TRAINING & BACKGROUND
Building on his many years of legal expertise, David Oken is a full-time mediator specializing in the resolution of civil disputes with an emphasis on insurance coverage issues. As a graduate of the well-recognized mediator training program, the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution (Pepperdine University) , David’s innate skill for communicating with people has flourished with excellent rates of resolution for his mediation practice. David has successfully mediated cases from insurance disputes to personal injury lawsuits to real estate and business disputes (even an occasional family law case.)
David is a mediator with decades of extensive and recognized attorney experience, on both sides of the “v”, in complex, high profile litigation and mediation which primarily focused on insurance coverage cases but also involved a varied and expansive group of legal issues including contract disputes, real estate transactions, personal injury and business disputes. David’s insurance background includes a prior career as a California licensed independent insurance agent and broker.
David's legal experience includes the representation of national insurance companies and policyholders in insurance coverage litigation and disputes pertaining to numerous commercial/personal insurance claim issues. David has also been involved in numerous types of insurance coverage cases ranging from high-profile national pollution and toxic tort liability insurance claims to individual first party homeowner’s claims and everything in between.
Recognizing a demand for the determination of reasonable and necessary attorney fee billings and with considerable experience relating to reasonable attorney fees issues, David also served as a qualified trial expert for such issues. David is now a mediator/arbitrator for the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Attorney-Client Mediation & Arbitration Service (Attorney/Client Fee Disputes.)
David Oken obtained mediation training from two extraordinary mediation education programs.
David chose and completed the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine Caruso School of Law mediation training program because it is considered one of the premier mediation educational programs in the world and has provided David Oken with invaluable and world class mediation training. The Mediating the Litigated Case program required the successful completion of forty-eight (48) hours of intensive course work and mediation scenarios.
To obtain an additional mediation perspective, David Oken completed the twenty-four (24) hour mediation training program with the County of Los Angeles Department of Consumer and Business Affairs.
David Oken is currently an approved mediator panelist for:
California Court of Appeal -Second District
United States District Court - Central District
Los Angeles County Bar Association - Fee Disputes Arbitration and Mediation Program
County of Los Angeles Department of Consumer and Business Affairs
1994 Juris Doctor, Southwestern University School of Law
1987 Bachelor of Science - Business Administration/Marketing, California State University, Northridge