In the last eighteen years, we have helped companies and individuals navigate successfully through the legal system. For some, this meant going before a jury, whether in federal or state court, or before an administrative law judge. For some, it meant getting out of the case as quickly and painlessly as possible. For some, it meant putting the right knowledge, documents, and systems in place to minimize the risk of litigation and focus on profitability. But for all of them, it meant listening, understanding, and then making the commitment to meet their needs such that they could begin to outsource their stress, not just their legal work, knowing that their concerns will be prioritized and addressed.
Our clients know that they will get the same consistently high level of service and quality of work whether they are a lower middle class minority individual who was harassed at work, a small company that wants to stay out of court, or a multinational company looking to be relieved from the restrictions of a newly passed law - regardless of whether the opposing firm has offices around the world or is one which was formed last week.
It is this reputation which has caused our practice to flourish. It is this high level of care which causes each of our many clients to consistently feel like they are the most important. And it is this high level of commitment which enables us to have a diverse practice including the specialties of employment, cryptocurrency, cannabis, constitutional law, and business litigation, to name a few, and achieve excellent results.
This diverse litigation experience has also given us priceless insight into the nuances of a wide range of transactional matters, from basic corporate formation to drafting premarital agreements and negotiating contracts for authors, by allowing us to account for emerging issues beyond the basic common pitfalls. Furthermore, it has enabled Mr. Salama to be both an effective and practical mediator, drawing on real outcomes to better inform and facilitate resolution, and he regularly serves as both a referee and settlement conference panelist for the Marin County Court system.
managing Attorney profile
Joseph Salama is a trial attorney licensed to practice law in California. Mr. Salama has litigated and helped resolve hundreds of cases in the areas of general civil litigation, employment, commercial, cryptocurrency, cannabis, medical malpractice, landlord/tenant, and family law, among many others, in federal court, in state court, before arbitration panels, administrative law judges, the Department of Labor, the Workers Compensation Appeals Board, and in mediation. Mr. Salama obtained his mediation certification and his undergraduate degrees from U.C. Berkeley, and his law degree from Boston University School of Law, with a concentration in dispute resolution. Mr. Salama is fluent in English and Arabic, Egyptian dialect.
For the last sixteen years, Joseph Salama has helped resolve hundreds of disputes in mediation, sometimes before a complaint is ever filed, sometimes a week or two before trial.
Although Mr. Salama draws on his trial and litigation experience to help parties evaluate the relative strengths and weaknesses of their cases, he does not force a settlement on those terms. Instead he positions it as a benchmark fallback position - the likely alternative to a mediated agreement - which, once identified, enables the parties to comfortably explore other, more optimal, mutually beneficial, outcomes they had not yet considered. This style of mediation factors into account the existing law, minimizes the buyer's remorse that parties often experience the day after the mediation, and takes full advantage of the parties' ability to truly draft their own superior resolution by properly and realistically motivating them.
Ultimately, cases resolve in mediation based on the energy, creativity, and persuasive skills of the mediator. Mr. Salama has each those in abundance. He has had unique success with difficult cases arising out of cultural differences.