Biography

Michael Dickstein is a full-time mediator, arbitrator, and negotiation/ADR teacher. Mr. Dickstein teaches negotiation and mediation at Stanford Law School, and is a former partner in one of America’s leading law firms (Heller Ehrman et al.).
 
Mr. Dickstein has mediated and successfully settled cases on a wide variety of topics (including class action, commercial, employment, contract, intellectual property, franchise, real estate, personal injury, discrimination, malpractice, construction defect, and defamation issues). Mr. Dickstein has mediated approximately 250 class actions across North America (including in New York, Toronto, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Nashville, Houston, Minneapolis, Columbus, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego and Orange County), with class sizes ranging from fewer than 100 class members to over 70,000. Examples of Mr. Dickstein’s work include: mediating a nationwide wage and hour class action brought against a major financial institution, with over 60,000 class members and hundreds of millions of dollars in dispute; facilitating the contract negotiations between Canada’s theatre actors and major theatre owners; mediating an international trademark dispute involving the wine labels of a leading American and European wine producer; mediating a discrimination class action, involving a university’s structuring of its sports program, and provision of facilities and opportunities for women; mediating claims between one of the world’s leading automobile manufacturers and its franchisees; and arbitrating employment claims against a pre-eminent securities company. Mr. Dickstein has also served as a judge pro tem for the San Francisco and Alameda Courts.
 
In addition to teaching at Stanford, Mr. Dickstein has taught classes on negotiation, mediation, and ADR worldwide (including in the US, Canada, China, France, Germany, England, Ireland, Australia, Trinidad and Tobago, Bermuda, the Bahamas, and St. Lucia). In addition, Mr. Dickstein has published various works on mediation and negotiation, including the chapter on “Preparing for, and Attending, Mediation” in the Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice Manual published by CCH Canadian Limited (2000) and “8 Steps to Negotiating a Deal” published as a “Must Read” on CNN.com (2013).
 
Mr. Dickstein earned his A.B. with honors from Harvard College in 1981, and J.D. with honors from Harvard Law School in 1985. Mr. Dickstein has been chosen to appear in “Who is Who of American Lawyers”; “Who is Who in America”; “Who is Who in the World”; and “Northern California Super Lawyers” 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.