The Phillips ADR Team

Phillips ADR mediators are among the best in the nation.
– U.S. District Judge Stephen Murphy, Order Appointing Discovery Master, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, Case No. 12-CV1144

  • Hon. Layn R. Phillips CEO/Mediator/Arbitrator
  • Hon. Robert C. Bonner Mediator/Arbitrator/Independent Panelist
  • Hon. Gary A. Feess Mediator/Arbitrator/Independent Panelist
  • Hon. Timothy L. Garcia Mediator/Arbitrator/Independent Panelist
  • Hon. Robert Henry Mediator/Arbitrator/Independent Panelist
  • Clay Cogman Mediator
  • Elliot Brown Mediator/Arbitrator/Independent Panelist
  • Gregory P. Lindstrom Mediator/Arbitrator/Independent Panelist
  • David Murphy Mediator/Arbitrator/Independent Panelist
  • Bernie Schneider Mediator/Arbitrator/Independent Panelist
  • Edwin V. Woodsome Mediator/Arbitrator/Independent Panelist
  • Michelle Yoshida Mediator/Arbitrator
  • Niki Mendoza ADR Senior Associate
  • Meghan Lettington ADR Case Manager
  • Amanda Saunders Finance and Business Manager
  • Clarence Love ADR Concierge
  • Kathryn Phillips CFO/COO

Hon. Layn R. Phillips

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Layn R. Phillips, founder of Phillips ADR Enterprises (PADRE), is both a former United States Attorney and a former United States District Judge.

Beginning his judicial career in Oklahoma City at age 35 pursuant to an appointment by President Reagan, he presided over more than 140 trials in Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Texas. He also sat by designation on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Denver, Colorado, where he participated in numerous panel decisions and published opinions.

Before his tenure on the bench, Judge Phillips joined the United States Attorney’s office in Los Angeles in 1980 as an Assistant United States Attorney, serving as a federal prosecutor in the Central District of California for four years. During the Reagan administration, he returned to his home state of Oklahoma, where, at age 31, he was nominated to serve as a United States Attorney.

Upon resigning from the federal bench, Judge Phillips joined the law firm of Irell & Manella, in Newport Beach, California, where for 23 years he specialized in complex civil litigation, internal investigations, and alternative dispute resolution.

Judge Phillips subsequently founded Phillips ADR Enterprises (PADRE), an alternative dispute resolution firm which focuses on the mediation of complex disputes. For the last decade, he has presided over cases that have collectively resulted in several billion dollars in settlements annually. Some of his notable settlements include the NFL Concussion Litigation, the Petrobras U.S. Securities Litigation, the Bonneville Power Administration Residential Exchange Litigation, the DOE Rockwell Rocky Flats Nuclear Plant Litigation, the Michigan State University Sexual Abuse Cases, the Merck Vioxx Securities Litigation, the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Acquisition Litigation, the High Tech Employees Antitrust Litigation, the Activision Blizzard Stockholder Litigation, the Anthem Data Breach Litigation, the Walmart Consolidated Wage and Hour Litigation, and the Wells Fargo Financial Accounts Securities Litigation. He has also served for several years as the NBA Systems Arbitrator.

For his years of commitment to public service, he was named as one of the 10 Outstanding Young Americans by the U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce. As a result of his trial work, Judge Phillips was elected into the American College of Trial Lawyers. He has the dual honor of being named by LawDragon Magazine as one of the “Leading Judges in America” and as one of the “Leading Litigation Attorneys in America.” In August 2016, Judge Phillips was named as one of the top seven mediators in the United States of America by Chambers and Partners.

Judge Phillips received both his B.S. and J.D. from the University of Tulsa. He also completed two years of an LLM program at Georgetown University Law Center in the field of antitrust and economic regulation of industry.

Judge Phillips has also been inducted into the University of Tulsa Athletic Hall of Fame. He was a four-year letter winner in tennis, serving as the captain of the men’s varsity team and winning the NCAA Missouri Valley Conference Championship at #1 singles.

