Professional Resume of Barry Ross

Barry Ross, Esq., MBA
Certified Mediator
ROSS Mediation Services 

California ADR Office:  (626)531-1131
Texas ADR Office:  (214) 970-7665





Highly effective, dynamic mediation practice since 1993.  Mediated over 2600 litigated and non-litigated cases. 

Specialized expertise and extensive mediation experience in real estate, banking, business, lending, appraisal, accounting, agency, escrow, title, homeowner association, contract law, tax, commercial, insurance coverage, construction defect, unfair business practice and employment law.

Representative cases include lender liability, seller and agent fraud, failure to disclose, mold and toxic hazards, breach of contract, specific performance, commission claims, deposit disputes, neighbor law, eminent domain, construction defect, probate, trust and estate law, wrongful death, elder law, personal injury, employment, accounting, commercial lending, mortgage fraud, bankruptcy, collection, water intrusion, tax law, landlord-tenant disputes, franchise, medical malpractice, personal injury, legal malpractice, and professional liability.  Author/Speaker: Mediation, Arbitration.

Representative Parties –

Representative parties in mediation include major banks and real estate lenders, including Bank of America, Chase Bank, Citibank, U.S. Bank & GMAC Morgage; real estate affiliates of RE/MAX® of California, Sotheby's International Realty®, Prudential California Realty®, Coldwell Banker, Century 21 Real Estate®, Keller Williams Realty®; and insurance carriers including AIG, Mercury, Farmers Insurance, All State, State Farm, Safeco, Liberty Mutual.

Dispute Resolution Affiliations –

International Academy of Mediators -
     Distinguished Fellow

California Academy of Distinguished Neutrals -
     Academy Member

Texas Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
     Academy Member

Texas Association of Mediators
     Commercial Mediator

Southern California Mediation Association –
     Professional Member

Association for Conflict Resolution
     Practitioner Member

Association of Attorney-Mediators (Texas and California Chapters)
     Professional Member

American Bar Association
     Section of Dispute Resolution

American Arbitration Association –
     National Panel of Arbitrators

Community Associations Institute
     Member, Mediation Panel

Los Angeles County Bar Association – (DRS)
     Dispute Resolution Associate

San Fernando Valley Bar Association
     Panel Mediator

Los Angeles Superior Court –
     Judge Pro Tem, Mediator and Settlement Referee

California Association of Realtors® –
     Board Mediator & Arbitrator

California Dispute Resolution Council -

Superior ADR Services
     Panel Member

Dispute Resolution Training –

Pepperdine University, School of Law - Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution –
     Mediating the Litigated Case
     Advanced Mediation Training
     Advanced Mediation Skills Workshops

Southern California Mediation Association –
     Annual Conferences & Symposiums on Mediation

Los Angeles County Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Services –
     Advanced Business & Commercial Mediation Training
     Basic Mediation Training
Negotiation Strategy Institute –
     Negotiation Strategies for Lawyers

California Association of Realtors® –
     Mediation & Arbitration Training


The private practice of law specializing in real estate and property law, and business/corporate organizations, including acquisition and sale transactions, seller and broker liability, escrow, title, specific performance, leasing, foreclosure, syndication of investment property, administrative regulation.  Representation of buyers, sellers and real estate brokers in dispute resolution forums.  Trial advocacy, appearing in both state and federal courts, and administrative advocacy at the state and local levels.  Legislative lobbying at the federal, state and local levels.

(California State Bar Number: 069340)

Recent Awards –

California State Bar 2013 Nominee - Real Property Person of the Year Award

Bar Associations –

American Bar Association –
     Member, Section on Dispute Resolution

State Bar of California –
     Member, Litigation Section
     Member, Business Law Section
     Member, Real Property Section

Los Angeles County Bar Association –
     Dispute Resolution Associate (DRS)
     Antitrust & Unfair Competition
     Business Law
     Environmental Law
     Intellectual Property Law
     International Law
     Labor & Employment
     Law Practice Management
     Public Law
     Real Property Law
     Solo & Small Firm
     Trusts & Estates

Burbank Bar Association –
     President (2010-2011)
     Vice-President (2007-2009)
     Treasurer (2004-2006)
     MCLE Guest Speaker

Glendale Bar Association –
     President (2012)
     Treasurer, (2009-2010)
     Trustee (2008 to present)
     Chairman, Lawyer Referral Service (1999-2000)
     MCLE Guest Speaker

San Fernando Valley Bar Association –
     Mediator Panelist (since 2010)

     Member, Litigation
     Member, Business Law, Real Property & Bankruptcy
     Member, Probate and Estate Planning

California Association of Realtors® –
     Panel Attorney (since 1979)
     Vice Chair (1997) – Legal Affairs Forum

Association of Real Estate Attorneys –

California Real Estate Expert Witnesses –

Admission to the Practice of Law –

United States Supreme Court
     May, 1981
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit
     September, 1979                                                 
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit
     June 1989                                                                  
U.S. District Court, Central District of California
     March 1977
California Supreme Court [SBN 069340]
     June, 1976


University/College Instructor since 1977 with life-time teaching credential.  

