Scott Dickinson, Esq.
Case Manager: Haward Cho
Tel: (949) 863-9800
As a trial attorney Mr. Dickinson spent 10 years representing plaintiffs in catastrophic injury cases. He spent another 10 years in the insurance defense industry representing insurance companies in first-party cases and their insureds in third-party cases. Recognized by the Daily Journal as a “Top 50 Neutral” from 2010 - 2012, and previously recognized in 2009 as a “Top 10 Up-and-Coming Neutral”, Scott Dickinson serves as a fulltime mediator and arbitrator in Southern California and has resolved over 1,800 civil disputes since 2006. Cases brought to satisfactory resolution by Scott Dickinson have varied from multimillion dollar claims to emotionally sensitive disputes surrounding loss of life, health, and enterprise.
Mr. Dickinson has an advanced degree in physiology and has an extensive background in anatomy and sports medicine; he has also taken courses at UCLA in anatomy and physiology and was a University post-graduate instructor and physiology provider for the California Nursing Registry. His extensive knowledge of the human anatomy gives Mr. Dickinson a unique understanding of medical issues in personal injury mediations and arbitrations.
Additionally, Mr. Dickinson’s aggressive and challenging mediation style has earned him invitations to speak on negotiations and communication skills at corporate, legal, and insurance industry seminars. A dynamic speaker and communicator, Mr. Dickinson is highly regarded as one of the industry’s most effective motivational speakers as well as being a significant influence in helping others resolve conflict.
20 YEARS OF TRIAL/LITIGATION EXPERIENCE
Pepperdine Law School trained. Attended the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. Ten years of representing plaintiffs in all aspects of civil litigation and ten years of insurance defense for numerous insurance carriers and private businesses. Extensive background in anatomy, physiology (Masters Degree) and Sports Medicine, approved Mediator by the Los Angeles Superior Courts. Associate member of the Southern California Mediation Association.
DICKINSON MEDIATIONS, Mission Viejo, CA 2006-2007
Neutral/Private Mediator involving personal injury, neurological/orthopedic and brain injury cases, slip and fall, property damage disputes, wrongful death, real estate/business disputes, wrongful termination, employment related matters, elder abuse and insurance claims disputes.
ADR SERVICES, INC.
Currently serving as a full-time mediator/arbitrator for ADR Services, Inc. dispute resolution services throughout Southern California. Approximately 1,000 mediations completed as of 12/2/09.
PUBLICATIONS AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
Daily Journal "Top 50 Neutral", 2011.
Daily Journal "Top 50 Neutral", 2010.
Daily Journal Top 10 Up-and-Coming Neutral, 2009.
People-Reading Skill Aids Deals Los Angeles Daily Journal, ADR Profile, June
Mediation: The most effective forum to resolve your case. ADVOCATE
Journal of Consumer Attorneys Associations for Southern California, March
Outstanding Contributions as a Dispute Resolution Neutral award presented by
the Judges of the Los Angeles Superior Court, March 2007.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Since 2006, Scott Dickinson has resolved over 1,800 civil disputes in the areas of:
- Personal Injury, including catastrophic brain and bodily injury and motor vehicle injury.
- Products Liability
- Premises Liability
- Elder Abuse
- Medical Malpractice
- Business and Commercial Contract Disputes
- Professional Malpractice/Liability
Admitted to the California Bar 1987
Admitted to the following jurisdictions:
- California Supreme Court 1987
- U.S. Central District Court 1988
- U.S. Northern District Court 1994
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th District 1997
California State University, Fullerton, CA Bachelor of Science Degree, 1977
California State University, Fullerton, CA Masters of Science Degree, 1979
Western State University College of Law Juris Doctorate, 1985
LEGAL/MEDICAL AND MEDIATION TRAINING
UCLA Anatomy and Physiology, 1988
Pepperdine School of Law Straus Institute For Dispute Resolution Mediating
the Litigated Case 42 hours, 2005
General Counsel/Law and Legislation Committee for National Governing Body
for United States Olympic committee 1988-1999, Chairman of division of Eligibility 1998-2000
Judge for Mock Trials/Moot Court competitions Chapman/Whittier Law Schools 2004
Chapman College Graduate School Instructor in Sports Medicine 1983/1984
Rancho Santiago College Instructor in Health Science 1981-1983
California Nursing Registry Physiology Instructor/Provider for California nurses 1982
Saint Josephs Cardiac Rehab Center Lecturer in Cardiac Rehabilitation 1981-1982
GILBERT, KELLY, CROWLEY & JENNETT, Orange, CA Associate, 1987-1991; Partner, 1999-2006
Trial attorney managing heavy case load of high-end personal injury insurance defense cases ranging from soft-tissue to catastrophic brain injury, wrongful death matters and first party lawsuits. Tried numerous cases in the Los Angeles and Orange County venues. Attended over 2,500 arbitrations, mediations and settlement conferences. Acted as training coordinator for the associate attorneys and authored the Associate Training Manual sections on Trial, Arbitration and Mediation. Served as arbitrator and mediator for the Los Angeles Superior Courts.
BURGE, STRID & DICKINSON, Laguna Hills, CA Partner, 1991-1999
Trial attorney representing primarily plaintiffs in matters involving contract and business disputes, shareholder derivative suits, wrongful termination, sexual harassment, medical malpractice, elder abuse, labor disputes and personal injury matters involving vehicles, motorcycles and pedestrians with associated injuries relating to amputations, spinal cord, dental and facial injuries, neurological impairment, psychological and various orthopedic injuries.
PAST AND CURRENT AFFILIATIONS
Southern California Mediation Association
L.A. County Bar Association
Orange County Bar Association
Association of Southern California Defense Counsel
Orange County Trial Lawyers Association
Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Consumer Attorneys of California
American College of Sports Medicine
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