Louise LaMothe: Experience and C.V.

Ms. LaMothe’s experience in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)  spans almost 25 years. From her base in Santa Barbara, she has served as a mediator or arbitrator in close to 1,000 cases throughout Southern California.

Specializing in commercial and workplace mediation, she has published and taught extensively, and has developed materials for training lawyers in mediation and arbitration skills.

Ms. LaMothe brings extensive and varied “real world” experience to the  Dispute Resolution process.


In addition to serving as an employment mediator, Ms. LaMothe has presided as one of three arbitrators in more than 35 large, complex, international or domestic commercial matters, including over 10 as panel chair. She has issued numerous reasoned awards and has presided over 12 class arbitrations. In 2012, she was voted Santa Barbara Women Lawyers Attorney of the Year and also was named a Southern California Super Lawyer.

Her areas of expertise include: all types of workplace conflict resolution, including statutory and contractual claims; complex commercial cases including insurance coverage, partnership disputes, computer contracts and intellectual property issues, purchase and sale of businesses, and contractual relationships of many types, including entertainment ventures, motion picture financing, franchise and real estate contracts; legal and lending malpractice; physician and hospital disputes; defamation; broker/dealer disputes involving customer claims of churning and inappropriate investments.

Service as a neutral since 1993 on the American Arbitration Association Commercial Panel, Employment Panel since 1995, the Large Complex Panel (LCCP) since 1996, and the NRE (National Research Exchange) Panel since 2005. CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution, Los Angeles Regional, Employment and Nationwide Panels. Member, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

January 2014-

United States Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Central District of California—this part-time position allows the Magistrate Judge to maintain a private ADR practice that does not conflict with official duties.

March 1996-March 1999

Of Counsel
Los Angeles , California

Business litigation in a variety of subject matter areas in state and federal courts, at trial and appellate levels, including: derivative, securities class action and broker/dealer litigation, accountants’ professional negligence defense, business torts, entertainment industry transactions, insurance bad faith, representation of guarantors and creditors in bankruptcy matters, antitrust, probate, contractual disputes, including contracts for goods and services, real property leases and lending agreements, partnership disputes, fraud, products liability and defamation claims. Representation of management in employment litigation and related matters, including investigation of allegations of harassment due to sex and sexual orientation.

August, 1992-March, 1996

Los Angeles , California
Senior Litigation Principal

August 1974 – August, 1992

Los Angeles , California
Partner from l978

June 1971 – July l974

Lawrence , Kansas
Assistant Professor and Associate Professor
Faculty Director, Legal Aid Clinic


Palo Alto , California
Activities: Note Editor, Stanford Law Review,
Legal Aid Society, Juvenile Defender Project,
and indigent criminal representation.

History (with distinction)


  • Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Ventura County Bar Associations
  • American Bar Association
  • The State Bar of California
  • California Women Lawyers
  • Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles
  • Santa Barbara Women Lawyers
  • The State Bar of Kansas (inactive)



  • Chair, 1992-1993, Section of Litigation, American Bar Association; Council, l986-1989; other Section positions, 1981-1991; member, ABA House of Delegates, 1993-1998; member, Dispute Resolution Section; member, Senior Lawyers Division, Chair ADR  Committee, 2008 –
  • State Bar of California , Board of Legal Specialization, Labor and Employment Law Consulting Group, 1998-
  • Member, The American Law Institute, 1993-
  • Member, College of Commercial Arbitrators, 2001- ; Board Member, 2008-
  • CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution, Los Angeles Regional Panel of Neutrals, 1996-1999, 2004- ; Employment Panel, 2011- ; Nationwide Panel, 2011- ; Fair Housing Panel, 1998-1999; Securities Panel, 1999
  • Board member, Conflicts Solutions Center, 2011- 2012
  • Master, Wm. L. Gordon Inn of Court (Santa Barbara), 2009-2012
  • Member, Southern California Mediation Association, 2000-
  • Member California Dispute Resolution Council, Qualifications and Standards Committee, 2001-2002
  • California Judicial Council, 1990-1992; member, Advisory Committee on Implementation of Gender Bias Recommendations, 1991-1994
  • Volunteer mediator/arbitrator, Los Angeles Superior Court, 1994 -1999
  • Chair, Lawyers Support Committee, Los Angeles Legal Aid Foundation Annual Fund Drive , 1994-95
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, ABA Relations Committee, 1991-1995 ; ADR Section, Executive Committee, 1994-1997
  • Board of Trustees, Graduate Theological Union , Berkeley , CA , 1995-2004
  • Editorial Board, Western Legal History (1988), Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society, 2000-
  • Chair, ADR Committee, Santa Barbara County Bar Association, 2006
  • Board of Directors, The Alliance for Children’s Rights, 1993-1996
  • Board of Directors, Inner City Law Center, 1991-1996
  • Board of Visitors, Stanford Law School , 1986-1988; 1989-1991; Executive Committee, 1989-1991
  • Deputy General Counsel, Independent Commission on the Los Angeles Police Department, 1991
  • Lawyer Representative, Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, 1986 & 1987, 1993-1995; alternate, 1992-1993
  • Faculty member, National Institute for Trial Advocacy, 1973, 1978- (national, regional, specialized and teacher training programs); Member, NITA Board of Trustees, 1991-2008; Chair, 2006-2008.
  • Committee on Women in the Law, State Bar of California, 1985-88, Chair, 1987-88
  • Board of Governors, Association of Business Trial Lawyers, 1982-1984
  • Board of Directors, Public Counsel, 1980-1983

(Partial List)

  • Business Litigation, California Civil Practice (6 vols.) (Thomson/West) (supplemented semiannually)
  • Contributing Author, The College of Commercial Arbitrators Guide to Best Practices in Commercial Arbitration   JurisNet (2006) (2nd Ed. 2010)
  • Contributing Author, Alternative Dispute Resolution: The Litigator’s Handbook (ABA Section of Litigation) (N. Atlas, S. Huber, E. Trachte-Huber, Eds.) (2000)
  • Book Review, Jurist (March, 1998)
  • Contributing Author, The Woman Advocate: Excelling in the 1990’s (Prentice Hall Law & Business) (J. Snyder, A. Greene, Eds.) (1994)
  • Thinking About Mediation , Litigation (Summer 1993)
  • Why the Task Force on Children? , Litigation (Spring 1993)
  • Where Have all the Mentors Gone? , Litigation (Winter 1992)
  • Where are We Going Anyway? , Litigation (Fall 1992)
  • Women as Rainmakers , Litigation (Spring 1991)
    (with Jean Maclean Snyder and Robin Page West)
  • Endangered Species, Stanford Lawyer (Spring/Summer 1989)
  • Bar Watch, For Women Lawyers, It’s Still an Uphill Climb, California Lawyer (Sept., l987)
  • Women Under the Law: The Pedestal or the Cage? , 43 Kan. B. J. 25 (l974)
  • Roe v. Wade: The Right of Privacy Revisited , 2l Kan. L. Rev. 527 (l973) (with S.L. Kovar)
  • Note, Community Controlled Renewal in California
    Some Proposals for Change, 23 Stan. L. Rev. l48 (l970)