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Richard A. Carrington, Esq

Ramsay “Buzz” Wiesenfeld, Esq.


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As a full-time neutral since 1993, Ramsay “Buzz” Wiesenfeld has mediated thousands of matters with a wide variety of issues. Ramsay “Buzz” Wiesenfeld tailors his mediations to the particular needs of each case and its participants. Ramsay “Buzz” Wiesenfeld brings process knowledge, focused energy and perseverance to each matter. An attentive listener, capable of providing dispute management support in a wide variety of complex issues, Ramsay “Buzz” Wiesenfeld's strengths include respect for and sensitivity to all involved, especially in emotionally charged cases.

EDUCATION:

B.A., History, University of California, Berkeley, 1971
J.D., University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, 1975
M.A., Conflict Resolution, Antioch University/McGregor, 2004

LEGAL CAREER:

(1975-1993) Eighteen year civil trial practice in Sacramento, CA with “A-V” Rating,
Martindale-Hubbell

ADR CAREER:

  • (1993-Present) Full-time Mediator, Arbitrator

  • Mediator, Arbitrator: First Resolution Services, Inc.

  • (1992-1997) Former senior mediator with JAMS/Endispute/Bates-Edwards Group

  • Panelist (former) Sacramento Mediation Center, Sacramento Superior Court Pro-Tem panel

ADR TRAINING: (over 3000 hours)

  • Sacramento Mediation Center

  • Bates/Edwards Group, CDR Associates

  • American Arbitration Association

  • Western Network

  • American Association of Attorney Mediators

  • Pepperdine Institute for Dispute Resolution

  • Center for Collaborative Policy (formerly California Center for Public Dispute Resolution)

  • Interaction Associates and Antioch University McGregor

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Partnership/Business Dissolution: professional partnerships, sale

  • Employment: wrongful termination, sexual harassment, hostile workplace, age discrimination, wage and hour exemptions

  • Personal Injury: diverse including catastrophic spinal, brain and burn injuries, multi-party, allocation of interplead funds, structured settlement plans

  • Environmental: petroleum spills, tanks, allocation of clean-up funds, endangered species

  • Professional Liability: accounting, engineer, attorney, physician/MICRA

  • Real Estate: disclosure, misrepresentation, fraud, commissions, contract enforceability

  • Construction: schools, condominiums, apartments, commercial, homes

  • Probate: challenged families, family farms, other non-liquid assets

  • Government: zoning, land use, tort liability

  • Intellectual Property/Technology: patent, trade secret, trademark

  • Insurance: bad faith, disability, life, liability, reinsurance

  • Product Liability: auto, bus, truck, manufacturing, farming, flammable fabrics, exercise equipment

  • Toxic Torts: pesticide, herbicide, mold

  • Fire Loss/Subrogation: source, cause

  • Flooding: cause determination, allocation

  • Commercial/Business/Contracts: contractor/sub-contractor, owner-contractor disputes, breach of contract, trade libel, interference, HOAs, unfair competition

  • Elder Abuse: care facility staffing, medical care

TEACHING EXPERIENCE:

  • (1980-1984, 1998) Pepperdine University Law School

  • (1989) Santa Barbara College of Law

  • (1979-1984) University of California, Irvine

  • (1977-1991) UCLA

  • (1982) City of Irvine

  • (1982) Western State University Law School

  • (1981-1982) Philadelphia Institute for Paralegal Studies

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS / AFFILIATIONS:

  • ACR, Association for Conflict Resolution, Environment and Public Policy section

  • CDRC, California Dispute Resolution Council

  • Sacramento County Bar Association, ADR section

  • State Bar # 68,019 (active)

  • ABOTA , American Board of Trial Advocates

  • ABA, Dispute Resolution Section

  • Adjunct associate (former), CCP, Center for Collaborative Policy

ADR TRAINING:

  • Mediation training and advanced training at the Straus Institute of Mediation; approved mediator/ Arbitrator for American Arbitration Association, Most insurance insurance companies, CADRe

  • Mediating the Litigated Case, Straus Institute

  • Advanced Mediation Practice, Straus Institute

  • Mediation, Meeting the Challenges of the New Millennium, Straus Institute

  • Alternative Dispute, American Bar Association

COMMUNITY BACKGROUND:

  • Point West Rotary: Foundation Board member and Rotarian of the Year

  • Leadership Sacramento

  • Mentor/Tutor: Encina High School/Jonas Salk M.S.

  • UC Berkeley Foundation Board Member

  • Friends of Cal Aquatics, board member

AVAILABLE:

Ramsay “Buzz” Wiesenfeld serves the following Counties: Alameda, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Marin, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Joaquin, Shasta, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Yolo, and Yuba

 

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