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RUSS J. WUNDERLI, ESQ.

  • Based in Northern California
  • Available for Mediation, Arbitration, and Private Judging assignments

Introduction

Mr. Wunderli started mediating in 1995 while he was actively practicing law. Over the years, he earned the respect of his colleagues in the legal community and as a result, they called him to mediate their cases that were coming up for trial. His passion for mediation and success at resolving disputes led him to becoming a full time neutral in 2012.

During his 30 plus years of experience as a trial lawyer he represented plaintiffs, defendants, individuals, local and national companies, and public entities, covering a broad range of disputes involving matters such as vehicular accidents, products liability, premises liability, construction defects/accidents, contract disputes, real estate, employment, professional negligence, environmental law, ADA disputes and unfair business practices.

Since becoming a full-time mediator, Russ has gained a reputation for taking a personalized approach to each dispute. He is known for his analytical and intuitive skills and for having a warm, calm, and empathetic style. One attorney stated, “We appreciate your tireless efforts and superb personal approach to the individuals involved. Your ability to connect with everyone present and moving negotiations forward in a methodical, logical and non-confrontational fashion greatly facilitated in the successful resolution of this case.”

Specialties

  • All Types of Personal Injury including Wrongful Death
  • Government Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Negligence
  • Employment
  • Real Property
  • Construction Defect
  • Business/Contractual Disputes

Hobbies & Interests

Russ enjoys all kinds of sports, especially baseball, having previously played collegiately at CSUS and semi-professionally in Sacramento. He also enjoys biking, hiking and golfing, and attending River Cats, Giants and Kings games with his family.

Testimonials

"Great mediator. Listens and is fair. I enjoyed working with Russ."
- Attorney on a legally complex employment wage and hour dispute












Experience Summary

Legal Career

  • Mediator, Judicate West (Present)
  • Mediator, Wunderli Mediation Services (2012-Present)
  • Judge Pro Tem: El Dorado (2012-Present), Placer (2012-Present) & Sacramento (1995-Present) Counties
  • Panel Mediator, Sacramento (2007-Present) & Yuba (2013-Present) Counties
  • Partner, Porter Scott (1990-2011)
  • Associate, Porter, Scott, Weiberg & Delehant (1985-1990)
  • Associate, Hardy, Erich & Brown (1980-1985)

Education & Professional Affiliations

  • J.D., University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law (1980)
  • B.A., California State University of Sacramento (1976)
  • Continuing Education in Mediation, Pepperdine University School of Law/Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution (2012-2016, 2019)
  • Sacramento County Bar Association, ADR Section (2013-Present)
  • Placer County Bar Association (2013-Present)
  • Associate, American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • Panel Member, Resolute Systems, LLC (2012-Present)
  • Member, Association for Dispute Resolution of Northern California (2013-2015)

Achievements & Awards

  • Peer Review Rating, AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5, Martindale-Hubbell (2001-2019)
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution, Northern California Super Lawyers (2010-2020)
  • Top Lawyers, Mediation, Sacramento Magazine (2015-2019)

Legal Experience

  • All Types of Personal Injury including Wrongful Death
  • Government Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Negligence
  • Employment
  • Real Property
  • Construction Defect
  • Business/Contractual Disputes

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