Don Cripe

MC3 Certified Mediator
Independent Conflict Resolution Professional
Mediator, Arbitrator, Referee, Special Master
Retired Civil & Family Law Trial Attorney
Contact Information
Donald B. Cripe
MC3 Certified Mediator
(909) 864-5156

Mediation/ADR Philosophy

I approach every mediation with patience, empathy and an abiding desire to bring the matter to a satisfactory resolution. Even as a litigator, I consistently tried to move my cases to resolution through Alternative Dispute Resolution, preferably by way of mediation. I am a very active mediator trained and able to employ a variety of approaches from the extremes of Facilitative and Evaluative. My most effective mediation tool is listening. I am able to tailor my approach to mediation to the desires of the parties and counsel. When I conduct mediation, it is for the purpose of resolving the matter and not “pro forma.” I take this process and my conduct, as well as my professional reputation as a conflict resolution professional, very seriously. I want the parties to any mediation I conduct to leave feeling as if they had accomplished something of value and were heard, even if the case does not settle. I am willing to work with the parties as long as it takes to come to a resolution; I will be the last person in the room; I will not give up until the case settles or all parties say they are done.

Services Offered

  • Mediation (Civil, Probate, Family)
  • Arbitration
  • Special Master/Referee
  • Case Evaluation

Areas of Experience Include

  • Business Litigation (i.e., Contracts, Shareholder Litigation, etc.)
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Unlawful Detainer Matters (Commercial and Residential Landlord/Tenant)
  • Personal Injury
  • Professional Negligence & Organizational Disputes
  • Civil Rights
  • Cannabis Related Issues
  • Insurance Law
  • Commercial & Residential Real Estate
  • Eminent Domain
  • Quiet Title
  • Judicial Foreclosure
  • Employment Disputes
    • Wrongful Termination
    • Workplace Harassment
    • Executive Separation through Whistleblower Claims
    • Discrimination
    • Retaliation Claims
    • Wage and Hour
    • Overtime and Expense Re-imbursement Claims
  • International Contract Disputes
  • Domestic Business Disputes
  • Construction, Construction Defects, Building Contractor Litigation
  • Medical Malpractice (including Medicine, Surgical, Obstetric, Chiropractic, Dental and Oral Surgery)
  • Municipal Law

ADR & Judicial Training

  • Pepperdine University, Straus Institute Mediation Training: Mediating the Litigated Case
  • Dispute Resolution Service Mediation Training
  • Inland Valleys Justice Center: Mediating the Litigated Case by Robert Tessier
  • Annual Formal Training for Temporary Judges, including Judicial Conduct and Ethics
  • State and County Bar Training as a Fee Arbitrator
  • University of La Verne College of Law: ADR Symposium (and Co-Sponsor)
  • March 2011: Inland Valleys Justice Center 40 Hr. General Mediation Training (and Co- Trainer)
  • Inland Valleys Justice Center: Mediating the Litigated Case Trainers: Bob Tessier & Don Cripe
  • American Mediation Institute, Lee Jay Berman, The Fallacy of Impasse
  • 2011: Inland Valleys Justice Center: Mediation in Litigation Donald B. Cripe
  • 2012: The Center for Understanding in Conflict-32 Hour Intensive Mediation Training
  • 2012: American Arbitration Association University: Core Training; 2012—Trainer: 25 hr. course for IVJC, Basic Mediation Training
  • 2012: American Arbitration Association: Advanced Mediation Training
  • 2013: Dispute Resolution Services: The Difficult Party & Overcoming Impasse
  • 2014 24 Hr. CDPIE Intermediate Mediation Training
  • 2015 SBSC Judicial Conduct Training
  • 2015 OCMA Mediation Consortium
  • 2012:Trainer: 25 hr. course for IVJC, Basic Mediation Training
  • 2012: American Arbitration Association Advanced Mediation Training
  • 2015: Dispute Resolution Services—High Conflict Mediation
  • 2016: California Association of Realtors Mediation Training
  • 2018: Strauss Institute Advanced Mediator Training (Through DRS, Riverside)
  • 2019: AOC Mediator Ethics Training
  • 2020: Annual AAA Arbitrator and Mediator Training
  • Sept-Oct 2020: Ethics Standards for Court-Connected Mediators
  • 2021: AAA-Advanced Mediation and Impasse Management Strategies in the Digital Age
  • 2021: C.A.R.-Mediation and Arbitration of Disputes Arising Under the California RPA
  • 2021: AAA- Advanced Mediation Strategies in the Digital Age
  • 2021: NCDS / CDSP—Automotive Warranty and Lemon Law Arbitration Training
  • 2021: MC3 Recertification Training
I also teach Mediation and Negotiation at the University of LaVerne College of Law for which I train constantly.

Education & Awards

  • UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII, West Oahu College – B.A. with distinction Psychology 1985
  • Southwestern University School of Law: – Wildmon Merit Scholar (Full Scholastic Scholarship)
  • American Jurisprudence Award: Sales
  • 1994 – California Bar Association Award for Pro Bono Work
  • Recognized by RCBA for Pro Bono Volunteer Work
  • 2012 – 2017 Awarded: One of Top Three Mediators for the Riverside Superior Court
  • 2012 Jane Addams Award for Family Law Mediation in the Riverside Superior Court
  • 2013 – 2017 Solomon Award for Family Law Mediation in the Riverside Superior Court

