Mediator Bios

Don
Armento

Commissioner Armento has served the legal community as an attorney and judicial officer with passion and dignity for over 30 years.  After nearly ten years on the bench, he retired from San Diego Superior Court in January 2018 and is now available to serve as mediator, arbitrator and private judge. 

Douglas
H.
Barker, Esq.

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.

Shaun
K.
Boss, Esq.

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.

David
S.
Bright, Esq.

David Bright is a founding partner of White and Bright, LLP, which was established in 1981. Mr. Bright is an AV Preeminent® rated trial attorney by the Martindale-Hubbell national directory, gaining professional and national recognition after successfully trying cases in real estate and trust litigation, and frequently lecturing and writing about various issues pertaining to real estate law and disputes. After 45 years of practice, Mr. Bright retired in 2020 from the practice of law to become a mediator with West Coast Resolution Group.

Jim
Chodzko

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.

Judy
Copeland

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

Bob Copeland is special counsel 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.

Merrianne
Dean

Merrianne believes parties who need a little help to resolve a dispute are well served by the mediation process. This is particularly true when a party has a real need to be heard, to “have their day in court,” or simply to have the benefit of input from a neutral with experience in their type of case. Mediation with a trained mediator provides a forum where core motivations and desires can be identified and creative solutions can be explored to ensure the clients have a satisfying resolution of their dispute.

John
Edwards

John Edwards is a nationally recognized speaker and mediation trainer. After many years as an AV rated trial lawyer, John is now a full-time neutral mediating cases throughout Southern California. During John’s mediation training at Harvard Law School, he was introduced to interest-based negotiating as articulated in “Getting to Yes” by Roger Fisher and William Ury.  Subsequently, he trained under Bill Eddy of the High Conflict Institute and now frequently lectures at seminars and law schools on effective negotiation strategies with high conflict personalities.

Beth
Golub

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. 

Robert J.
Hanna, Esq.

Robert J. Hanna, Esq. joins West Coast Resolution Group’s Real Estate Panel following a 45-year legal career focusing on real estate, construction, and title insurance litigation.

Richard
A.
Heller

Before retiring in 2019, Richard practiced law for 43 years. For the last 37 years, Richard was a trial lawyer handling a wide variety of business and Probate Court cases. Richard was recently selected by Best Lawyers as the 2019 San Diego “Lawyer of the Year” for his work in Litigation - Trusts & Estates. He had previously been selected as the 2016 San Diego “Lawyer of the Year” also for his work in Litigation - Trusts & Estates. For the last 17 years of his legal career, Richard was a partner at Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP. He was the leader of Procopio’s Litigation Team for five years, from 2009 through 2013. He is a trial lawyer with extensive trial experience. His law practice emphasized complex high-stakes litigation involving trusts and estates and business and commercial litigation. Many Probate Court cases have a business and real estate component. Richard’s trial experience—including jury trials—proved quite valuable in handling such cases.

Ralph
E.
Hughes

I am maintaining my practice, but I am extremely happy to be working with West Coast Resolution Group. I love to be involved in mediation, and I think that I have an ability to work with people, to hear their stories and concerns, and to assist them in resolving their conflicts.

Jeffrey
Isaacs, Esq.

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. 

Laura
Kass-Moreno, Esq.

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.

Richard
A.
Paul

Rich Paul has been a fixture among California employment lawyers for over 35 years, as a practitioner and as a neutral, combining representation of flagship public and private institutions with service as a neutral educator, mediator, investigator and community member. 

Timothy
G.
Riley

Mr. Riley has more than 25 years of focused experience as a Certified Legal Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law. For more than 30 years, he maintained a successful practice limited to estate and tax planning; trust and probate administration; transfer and fiduciary income tax matters; and related litigation. 
 

Kristin
Rizzo

Kristin Rizzo is a full-time neutral who believes that parties seeking to resolve a dispute through mediation deserve a partner in resolution - a mediator who is dedicated to the needs and goals of the parties and has a command of the details of the case and the underlying laws involved.  With her years of prior experience representing both employees and organizations in a wide range of civil and employment law matters, Kristin recognizes that every individual, company, and dispute is unique, and she thus brings a multi-faceted approach with a tailored mediation plan to each mediation. Kristin mediates a variety of civil claims, including business, contract, housing discrimination, ADA access, personal injury, medical malpractice matters, and she specializes in employment mediation, from internal workplace disputes and post-investigative matters to pre-litigated and litigated matters, and emotionally charged and high-impact matters.

Herbert
J.
Solomon

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. 

Gina
D.
Stein, Esq.

Since 2007, Gina Stein has practiced exclusively in the area of probate and trust litigation, including the representation of clients in will and trust contests, breach of fiduciary duty and surcharge litigation, contested conservatorships, financial elder abuse claims, and probate-related appeals.

Robert J.
Sunderland

Robert J. Sunderland has been actively litigating cases since 1997 and mediating disputes since 2003. His law practice focuses on transaction and litigation issues relating to real property, construction and business disputes throughout the State of California. A sought-after mediator, Mr. Sunderland assists parties in reaching resolution, mediating cases throughout Southern California and, more recently, across the nation through online dispute resolution.  Mr. Sunderland specializes in Real Estate, Construction Defect, Business and Homeowner/HOA disputes.