California Arbitration & Mediation Services
Donald B. Cripe  Platinum Member

Available Locally


Business Office & Hearing Facility 10213 Foothill Blvd, 2nd Floor
Rancho Cucamonga,



Civil & Family Law Mediation, Arbitration, Special Master/Referee & Private Mediation Evaluation


UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII, West Oahu College - B.A. with distinction Psychology 1985 (Class Rank: #1)
- Wildmon Merit Scholar (Full Scholastic Scholarship)
- American Jurisprudence Award: Sales*
Pepperdine University, Straus Institute Mediation Training: *Mediating the Litigated Case*
Dispute Resolution Service Mediation Training
Inland Valleys Justice Center: *Mediating the Litigated Case* by Robert Tessier
Formal Training for Temporary Judges, including Judicial Conduct and Ethics
State and County Bar Training as a Fee Arbitrator
University of La Verne College of Law: ADR Symposium (and Co-Sponsor)
March 2011: Inland Valleys Justice Center 40 Hr. General Mediation Training (and Co-Trainer)
Inland Valleys Justice Center: *Mediating the Litigated Case:* Bob Tessier & Don Cripe
American Mediation Institute, Lee Jay Berman, *The Fallacy of Impasse*
December 2011: Inland Valleys Justice Center: *Mediation in Litigation* Donald B. Cripe
February 2012: The Center for Understanding in Conflict-32 Hour Intensive Mediation Training
March 2012: American Arbitration Association University: Core Training
June, 2012*Trainer: 25 hr course for IVJC, Basic Mediation Training
October, 2012: American Arbitration Association Advanced Mediation Training
June, 2013: Dispute Resolution Services: The Difficult Party & Overcoming Impasse
April 2014 24 Hr. CDPIE Intermediate Mediation Training
March 2015 SBSC Judicial Conduct Training
March 2015 OCMA Mediation Consortium
Ongoing: Required Annual AAA and other relevant training
December 2015: Dispute Resolution Services*High Conflict Mediation

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11/87 to 1/1/2010: General Civil Practice, Plaintiff and Defense, in matters including, but not limited to: Business
Litigation (i.e., Contracts, Shareholder Litigation, etc.); Personal Injury; Civil Rights; Insurance Law; Real Estate*Plaintiff and Defense (Brokers, Agents, Buyers, Quiet Title; Judicial Foreclosure, etc.);
Construction; Construction Defects; Building Contractor Litigation; Collections; Medical Malpractice (including Medicine, Surgical, Obstetric, Chiropractic, Dental and Oral Surgery) Defense; Medical Malpractice (same areas), including Med Board and Partnership/Med Corp issues; Plaintiff; Municipal Law; Commercial Litigation; Adversary Proceedings in Bankruptcy Court and Family Law. Also significant experience in Unlawful Detainer matters; Small Claims disputes and community/family centered disputes. Numerous Jury and Bench Trials and literally hundreds of Law & Motion hearings on most Civil and Family Law issues. I have participated as a Temporary Judge since 1996. I have substantial experience with *Pro Per* litigants and assertive counsel; part time mediator.

1/1/2010- Present: Full time Conflict Resolution Professional; Settlement Conference Judge San Bernardino Superior Courts-Civil and Family Law; ADR Program Supervisor in Riverside and San Bernardino; Private Mediator and Organizer of Private Mediation Services (Predecessors to C.A.M.S.); Professor of Law�ADR/Mediation; Mediation Trainer.

ADR Special Recognition Excellence in Mediation: 2012 � 2015 awarded �One The Top 3 Mediators� in the Riverside Superior Court Mediation Program and the �Solomon Award� from the Family Law Mediation Program. Superior Court Judicial Arbitrator since 1996�having conducted several hundred Arbitrations; �Settlement Judge� since 1996; Family Law Mediator with the Riverside
Superior Court Mandatory Dispute Resolution Conference Program; General Mediator with Dispute Resolution Services, Riverside since 1999; Mediator with the Riverside County Superior Court from the inception of the program in 2008; Member of the Riverside Superior Court Mediation Panel; Member and Supervising Panelist of the Inland Valleys Justice Center�s Mediation Panel. Until 2012 Supervising Training Officer conducting Mediation Training) for Inland Valleys Justice Center. I have served on the Riverside Family Law ADR Subcommittee and helped organize and create the Riverside Superior Court Family Law Mediation (VSC) Program for which am the Supervisor of the program through the administering agency, Dispute Resolution Services. I am on the TAM (Day of Trial) Mediation Panel for the Riverside Superior Courts. I have conducted in excess of 3000 arbitrations and mediations on a wide variety of matters, including most of those identified in my professional experience section, above (Wrongful Termination; Sexual Harassment; Personal Injury; International Contract Disputes; Domestic Business Disputes; Medical Malpractice; Family Law). I conduct Fee Arbitrations for the Riverside County Bar Association. I have also been on the Panel of Independent Arbitrators for Kaiser Health Plans (OIA). I teach Mediation as a supervising attorney for Law Student interns/externs for the University of La Verne College of Law and am an Adjunct Professor of Law at La Verne teaching Mediation. As of spring, 2015, I am a member of the Riverside Superior Court ADR Committee. Since 2009 my professional life has been exclusively devoted to providing dispute
resolution services. I and am a founder and of California Arbitration & Mediation Services, Inc. C.A.M.S.); American Arbitration Association Roster of Commercial Arbitrators and Mediators; American Healthcare Lawyers Association Mediator/Arbitrator.

