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Michael Leb, Mediator & Arbitrator, Pasadena, California.

Michael Leb

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Leb Dispute Resolutions
1946 Pasadena Glen Road
Pasadena, CA 91107
Tel: (626) 469-5070
Cell: (626) 298-5109
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Recognized to California Chapter for Mediation & Arbitration Other ADR Services: ADR Training/CME, Court-Appointed Neutral (Special Master), Discovery Referee, Early Neutral Evaluation, Fact Finding, Med-Arb, Mini-Trial Judge
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  • Practice Commenced2008
  • # of MEDS (as of 23/7/24)500
  • # of ARBS (as of 23/7/24)10
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Michael H. Leb, Esq. has been a full-time neutral since 2008. He has nearly 30 years of broad-based legal experience with a unique blend of traditional labor law, litigation, andtransactional expertise. He has practiced at Latham & Watkins, held senior executive positions with two Fortune 50 companies, and represented plaintiffs at a top-tier trial boutiqueand as a solo practitioner. His litigation experience includes both the trial and appellate work in public and private sector labor and employment law, including class actions, as well as federal and state court commercial litigation.

Michael serves on the following panels: American Arbitration Association (Commercial,Labor And Employment Panel Mediator And Arbitrator); American Federation Of GovernmentEmployees Arbitration Panel – Social Security Administration:; Alternation ResolutionCenters (ARC); California Mediation And Conciliation Service; California Department of Human Resources and CCPOA; City Of Anaheim Police Department and APA;City Of Los Angeles Employee Relations Board; City Of Santa Monica Hearing Officer Panel;Los Angeles County Equity Oversight Panel; California Office of Administrative Hearings;United States District Court (C. D. Cal.) .

Michael possesses not only hands-on litigation experience – representing both plaintiffsand defendants in employment and commercial matters – but broad and deep business experience. He has held executive level staff positions as SVP - People for Wal-Mart and VP -Labor Relations. Michael has also had P & L responsibility as Safeway’s VP – Manufacturing where he lead the 44-plant, 2000 employee food-processing operation with annual sales of $3 billion. Most recently, Michael founded and served as CEO of Choctál LLC, a company selling single-origin, super-premium chocolate and vanilla ice cream through retail grocers across the United States.

Michael is a Lecturer at USC Gould School of Law, has been an Adjunct Professor at Pepperdine University’s Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, is a frequent speaker on ADR, and has published a number of articles on mediation and substantive law issues.



Case Experience

  • ADA Disability
  • Appellate
  • Arts (Fine/Performing)
  • Automotive
  • Aviation
  • Banking & Finance
  • Business Dissolution
  • Civil Rights
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial/Business
  • Consumer Fraud
  • Contract Disputes
  • Cross Cultural
  • Discrimination
  • Education
  • EEOC
  • Elder Abuse
  • Employment
  • Entertainment Sector
  • Family Businesses
  • Franchise
  • Health Care
  • Industrial
  • International
  • Labor/Unions
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Libel & Slander
  • Local Govt./Municipalities
  • Media & Communications
  • Medical Devices
  • Non-profit Organizations
  • Partnerships
  • Pensions
  • Personal Injury
  • Police
  • Probate
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Fees
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Damage
  • Railroad & Trucking
  • Real Estate
  • Religious Institutions
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Sports
  • Torts
  • Transportation
  • Trusts / Estates
  • Unfair Competition
  • Wage & Hour/FMLA
  • Wrongful Death


Michael is a cum laude graduate of Yale and University of Michigan Law School.  He is an MC3- Certified Mediator.


Memberships & Affiliations

Michael serves on  the American Arbitration Association’s Employment Law Arbitration and Mediation Panels, the Los Angeles County Equity Oversight Panel, the Federal District Court Settlement Officer Panel, Arbitration Panel for City of Anaheim Police Department and APA. Michael has formerly served as a mediator for the Los Angeles, Ventura and Orange County Superior Courts, Special Mediator for the Clark County School District Grievance Adjustment Panel, and Hearing Officer for the City of Santa Monica. He has also mediated cases for the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Michael was selected by the City of Los Angeles as an arbitrator to rule on challenges in Neighborhood Council elections.

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