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Honorable Darrel W. Lewis (Ret.)

An experienced judge A successful mediator


Judge LewisRetired from the Superior Court in 1999, Judge Lewis brings over 20 years experience as a general trial judge in Sacramento, California. His assignments included presiding judge of the appellate department, full-time civil law and motion calendars and full-time civil settlement conferences. He brings to mediation a unique combination of judicial insight and authority, formal mediation training, keen listening skills and an empathic personality that allows him to communicate effectively with people from all walks of life.Judge Lewis provides the full spectrum of private judging services and consulting. He has been particularly successful in resolving cases involving trust and probate, home owner associations, personal injury, products liability, professional malpractice, real estate, business, construction, and employment law.


Judge Lewis was elected in 1979 and quickly established himself as an impartial and astute judge of civil law. As Supervising Settlement Judge he conducted or supervised over 2,000 settlement conferences encompassing all areas of civil law. His settlement efforts resulted in his being named 1998 Judge of the Year by the Sacramento Consumer Attorneys.
His devotion to Alternative Dispute Resolution is widely recognized. He was selected as 1999 Peacemaker of the Year by a consortium of seven organizations that promote ADR. He produced Saturday seminars on facilitative mediation techniques for Sacramento’s pro tem settlement judges. The Sacramento County Bar Association and have published material written by Judge Lewis regarding how attorneys and clients should prepare for a mediation. He has additional material on his own web site He has completed the following mediation courses: Mediator Communication Skills (Tony Roffers, Ph.D.), Advanced Settlement Techniques (John B. Bates, Jr. of Jams/Endispute), Advanced Mediation Techniques and the Master’s Forum (Pepperdine University), Litigation Risk Analysis (Mark Victor) and Mediation Practice (Woody Moston.) He completed, and has served as faculty assistant for, the Civil Mediation Course (National Judicial College, University of Nevada, Reno). Additionally, he has been a panelist for the Master’s Forum (Pepperdine University) and for the Retired Judge’s Conference of the California Judges Association.
The Judge frequently lectures on Mediation and Negotiation Techniques at law schools, law firms and bar groups. His presentation is MCLE approved and there is no charge.
·        J.D., University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, Sacramento, 1972
·        M.B.A., California State University, Sacramento, 1967
·        B.A., University of the Pacific, Stockton, 1965
His place or yours. The judge’s office and comfortable conference rooms are easy to find, less than 20 freeway miles from Sacramento International Airport and only minutes from highways 5, 50, 80 and 99. Free, shaded parking is abundant. Restaurants and coffee shops are nearby. Coffee, tea ice water and snacks are provided. The judge will travel to any location more convenient to the parties for a modest mileage charge.
Your investment for the Judge’s services is a reasonable $400 per hour. There are no administrative, processing or facility fees for hearings in his facility.
20 years on the bench and over 14 years as a private mediator has firmly convinced me that mediation results in more satisfied clients. While on the bench, I was voted 1998 Judge of the Year and 1999 Peacemaker of the Year due to my devotion to civil settlements. Now I devote my full energies to private mediations. Once you decide to mediate a case you may wonder whether you want a tough no-nonsense retired judge to bluntly assess your case or do you want a classically trained mediator with the skill to gently persuade all parties to reach their own agreement?
Why not have both? Most judges excel at convincing a lawyer of the weaknesses in their cases while many mediators are great at facilitating communication. The good news today is that you don’t have to hire two people. I can speak with the stature and authority of a judge with over 20 years on the bench, and as a trained and experienced mediator I can also gently guide the parties to their own resolution. Regardless of the techniques used, you and your clients will always be treated with the utmost respect and courtesy.
References for particular types of cases will be furnished upon request.
Darrel Lewis is a mediator and private judge in Sacramento who resolves cases from throughout Northern California, including, Yolo, San Joaquin, Placer and El Dorado counties.
Phone: 916.483.2222


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