Because of this extensive experience, Mr. Wulff has been selected as a mediator in over two thousand diverse cases, settling most of those cases. They have ranged from two-party cases to suits involving more than one hundred parties.
Mr. Wulff successfully mediated the $2.75 billion agreement between Discover, Mastercard and Visa. He also mediated the $1.1 billion class action settlement of the Microsoft antitrust claims in California.
In 2004, after a nationwide search for several months, Mr. Wulff was selected by the Chief Judge in the Southern District of New York to lead the panel that heard and decided the property damage claims for the World Trade Center arising from the tragedy on September 11. This included reconstruction costs as well as business interruption claims. These insurance claims were roughly four times larger than any other in the history of the industry.
Mr. Wulff is co-editor of two books, the Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice Guide (West Group 1993-2003), as well as a second book devoted specifically to ADR for the construction industry, both being marketed nationally. He has also published numerous articles on alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”), and contributed the chapter on "Mediation" to the nationally published ADR Handbook. He has spoken on mediation at numerous national and international conferences and conventions.
The Mediation Society selected Mr. Wulff in 2004 as its "Mediator of the Year." Mr. Wulff received the American Arbitration Association’s 1990 Award as its outstanding mediator in Northern California. He is regularly selected among the "top" mediators in polls done periodically by the legal newspapers, The Recorder and the Daily Journal. Mr. Wulff regularly appears in each annual selection of SuperLawyers and Best Lawyers in America and other similar published evaluations. He is one of two mediators in California to receive a first tier rating from Chambers & Partners for construction mediation. Mr. Wulff was selected the ADR Lawyer of the Year from Oakland in the Best Lawyers 2011 edition.
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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE1974 - 2000 Farella, Braun & Martel1980 - 1999 Partner in the firm1994 - Present Full-time neutral
EDUCATIONJ.D., 1974, University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Extern to Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court, 1973, Order of the Coif, Law Review.B.A., 1970, Honors College of University of Oregon. 1968-69, attended Netherlands Institute of International Business.
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES AND AWARDSSelected as the Mediation Society's "Mediator of the Year" in 2004; selected as AAA’s outstanding mediator in Northern California in 1990; Member of Alameda County Bar and American Bar groups on ADR. Past member of Adjunct Faculty at Hastings College of the Law, having taught courses in Trial Practice and Complex Litigation.
REPRESENTATIVE CASESCommercial:Selected in 2004 to lead the panel that will hear and decide the property damage claims for the World Trade Center complex arising from the tragedy on September 11, 2001, numerous disputes involving high technology, antitrust (including 1.1 billion settlement of Microsoft class action), securities, intellectual property, limited partnerships and real estate, employment issues, environmental, SuperFund cleanups, energy lease or royalty disputes, legal and accounting malpractice claims, insurance coverage, general contractual disagreements. Construction:Claims arising from construction of subway station, dams, hydroelectric facilities, Golden State Warriors’ Arena renovation; Arizona Diamondback’s ballpark, Staples Center (LA Lakers' and Clippers' arena), Disney Concert Hall, highways, cogeneration plants, chemical plants, water treatment plants, chip fabrication facilities, tunnels and pipelines, offshore oil platform, hospitals, and various high-rise buildings and other structures, both commercial and residential.
LECTURES ON ADRNational or international conventions or conferences include presentations for the Construction SuperConference, the PLI Copyright Trademark Conference; the Construction Users Council of the Business Roundtable, the Engineering News Record Conference, the International Symposium on Dispute Resolution, the International Association of Defense Counsel, the ABA Energy Litigation Committee, the ABA forum, the nationally televised CLESN program on Dispute Resolution, the Mechanical Contractors Association of America, the DPIC Convocation and the Forbes Conference on International Infrastructure.
Regional presentations include keynote speaker to the Hawaii State Bar Convention and programs for the California Society of CPA’s, the California Bar, the Risk and Insurance Management Society, the Associated General Contractors, the California County Counsel’s Association, the Asia/Pacific Center and the Defense Research Institute.
Local presentations on ADR include programs for the Bay Area Executives Group, Hastings College of Advocacy, the Bar Association of San Francisco, the Mediation Society and numerous local programs and mediator trainings.
PUBLICATIONS ON ADR
- Co-Editor, ADR: A Practical Guide to Resolve Construction Disputes, book published and nationally marketed in 1993.
- Co-Editor, The Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice Guide (West Group 1993-2003).
- Author, "A Mediation Primer," ADR Practice Guide, Wiley and Sons, 1990.
- Author, "Alternative Dispute Resolution," ABA Energy Committee Newsletter, 1995.
- Co-Author, "Tips for A Successful Construction Mediation," DART Occasional Papers, 1994.
- Author, "Mediation," Assn. Of Business Trial Lawyers Report, November, 1993.
- Co-author, chapter on Arbitration, California ADR Practice Guide, Shepherds/McGraw-Hill, 1992.
- Author, "Approaching Your Opponent about Mediating," AAA Mediation and Arbitration Handbook, 1991.
- