Richard Phelps has practiced tort and insurance law in the Bay Area for 32 years. His current primary focus is ADR work. Since 1995 he has mediated approximately 2400 civil cases of all kinds. He has mediated cases in every Bay Area county: Sacramento, Stockton, Modesto and Auburn. He has arbitrated since 1990. He was co-chair of the Alameda County Bar ADR Section 1998-2004 and co-authored and successfully lobbied CCP Section 425.18. He has written and lectured on Mediation and Settling Cases. He can be reached at Phelpsmediation@aol.com.