Edward J Costello, Jr.

Arbitrator--Mediator--Private Judge
620 East Channel Road
Santa Monica, CA 90402
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Professional Work History:

1989-present: Arbitrator/mediator/private judge 1988-present: Teacher/trainer: Alternative Dispute Resolution 1971-present: Judge pro tem., Los Angeles Courts 1985-89: Partner, Proskauer, Rose (Los Angeles) 1972-85: Partner, Costello & Walcher (Los Angeles) 1968-72: Associate, O'Melveny & Myers (Los Angeles) 1964-68: Special Agent, F.B.I. (Washington, D.C.)

Dispute Resolution Experience

Full-time arbitrator/mediator/private judge since 1989; part-time arbitrator/mediator 1975-88; experienced as private neutral in all areas of civil and regulatory disputes, including: aerospace/defense, banking, business torts, commercial contracts, communications, computers (hardware/software), construction, employment (including discrimination/wrongful termination/sexual harassment), eminent domain (inverse condemnation), entertainment, environmental, franchising, fraud, health care, insurance (coverage/indemnity), intellectual property, international business/trade, limited liability organizations, media (defamation, first amendment), medical malpractice, mineral rights, partnership and shareholder disputes, personal injury, product liability, real property, securities, sexual harassment, sports (amateur/professional), surety; more than 20 years as Judge pro tem. of Los Angeles Superior and Municipal Courts; Large Complex Case Panel, American Arbitration Association (AAA); also AAA Construction Panel, Employment Panel, Health Care Panel, Intellectual Property Panel; Asia-Pacific Center for the Resolution of International Business Disputes; Receiver, Special Referee, Los Angeles Superior Court; presided at over 500 cases as arbitrator, mediator, or private judge; facilitator/mediator for public policy disputes.

Cornell University Dispute Resolution Training (Course titles and dates taken)


Other Dispute Resolution Training

Trainer, Arbitration, Alliance for Education in Dispute Resolution, (Monterey, CA 2003) Trainer, Arbitration and Mediation, Alliance for Education in Dispute Resolution (Cornell University, 2001) Trainer, Advanced Training for Arbitrators, American Arbitration Association, 2000? Trainer, Corporate Training for Workplace Mediation, American Arbitration Association, 1999?

Professional Associations

Fulbright Scholar (Cyprus) Jan.--June 2005 Adjunct Professor of Law, Loyola University School of Law (Arbitration, Mediation) Bars of the Supreme Court of the United States, California, Florida and New York Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, Litigation Section (Arbitration and ADR Committee), Forum on the Construction Industry, International Law Section, (Dispute Resolution Committee), American Bar Association ADR Section, Litigation Section, Labor & Employment Law Section, State Bar of California Litigation Section, Labor & Employment Section, Los Angeles County Bar Association Board of Directors, California Dispute Resolution Council 1995-2001 Chair, Board of Directors, California Dispute Resolution Institute 1996-2001 Fellow, College of Commercial Arbitrators Professional Association of Judges Arbitrators and Mediators of America Member, Committee on ADR, State Bar of California, 2003-- Hearing Examiner, Civil Service Commission, City of Los Angeles, 2003


Executive Education Program, Anderson Graduate School of Management, University of California, Los Angeles, 1984-85; Chinese (mandarin) Language Course, Defense Language Institute, 1966; J.D., New York University School of Law, 1964, Root-Tilden-Kern Scholar; member, editorial board, N.Y.U. Law Review; B.A., Fordham College, 1961.


Prof. Scott E. Wood, 213-736-8301; Michael R. Powell, 213-369-1200; Rocco M. Scanza, 607-255-1124;

Fee Policy

$400 per hour for arbitration; $4000 per day for mediation; expenses, if any, at cost; see website for cancellation/postponement policy: www.edcostello.com