement and Federal Lanham Act 
  • Land Use / Condominium Conversions
  • HOA: Member/Board disputes, CCR violations, architectural disputes
  • Professional Liability: attorneys, real estate brokers, insurance agents 
  • medical malpractice, product liability, serious injury, wrongful death

Honors, Memberships and Professional ADR Activities

  • Harvard Law School Professional Mediation 1992
  • Certified Mediator Los Angeles County Bar Association 1991 - 2009
  • Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution Pepperdine School of Law 1992
  • Certified Commercial Arbitrator American Arbitration Association 1991
  • Arbitrator Orange County Superior Court 1991 - 2008
  • Temporary Judge Orange Count Superior Court 1991 – 2008
  • Arbitrator and Mediator for J.D.R., Inc. 2000 - present