Keith Parker, Esq.
Case Manager: Megan Nomura
Tel: (949) 863-9800
Keith Parker, Esq. practiced business litigation in California and Federal Courts for
nearly 30 years before becoming a full-time ADR professional.
Mr. Parker formerly was a partner with Latham & Watkins, where he represented large employers in discrimination and wrongful termination litigation and large government contractors in civil and criminal False Claims Act investigations, and was a partner of Smith Silbar & Parker, where he represented insurers in disability, health and life insurance benefits disputes with insureds and contract disputes with medical providers; and represented individuals and small businesses in contract, employment, partnership and trade secret/unfair competition disputes.
ADR EXPERIENCE & TRAINING
2008 – Date Volunteer Mediator, US District Court, Central District of California
2009 & 2010 Straus Institute at Pepperdine University, “Advanced Mediation Skills”
2008 Straus Institute at Pepperdine University, “Mediating the Litigated Case”
1996 – 2004 Volunteer Arbitrator, OCBA Mandatory Fee Arbitration Committee
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Mr. Parker’s mediation and litigation career has included many areas of civil practice:
Business: Contract disputes, including medical provider and real estate contracts; partnership disputes
Insurance: ERISA, bad faith, and coverage disputes in disability, health, life insurance involving businesses, doctors, healthcare providers, insureds
Employment: Discrimination (all types), wrongful termination, whistleblower
IP: Trade secrets and unfair competition disputes
Government: Defective pricing and False Claims Act
Tax: Income and property tax disputes arising from business/property valuation issues (built-in-gain; ownership change; contamination; and intangibles)
Probate: Disputes regarding formation and administration of conservatorships and trusts
LEGAL & PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
1994 – 2010 Partner, Smith Silbar & Parker
1983 – 1994 Partner/Associate, Latham & Watkins
1982 – 1983 Clerk, Hon. George E. MacKinnon, United States Court of Appeals (DC)
1975 – 1979 Environmental Scientist, Wisconsin Power & Light Company (Madison)
1982 JD, Summa Cum Laude from Northwestern University School of Law
1974 BS (Chemistry), Summa Cum Laude from University of California, Los Angeles
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