ADR & Conflict Management Strategies will offer ideas on alternative dispute resolution best practices in planning, strategy and advocacy in the full spectrum of conflict resolution methods, from early conflict resolution before litigation or arbitration has begun, early dispute resolution in the litigation process, mediation, and arbitration.

The target audience for this blog includes plaintiff and defense attorneys and inside counsel and the parties who participate in ADR and conflict management processes prior to and during litigation and arbitration. In addition, the blog will focus on consultants, business owners and employees involved in other conflict management situations or processes who want to utilize principles and techniques of negotiation and mediation to resolve such issues.

The scope of this blog will include a wide variety of subject areas listed in the bullet points in the next section.


About Frank Burke Mediation

I mediate commercial, real estate, technology, employment and personal injury cases in California and Arizona, using my 42 years of experience as a business trial lawyer representing both plaintiffs and defendants handling matters in 26 states, China and Canada.

These experiences provide me with creative perspectives that help me guide parties toward satisfying settlements. In a framework of trust and civility, I seek to understand the parties’ views, motivations, wants and needs, and use facilitative and evaluative approaches to help parties reach a durable settlement that all can accept. I am committed to preparing intensively for each case, including pre-hearing calls with each party, to achieve an in-depth knowledge of the issues at hand. My readiness and tenacity have proven to be instrumental in facilitating fair and equitable settlements for the parties involved. This dedication extends to relentless follow-up if a case does not settle at the hearing.

In San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Oakland and throughout California and Arizona I work with individuals as well as small, midsize and large businesses including family businesses. My conflict resolution services consist of mediation, arbitration, special master and discovery referee services.

As a full time neutral, I conduct mediations and arbitrations in disputes involving the following areas:

  • Contracts
  • Real estate
  • Landlord/tenant/leases
  • Family business
  • Business divorces
  • Complex commercial
  • Corporate governance
  • Sales of businesses
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Class actions and derivative suits
  • Securities fraud
  • Accounting and legal malpractice
  • Antitrust and unfair competition
  • Technology, trade secrets and intellectual property
  • Employment
  • Healthcare
  • False claims and whistleblowers
  • Partnerships and dissolutions
  • Debtor-creditor
  • Banking and finance
  • Environmental
  • Construction defects
  • Insurance coverage
  • Personal and catastrophic injury and wrongful death
  • Automobile, motorcycle and truck-trailer collisions
  • Electronic discovery and cybersecurity

I graduated from Cornell University and Harvard Law School and have extensive alternative dispute resolution training. I have been recognized in Chambers Leading Lawyers, Best Lawyers and California SuperLawyers.

Visit me at, or contact me at or 650-804-8300