Paul J. Dubow, Esq.

PaulI spent 26 years as a full time litigator. Initially, I was engaged solely in securities litigation but as time progressed, I became involved in employment litigation. As a litigator, I tried approximately 130 arbitrations and eleven trials. Because of my employment litigation experience, I was chosen to be a member of the committee that initially drafted the employment rules for the American Arbitration Association. I retired from the active practice of law in November 2000 and have been a full time neutral ever since. I have arbitrated over 125 cases, usually as the sole arbitrator, and have mediated approximately 250 cases. Issues arbitrated or mediated on a regular basis include wage and hour disputes, wrongful termination, sexual harassment, breach of employment contract, ERISA, covenants not to compete, securities, general commercial disputes, and professional malpractice. I have also from time to time been involved in insurance, franchise, medical malpractice, and construction cases.

Mr. Dubow is the  author of the arbitration section of the  annual update of California law for both the Litigation and Business Law sections of the State Bar of California and the arbitration and mediation updates on the California Dispute Resolution Council website. He is the author of “Tweaking Arbitration: Can the RUAA Fill the Gaps in the FAA?”, Business Law Today, Vol. 9, No. 1; “The Uniform Arbitration Act and its Effect on Securities Arbitration”, Securities Arbitration Commentator, Vol. XII, No. 2-3; “Avoiding the Pitfalls of Mediation Confidentiality”, Contra Costa Lawyer, vol. 21, no. 3; “Collecting Attorney Fees in Arbitration”, California Litigation Magazine, vol. 22, no. 3; “The Cassel Decision: More Questions than Answers”, California Litigation Magazine, vol. 24, no. 1 (2011) and “Recent Developments in Arbitration Disclosure”, Contra Costa Lawyer, vol. 28, no. 5 (2015). He is also a contributor to the “Guide to Best Practices in Commercial Arbitration” published by the College of Commercial Arbitrators. Paul is a member of the editorial boards of the Securities Arbitration Commentator and California Litigation Magazine.

Fellow, College of Commercial Arbitrators

  • Member of American Arbitration Association employment panel with special emphasis on disputes between high and middle management personnel and their employers. Also a member of the commercial law and securities panels.
  • Member of mediation panels: American Arbitration Association, United States District Court for the Northern District of California; First and Third District Courts of Appeal; Superior Court of San Francisco and Contra Costa Counties, California; fee dispute panel of the Contra Costa County Bar Association.
  • Securities industry representative to the Securities Industry Conference on Arbitration (SICA) 1992-2002.
  • Member of the National Arbitration and Mediation Committee of FINRA 1989-1992, 1999-2002
  • Observer to the Drafting Committees of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws on the Revised Uniform Arbitration Act, Revised Uniform Securities Act and Uniform Mediation Act
  • Member of the Judicial Council of California working group that drafted the Rules of Conduct for Mediators in Court Connected Mediation