Mark is a mediator, arbitrator and special master with ADR Services, Inc. and a nationwide practice. Prior to becoming a full-time neutral, Mark served as general counsel and senior executive to both Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream, Inc. and Ross Stores, Inc., where he managed all litigation, ADR initiatives and other legal matters. Mark also served as part of the senior legal leadership worldwide for Nestle, S. A. following Nestle's acquisition of Dreyer's, and developed ADR training for its international legal team. Prior to his general counsel roles, Mark spent two decades litigating, arbitrating and mediating intellectual property, antitrust, commercial, consumer and employment cases -- both class and individual actions -- for clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies to individuals and small businesses.
Mark began mediating two decades ago when he was first appointed by the federal court in San Francisco to resolve actions involving complex IP, commercial, antitrust, and consumer and employment class actions. Since 2012, Mark's private ADR practice encompasses this same array of disputes as well as founder and partner disputes, data privacy, social media, insurance, mass and individual torts and real estate disputes.
Mark's approach is shaped by having worn nearly all professional hats in the legal arena -- as a litigator representing plaintiffs and defendants, a general counsel resolving hundreds of disputes and managing crisis events, and as a client. Core to that work is helping decision-makers of all types make realistic, risk-based choices based upon various alternatives and the realistic tradeoffs of each. Mark uses all those experiences to help craft appropriate resolutions for everyone.
Mark earned his JD degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and his BA from UCLA.
Mark developed and taught a course on Mediation Advocacy at the University of California, Davis' School of Law, and is on the faculty at UC Berkeley's Haas Graduate School of Business, where he teaches on the intersection of law and business decision-making. He has also co-chaired the ABA Dispute Resolution Section's Mediation Committee and serves as a judge pro tem for the San Francisco Superior Court. Based upon his work, Mark has repeatedly been voted a Best Lawyer in America for Mediation since 2016 by Best Lawyers(c). His extended profile is at www.marklehocky.com.