Professional Panel- W. Bruce Wold, Esq.
A combination of vigorous representation of clients and a clear understanding of what it truly takes to help clients resulted in Bruce Wold having a long and successful career handling high stakes litigation for a variety of clients both locally and nationally. That said, having mediated more than 100 cases nationwide for many different clients in many types of cases Mr. Wold early in his career recognized the value of mediation and other forms of ADR.
Before retiring in 2006 from the practice of law, Mr. Wold went through formal mediation training and sat as mediator in many interesting and challenging cases. Since retiring, Mr. Wold has been on the panel of Resolution Remedies serving as mediator, arbitrator, and discovery referee on both simple and complex cases.
In a recent interview Mr. Wold passed along some interesting thoughts about his role as mediator:
Mr. Wold has lectured extensively to a wide variety of groups on the art of mediation, and has built a reputation as a practical, good-humored problem-solver who respects the complex relationships among the parties and uses that knowledge as a way to guide them toward conflict-free resolution.
Mr. Wold retired 12 years ago from Sedgwick, Detert, Moran and Arnold, a 350-lawyer international law firm based in San Francisco. As one of the firm's senior trial partners, he chaired the firm's 100 lawyer Complex Litigation Group. Because of his skills at working with people with differing opinions, he headed the firm's Partner Compensation Committee for several years and was a founding partner of the Attorney Relations Committee.
Before retiring Mr. Wold created the Sedgwick Trial Academy, a weeklong trial practice course, and then taught the course for ten years, eventually helping to train more than 150 of the firmís lawyers. He is an instrument rated private pilot with FAA approval to fly formation flights in airshow space. He is active with golf, tennis, skiing and sitting with his young grandkids.
MEMBERSHIPS AND SPECIAL HONORS
Charter Member of the Mediation Society; Panelist - California Court of Appeal; San Francisco Superior Court; Member, Lawyer Pilots Bar Association; named to Northern California Super Lawyers 2004, 2005, 2006, and as Super Lawyer with specialty in mediation in 2007, 2008, and 2009; International Who's Who of Product Liability Defense Lawyers.
J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 1971