Judge Phillips has a passion for travel and has visited every continent. He currently resides in Laguna Beach, California with his wife, Kathryn. He has three grown children Amanda, Parker and Graham and a granddaughter, Stella Kathryn and a grandson, Owen Layn.

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Hon. Robert C. Bonner

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Robert C. Bonner is a former United States District Judge and a former United States Attorney for the Central District of California.

Judge Bonner is currently engaged in ADR services, including mediation and arbitration. Judge Bonner is affiliated with Phillips ADR’s distinguished panel of neutrals. He is also a member of the American Arbitration Association’s Master Mediation Panel.  He is a member of the American Arbitration Association panel of neutrals as well as FedArb’s former federal judges panel of arbitrators.  Judge Bonner is a former partner of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher where he specialized in high stakes and complex civil litigation.

Besides serving as a United States District Judge, Judge Bonner’s government service includes heading several federal agencies, including Commissioner of U.S. Customs Service and, following the homeland security reorganization, as the first Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the agency of the Department of Homeland Security responsible for securing the United States’ borders. Prior to that, Bonner was the Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

In private practice, Bonner engaged in a wide array of civil litigation matters, ranging from commercial and contract disputes to antitrust, securities, construction, intellectual property and environmental litigation. He co-chaired Gibson Dunn’s white collar practice group and was involved in defending individuals and corporations being investigated by government authorities.

Judge Bonner has arbitrated and mediated a wide variety of disputes, including securities, antitrust, contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and intellectual property issues.

Judge Bonner is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is a member of Caltech’s Board of Trustees and the Chair of its Audit and Compliance Committee. He is the former chair of the California Commission on Judicial Performance.

Judge Bonner received his B.A. magna cum laude from the University of Maryland and his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center.

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Hon. Gary A. Feess

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Gary A. Feess is a retired United States District Judge who served in the Central District of California.

After four years as a litigation associate with Jones Day Reavis & Pogue in Los Angeles, Judge Feess served with distinction in the United States Attorney’s Office from 1979 to 1989 in its Criminal Division. During his tenure he served as Assistant Division Chief, Major Crimes, Assistant Division Chief, Major Frauds, First Assistant Division Chief, Chief Assistant United States Attorney and, in 1989, Acting United States Attorney. As an Assistant United States Attorney he investigated and prosecuted major mail fraud, wire fraud and securities fraud violations, public corruption matters, criminal tax cases, and serious street crime cases including several involving assaults using improvised explosive devices. He tried more than 35 cases to verdict achieving convictions in all but one of them.

From 1990 to 1992, Judge Feess was a partner with Jones Day LA, where he was the head of the litigation group. During that period, he also served as Deputy General Counsel to the Christopher Commission on the Los Angeles Police Department and participated in drafting the Commission’s final report to the Mayor, City Council, and Chief of Police. From 1992 to 1996, Judge Feess was a litigation partner at the then-recently formed law firm of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Oliver. At both firms, he was lead counsel on major business litigation for corporations such as TRW Inc., Hughes Electronics, and Parsons Engineering. A major portion of his practice was devoted to the defense of False Claims Act litigation brought under the Act’s qui tam provisions.

In 1996, Judge Feess was appointed to the Los Angeles County Superior Court where he served for three years. In 1999, he was nominated by President Clinton to serve as a United States District Judge in Los Angeles, California. During his more than 15 years on the federal bench, Judge Feess presided over several hundred criminal prosecutions and more than 6,000 civil lawsuits, including many disputes involving intellectual property rights, securities and corporate governance, and rights under government contracts. For ten years, Judge Feess presided over the implementation of the federal consent decree that mandated substantial reforms of the Los Angeles Police Department, and handled more than 200 federal civil rights actions arising from the Rampart Division Scandal. During his nearly 19 years of service as a judge on the state and federal courts, Judge Feess presided over between 200 and 300 trials.

