Mediator Bios


Doug Barker was a very active and highly successful civil litigator from 1980 to 2014, both as a shareholder at San Diego’s largest law firm, and, thereafter, as the managing partner of a full service civil litigation firm.  As a trial lawyer, he represented both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide variety of cases.


Richard “Rick” Barton has represented health care providers and health systems for over 30 years. His practice includes both consulting services and litigation on behalf of health systems, hospitals, health associations, physician groups and individual healthcare providers.  His role as a consultant is devoted to assisting provider organization with their quality oversight compliance obligations and governance. He has been recognized for his work in health care by The Best Lawyers in America®, California and San Diego Super Lawyers, and San Diego Magazine’s Top Lawyers.  He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and a Fellow in Litigation Counsel of America. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law for the University Of San Diego School Of Law teaching Health Law and Policy.


Mr. Boss is a mediator, arbitrator and litigator using his experience of more than thirty years as a practicing attorney and real estate broker.   Shaun also mediates and arbitrates business and construction disputes.  He is a member of the San Diego County Superior Court mediation and business arbitration panels.


Prior to becoming a full time neutral in 2000, Mr. Chodzko spent 23 years as a civil litigator. His practice was devoted to representation of entities and individuals involved in, but not limited to insurance coverage, legal malpractice, serious personal injury, wrongful death, products liability, business, construction defect, design professional and environmental claims throughout his legal career.


Ms. Cobalt’s mediation and legal background is varied and extensive.  As a prior attorney representing both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide range of practice areas, she possesses comprehensive, practical experience in dispute resolution and mediation.  Her prior legal experience in the areas of personal injury, landlord/tenant, consumer, contract, real estate, landlord-tenant, Homeowners Association, and business litigation lend themselves to understanding the law, as well as the experiences of both parties in the conflict.


Judith (Judy) Copeland practiced law exclusively in the areas of probate, estate planning, trusts, conservatorships, guardianships, and elder law for 39 years.   She authored two chapters of CEB’s California Will Drafting and has lectured extensively for a variety of legal organizations including CEB, the Rutter Group, the California Judges Association, several local Bar Association and the California State Bar.


Bob Copeland is a partner in the Corporate Practice Group in the Del Mar office of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter, & Hampton, LLP. For over 45 years, Bob has practiced in the area of corporate and business law with an emphasis on corporate governance, relationships among the owners of businesses and their business relations, real estate, and mergers and acquisitions. He has led numerous corporate finance, recapitalization, and IPO transactions.


John Edwards is a nationally recognized speaker and mediation trainer.  After many years as a trial lawyer, John is now a full time neutral mediating cases throughout Southern California.  In conjunction with his mediation practice, John frequently lectures at seminars and law schools, training both lawyers and other mediators in effective negotiation strategies to be used in mediations.  He is an adjunct faculty member at Pepperdine Strauss Institute of Dispute Resolution and at the High Conflict Institute, through which he teaches seminars on working with high conflict personalities.


Ms. Golub has been a licensed attorney since 1986.  She has substantial experience in litigating and trying cases in the areas of medical malpractice, employment, personal injury, elder abuse, and construction defect and homeowner association law.  She has also successfully mediated and arbitrated numerous insurance related disputes in the above areas. 


Chris Hulburt brings 27 years of experience as a litigator and trial lawyer in all types of personal injury and wrongful death cases. He has handled complex and simple cases including car crashes, premises liability, medical malpractice and medical devices, nursing homes and elder abuse, products liability, government torts, dangerous roadways, construction accidents, electrocutions, dog bites, legal malpractice, sexual assault, physical abuse, and more.


Richard Huver is dedicated to helping parties resolve their disputes in an expeditious and professional manner.  For nearly three decades, Richard earned the respect of colleagues, adversaries, and the courts for his intelligence, creativity, and high ethical standards. That success is matched only by his continuing commitment to the legal community, including acting as President of both the San Diego County Bar Association and the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego. 


Jeffrey Isaacs joined the San Diego law firm of Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch in 1968.  Jeff was made a partner of the firm in 1972 and continued at the firm for over 46 years until his retirement in January 2015. During his career at Procopio, Jeff was the leader of Procopio's insolvency team and specialized in bankruptcy law, creditor-debtor rights and commercial litigation. 


Ms. Kass-Moreno began practicing law in 1982. Her vast experience includes civil litigation, representing both plaintiffs and defendants in complex business, employment and real estate matters, as well as handling a variety of insurance matters and claims.


Steve McAvoy has transitioned over 25 years as a civil trial lawyer representing both plaintiffs and defendants into full time mediation. His extensive experience provides him with insight into a variety of legal issues including: personal injury, property loss, construction defect, mechanic’s lien, HOA disputes, commercial disputes, breach of contract, employment issues as well as family matters.


Mr. Riley has more than 15 years of focused experience as a Certified Legal Specialist in estate planning, trust and probate law, with a practice limited to the areas of estate planning, trust and probate administration (including estate, gift and fiduciary income tax matters), and related litigation. Pulling from his specialized background, Mr. Riley is exceptional at resolving complex and highly emotional probate disputes.


Ana Sambold, Esq. is a fully bilingual (English/Spanish) Mediator and Attorney at Law admitted to practice in California, Federal Court Southern District and Colombia.  She is a mediator on the San Diego Superior Court Civil Mediation, the National Conflict Resolution Center (NCRC), and the West Coast Resolution Group panels.


Mr. Solomon has extensive experience in various aspects of business and real estate transactions including loan workouts and restructurings.  He provides a wide range of advice and counseling to both individual and business clients and assists clients in strategic and tactical business planning. 


Kirk Yake is a local mediator, arbitrator, and attorney with over twenty years of litigation and trial practice and over ten years of training and experience in mediation. As the former Chair (2012-16) and current Vice-Chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of San Diego County Bar Association, Kirk continues to work to develop and provide mediation programming and education to both mediators and attorneys.  Previously, in the course of his affiliation with Community Associations Institute, an organization serving the HOA industry, Kirk was a founding member of mediation program