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Listening to the Marketplace: What San Francisco’s Top Lawyers Expect From Mediators


What does it take to succeed as a mediator in today’s saturated, competitive marketplace? Gain an edge! Listen to three of San Francisco’s top lawyers -- frequent consumers of mediation services – tell what separates the best from the rest. Incorporate their pointers into your practice to improve yourself as a mediator, and to improve your ability to grow your business.”

Topics will include:

  • When is the right time to mediate?
  • How do you select a mediator?
  • Administrative Do’s and Don’ts; Administrative fees, lunch, parking, other little details that may grow into pet peeves
  • What kind of preparation should mediators do?
  • What do the best mediators do at the mediation?
  • What would make a mediator absolutely indispensable?

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About Ashok Ramani

Mr. Ramani focuses his practice on trying IP cases, in particular patent and trade-secret matters. Ashok is a partner with Keker & Van Nest, where he has represented clients such as Genentech, Google, HTC, Netflix, and TSMC in federal and state courts as well as before the US International Trade Commission. His notable results include securing two nine-figure settlements (one of which followed a successful ten-week jury trial), obtaining preliminary injunctions against former employees on trade secret misappropriation claims, and achieving mid-trial voluntary dismissal by the plaintiff (with Ashok’s clients and the other defendant paying nothing). He is a member and leader of several professional associations, including serving on the board of directors for the Asian Law Caucus and formerly as a commissioner of the California State Bar Commission on Judicial Nominee Evaluation. Ashok graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School, after earning his B.A., with high honors, from UC Berkeley. Prior to joining Keker & Van Nest, he clerked for Hon. Henry H. Kennedy, Jr. of the U.S. District Court, District of Columbia.