Judge Feess has been active in the Judge Paul R. Michel Intellectual Property Inn of Court since its inception. He served as its Counsel in 2011, and its President in 2012 and 2013. He has served on several panels dealing with current issues in patent litigation. Judge Feess has presided over hundreds of intellectual property disputes, including cases involving patents, copyrights, trade secrets and trademarks. He has handled patent cases involving mobile wireless networks, forensic software, complex movie camera systems, laser dental technology, devices used in ophthalmological surgery, and business methods with implications under the Hatch Waxman Act.

In the copyright arena, Judge Feess presided over disputes regarding ownership and copyright infringement issues relating to major motion pictures, including Watchmen , We Are Marshall and The Dukes of Hazard , and numerous television programs including The Biggest Loser, Big Brother, Heroes and Vegas. Judge Feess also handled many trademark infringement and counterfeiting cases including suits brought by Chloe and other luxury brand owners against a Saudi Arabian business catering to manufacturers of so-called “replica” products, and a series of 1400 lawsuits brought by Altria Group over the manufacture and sale of counterfeit Marlboro cigarettes.

During his tenure on the district court, Judge Feess also presided over two MDL air crash cases – the crash of Singapore Airline Flight 006 during takeoff from Taipei, Taiwan, in October 2000, and the Spanair crash of flight 5022 on takeoff from Madrid, Spain, in August of 2002. In addition, he also presided over a series of consolidated cases involving a helicopter crash in the Idaho wilderness in 2010 during a wildlife survey.

Judge Feess received his B.A. from Ohio State University cum laude and with distinction in history in 1970. He was the recipient of a University Fellowship in history in 1970 at the University of California, and received his J.D. from the UCLA School of Law in 1974, where he was a member of the Law Review from 1972 to 1974. Judge Feess is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa and Order of the Coif honorary societies.

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Hon. Timothy L. Garcia

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Timothy L. Garcia is a retired New Mexico Court of Appeals Judge. He has over thirty-four years of legal experience as a private attorney, trial court judge, and appellate court judge. After serving over fifteen years on the bench, Judge Garcia retired from the New Mexico Court of Appeals in 2018 and now holds an Of Counsel position with Montgomery & Andrews, P.A. in the Santa Fe office.

Known for his preparation, detail-oriented analysis and interactive approach to resolving tough cases, Judge Garcia now focuses his legal practice in the area of alternative dispute resolution, including mediation, arbitration, in-depth case evaluation, and mock trial services.

Judge Garcia had eighteen years of litigation experience before being appointed to the bench in 2002. This experience includes significant trials in the New Mexico District Court, as well as appeals before the New Mexico Court of Appeals and New Mexico Supreme Court. He also practiced before the federal district court in the district of New Mexico, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Tax Court. As lead counsel, he tried cases in the areas of civil and criminal tax liability, contested will and probate administration, real estate disputes, business transaction disputes, and felony criminal defense.

After appointment to the trial court bench in 2002, Judge Garcia presided over hundreds of civil and criminal trials. The majority involved felony criminal trials, including one death penalty prosecution. The balance involved civil litigation. In the civil docket, Judge Garcia presided over numerous major trials, including high-profile cases involving wrongful death, personal injury, product liability, major catastrophes, and class action lawsuits.

After appointment to the court of appeals in 2009, Judge Garcia authored hundreds of majority opinions, including numerous Fourth and Fifth Amendment cases and other felony criminal appeals. Noteworthy opinions authored on the civil calendar included bad faith insurance claims, civil rights claims, workers’ compensation claims, state and federal constitutional interpretations, remittitur of large jury verdicts, the unconscionability of nursing home contracts, and the strict standing requirements for enforcing foreclosure lawsuits.

Judge Garcia also sat by designation on the New Mexico Supreme Court to address two cases: an administrative utility appeal from the Public regulation Commission and a sovereign immunity appeal under the New Mexico Tort Claims Act.

Judge Garcia also has a life-long background in the sport of tennis. He competed in college at the University of New Mexico where he achieved All-American honors and later played as an ATP touring professional before entering law school in 1981. He also assists the United States Tennis Association in numerous capacities, including serving as the chairman over the administrative hearing and grievance process before the USTA Grievance Committee in 2013-14. He also served as Southwest Section president in 2016-17, and two terms as a national counsel chair for youth tennis in America from 2015-present. Judge Garcia is a designated arbitration panel member for USTA arbitration cases.

