Don Cripe

AAA/C.A.R./SCMA/ACR/AHLA/CALAMP
MC3 Certified Mediator
Independent Conflict Resolution Professional
Mediator, Arbitrator, Referee, Special Master
Retired Civil & Family Law Trial Attorney
Contact Information
Donald B. Cripe, J.D., SCMA/C.A.R./AAA/ACR/AHLA/CALAMP
(909) 864-5156
doncripe@camsmediation.com

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

  • Business Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Unlawful Detainer Matters
  • Personal Injury
  • Professional Negligence & Organizational Disputes
  • Civil Rights
  • Cannabis Related Issues
  • Insurance Law
  • Commercial & Residential Real Estate
  • Eminent Domain
  • Quiet Title
  • Judicial Foreclosure
  • Wrongful Termination
  • Sexual Harassment
  • International Contract Disputes
  • Domestic Business Disputes
  • Construction Defects
  • Building Contractor Litigation
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Municipal Law

Education & Awards

  • UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII, West Oahu College – B.A. w/Distinction Psychology 1985
  • SOUTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW – J.D. 1988
  • Southwestern University School of Law: – Wildmon Merit Scholar
  • American Jurisprudence Award: Sales
  • California Bar Association Award for Pro Bono Work
  • Recognized by RCBA for Pro Bono Volunteer Work
  • One of Top Three Mediators for the Riverside Superior Court
  • Jane Addams Award for Family Law Mediation in the Riverside Superior Court
  • Solomon Award for Family Law Mediation in the Riverside Superior Court

ADR & Judicial Training

  • “Mediating the Litigated Case,” Mediation Training, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School of Law
  • Mediation Training, RCBA Dispute Resolution Service, Inc.
  • “Mediating the Litigated Case,” Robert Tessier, Inland Valleys Justice Center
  • Formal training for Temporary Judges, training included: Judicial Conduct and Ethics
  • Fee Arbitration Training, California State Bar and Riverside County Bar associations
  • Co-sponsor, ADR Symposium, University of La Verne College of Law
  • Co-trainer, General Mediation Training, 40-hour course, Inland Valleys Justice Center
  • “Mediating the Litigated Case,” Robert Tessier and Donald B. Cripe, Inland Valleys Justice Center
  • “The Fallacy of Impasse,” Lee Jay Berman, American Mediation Institute
  • “Mediation in Litigation,” Donald B. Cripe, Inland Valleys Justice Center
  • Intensive Mediation Training, 32-hour course, The Center for Understanding in Conflict
  • American Arbitration Association University: Core Training
  • American Arbitration Association: Advanced Mediation Training
  • Dispute Resolution Services: The Difficult Party & Overcoming Impasse 
  • 24 Hr. CDPIE Intermediate Mediation Training
  • SBSC Judicial Conduct Training
  • OCMA Mediation Consortium
  • Trainer: 25 hr course for IVJC, Basic Mediation Training
  • American Arbitration Association Advanced Mediation Training
  • Dispute Resolution Services—High Conflict Mediation
  • California Association of Realtors Mediation Training
  • Strauss Institute Advanced Mediator Training (Through DRS, Riverside)
  • AOC Mediator Ethics Training
  • Annual AAA Arbitrator and Mediator Training

Professional Affiliations

  • 1988 – Present – California Bar Association
  • 1991 – Present – Riverside County Bar Association
  • 1991 – 1995 &
  • 2005 – Present – San Bernardino County Bar Association
  • 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, Mediate.com 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)

Published Articles

  • 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;
  • THE BOOGEYMAN OF FAMILY LAW MEDIATION;
  • 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; and several more
  • Text Authorship: Contributing Author, Advanced Guide for Mediators, Susan Nauss Exon, West, 2014