Scott Van Soye is a mediator, arbitrator, and trainer. He serves as an adjunct professor of law at Pepperdine University, where he earned an LL.M. in Dispute Resolution. Before becoming a full time neutral, Scott practiced real estate, employment, disability and education law for over 20 years. Scott is also the Managing Editor of ADR Times, the leading source of dispute resolution information for ADR practitioners, legal professionals, and scholars.
Scott spent over eight years as a judicial staff attorney. During this time, he dealt with almost every type of civil case. Notably, he was solely responsible for over 200 insurance coverage cases arising out of the catastrophic San Bernardino wildfires, and was the court CEQA attorney. In addition, he handled wrongful termination claims, personal Injury cases and real property disputes almost daily.
Scott has served as an appellate mediator for California’s Fourth District, Division Two since 2006. He also mediates for the San Bernardino and Los Angeles Superior Courts, and has mediated on behalf of the EEOC. He was recently recognized for his appellate mediation work by California’s Chief Justice, Tani Cantil-Sakauye. He frequently speaks and writes on dispute resolution topics.
- Mediator and Resolution Expert of Agency for Dispute Resolution (2011-present)
- Managing Editor of ADR Times (2012-present)
- Principal of Pacific Coast Dispute Resolution (2007-present)
- Mediator for Fourth District Court of Appeal Mediator Panel (2006-present)
- Mediator with Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Los Angeles, California (2007)
- Mediator with Inland Valley Arbitration and Mediation Service, Rancho Cucamonga, California (2007)
- Mediator for San Bernardino Superior Court (2006-present)
- Adjunct Professor of Law at Pepperdine Law School (present)
- Senior Associate at Kane, Ballmer and Berkman, Los Angeles, California (2008-2010).
- LL.M. in Dispute Resolution at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University, School of Law (2007)
- J.D. at University of California , Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law (1988)
- B.A. in Social Ecology, cum laude, at University of California, Irvine (1985)
- B.A. in Political Science at University of California, Irvine (1985)
- State Bar of California
- Admitted to Practice in the U.S. District Court, Central Dist. of California, 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, and United States Supreme Court.
- Med-Arb may be right for your business dispute (01/2012)
- Successful Post-Divorce Co-Parenting: The Mediator’s Role. (02/2012)
- Working with Emotions for the Real Estate Negotiator: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4
- Perceptual Bias and the Frustrated Negotiator. (08/04/2011)
- Mediating Accommodation Issues in Disability Rights Disputes (12/16/2011)
- Divorce Advice for Men: 3 Tips to Protect Your Fnances (with David D. Stein, Esq.)(03/04/2012)
- Cultural Impacts on Peacemaking: Individualist vs. Collectivist Perspectives(12/19/2011)
- False Confidence and Dangerous Silence: When Ombuds’ Confidentiality Isn’t an Option, Keynote speech at Southern California Caucus of College and University Ombudsmen.
- The ADA: Navigating the Maze, Speaker and Panel Moderator at Lincoln Training Center Conference.
- How to Comply with the ADA without Crippling your Business, Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce.
- ADA Issues in the Workers’ Compensation Case, Organization of Bilingual Rehabilitation Associates.
- The ADA Today, Harbor Area Applicants’ Attorneys Association.
- The ADA and Workers’ Compensation: Developing Trends, Harbor Area Applicants’ Attorneys Association.
- The ADA: Where We Are and Where We’re Going, San Gabriel Valley Mayors’ Committee on the Employment of Persons with Disabilities.