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Hon. Robert Henry

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Robert Henry is a former Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. He was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in 1994. Judge Henry served in that position for 16 years, the last two as Chief Judge. He has written over 750 decisions.

In 2010 Chief Judge Henry stepped down from the bench to become President of Oklahoma City University, a position he held until 2018. Prior to his judicial service, he was Dean and Professor of Law at Oklahoma City University School of Law where he taught legislation and statutory construction. Before his academic work he was Attorney General of Oklahoma (re-elected without opposition) and was active in the National Association of Attorneys General where he chaired the Association’s Committees on Agricultural Law and Civil Rights; he was also a member of the Association’s Supreme Court Advocacy Committee, which provided moot courts for all cases argued by Attorneys General before the Supreme Court of the United States. Before serving as Attorney General, he practiced in the law firm of Henry, West, Sill, and Combs in Shawnee, Oklahoma.

While on the bench, Judge Henry served as Chair of the Judicial Conference Committee on International Judicial Relations, and served on the Codes of Conduct Committee, both positions appointed by Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist. He is a life member of the American Law Institute, the Uniform Law Commission (National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws), and the Tenth Circuit Historical Society. In 2017, the SCRIBES American Society of Legal Writers presented Judge Henry its Lifetime-Achievement Award for legal writing. Since leaving the bench, Judge Henry has conducted moot appellate court arguments, participated in mediations, and represented Indian Nations on various matters. He also serves on the board of Devon Energy.

Judge Henry’s past law related activities include a number of years on The Council on Foreign Relations, the Board of the Vera Institute of Justice in New York, and the Board of the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. Judge Henry was the United States Representative to the Foundation for the Future, based in Amman, Jordan (succeeding Justice Sandra Day O’Connor). He served on the Advisory Board, Judicial Outreach Program of the American Society of International Law. He was the inaugural chair of the American Bar Association’s Middle East and North Africa Council. He has written numerous law review articles and book chapters and has lectured at law schools around the country and abroad. Judge Henry holds four honorary doctorate degrees.

Judge Henry has received many awards over the years. He has been inducted into the Order of the Owl, which is the Hall of Fame for Oklahoma University College of Law; he received the Light, Leadership & Legacy Award from the Oklahoma Israel Exchange; he was recognized by the Oklahoma Supreme Court as “The Honored One” at the Oklahoma Sovereignty Symposium; he received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Department of State for his work in international judicial relations; he received a Certificate of Gratitude (for substantial contribution to the development of relations between American and Russian Judges) from the Council of Judges of the Russian Federation. Also, he received the Oklahoma Human Rights Award from the Oklahoma Human Rights Commission and the A. C. Hamlin Award from the National Black Caucus of State Legislators.

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Clay has worked in Judge Phillips’ ADR practice since September 2011. He graduated cum laude from Pepperdine University with a B.A. in History in 2006 and earned his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in 2011. He is admitted to the State Bars of New York and California.

Clay’s experience as a mediator dates to his final year in law school, during which he mediated small claims in the Bronx County Civil Court. As an associate to Judge Phillips, his mediations now regularly include the world’s largest and most sophisticated companies. Clay has worked on nearly 300 mediations involving a wide range of complex practice areas including antitrust, class action, multi-district litigation, intellectual property, insurance coverage, derivative, securities, subprime lending, corporate governance, consumer protection, professional liability and contract disputes. Clay assists Judge Phillips in his ADR efforts before, during and after in-person sessions, and works directly with mediation parties to help them resolve their cases. He has also served as the primary assistant to Judge Phillips on several of his appointments as an arbitrator and as a special master.

Clay brings to each mediation an in-depth understanding of the legal issues of the matter at hand, achieved through careful preparation and personal contact with the parties. During his time with Phillips ADR, he has gained the trust of the top litigators in the country, and received high praise from counsel and clients alike for his insights and commitment to the needs of mediation participants. Clay understands that each dispute presents unique issues and challenges to be overcome, and thus he approaches mediation with a flexible and strategic mindset.

