David W. Levene

Levene Mediation

Los Angeles, California 90001

310-892-7462

Bankruptcy, Business, Commercial, Creditor's Rights, Landlord/Tenant, Legal Malpractice, Partnership Disputes, Real Estate, Shareholder Disputes

David W. Levene is the founder of Levene Mediation, an alternative dispute resolution provider specializing in mediation of matters of bankruptcy, commercial, corporate, general business and real estate. He is also a founder of Levene, Neale, Bender, Yoo & Brill L.L.P., a nationally known business reorganization law firm. Mr. Levene is a recognized expert in business restructuring, commercial litigation and bankruptcy. His reputation has been built by being lead counsel in complex cases with examples including such high-profile cases as FAO Schwarz, C & R Clothiers, Mercury Plastics, McMillen Oil, Maxon Industries and Leiner Health Products.

Combining a strong grasp of negotiating strategies and experience honed during his more than 40 years of legal practice, Mr. Levene has a reputation of being a peacemaker and creative problem solver and someone adept at bringing parties and professionals together to reach agreed resolutions and thereby avoiding or curtailing the time, expense, risk and turmoil associated with litigation. His calm demeanor and ability to establish rapport among professionals and parties puts the participants at ease and breaks down the common barriers to resolution.

Mr. Levene earned his J.D. degree from Loyola Law School and M.B.A. and B.S. degrees (Business Administration) from University of Southern California. He has multiple inclusions in the Los Angeles Business Journal list of the “100 Most Prominent Business Attorneys,” he has been regularly listed as a “Super Lawyer” in peer surveys and has a “AV Preeminent” rating in the Martidale-Hubbell attorney directory.

The Benefits of Mediation

Control Outcome

In litigation, parties place all power in a stranger (judge, jury or arbitrator) to decide who wins and who loses and the consequences. In contrast, mediation enables the parties to decide for themselves the outcome of their dispute.

Cost

Mediation is clearly a less costly method for resolving disputes compared with litigation. The sooner parties submit to mediation the greater the potential savings. The overwhelming majority of mediations result in settlement.

Privacy and Confidentiality

Litigation is a matter of public record. In contrast, mediation is completely private and confidential. The mediator is bound by strict confidentiality. What occurs in mediation is to remain confidential.

Time

Unlike litigation, mediation can be scheduled according to the wishes of the parties and availability of the mediator. This can be done in a matter of weeks (or days) and, if successful, ends litigation. In contrast, litigation is a long, drawn-out and expensive process.

Closure

Most mediations result in settlement. Most who participate in mediation generally find closure. Considering the stress, anxiety and lost productivity that generally accompany any dispute, the more quickly a dispute can be resolved, the better for all concerned.

Mediation should be a priority among the choices for resolving disputes considering the relatively low cost, the ability of the parties to control the outcome, the privacy and confidentiality, the relatively short time it takes to schedule and engage in mediation and the high likelihood that the matter will be successfully resolved.

DAVID’S CALM DEMEANOR ESTABLISHES RAPPORT AMONG PROFESSIONALS AND PARTIES. HE PUTS THE PARTICIPANTS AT EASE AND BREAKS DOWN THE COMMON BARRIERS TO RESOLUTION.

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SANTA MONICA, CA 90401

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