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Concord Mediation Services

Contra Costa County Alternative Dispute Resolution Attorneys

Michael D. Goforth

The litigation process from filing a lawsuit to seeing it through trial can be emotionally challenging, time-consuming and expensive. Many disputes can be resolved through alternative dispute resolution (ADR), thus effectively shielding litigants from a great deal of emotional and financial stress.

Michael D. Goforth's experience with Alternative Dispute Resolution begins with hundreds of mediations and arbitrations over a 33 year career as a civil litigator. During this time frame he has assisted countless litigants and their attorneys in resolving their disputes through the ADR process.

Mr. Goforth serves as a Superior Court mediation panelist in Contra Costa, Alameda, San Francisco, Marin, Solano, Sonoma and Sacramento counties.

Education: B.A. degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 1973, Juris doctorate from Western State University College of Law, San Diego in 1978. Principal of the Goforth & Lucas Law Partnership, emphasizing personal injury, wrongful death, products liability, workers' compensation, real estate and general business litigation.

Mr. Goforth's litigation expertise includes:

  • Insurance
  • Premises liability
  • Personal injury
  • Workers' compensation
  • Lien claims
  • Employee rights
  • Government tort claims
  • Toxic torts
  • Real Estate
  • Mortgage fraud
  • Landlord Tenant
  • Contract disputes
  • Public entity

Mr. Goforth's mediation philosophy is largely facilitative. He assists the parties in arriving at a practical understanding of the facts and relative positions of the litigants. His communicative style is direct and is productive to a meaningful exchange of information and ideas which are essential to leading the parties to settlement.

To Schedule a Mediation, Contact Michael D. Goforth or his law clerk Carmen Fazli at 925-265-8964 or via e-mail: mdg@goforthlucas.com.