Clay was born in Washington D.C. and raised in Maryland and Connecticut. He lives in Newport Beach with his wife, daughter and son.

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Elliot Brown

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Elliot Brown is a member of Phillips ADR’s distinguished panel of neutrals. He is the former managing partner of Irell & Manella LLP. Before transitioning to a full time mediation and arbitration practice with Phillips ADR, Elliot spent nearly three decades immersed in a broad gamut of IP litigation, counseling, and licensing as part of one of the premier IP practices in the nation.

Before embarking on his legal career, Elliot received his A.B. degree cum laude from Harvard College in 1985 where he was a John Harvard Scholar and elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He was awarded a Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities to continue his studies in the philosophy of science in Princeton University’s doctoral program.

In graduate school, Elliot was introduced to game theory and the early works of Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman on bargaining and cognitive bias. Those studies sparked his enduring interest in the empirical study of decision-making and bargaining, a field that he has found to be an invaluable source of tools for resolving complex disputes.

After obtaining his MA in 1987, Elliot left Princeton for Harvard Law School. He was an editor of the Harvard Law Review and a research assistant for Dean Robert Clark. He graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1990.

Elliot subsequently clerked in S.D.N.Y for the Hon. Pierre N. Leval (now on the Second Circuit), a renowned scholar of U.S. copyright law and author of the transformative fair use test adopted by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Following his clerkship, Elliot joined Irell. He became a partner in 1996, and the firm’s managing partner in 2009.

Elliot has represented plaintiffs, defendants and third-party intervenors in disputed matters involving patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, rights of publicity, idea theft, and unfair competition as well as in matters involving business torts, antitrust, and breach of contract. His clients have ranged from Fortune 50 technology companies, movies studios, major record labels, and the world’s top video game companies to privately held startups, law firms and individuals. He has led matters in federal trial and appellate courts around the nation, in California’s state courts, in ITC proceedings and in ICC and AAA arbitrations. He has handled numerous matters involving business and consumer software, semiconductor design and packaging, video games, consumer electronics, advertising, motion pictures, search engines, social media sites, music, publishing, non-operating entities, memory and storage, fine art, medical devices and pharmaceutical delivery systems.

While he was his firm’s managing partner, Elliot assumed additional responsibility for his firm’s business including strategic and financial planning, a technology overhaul, lease negotiations, risk management and insurance matters, lateral acquisitions and expansion, and alternative fee arrangements. He was the firm’s designated tax partner and “client” in firm-related legal matters. During his tenure, Irell was named to Amlaw’s A-List in recognition of the firm’s financial performance, pro bono work, associate satisfaction and diversity.

Elliot’s professional accolades include being recognized by Best Lawyers in America in the areas of IP litigation, Patent, and Copyright law (since 2006) and being named as a California Super Lawyer (since 2004). In 2017, Best Lawyers named him the Los Angeles Copyright Lawyer of Year.

Elliot has taught at numerous CLE events and has done presentations on IP law and the business of law firms at Harvard Law School. He recently co-taught the advanced copyright seminar at UCLA Law School with Professor David Nimmer. He has periodically acted as a legal consultant on motion pictures including Runaway Jury and Fair Game.

Throughout his career, Elliot has volunteered substantial pro bono time to help veterans, victims of domestic violence, and the elderly poor. He has been a member of the board of the LA Legal Aid Foundation for over a decade.

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Gregory P. Lindstrom is a member of Phillips ADR Services’ distinguished panel of neutrals. He was a senior litigation partner of Latham & Watkins and former General Counsel of The Irvine Company. He has been a full-time mediator and arbitrator since 2012, and joined PADRE at its inception in November, 2014.

Greg was born and raised in California. He attended the University of California at Los Angeles, graduating summa cum laude in 1975. He majored in economics with a focus on law and economics. He continued his studies at the University of Chicago Law School, where he worked closely with renowned professor (now Judge) Richard Posner. He received his J.D. degree in 1978, and returned to California.

