• Arbitrator
    • Business
    • Construction/ Construction Defect
    • Contracts
    • Discovery Referee
    • Elder Abuse
    • Forgiveness
    • Homeowners


  • Land Use
  • Landlord-tenant
  • Personal Injury
  • Real Estate
  • special Master
  • Tree Law/ Neighbor Disputes
  • Trusts/ Estates/ Probate
  • J.D., Golden Gate University, 1986
  • M.A., Education, San Francisco State University, 1983
  • B.A., English/Political Science, Regis College, Weston, MA, University of London, England

Barbara S. Monty, Esq.

When describing her mediation style, Barbara Monty eschews clichés. “My style of mediation is multi-dimensional. I am an active litigator well versed in representing both Plaintiff and Defendant. I am a fighter and a peace maker at the same time. It keeps me fresh.”

Monty started mediating even before she became a lawyer, so it’s clear that her negotiating skills come naturally and not wholly from training. In the early 1980s, she worked for the City of San Francisco in the seminal Community Boards Project where she helped resolve neighbor conflicts and reduce gang violence. She also served on the San Francisco Human Rights Commission mediating human rights violations.

As a mediator and arbitrator with Resolution Remedies, Monty brings technical subject area skills, energetic negotiating abilities, a strong educational background, and sharp intuition to cases involving “difficult personalities” and personal animosity among parties. Her no-nonsense, cut-to-the-chase approach which – combined with her quick intellect, energetic work ethic, kindness, and creativity, leads to clear-cut success with resolving disputes. “I understand,” she explains, “that all parties feel they are in the right and that they should prevail. I can see all sides of the dispute and help parties take some control over an uncertain and stressful process. However, I am involved and persistent in reaching resolution.”

Monty, a Massachusetts native with over 35 years worth of legal work and mediation in the Bay Area, has represented national banks, Pacific Gas & Electric, the Bechtel Corporation, Procter & Gamble, the Chrysler Corporation, and other national and Fortune 500 companies. She has also represented many of the major builders in California and hundreds of construction contractors. She has been General Counsel for an international helicopter company, managing attorney for various national insurance companies, and trial counsel for Liberty Mutual Insurance.


Partner, Monty White LLP, San Rafael – business construction, insurance, property damage, personal injury, all civil litigation, elder abuse, trials. Mediation and Discovery Referee assignments with Resolution Remedies. Frequently serves as Judge pro tem, arbitrator, mediator, and special master for the Superior Courts of San Francisco and Marin County. Completed over 100 hours of training as mediator/special master, with Gary Friedman, Ron Kelly, Steven Rosenberg, Eileen Barker, and San Francisco Community Boards. Numerous publications, including lectures and articles on trial skills, depositions, efficient handling of complex construction claims, EEOC claims, insurance, and sexual harassment. Teaches forgiveness skills to lawyers, law students, and mediators. Teaches legal skills to lawyers as faculty member for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) and Liberty Mutual Insurance in-house training programs. Has taught at high school, university, and law school levels, including classes on diversity, mediation, and insuring the rights of the LGBT population.

Memberships & Special Honors

Twice recognized by the California Bar Association, receiving awards for representing persons with HIV/AIDS and low income elder communities. Holds AV, the highest possible rating from Martindale-Hubbell. Selected to Who’s Who in California and Who’s Who in American Law. Evaluated 10 out of 10 by AVVO. Chosen as among Distinguished Women Lawyers in America. Leadership positions in numerous legal associations including Bar Association of San Francisco (Board of Directors and officer for the Environmental Law Section); Marin County Women Lawyers; Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute; Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom (BALIF); Marin County Bar Association (founder and chair of Construction Law Section). Member of Marin Forum.

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