Instruction Faculty for the California Association of Realtors® 

Course Instructor for Department of Real Estate (DRE); other institutions and organizations teaching business law, real estate, real estate law, HOA/community association law, Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Faculty –

Woodbury University (since 2010) –
     Adjunct Professor of Law & Real Estate

Glendale Community College (since 1977) –
     Adjunct Professor of Law & Real Estate

Pasadena City College, ABA-Approved Paralegal Program (1994-2000) –
     Adjunct Professor of Paralegal Studies

DRE Course Author/Instructor –

     Co-Author & National Instructor of DRE Accredited Certification Courses: 
     Certified Condominium Specialist®:  A Professional Real Estate Agent's
     Guide to Successfully  Listing & Selling Common Interest
 © 2009-2016

      Certified CID Specialist® Course © 2009-2016

     A Litigators Effective Use of Mediation
     Avoiding Malpractice in Mediation   
     California Real Estate Disclosures  © 2001

     The New Purchase Contract (C.A.R. Form RPA-CA)
     California Escrow Practices
     Agency Representation
     Disclosure Law    

Residential and commercial real estate brokerage, leasing, appraisal, syndication of investment property, agent training, property management and sale of REO's.  Licensed in California since 1973.  President of the Glendale Association of Realtors® in 1993.  Member of the Glendale Association of Realtors® since 1973  – Former owner/manager of real estate brokerage and property management firms.
California Department of Real Estate Broker Lic. # 00460974  *  Texas Real Estate Commission Broker Lic. # 728069

Real Estate Associations & Leadership Positions –

California Association of Realtors®
     State Director (1991-1993, 1995-1999)

Regional Chairman (1995) –
     Association Presidents, Leadership Forum - Chairman &  Moderator (1996)
     Nominating, Legal Affairs - Vice Chairman (1997)
     Legislative, Presidential Task Force on Controlled Business Arrangements, 
     Presidential Task Force on the DRE Budget Crisis, Regionalization Task Force 
     Special Forum Panel: Procuring Cause, Professional Standards, Real Estate 
     Standard Forms and Educational Services

Glendale Association of Realtors®
     President (1993)
     Chairman, Multiple Listing Service (1992)
     Director (1990-1994)
     Committees: Professional Standards, Grievance, Insurance, Bylaws

Multi-Regional Multiple Listing Service –
     Special Legal Counsel (1994-1995)
     Chairman, Bylaws Revision Task Force (1994-1995)
     Chairman, Organization Restructure Task Force (1993)
     Bylaws Committee (1991-1992)
     Director (1991-1992)

Community Associations Institute (CAI) –

Council of Condominium Specialists®
     Co-Founder, Director

Council of Common Interest Development Specialists®
     Co-Founder, Director


J.D., Southwestern University School of Law
M.B.A. University of Southern California-Marshall School of Business
     Emphasis in Managerial Accounting, Finance & Administrative Management
B.S. University of Southern California-Marshall School of Business
     Emphasis in Financial & Administrative Management
Chapman College, World Campus Afloat-
     International studies
Glendale Community College-
     Major in Real Estate
Pasadena City College-
     Lower division courses

Continuing Professional Education –

Dispute Resolution Conferences & Symposiums:  Pepperdine University, School of Law - Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution; Southern California Mediation Association; Los Angeles County Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Services; additional providers.

Continuing Legal Education (MCLE): California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB); Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA); University of Southern California, Gould School of Law; Southern California Mediation Association; Glendale Bar Association, Burbank Bar Association, San Fernando Valley Bar Association, California Association of Realtors® (C.A.R.); additional providers.

Continuing Education for Real Estate Licensees: Department of Real Estate (DRE); California Association of Realtors®, additional providers.

Published Author -

Author, Community Associations Institute - Common Ground Manazine
     2014 Article:  Effective Use of Mediation in HOA Disputes

Author, Community Association Institute - Common Ground Magazine
     2012 Article:  Successful HOA Management and Realtor Sales Collaborations             

Author, "ADR for Real Estate Agents" c 2003

Author, National Training and Certification Course 
     Working Professionally with Homeowners Associations

Author-Lecturer, "Using Mediation and Arbitration in the Real Estate Industry"

Los Angeles Times and Newspress/Leader Weekly Columnist
     Author, "Legally Speaking"TM

Daily News - Weekly Real Estate Legal Columnist
     Author, "Ask the Real Estate Attorney"sm 

The Outlook - Pasadena/Foothills Magazine
     Author, The Value of a Real Estate Attorney in a Real Estate Transaction

California Association of Realtors® -
     Author, Statewide Realtor® Leadership Training Program for Realtors(r)

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