Greg joined Latham & Watkins in Los Angeles in June, 1978, and spent the next thirty years of his career with the firm, becoming a partner in 1986 and ultimately serving as the Managing Partner of the San Francisco office for seven years. He also served two terms on the firm’s Global Executive Committee.

At Latham, Greg specialized in complex litigation, handling major matters in a wide array of substantive areas, including antitrust, unfair competition, business torts, securities fraud, intellectual property, real estate and employment law. He tried more than 30 cases and was elected to the American College of Trial Lawyers in 1998. Among many courtroom accomplishments, he was co-lead counsel in the landmark case, United States v Oracle Corporation, which the National Law Journal selected as the “Defense Verdict of the Year” for 2004. He was named as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” each year for more than a decade.

In 2008, Greg retired from Latham and joined his longtime client, The Irvine Company, as General Counsel. Over the next four years, his duties expanded to include responsibility for all administrative functions of the company. Throughout his tenure at The Irvine Company, Greg served as a member of the four-person Office of the Chairman, which oversaw the entire operations of the company. Finally, he acted as a Corporate Secretary and the primary liaison with the Board of Directors. Greg retired from The Irvine Company at the end of 2011.

While in private practice, and later as a general counsel, Greg was an active proponent of alternative dispute resolution, participating in dozens of mediations and arbitrations. His commitment to the efficient out-of-court resolution of business disputes prompted him to become a full-time alternative dispute resolution professional in 2012.

After completing training with Pepperdine/Straus Institute and the International Institute for Conflict, Prevention and Resolution (CPR), he gained extensive experience participating in public service ADR programs for the California Superior Courts and the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. In 2012, he affiliated with Judicate West and proceeded to develop a statewide practice in California, focusing on business and commercial disputes.

Since joining PADRE, Greg has specialized in the resolution of procedurally complex matters, principally antitrust suits and securities class action litigation involving numerous parties. He has resolved successfully more than one hundred disputes, and facilitated multiple settlements in excess of $100 million.

Greg’s combination of extensive litigation experience and deep business expertise allows him to bring the perspective of both an advocate and the client to the resolution of complex disputes and make him a valued member of the Phillips ADR team.

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David Murphy

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David Murphy is one of the most seasoned litigators in America.  He joined Phillips ADR in April 2017, bringing three decades of experience representing plaintiffs and defendants before courts and arbitration panels all over the country.

A retired partner of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, David’s practice focused on litigating and resolving complex disputes involving investors, consumers, regulators and leading businesses.  He represented plaintiffs in securities law, breach of contract and defamation litigation, and also defended class action, shareholder derivative, tort, contract and antitrust disputes.

While at Wachtell, Lipton, David negotiated several key aspects of the landmark national tobacco settlement with the state attorneys general.  Later, in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, he counseled major financial institutions, and represented individuals before Congress and a special legislative commission.  On several occasions, he was retained to conduct investigations on behalf of federal bank regulators, including the Federal Reserve and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.  He also handled international investigations and settlements involving the FCPA, sanctions and anti-money laundering laws, and the USA Patriot Act.

After graduating with honors from Yale University, David attended the University of Chicago Law School, where he won the annual Hinton moot court competition, the Mulroy prize for oral advocacy, and the Beale Prize for legal research and writing.  After law school, he clerked for Judge Ralph K. Winter, Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Chief Judge Charles L. Brieant of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.  He is admitted to practice in New York and Connecticut.

An avid racing sailor since childhood, David and his family reside in Rowayton, Connecticut.

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Bernie Schneider

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Bernie Schneider has served as a mediator with Judge Phillips in numerous matters since 2010 with settlement values ranging from eight to eleven figures and including class and derivative actions, mass torts, securities fraud, financial fraud, business disputes and a complex utility regulatory dispute.

He is a former capital partner of McDermott Will & Emery and has been engaged in his own practice since 2000. During his forty plus year legal career Mr. Schneider has represented public and private companies and investment entities while serving as outside general counsel and general counsel of companies as diverse as financial services companies, institutional lenders, private investment entities, real estate development companies, family offices, a biomedical company, a luxury spirits brand owner and a professional hockey league team while providing merger and acquisition, public and private securities, private equity, real estate, lending, regulatory and general corporate services as well as overseeing complex litigation on behalf of his clients.

