Biography and C.V.


Robert Friedenberg has been an attorney practicing all types of civil litigation in state and federal courts since 1983.  He opened his own practice in February 2000 -- Friedenberg Mediation -- focusing exclusively on alternative dispute resolution. He is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and UCLA Law School, and was a junior high and high school teacher before entering law school. Robert has taught on the paralegal program at the University of San Diego, and has been a pro tem judge for Small Claims Court in San Diego for the past 20 years.


ADR Experience

1988-present -- Mediator and arbitrator in hundreds of cases. Appointed by courts and selected by litigants for private mediations and arbitrations. Wide range of subject matter, including construction defect and claims, insurance and bad faith, homeowner association matters, real estate, personal injury, product liability, professional liability, real property, employment and business disputes. Certified by National Conflict Resolution Center; Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution.

1997-present -- Judge Pro Tem, San Diego County Superior Court.

Legal Employment

1983-present -- Private law firms in Oakland (1983-85) and San Diego (1985-present). Current firm is Law Offices of Robert L. Friedenberg. Significant experience in general civil and business litigation, including homeowner and construction defect litigation (representing plaintiff Associations, individual homeowners, developer/general contractors, and wide variety of subcontractors); personal injury (plaintiff and defense); product liability; insurance; premises liability; professional E&O; real estate; employment; civil rights; and municipal liability defense. Numerous successful bench and jury trials.

1993-1996 -- Instructor, University of San Diego Paralegal Program
Taught discovery section of civil litigation course.


1983 -- J.D., UCLA School of Law
ABOTA Award for Trial Practice; UCLA-Alaska Law Review

1978 -- B.A.., U.C. Berkeley
History major/secondary teaching credential; Phi Beta Kappa

What Sets Us Apart

My firm offers alternative dispute resolution services of the highest quality. I make myself available to attorneys and their clients on short notice and at all hours.

I believe in handling all matters as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible, while still providing excellent service. My services are tailored to fit the individual needs of attorneys and clients. I actually review evidence and listen to each side explain the merits of their respective positions, and use that information in helping the parties resolve their disputes.

I have been involved in civil litigation of all types for over 33 years, and have acted as a mediator and arbitrator for the last 25 years. I have participated in all roles -- as a neutral, attorney and party, and can thus understand the concerns of attorneys and clients. Having been a practicing attorney I am well aware of the need for frequent and detailed billing of my time.

You will be billed after my services have been provided, or monthly for longer engagements. No administrative or case management fees will be charged -- you will only pay for my time and certain costs.

In multi-party cases, my firm will follow through to ensure cases are promptly closed after settlement has been reached. Parties should no longer have to wait up to a year or even two before all closing documentation has been received and forwarded to all participants.

Appointments will always be available on relatively short notice. All messages will be returned within 24 hours, and usually within an hour or two.