Professional Affiliations

  • 1988 – Present – California Bar Association
  • 1991 – Present – Riverside County Bar Association
  • 1991 – 1995 & 2005 – Present – San Bernardino County Bar Association
  • 2019 – Present – Mediation Consortium of California (MC3)
  • 1993 – 2006 – Contract Presenter-Speaker, The Lifestyles Organization Annual Conventions: Alternative Lifestyles and the Law
  • 1994 – California Bar Association Award for Pro Bono Work
  • 1994 – Recognized by RCBA for Pro Bono Volunteer Work
  • 1995 – 2007 – Riverside Mock Trial Volunteer
  • 1996 – Present – Judicial Arbitrator, San Bernardino and Riverside Counties
  • 1996 – 2001 – Settlement Judge (acting) San Bernardino Family Court
  • 1998 – Present – Attorney Fee Dispute Mediator, RCBA
  • 1999 – 2016 – Temporary Judge for Family Law, Civil and Criminal Departments, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties
  • 1999 – Present – Mediator with Riverside Dispute Resolution Service
  • 1999 – Present – Mediator with Riverside Superior Court
  • 2003 – Present – Mediator with Riverside Family Court
  • 2006 – Present – Special Master, Riverside County Superior Courts
  • 2009 – Present – Mediation Panel-Riverside Superior Court
  • 2009 – Present – Mediator/Arbitrator for Inland Valleys Justice Center
  • 2009 – 2011, 2017—Present – Kaiser Health Plan Independent Arbitrator (Medical Malpractice)
  • 2009 – Present – Riverside Superior Court Family ADR Subcommittee
  • 2009 – 2016 – Speaker: Loma Linda University Graduate School of Psychology “Mediation”
  • 2009 – Present – Certified Mediator/Senior Mediator, Certification Program
  • 2010 – 2011 – San Bernardino Courts Mediation “Triage” program developer for IVJC
  • 2010 – Present – Special Master, San Bernardino Superior Courts
  • 2010 – 2011 – IVJC Supervising Attorney
  • 2010 – 2015 – IVJC Mediation Trainer for Staff, Interns and Mediators
  • 2010 – Guest Speaker: University of LaVerne College of Law—Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • 2010 – Present – Adjunct Professor of Law, University of LaVerne College of Law (ADR)
  • 2011 – Present – Mediator, TAM Program, Riverside Superior Courts
  • 2011 – Present – Southern California Mediation Association
  • 2011 – Present – Association for Conflict Resolution
  • 2011 – Guest Lecturer, CSU San Bernardino–Chinese Law Student Exchange Program: Mediation in California
  • 2011 – 2012 – Associate Program Developer/Legal Advisor/Co-Author, C.A.R.E. Program, “Informed Divorce in California”
  • 2012 – 2016 – Board of Directors, C.A.R.E. Counseling Center, San Bernardino, CA
  • 2012—Present – American Arbitration Association: Roster of Commercial Arbitrators and Mediators
  • 2012—Present – American Healthcare Lawyers Association: Mediator & Arbitrator
  • July 2012: – CSU San Bernardino: Presentation to students from the Chinese Southwest University of Political Science on the American System of Justice and the American Economic System and System of Finance
  • Sept 2012 – CSU San Bernardino: Presentation to Delegation of Senior Prosecutors from China on the administration of the Criminal Justice System in Inland Empire, California
  • March 2013 – CSU San Bernardino: Entrepreneurship Training—Conflict Management in Business
  • April 2013 – CSU San Bernardino: College of Education—Negotiation Skills
  • Sept 2013 – CSU San Bernardino: Presentation to Delegation of Senior Judges from China on the American Judiciary
  • October 2013 –  Administrative Office of The Courts Discussion Group: Mediation
  • 2013—Present – CSUSB College of Education: Lecturer-Basic Negotiation Skills; International Negotiation
  • 2013–2015 – Claims Litigation Management Association
  • 2014—2015 – Collaborative Divorce Professionals of the Inland Empire (Board)
  • 2014—2017 – Consumer Attorneys Of California
  • March 2014 – CSU San Bernardino: Lecture to Sr. Delegation of Senior Administrators from Lower Mongolia, China: American Administration/Administrative Law Systems
  • 2015—Present – Riverside Superior Court ADR Committee
  • 2015—Present – BCS Mediation Training: Intermediate to Advanced Trainer
  • 2016—Present – California Agriculture Mediation Program—Mediator
  • 2019—Present – California Lawyers Association
  • Present – California Association of Realtors Mediation Panel
  • Present – Mediation Certification Consortium of California (MC3)

Misc General & Personal Background

  • Born: Long Ago, Goshen, Indiana
  • Personal: Married, Lynn Cripe, 3 children, 3 step children and 3 grandchildren
  • Interests: Family, Reading, History, Woodworking, studying Classic Cars and Motorcycles, Movies
  • General: Raised in Rural Indiana; graduated High School from Venice High School, Venice, California
  • Work/Military:  Vietnam Era Navy Veteran; Nuclear Submarine (FBM) Veteran; Radioman /Electronics Technician; Honorable Discharge 1972. After the Navy I worked in a factory for a short while and then in construction. Then attended trade school and became a licensed (Hawaii) auto mechanic; eventually became a heavy equipment mechanic. Entered the Retail field and joined the management team for a large national retailer then a small retail establishment in Honolulu. From there worked in Radio as an infrequent on-air person and the General Sales Manager.


  • Mediation In Civil & Family Cases: The Care and Feeding of Trial Counsel; Mediating the Civil Case: Great Expectations or Reality Check
  • The ADR Myth and other fictions
  • The Art of Mediation in The Real World
  • Shhhh, it-s a secret! (Mediating Cases Involving Insurance Carriers); Mediation Is Always Voluntary—-NOT!
  • Mom Always Liked You Best (or The Biased Mediator); Patience and Solitaire
  • Conflict Resolution Without Fear or Risk
  • The Mystery of Mediator Credentials
  • The Choices We Make and Shooting Ourselves in the Foot; What Is Mediation?
    and several more.
  • Text Authorship: Contributor, Advanced Guide for Mediators, Susan Nauss Exon, West, 2014