Mr Schneider is uniquely qualified to serve as a mediator because of his experience as a businessman and board member in addition to his legal experience. He has served on several public and private boards of directors including as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of a publicly traded bank holding company, Chairman of the board of directors of two publicly traded national banks one of which he co-founded, a member of the board of directors of yet another publicly traded bank holding company, co-founder of an oil exploration company currently listed on the London Stock Exchange, and numerous board committees including audit, compensation and governance. He currently serves as a member of the board and the audit committee of a federal savings bank as well as general counsel and member of the executive committee of a National Hockey League team and an arena management company.

Mr Schneider resides in Laguna Beach, California with his wife, Janet Keller and has five children.

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Edwin V. Woodsome is a member of Phillips ADR’s distinguished panel of neutrals. He was most recently the managing partner of Dechert LLP’s Los Angeles office, which he opened in 2011. Prior to that time he was a partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, where he was head of Global Litigation.

He has more than 35 years of state and federal trial experience in a variety of subject matter areas, including consumer fraud, False Claims Act and FCPA cases, internal investigations and corporate compliance, international dispute resolution, securities class actions, product liability and toxic torts, trade secrets, employment, insurance, antitrust and intellectual property litigation. Mr. Woodsome has significant appellate experience in both state and federal courts throughout the United States as well as business counseling experience for multinational corporations doing business in the United States. Mr. Woodsome has extensive mediation and arbitration experience both as a practitioner and as a neutral. He has participated in public service ADR programs, including the mediation panel for the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Mr. Woodsome’s clients have included leading firms in the transportation, airline, banking and financial services, publishing, real estate, technology, aerospace, oil and gas, entertainment and consumer products industries. He served for twenty years as U.S. national litigation counsel for one of the world’s largest logistics companies, whom he represented in a number of trial and appellate matters throughout the United States. He has also represented that firm and other industry leaders in many parts of the world, including Asia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East, in a wide range of complex litigation matters.

Mr. Woodsome is a frequent author and lecturer on complex business litigation, international dispute resolution, class action litigation and employment relations issues. For many years he served on the Southwestern Law School Board of Trustees. He has been on the boards of several non-profit organizations, and currently serves as CEO of Operation Walk, which provides free orthopedic surgical procedures to those in need around the world, most recently Cuba.

Mr. Woodsome graduated summa cum laude from the College of the Holy Cross, where he was Valedictorian. He attended Harvard Law School, where he graduated magna cum laude, was an Editor of the Harvard Law Review and received the Sears Prize for academic performance. Following law school Mr. Woodsome was a law clerk for the Honorable James R. Browning on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He then served as an officer in the United States Navy. Mr. Woodsome is admitted to practice in California, Massachusetts and the District of Columbia.

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Michelle Yoshida

Mediator/Arbitrator

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Michelle Yoshida has been a full-time mediator, arbitrator, and special master since 2007 and she joins Phillips ADR Enterprises at its November 2014 inception.

As a neutral, Michelle has previously primarily worked with former Judge Daniel Weinstein and the Weinstein Team. She has been involved in successfully mediating and managing multi-party and multi-faceted cases, with an aggregate settlement value of billions of dollars, annually. She brings her comprehensive experience in ADR process design and mediation of issues in complex matters to Phillips ADR Enterprises.

She has been involved in the mediation of over five hundred disputes, involving a myriad of diverse matters, including financial and accounting cases, securities and derivative matters, insurance coverage, regulatory matters, professional liability, ERISA, and trustee issues. She is known for her ability to ascertain and comprehend legal and factual issues quickly, and she is particularly adept in managing large, complex ADR cases proficiently and objectively. She has been recognized for her resolute determination and equanimity in assisting the parties in evaluating and finding reasoned and practical solutions. Her cases have ranged from personal contractual disputes to multi-faceted disputes involving major NYSE and NASDAQ corporations.

