Marc Alexander brings over 35 years of litigation experience to his practice
as a neutral, including bench and jury trials, binding arbitrations, mediations,
and appellate work in state and federal courts. He is currently Of Counsel to
AlvaradoSmith APC and previously worked at McKittrick Jackson DeMarco &
Peckenpaugh and, prior to that, Irell and Manella. Early in his legal career, Marc
specialized in intellectual property cases, and over time his practice broadened to
include business, real estate, lender-borrower, landlord-tenant, unfair competition,
employment, attorney fee, and other disputes.
Marc has mediated hundreds of state and federal cases, as well as pre-litigation disputes. Since 2012, he has published a blog entitled California Mediation and Arbitration, and since 2008, has been a co-contributor to the blog California Attorney’s Fees. His involvement with the attorney’s fees blog aligned with the insight that all too often attorney’s fees become the tail that wags the dog in litigation. This led naturally to his interest in ADR as a pragmatic means of achieving resolution that is also economical, efficient, and offers greater agency to the participants than litigation. Marc believes preparation, patience, and trust-building are keys to successful dispute resolution. His personal style is calm and friendly. Depending on circumstances and the needs of the parties, Marc will be facilitative or evaluative. He works hard to seek common ground, to avoid impasse, and to close when resolution is within reach.