Mark is a mediator and arbitrator and serves as the Director of Commercial Arbitration for Judicate West, with offices throughout California. 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 and other legal matters. Mark also served as part of the senior legal leadership for Nestle, S. A. following Nestle's acquisition of Dreyer's. Prior to his general counsel roles, Mark spent two decades litigating, arbitrating and mediating antitrust, intellectual property, 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 in the late 1990s when he was first appointed by the federal court in San Francisco to resolve actions involving commercial, antitrust, intellectual property, contract, employment and class actions. Since retiring as general counsel in 2012, Mark's private ADR practice encompasses this same array of complex business disputes as well as consumer, employment, data privacy, social media, insurance, construction and real estate disputes. Mark's approach is shaped by having worn virtually all professional hats in the legal arena -- as a litigator representing plaintiffs and defendants, a general counsel resolving hundreds of disputes and crisis events, and as a senior executive as well as a client. Central to all that work is helping decision-makers of all types make realistic, risk-based choices based upon alternative scenarios and the realistic tradeoffs of pursuing various courses. As a mediator, Mark uses all those experiences to help craft appropriate resolutions for everyone.
Mark developed and taught a course on Mediation Advocacy at the University of California, Davis' School of Law, and lectures at the University of California, Berkeley's Law School and Haas School of Business on litigation management, intellectual property, antitrust and alternative dispute resolution. Mark has been appointed a Distinguished Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators, earned Martindale Hubbell's highest rating, and been named a Best Lawyer in America for Mediation for three years running by U.S. News -- Best Lawyers(c). His extended profile is at www.marklehocky.com.