Court Approved ADR Panel

Neutrals on the Kern County Superior Court ADR Panel have fulfilled the minimum requirements set forth in How to Become an ADR Panelist. The statements of the neutrals contained herein are the responsibility of each neutral and have not been verified by the court. The column entitled Emphasis lists areas the neutral believes to be experienced and is provided as a helpful guide to you. You are encouraged to carefully review the materials provided to assure the neutral has the experience and training necessary to help you. Neutrals on the panel are solely responsible for furnishing their correct fees and change of information to the court. The court makes every effort to assure accuracy, however this information is subject to change without notice.

Arbitrator Type


Areas of Emphasis


Beaver, H. Dennis

Phone: 661-323-7911
Fees: $350 per hour
Multilingual Ability: French and Swedish
Area of Emphasis: Business/Contract, Family Law, Insurance/Bad Faith, Landlord/Tenant, Personal Injury, Professional Malpractice
Type: Arbitrator

Bickett, Ronald P.

Phone: (661) 444-0800
Fees: $275 per hour
Multilingual Ability: n/a
Area of Emphasis: Business/Contract, Construction, Government (Public), Personal Injury, Real Property
Type: Arbitrator

Broadman, Howard R.

Phone: 559-738-1800
Fees: $400/hr; four or more law firms or extraordinary case $500/hr
Area of Emphasis: Business/Contract, Civil Rights, Complex Litigation, Construction, Employment/Labor, Family Law, Insurance/Bad Faith, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury
Type: Arbitrator, Judicial

Byrum, Kenneth M.

Phone: (661) 716-3000
Fees: $350 per hour
Multilingual Ability: None
Area of Emphasis: Bankruptcy, Business/Contract, Civil Rights, Complex Litigation, Conservatorships, Construction, Entertainment, Environmental, Family Law, Government (Public), Health Care, Intellectual Property, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury, Product Liability, Professional Malpractice, Real Property
Type: Arbitrator

Cohn, David K.

Phone: 661-323-4000
Type: Judicial

Dessy, Fawn K.

Phone: 661-322-3863
Fees: $325.00
Area of Emphasis: Construction, Landlord/Tenant, Real Property
Type: Arbitrator

Draper II, Jack A.

Phone: (805) 386-6777
Fees: $295 per hour (2 hour minimum)
Multilingual Ability: German, Indonesian, basic Spanish
Area of Emphasis: Business/Contract, Civil Rights, Complex Litigation, Construction, Entertainment, Personal Injury, Real Property
Type: Arbitrator

Dunphy, Ned E.

Phone: 661-327-9661
Fees: $250 per hour, full day flat fee available.
Multilingual Ability: Working knowledge of Spanish
Area of Emphasis: Insurance/Bad Faith, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury, Product Liability, Professional Malpractice
Type: Arbitrator, Judicial

Fachin, Gary M.

Phone: (661) 397-0635
Area of Emphasis: Employment, Labor, Probate, Wills, Trusts/Estates
Type: Judicial

Fairman, Jr., Robert P.

Phone: 661-203-3222
Fees: $150 per hour
Multilingual Ability: None
Area of Emphasis: Business/Contract, Civil Rights, Conservatorships, Employment/Labor, Family Law, Landlord/Tenant, Probate/Wills/Trusts/Estates, Real Property
Type: Arbitrator

Gillet, Jr., Phillip W.

Phone: (661) 323-3200
Fees: $195 per hour
Multilingual Ability: NA
Area of Emphasis: Bankruptcy, Real Property
Type: Arbitrator

Hall, John C.

Phone: 661-328-1200
Type: Judicial

Houle, Robert E.

Phone: 661-323-1878
Type: Judicial

Lemucchi, Timothy J.

Phone: 661-324-1100
Fees: $250.00 an hour
Multilingual Ability: NA
Area of Emphasis: Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury, Product Liability
Type: Arbitrator

Logan, Gary L.

Phone: (661) 325-8962
Area of Emphasis: Personal Injury
Type: Judicial

Martin, George F.

Phone: (661) 322-3051
Fees: $450.00 per hour
Multilingual Ability: N/A
Area of Emphasis: Business/Contract, Complex Litigation, Conservatorships, Construction, Employment, Labor, Entertainment, Environmental, Government (Public), Health Care, Insurance, Bad Faith, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury, Product Liability, Professional Malpractice
Type: Arbitrator

Middlebrook, Richard

Phone: 661-636-1333
Type: Judicial

Nichols, Steve W.

Phone: (661) 861-7911
Area of Emphasis: Personal Injury
Type: Judicial

O'Hara, Patrick J.

Phone: 559-429-4570
Fees: $400/hr; $500/hr involving four or more law firms or extraordinary cases; 7 hr min applies to full-day appointment; overtime rate (to be agreed upon) for evenings or weekends
Multilingual Ability: n/a
Area of Emphasis: Business/Contract, Complex Litigation, Conservatorships, Construction, Employment/Labor, Environmental, Family Law, Government (Public), Health Care, Insurance/Bad Faith, Intellectual Property, Landlord/Tenant, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury, Probate/Wills/Trusts/Estates, Product Liability, Professional Malpractice, Real Property
Type: Arbitrator, Judicial

Owen, Richard D.

Phone: (818) 749-6308
Fees: $250/hour with 2 hour minimum; $2,000/day with unlimited hours.
Multilingual Ability: None
Area of Emphasis: Bankruptcy, Business/Contract, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury, Product Liability, Professional Malpractice, Real Property
Type: Arbitrator

Salvucci, Susan D.

Phone: 661-805-4234
Fees: $200.00 per hour
Multilingual Ability: None – interpreter will be utilized as needed with each party to pay pro-rata costs
Area of Emphasis: Business/Contract, Conservatorships, Construction, Employment/Labor, Environmental, Family Law, Insurance/Bad Faith, Landlord/Tenant, Personal Injury, Product Liability, Real Property
Type: Arbitrator

Slocumb Jr., William H.

Phone: (661) 324-1400
Area of Emphasis: Business/Contract
Type: Judicial

Stovall, John F.

Phone: (661) 664-0602
Area of Emphasis: Government (Public)
Type: Judicial