John S. Preston

John S. Preston Mediation

Real Estate Mediation and Arbitration
1060 Clarendon Crescent
Oakland, California 94610


Business, Contract, International, Personal Injury, Probate, Real Estate, Securities


  • Member (New York Stock Exchange) NYSE Arbitration and Mediation Panels, (Pacific Stock Exchange) PSE, Alameda, SF, and Contra Costa Counties arbitration and mediation Panels;
  • Member of Wisconsin and California State Bar Associations: (Alameda County Bar and Contra Costa Bar) as well as Federal Courts therein. Courts therein.
  • Previous member of American Arbitration Association Arbitration & Mediation panels including settlement court officer for San Francisco County Superior Court.
  • 1992)— California Real Estate Broker’s License; Active for 15 years Member, California Association of Realtors, Legal Forum
  • 1991-1996: Completion of AAA advanced arbitration and mediation courses; Completion of ACBA and SF Bar advanced mediation seminars; Completion of university of California Certification.Completion of NYSE and PSE mediation and arbitration seminars.


  • (1972)-- J.D., University of Wisconsin:
  • Member, Wisconsin Law Review


  • Have conducted in excess 500 arbitrations and mediations since 1992. Many of these ADR proceedings involved multiple parties and complex issues of civil law, personal injury lawsuits, insurance coverage issues, assessing damages after liability was established, business and commercial issues, contractual disputes, real property issues and complex damages.
  • My practice is now focusing on arbitrations and mediations.
  • History: Private practice including all aspects real estate & business law, insurance coverage issues, numerous mediations and arbitrations, numerous residential transactions, commercial leasing, financing issues, guarantees, disclosure, mediation, and civil litigation, Partnership dissolutions, Attorney fee disputes, Represented Oakland Association of Realtors as well as dozens of brokers statewide. Additional practice of law generally involving real estate transactions as well as securities issues, e.g., drafting prospectuses for syndications, limited partnerships. Conducted in excess 14 trials--including a 6-month jury trial re defective condominium project. Additionally, conducted over 500 arbitrations & mediations for California Superior Courts, the AAA & NYSE & PSE.


  • Principal of International Private Investment Banking Firm between USA and Japan. Genesis Group was primarily involved in sale Genesis Group was primarily involved in sales and development of USA real estate and other business transactions between the USA and Japan. Genesis Group had closed in excess of $10,000,000 in real property transactions.


  • General Counsel and Chief Financial Officer for Fayette Manufacturing Corp., and the limited Partnerships known as Wind Energy Technology Associates I & II & III. Fayette achieved over $150,000,000 in sales over a four year period. Responsibilities included litigation, negotiation, drafting, development, structuring, and legal analysis of all aspects of multi-million dollar transactions, including land leases and utility easements.
  • These aspects include real estate, land leases, financings, and civil & business litigation, drafting of financing agreements, commercial loans, and the drafting of investment prospectuses for syndication and limited partnership agreements. Also included was the importation of over $5,000,000 in Danish equipment to The USA.
  • (1981 - 1978) with the Law Firm of Touhey & Prosse, Santa Ana, California. Practice Associate with the Law Firm of Touhey & Prosse, Santa Ana, California. Practice consisted exclusively of litigation and general business law. Largest trial involved dispute concerning 170 condominiums and consisted of over 130 plaintiffs, 30 depositions, 2000 exhibits, and all aspects of real property issues and practice of a protracted litigation.
  • (1977-1973) University of Wisconsin. Responsibilities included all aspects of legal practice relevant to a large institution, including contracts, litigation, and public policy issues.

Welcome to listing of attorney John S. Preston. My office is located in Oakland, California and I practice thoughout Alameda County, Contra Costa County, and the Bay Area. I offer my services as an expert & witness, arbitrator, and mediator in the areas of expertise including; real estate law, attorney fee disputes, and securities law.

As an attorney and licensed real estate broker who has practiced in these fields for more than 30 years, and having litigated hundreds of cases, I serve the legal community through:

Aggressively analyzing problems for other attorneys who have cases in those areas, regardless of complexity; and Providing expert testimony-both oral and written at depositions, arbitrations, mediations, and trials.

I encourage and invite you to review my linked web site and the Attorney Profile and the pages titled real estate law, attorney fee disputes and securities law, to receive a more thorough exposition of my credentials, and to see how I might be of service to you and your particular legal requirements. If my areas of expertise pertain to your mediation and arbitration search, please contact my office for further information.

John S. Preston

1060 Clarendon Crescent
Oakland, California 94610

Tel.  510-763-9131
Cell: 510-289-0766
E-mail: [email protected]