Resume – Real Property


Columbia Law School — J.D. 1977, New York, New York

  • “Columbia Journal of Transnational Law,” Editor 1976-1977 and Member 1975-1977); Recognition of Achievement with Honors, Parker Program in International and Foreign Law; Columbia University International Fellow.

Stanford University — A.B. with Distinction 1973, Palo Alto, California

  • Departmental Honors in Political Science


As both a litigator and a transactional attorney, Robert A. Merring has had substantial experience in real property and enivronmental law matters.  For two years, he effectively acted as in-house counsel for a real estate company in an action for wrongful termination of multiple asset and property management agreements and has had extensive experience in negotatiating and drafting commercial leases and purchase and sale agreements.

Among his more significant litigation cases, Bob

  • pursued an appeal before the Colorado Supreme Court to review a judgment for malicious prosecution and other torts arising from the alleged wrongful recording of a lis pendens.  The judgment was reversed, and the matter remanded to the district court for further proceedings.  Westfield Development Co. v. Rifle Investment Associates, 786 P.2d 1112 (Colo. 1990).
  • filed amici curiae briefs on behalf of three manufacturers challenging ordinances purporting to regulate or ban automatic water softeners.  Water Quality Association v. City of Escondido, 53 Cal. App. 4th 755, 61 Cal. Rptr. 2d 878 (1997); Water Quality Association v. County of Santa Barbara, 44 Cal. App. 4th 732, 52 Cal. Rptr. 2d 184 (1996).
  • involved in several major cases involving the liability of potentially responsible parties and their insurance companies under CERCLA and other environmental laws for the remediation of hazardous waste sites and damages to property owners.  These cases include Times Beach (Missouri), Stringfellow Acid Pits and Love Canal (New York).


Over 600 hours of alternative dispute resolution training, most notably through Pepperdine Law School==s Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Harvard Program on Negotiation and American Arbitration Association.


American Arbitration Association: Commercial Arbitrator since 1993; Mediator since 2002; Large Complex Case Panel since 2006; Orange County Superior Court: Civil Arbitrator, Settlement Officer and Temporary Judge since 1993; Mediator since 1998; Early Neutral Evaluator since 2008; United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California: Mediator since 1996; FINRA (formerly NASD Dispute Resolution): Arbitrator, 2006-17; United States District Court for the Central District of California: Attorney Settlement Officer and Mediator since 2006; American Health Lawyers Association (Arbitration and Mediation Panels) since 2016; AMP Mediation: Mediator since 2016; California Society for Healthcare Attorneys, Hearing Officer since 2017.

For a fuller description of Bob’s background, his legal and ADR experiences, training and publications, please click here for his resume.