Michelle has outstanding skills in building relationships of trust, candor, respect and productive interactions with mediation participants. Prior to becoming a neutral, Michelle was as a trial attorney in private practice, litigating complex business matters including contract, insurance coverage, intellectual property, real estate, regulatory and white collar matters. She also served as a Presidential Appointee, Legislative Director at the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. She was General Counsel to the National Japanese American Citizens League from 2002 to 2012 and has participated in significant proceedings, in state court matters and to the U.S. Supreme Court. She received her juris doctor from Golden Gate University School of Law and her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California at Irvine.

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Niki Mendoza

ADR Senior Associate

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Niki has more than 20 years’ experience collaborating with parties and insurers to structure global settlements that achieve their goals in efficient and cost-effective ways. Niki’s experience includes appointment as Vice President Client Strategy & Development of a national legal services administrator, where she served as a neutral third party administering global settlements.

Prior to that position, Niki worked with a national class action law firm, where for nearly 15 years she litigated and resolved some of the firm’s most notable securities fraud and complex commercial cases. As settlement counsel in several high-profile and ground-breaking matters, she assisted in structuring and obtaining court approval of settlements nationwide. Her career includes representing defendants in insurance and employment litigation in both Hawaii and California, and serving as a judicial law clerk in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon, in which she earned the Distinguished Service Award. She has been involved in successfully resolving and structuring multi-party and multi-faceted cases, with an aggregate settlement value of billions of dollars. Niki has gained the trust of top litigators nationwide on both sides of the aisle, and has been praised as a fair and respectable negotiator, knowledgeable and adept at helping parties resolve both minutiae and global issues alike.

She brings her specialized knowledge in class action litigation and structuring complex global settlements and administrations to Phillips ADR. Niki assists Judge Phillips in his ADR efforts before, during, and after in-person sessions, and listens to and works with the parties and insurers to help them reach resolution.

Niki graduated Order of the Coif from the University of Oregon School of Law, in which she served as Managing Editor of the Oregon Law Review. She was born in Corvallis, Oregon, and lives in Orange County with her husband, son, and daughter.

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Amanda Saunders

Finance and Business Manager

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Amanda received her A.B. in Religion with High Honors from Princeton University. She served as captain of the women’s tennis team, earning First Team All-Ivy status in both singles and doubles and was an Academic All-American.

Amanda earned her Master of Fine Arts in Acting from the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. She is currently working towards her Certificate in Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine University School of Law/Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. She lives in Laguna Beach with her husband and young daughter and son.

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Clarence Love

ADR Concierge

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Clarence grew up in California, Germany, Louisiana and Kentucky. Prior to working at Phillips ADR Clarence worked at the Santa Lucia Preserve in Carmel, CA.

Clarence studied at Arkansas Pine Bluff University where he was awarded a football scholarship and played for three years before transferring to Arizona State where he studied criminal justice.

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Kathryn Phillips

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Kathryn Phillips clerked for a U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, practiced environmental law and later worked as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of Oklahoma while her husband, former U.S. District Judge Layn Phillips, was on the federal bench in the Western District of Oklahoma. During her time in Oklahoma she was honored with the Leadership Oklahoma Award. She has a B.A. degree from SMU and a J.D. degree from University of Tulsa.

Kathryn is currently a board member of the Echo Theater Company in Los Angeles and was a founding board member of Direct Connections to Africa. She is also a member of the Master Plan Committee for Santa Lucia Preserve in Carmel, CA. She is a producer of a critically acclaimed London West End production nominated for multiple Tony and Olivier awards during its runs on Broadway and the West End.

Kathryn was a board member of St. Margaret’s Episcopal School for over a decade where she served as the Bishop’s Representative. Kathryn also held the position of Senior Warden at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church.

Kathryn has trained and shown horses in multiple disciplines, been featured in various publications, and, in fact, took off a semester of law school to work on a cattle ranch. She and her husband, Layn, live in Laguna Beach. They have a daughter, two sons and two grandchildren.

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