Mediation/ADR Philosophy Even as a litigator, I consistently tried to move my cases to resolution through Alternative Dispute Resolution, preferably by way of mediation. I am a very active mediator trained and able to employ a variety of approaches from the extremes of Facilitative and Evaluative. My most effective mediation tool is listening. I am able to tailor my approach to mediation to the desires of the parties and counsel. When I conduct mediation, it is for the purpose of resolving the matter and not �pro forma.� I take this process and my conduct, as well as my professional reputation as a conflict resolution professional, very seriously. I want the parties to any mediation I conduct to leave feeling as if they had accomplished something of value even if the case does not settle. I am willing to work with the parties as long as it takes to come to a resolution; I will be the last person in the room; I will not give up until the case settles or all parties say they are done.

1988 � Present California Bar Association
1991 � Present Riverside County Bar Association
1991 � 1995 &
2005 � Present �
San Bernardino County Bar Association
1993 � 2006 Contract Presenter-Speaker, The Lifestyles Organization Annual Conventions:
Alternative Lifestyles and the Law
1994 California Bar Association Award for Pro Bono Work
1994 Recognized by RCBA for Pro Bono Volunteer Work
1995 � 2007 Riverside Mock Trial Volunteer
1996 � Present Judicial Arbitrator, San Bernardino and Riverside Counties
1996 � 2001 Settlement Judge (acting) San Bernardino Family Court
1998 � Present Attorney Fee Dispute Mediator, RCBA
1999 � Present Temporary Judge for Family Law, Civil and Criminal Departments, Riverside and
San Bernardino Counties
1999 � Present Mediator with Riverside Dispute Resolution Service
1999 � Present Mediator with Riverside Superior Court
2003 � Present Mediator with Riverside Family Court
2006 � Present Special Master, Riverside County Superior Courts
2009 � Present Mediation Panel-Riverside Superior Court
2009 � Present Mediator/Arbitrator for Inland Valleys Justice Center
2009 � 2011 & 2015- Present Kaiser Health Plan Independent Arbitrator (Medical Malpractice)
2009 � Present Riverside Superior Court Family ADR Subcommittee
2009 � Present Speaker: Loma Linda University Graduate School of Psychology �Mediation�
2009 � Present Certified Mediator/Senior Mediator, Certification Program*
2010 � 2011 San Bernardino Courts Mediation �Triage� program developer for IVJC
2010 � Present Special Master, San Bernardino Superior Courts
2010 � 2011 IVJC Supervising Attorney
2010 � Present IVJC Mediation Trainer for Staff, Interns and Mediators
2010 Guest Speaker:: University of LaVerne College of Law�Alternative Dispute Resolution
2010 � Present Adjunct Professor of Law, University of LaVerne College of Law (ADR)
2011 � Present Mediator, TAM Program, Riverside Superior Courts
2011 � Present Southern California Mediation Association
2011 � Present Association for Conflict Resolution
2011 Guest Lecturer, CSU San Bernardino--Chinese Law Student Exchange Program: Mediation in California
2011 � 2012 Associate Program Developer/Legal Advisor/Co-Author, C.A.R.E. Program, �Informed Divorce in California�
2012 � Present Board of Directors, C.A.R.E. Counseling Center, San Bernardino, CA
2012�Present American Arbitration Association: Roster of Commercial Arbitrators and Mediators
2012�Present American Healthcare Lawyers Association: Mediator & Arbitrator
July 2012: CSU San Bernardino: Presentation to students from the Chinese Southwest University of Political Science on the American System of Justice and the American Economic System and System of Finance
Sept. 2012 CSU San Bernardino: Presentation to Delegation of Senior Prosecutors from China on the administration of the Criminal Justice System in Inland Empire, California
March 2013 CSU San Bernardino: Entrepreneurship Training�Conflict Management in Business
April 2013, Sept. 2013 & October 2013 CSU San Bernardino: College of Education�Negotiation Skills
CSU San Bernardino: Presentation to Delegation of Senior Judges from China on the American Judiciary Administrative Office of The Courts Discussion Group: Mediation
2013-Present CSUSB College of Education: Lecturer-Basic Negotiation Skills; International Negotiation
2013�2015 Claims Litigation Management Association
2014-2015 Collaborative Divorce Professionals of the Inland Empire (Board)
2014-Present Consumer Attorneys Of California
March 2014 CSU San Bernardino: Lecture to Sr. Delegation of Senior Administrators from Lower Mongolia, China: American Administration/Administrative Law Systems
2015-Present Riverside Superior Court ADR Committee
2015-Present BCS Mediation Training: Intermediate to Advanced Trainer


CASE: Great Expectations or Reality Check; The ADR MYTH and other fictions; THE ART OF MEDIATION IN
BEST (or The Biased Mediator); PATIENCE AND SOLITAIRE; ARE CHANGES AFOOT? (Affordable Care Act
and Personal Injury Cases); Hard Work & Mediation; and several more .

Text Authorship: Contributing Author, Advanced Guide for Mediators, Susan Nauss Exon, West, 2014

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Hourly with minimums (no administrative fees) Mediation: $300/hr; Binding Arbitration: $375/hr; Special Master: $350/hr


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