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Anne M. Lawlor Goyette, Mediator, Burlingame, California.

Anne M. Lawlor Goyette

Griffiths • Goyette
330 Primrose Road, Suite 614
Burlingame, CA, 94010
Tel: (650) 375-5960
Fax: (650) 375-5965
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Recognized to California Chapter for Mediation Other ADR Services: ADR Training/CME, Discovery Referee, Fact Finding, Special Master
  • Practice Commenced: 1998
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Leading Alternative Dispute Resolution providers since 1993, Griffiths•Goyette pioneered the use of Special Masters to resolve multiparty construction litigation in California.

Griffiths•Goyette addresses the challenges of complex litigation by executing clear and purposeful action, optimizing outcomes while minimizing the significant risks, delays and costs of complex civil litigation. Griffiths•Goyette has successfully managed and settled thousands of disputes, primarily involving construction, insurance and real estate related issues, using a proven methodology to streamline the entire dispute resolution process, 

Principal Anne M. Lawlor Goyette has resolved hundreds of complex, multiparty civil disputes as a full time ADR neutral since 1998, with settlements and awards ranging from cost waivers to $ 35 million, through prepared and productive negotiations. Ms. Goyette is an ADR panelist for numerous appellate, state and federal courts, serves as Special Master and Referee for more than two dozen California Superior Courts and acts as Special Master in national and statewide class actions.

Case Experience

  • ADA Disability
  • Appellate
  • Banking & Finance
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial/Business
  • Community Associations
  • Condominiums
  • Construction
  • Contract Disputes
  • Engineering
  • Environmental
  • Insurance
  • Land Use/Planning
  • Local Govt./Municipalities
  • Nursing Homes
  • Partnerships
  • Personal Injury
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Negligence
  • Real Estate
  • Torts
  • Wage & Hour/FMLA


  • J.D. Santa Clara University School of Law 1988 American Jurisprudence Awards in Alternative Dispute, Constitutional Law; Dean's List; Law Review Comments Editor (Highest Score); A.B.A. Client Counseling Competition, Regional Finalist; Emery Law Scholarship
  • University of California, Davis, B.A. Political Science, Public Service 1985 Chancellor's Outstanding Senior Award, Warner Communications Scholarship
  • Harvard Law School, Program on Negotiation, Mediation 2007
  • United States District Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Training 2002
  • United States District Court ADA Access Mediation Training 2019 
  • California Court of Appeal Advanced Mediation Programs 2009-2018
  • California Court of Appeal Mediation Training Program 2008
  • Bar Association of San Francisco Comprehensive Mediation Training 2000
  • Elder Mediation Training 2009
  • American Bar Association Comprehensive Training in Commercial Arbitration 2011
  • FINRA Arbitration Training 2011


Memberships & Affiliations


  • Membership in the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
  • AV Peer Rating For Highest Level of Professional Excellence, AV Preeminent, Martindale
  • Super Lawyer distinction in Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • AmJur Award in Alternative Dispute Resolution 1988


Special Licenses/Certifications California Real Estate Broker, 2001

Professional Activity

  • Admission to California State Bar 1988
  • Admission to all California State, District Courts and U.S Court of Appeals (9th Circuit)
  • Court ADR Program Panelist, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California; California Court of Appeal (1st, 3rd, 6th); Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Sonoma County Superior Courts
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, Advanced Mediation Group
  • American Bar Association (Alternative Dispute Resolution, Business Law, Construction)
  • California Dispute Resolution Council
  • San Francisco and San Mateo County Bar Associations (Alternative Dispute Resolution)
  • FINRA Arbitration Panelist


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Speaking Engagements
  • ABA (2018) Special Masters: Resolving Complex, Costly Litigation

  • ABA (2017) Constructing Cost Effective, Productive Expert Solutions 
  • Bar Association of San Francisco (2008) Meeting of the Masters

  • CLM (2017) Emerging Subcontractor Battles: On the Frontlines with Crawford and Additional Insured Claims?

  • FEWA Conference (2016) Ethical Issues For Experts and Counsel

  • San Francisco AIA & SEAONC (2009) Resolving Design Claims

  • San Mateo County Bar Association (2007-2015) ADR Ethics (Arbitration); ADR Ethics (Mediation); Ethical Issues in Class Actions; Settlement Negotiation Ethics;Ethical Issues, Fee Agreements

  • Santa Clara Law School Coach (2019) Representation in Mediation

  • Stanford University Continuing Studies Instructor (2014) Public Speaking

  • Stanford Law School Instructor (2009) Trial Advocacy Workshop

  • West Coast Casualty Seminar (2018) Everyone’s A Small Player


  • The Role of Special Masters in Resolving Complex Cases, Plaintiff Magazine (2019) 

  • Complex Neighbors: Santa Cruz & Santa Clara, Daily Journal (2016)

  • Courts Up Close: Alameda CountyDaily Journal (2016)

  • Building Settlements, Plaintiff Magazine (2016)
  • Effective Settlement Strategies, The Docket, Vol. 49, No. 1 (2013)

  • Active Settlement Construction, The Mediation Society (2012)

  • Settlement of CD CasesADC Defense Comment, Vol. 26, No. 1 (2011)

  • Using Special Masters in Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara Counties, The Recorder (2011 - 2012)

  • Preparation is The KeyWest Coast Casualty CD Seminar Program (2009)

  • Settlement Construction, Daily Journal (2009)

  • Liability on the Contract, Co-Author, Claims Against Design Professionals (1995)

Rates Information

$495 per hr

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