About Us

Lee M. Jacobson is a full time mediator/arbitrator and is President of Jacobson Dispute Resolution, APC. After graduating from the University of California at Davis in 1977 with degrees in Political Science and Mass Communications, Lee attended law school at the University of Santa Clara, becoming an associate editor of the Santa Clara Law Review and earning a Juris Doctor degree in 1980. He then began his legal career working for the Ericksen, Arbuthnot law firm specializing in insurance defense litigation where he worked for 7 ½ years before starting his own law firm, Jacobson, Hansen and Najarian in August of 1988 where he continued litigating insurance defense matters.

In 1995 Lee began presiding over mandatory settlement conferences as a Judge Pro Tem in the Fresno County Superior Court. Lee began work as a full time mediator in 2000 and since that time has been selected as a mediator or arbitrator over 3,750 times. Lee is an approved mediator for courts in the following counties of California:

  • Fresno
  • Tulare
  • Madera
  • Merced
  • Kings
  • Stanislaus
  • Educational Background

    University of California at Davis, Bachelor of Arts, 1977; University of Santa Clara, Juris Doctor, 1980; Admitted to California Bar 1980

    Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating.

     

    Employment History

    ERICKSEN, ARBUTHNOT, et al, 1980-1988

    JACOBSON, HANSEN & McQUILLAN, 1988-2017

    JACOBSON DISPUTE RESOLUTION, 2017-Present

     

    Mediation Education, Experience and Professional Associations:

    International Academy of Mediators-Current President-Elect
    Distinguished Fellow-November 2011- to Present                                                         

    Member:            
    National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals

    Member:            
    The California Academy of Distinguished Neutrals

    Completed 25-hour course in mediation training presented by the Dispute Settlement Center of Central California and the San Joaquin College of Law, June 2000.

    Attendee:          
    Pepperdine University Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution: Advanced Mediation
    Skills and Techniques – June 2005.

    Attendee:          
    Pepperdine University Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution; Specialized Mediation
    Personal Injury, Employment, and Medical Malpractice Claims – October 2007.

    Attendee:          
    Mediation Skills Workshop, Boston, Mass. – May, 2009

    Attendee:          
    Pepperdine University Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution; Advanced Mediation
    Skills and Techniques – October, 2009

    Attendee:          
    Pepperdine University Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution; Mediation in the Red
    Zone -- October 2010, October 2011

    Attendee:          
    Pepperdine University Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution; Mediator Boot Camp –
    June 2013

    Conference Chair:
    International Academy of Mediators Spring 2015 Conference San Francisco, Ca

    Presenter: 
    Southern California Mediators Association---November 2016 “The Diplomacy of
    Communicating First Numbers in the Commercial Dispute: Options, Tools and
    Strategies Essential to Effective Mediation

    Presenter:    
    International Academy of Mediators Fall 2016 Conference Vancouver, BC
    PEPP Talk--- "The Rhythm of Mediation" —The Mediation Process as told through Classic
    Rock Lyrics.

    Presenter:    
    International Academy of Mediators—September 2016 Vancouver, BC, Canada
    “Pushing to Close vs. Pushing to Continue.” When calling a time out may be in the best interests of the parties.

    Presenter:         
    American Bar Associations Dispute Resolution Section Conference New York City –
    April 2016 “First Demands and First Offers… Striving for a Solid Start” 

    Presenter:         
    International Academy of Mediators/Arbitrators and Mediators Institute of New Zealand
    Joint Conference – March 2016 “First Demands and First Offers… Striving for a Solid
    Start”