- Discovery Referee
- Elder Abuse
- Personal Injury
- Real Estate
- Tree Law/Neighbor Disputes
- Trusts/ Estates/ Probate
- J.D., Hastings College of Law, 1979
- B.A., University of California at Santa Cruz, 1976
Matthew N. White, Esq.
The art of mediation is an evolving legal phenomenon, and the success of the process really needs the full-bore and impassioned engagement of its facilitators. Matt White, a successful San Rafael attorney with over 40 years of practice, brings to the mediation table the kind of leadership and commitment that makes mediation such a valuable legal tool.
“My belief in the mediation process,” says White, “is ironclad and unconditional. If I didn’t believe in it, I couldn’t sell it. I really work hard to help people resolve their disputes on their own. There’s a lot of gut instinct involved in being an effective mediator, and I have strong feelings for what’s needed as the cases unfold – a time to challenge the parties, a time to listen, a time to be quiet, a time to get out of the way, a time to provide guidance and a sense of direction. There are no scripts. It’s a situational field of play that’s ever-changing and which calls for flexibility. It helps that I have experience in many different areas, including personal injury, civil rights, business litigation, wrongful termination, real estate, sexual harassment, and partnership dissolutions—among others.”
White attributes his success to the comfortable and professional environment provided by Resolution Remedies in its ongoing efforts to handle complicated disputes in a friendly and dignified fashion.
“During mediation, I strive to make people feel good about themselves, regardless of the obviously conflicting issues swirling around the table. There’s never any real reason to be unpleasant, despite the intensity of the disagreements. I listen actively, and I take steps to find common interests that will lead to the best possible resolution. I have one simple goal: Let’s get it done.”
Matt White is a senior partner at Monty White LLP, handling personal injury litigation for the firm. Until 2011, he maintained a private solo practice for 16 years in San Rafael with an emphasis on civil litigation, primarily personal injury. From 1979 to 1995, Matt had a personal injury practice in downtown San Francisco.
Memberships & Special Honors
Commissioner, Marin County Human Rights Commission, 2017-21 (Chair, 2020-21) Memberships: Marin County Bar Assn. (President, 2004); Marin Trial Lawyers Assn (Member, Board of Directors, 2009-10, President 2016); Consumer Attorneys of California; American Trial Lawyers Assn.; Richard M. Sangster Inn of Court (President 2014); Assn. for Dispute Resolution of Northern California; Spectrum LGBT Center (Board President, 2010); Alternate Defenders Inc. (Member, Board of Directors, 2009-13); State Bar Commission on Continuing Legal Education (1999-2001). Since 1982 he has held an A-V rating from Martindale-Hubbell®, the highest rating available for an attorney. He has been recognized as a Northern California Super Lawyer each year since 2005.
Lectures & Presentations on Mediation and Settlement
“Strategic Settlement Negotiations,” Lorman Educational Services webinar (2021); “Settlement Tools for Judges,” Center for Judiciary Education and Research (2017); Seal the Deal: Strategies for Settlement (with Judge Lynn Duryee), Center for Judiciary Education and Research (2014); “The Successful Civil Settlement Conference” (with Judge Lynn Duryee), Center for Judiciary Education and Research (2013); Mediation Skills and Court Procedures in Civil and Probate Settlement Conferences, (panelist) Marin County Superior Court training program (2010); Dumb Mistakes Smart Lawyers Make in Mediation (with Judge Lynn Duryee), Marin County Bar Association (2009)