Allen M. Gruber, rated AV by Martindale Hubbel, has been a licensed California Attorney since 1970, and received the bulk of his mediation training from, among others, the highly respected mediator and educator, Peter Robinson of the Strauss Institute INS LINK at Pepperdine School of Law. Mr. Gruber has been a licensed California real estate broker for six years.
Mr. Gruber received his Bachelor’s degree in 1966 with honors from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management and his Juris Doctor from the UCLA School of Law in 1969. Mr. Gruber passed the July 1969 California Bar Exam and was sworn in as a licensed California attorney on January 15, 1970. Mr. Gruber was admitted to the Bar of the United States Supreme Court in 1985, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in 1976, and the Central, Southern, and Northern Districts of California in 1970, 1972, and 2002, respectively.
For 40 years, Mr. Gruber was a civil litigator in real estate, business and commercial matter before turning his attention to alternative dispute resolution. For 25 years, he has been an active member of the American Arbitration Association’s National Panel of Commercial Arbitrators, and for the same length of time has been an approved arbitrator for the San Diego Superior Courts. For several of those years, the Judges of the San Diego Superior Court requested Mr. Gruber’s assistance as a Judge Pro Term, asking him to handle more than a dozen settlement conferences.
As a major part of Mr. Gruber’s professional career, he has been and continues to be an adjunct professor at USD’s School of Law, teaching the live client Civil Clinic since 1990 and the live client Landlord-Tenant Clinic from 2008 to 2013. These programs allow the students to be certified by the State Bar to practice law for poverty clinics in an array of civil litigation matters with Mr. Gruber as their attorney supervisor. For the past two years, Mr. Gruber has also served and continues to serve as in house counsel for Keller Williams San Diego Central Coastal, located on Friars Road in Mission Valley.
Approximately six years ago, Mr. Gruber turned his attention to mediation, and, since that time, has mediated more than fifty matters, mostly in the disciplines that complimented his litigation experience. In that time, Mr. Gruber has been approved for several mediation panels, including the San Diego Superior Court, the American Arbitration Association, the California Association of Realtors, and the San Diego Association of Realtors (‘SDAR’), where Mr. Gruber, for the past two years, has served as chair of the SDAR’s Mediation Center’s Executive Committee.
Mr. Gruber’s mediation protocol is primarily evaluative. Mr. Gruber wants the parties to know it is their dispute and their mediation and that he is there to aid the parties in reaching a resolution. It is imperative to Mr. Gruber not only that he remains neutral but that all of the parties have an accurate perception of his neutrality. Notwithstanding, Mr. Gruber’s role is to assist the parties in understanding the nuances of the litigation in which they are or about to be engaged, along with the risks and costs of moving forward into trial.
There is no set format for all mediations. If a joint session is warranted, one will be recommended. If the parties are uncomfortable meeting in joint session, none will be likely to be held. If speaking separately to one or more of the attorneys will move the matter forward, that’s what will occur. Confidentiality and confidence in the mediator, along with the mediator’s knowledge, patience, and perseverance, are the keys to a successful mediation, and those factors are what make Mr. Gruber enormously successful at what he does.