Mediator Profile

Lawrence Alexander Huerta

San Diego, California

Phone: (619) 236-7944
Fax: (619) 236-7986
Email: Contact Me
Lawrence A. Huerta is an experienced mediator and a seasoned litigator known for his energetic, positive approach, and tenacity in getting parties to resolve disputes. Among Mr. Huerta's distinguishing strategies for successful mediations are to provide a forum and process where parties have the opportunity to be heard and understood by each other, generating constructive options, flexibility in the negotiation process, risk analysis and interest based solutions.   Other key components include diligent preparation, insuring settlement authority is present at mediation, and persistence.

Mr. Huerta graduated from the University of Michigan Law School and was admitted to the California Bar in 1983. He worked at major law firms in Southern California in business and real estate litigation before forming his own law firm specializing in commercial and real estate litigation in 1991. Mr. Huerta has been a mediator and an arbitrator for over twenty years.

Mr. Huerta serves on the San Diego County Superior Court Mediation Panel, the Amercian Arbitration Association Commercial and Employment Mediation and Arbitration Panels, and the California Department of Insurance Mediation Panel. Mr. Huerta is a Mediator and Arbitration Chairperson for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).

Mr. Huerta has mediated over 950 cases, including over 475 employment discrimination, sexual harassment, PAGA, wage and hour, and wrongful termination cases. Mr. Huerta has mediated more than 25 cases around the country in the Martens v. Smith Barney sexual discrimination and harassment class action administered through Duke University Private Adjudication Center. His firm, Huerta Mediation has contracts to mediate employment and EEO disputes for the United States Forest Service, Navy, Postal Service, and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Huerta Mediation is highly rated by Dun & Bradstreet for delivery of mediation services, and is an A.V. rated law firm by Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. Huerta is the author and presenter of the MCLE course "Why Mediation and What Works Well at Mediation" and published articles "Why Mediation?" and "The Value of Mediation".

Areas of Practice

  • 80% to 85% Mediation
  • 15% to 20% Arbitration

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1983
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1984
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 1985
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1985
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1984


  • The University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, Michigan

  • University of California, Davis, California
    Honors: With Honors
    Honors: Dean's List
    Major: Economics

Published Works

  • "The Value of Mediation", Right of Way Magazine, Nov./Dec., 1998
  • "Why Mediation?", SDEA Monthly, 1999
  • "What Lawyers & Clients Look For in Commercial Mediation.", San Diego Daily Transcript April 28, 2008

Representative Cases

Representative Clients

  • Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. - Litigation
  • American Arbitration Association - Mediation and Arbitration


  • Noam Glick, Esq., Glick Law Group, San Diego, CA
  • Fred James, Esq., James & Waddle, San Diego, CA

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • What Works Well at Mediation; San Diego County Bar, 2013
  • What Works Well in Employment Mediation, Labor & Employment Section, San Diego County Bar Association, 2008
  • Why Mediation Works & What Works Well at Mediation: Foley & Lardner, Heller Ehrman, San Diego County Bar Association, Orange County Bar Association, San Diego County Law Library Seminar Series, 2005- 2008
  • Developing a Labor & Employment Mediation Practice, ABA Dispute Resolution Section Annual Conference in New York, NY 2004
  • Attorney's Role in Transformative Mediation Model, ABA Dispute Resolution Section Annual Conference, 2002

Honors and Awards

  • Named one of three Access ADR Mediation Fellows in the Nation, 2005


  • Phi Delta Theta

Birth Information

  • 1958, Harbor City, California, United States of America

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