Rande Sotomayor has been an active mediator and arbitrator since 2004 serving several southern California communities including Pasadena, Glendale, the Greater San Gabriel Valley, and Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, Santa Barbara, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. With years of experience in private litigation, Mrs. Sotomayor is a seasoned professional when it comes to mediation and arbitration.
Mrs. Sotomayor’s common-sense and cost-effective approach has achieved consistently excellent results and early dispute resolution for clients and parties, especially in mediation and other forms of ADR (alternative dispute resolution). Mrs. Sotomayor brings time-tested skills to the table as a neutral, reducing or eliminating the emotional charge of the dispute and the process, and creatively exploring all avenues to dispute resolution.
In private practice for over 30 years, with significant trial, arbitration, and appellate experience, Mrs. Sotomayor has resolved hundreds of disputes, either as neutral or advocate, in cases involving commercial, personal injury, real estate, homeowners associations, land use, premises liability, construction, home warranty, insurance, bad faith, ERISA benefits, consumer, unfair trade practices, title insurance, third party coverage, lemon law, municipal law, employment, professional liability, and general business issues.
Legal and ADR Experience
- 2010 – Present – Principal, Sotomayor Law – In her own practice since 2010, Mrs. Sotomayor has continued to handle diverse mediation, arbitration, business and civil litigation matters. With an active dispute resolution practice, Mrs. Sotomayor serves on the Mediation Panel of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. She also served on the Mediation Panels at the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Mrs. Sotomayor’s civil litigation practice includes commercial, insurance policyholder, bad faith, home warranty, unfair trade practices, and consumer disputes. Mrs. Sotomayor’s business practice includes consulting with and representing corporate clients regarding insurance claims handling issues, insurance coverage, pre-litigation dispute resolution, marketing, risk management, and supervision of outside litigation counsel. Parties to existing conflicts or litigation also retain Mrs. Sotomayor to negotiate settlements or other types of dispute resolution.
- 2008 – 2010 – Burke, Williams & Sorensen, LLP (following merger with Bannan, Frank & Terzain) – Partner in 85-attorney general business law firm. Mrs. Sotomayor maintained and developed her civil litigation and business practice following the merger of her former law firm with the Burke firm. While at Burke, Mrs. Sotomayor continued to manage cases in all phases of state and federal litigation. Mrs. Sotomayor also continued to expand her private and pro bono practice as a mediator and arbitrator.
- 1996 – 2008 – Bannan, Frank & Terzian, LLP – Of Counsel and Partner in 12-attorney statewide civil litigation firm. Mrs. Sotomayor managed all phases of civil business litigation, including defending and prosecuting insurance, ERISA benefits, home warranty, commercial, consumer, title insurance, and lemon law cases. Mrs. Sotomayor’s growing business practice included contract review and negotiation, risk management, and consultation on municipal law, first amendment, and land use issues. During this time frame, Mrs. Sotomayor trained, initiated and grew her practice in mediation and arbitration.
- 1983 – 1996 – Adams, Duque & Hazeltine – Litigation Associate and Of Counsel in 100-attorney general business law firm. Mrs. Sotomayor had significant early trial and arbitration responsibility in commercial, insurance, ERISA benefits, redevelopment, product liability, employment, and land use litigation.
Mrs. Sotomayor received her B.A. (magna cum laude) from Duke University and her J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis, where she was Notes and Comments Editor for the Washington University Law Quarterly.
She is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Pasadena Bar Association, the American Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Section, the Southern California Mediation Association, and the Pasadena and San Gabriel Chambers of Commerce. Mrs. Sotomayor also is a Past President of National Charity League, Pasadena Area Chapter.
Recent Publications: “Effective Mediation Briefs,” California Lawyer, August 2014; “Practical Advice for Getting Results in Business Mediation,” Big News for Solo & Small Firms (CA State Bar), Summer 2014.