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Fairbank ADR

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After 37 years as a successful litigator and trial lawyer, Robert H. Fairbank established Fairbank ADR in 2014 as an Alternative Dispute Resolution entity that specializes in the mediation of multi-million dollar, complex civil matters that result in settlements of 7, 8 and 9 figure amounts. Bob Fairbank has been recognized as one of 33 Top Nationwide Mediators in the USA by Chambers and Partners in 2020 (also ranked as one of Top 37 in 2019).

Fairbank ADR provides a comprehensive, evaluative approach to mediations. Utilizing a two-person “mediation team” approach for each dispute, Bob Fairbank is one of few mediators in the US who employs a full-time attorney, Kimberly West, an O'Melveny & Myers alumna, to assist him in each mediation and undertake an in-depth analysis of the merits and unique factors that affect settlement efforts. Bob and Kim engage in extensive pre-mediation communications with the parties as well as diligent and committed follow-up efforts to identify and maximize the optimal time for settlement if the case does not settle at the end of the scheduled mediation session. Bob and Kim are frequently commended as a team by mediation participants for their “persistence and excellent work,” “tenacity, intellect, and commitment” in resolving difficult matters. To date, Fairbank ADR has facilitated settlements of over $1.5 billion.

Major Mediation Practice Areas & Examples of Representative Settlements:

Breach of Contract or License Agreement 

  • 9-figure confidential settlement of contract dispute re default Internet search engine for web browser
  • 8-figure settlement of dispute involving technology development partnership agreement in agricultural industry
  • $28.6 million post-trial settlement of business dispute between Chinese companies involving joint venture for manufacture & sale of appliances
  • 8-figure settlement of breach of uranium supply contract in nuclear industry



  • $750 million settlement of 13-party administrative proceeding and related federal class action involving costs arising from premature shutdown of San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) in California [Order Instituting Investigation on the Commission’s Own Motion into the Rates, Operations, Practices, Services and Facilities of Southern California Edison Company and San Diego Gas and Electric Company Associated with the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station Units 2 and 3 [California Public Utility Commission Investigation 12-10-013] and Citizens Oversight, Inc. et al. v. CPUC et al., No. 15-55762 (9th Cir. 2015)]


Fraud / Misrepresentation

  • $37.8 million cash settlement of nationwide certified fraud class action in trucking industry, with court deeming total settlement value at $96 million (Roberts v. CR England)(No. 2:12-cv-00302 (D. Utah))


Disputes Involving Founders & Original Investors of Start-Up Companies

  • 9-figure settlement of confidential dispute over majority/minority ownership stake in popular app
  • 24 million share settlement of shareholder dispute between early investors in cannabis retail company MedMen and founders/company (estimated $6.72 million value)


Intellectual Property: Copyright Infringement / Patent Infringement / Patent Royalty Disputes / Trade Secret Misappropriation

  • 7 and 8 figure settlements of multi-party dispute over patent and trade secret rights in licensing and testing of molecular compound for use in consumer products



  • Settlement of profit participation dispute between two major studios
  • Settlement worth $8.7 million in consumer class action against movie studios for unfair and deceptive practices re box sets of James Bond films (Johnson v. MGM Holdings and 20th Century Fox) (Case No. 2:17-cv-00541 (W.D. Wash. 2017))


Legal Malpractice / Professional Negligence

  • 7-figure settlement of action against elite law firm for alleged conflicts of interest in handling family trust and estate matters


Securities Class Actions

  • Zaghian v. THQ Inc., et al. ($2.6 million settlement of federal class action against videogame developer for alleged false and misleading statements re likelihood of success of new videogame product) (Case No. 2:12-cv-05227 (C.D. Cal. 2012))
  • Quiksilver Securities Litigation ($1.5 million settlement)


Shareholder Derivative Actions & Breach of Fiduciary Duty

  • 7-figure settlement of action alleging failure to oversee corporate compliance procedures and internal reporting controls of government contractor


Oil & Gas Industry

  • $19 million settlement of shareholder class action challenging majority shareholder's acquisition of oil and gas company (“going private” transaction)


Insurance Disputes

  • 7-figure settlement of action against fine art insurance broker by purchaser of famous artworks


Consumer Class Actions

  • $3.5 million settlement of class action against a major cosmetics company for false advertising and deceptive marketing practices


Pharmaceutical / Health Care

  • See Intellectual Property


Antitrust (Direct and Class Actions)

Whistleblower Retaliation / Wrongful Termination

Real Estate Disputes

Firm Practice Areas

  • Mediation

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Office Locations

United States

United States



Los Angeles, CA

350 South Grand Avenue, Suite 2810

Los Angeles, CA 90071

United States

(213) 891.9010

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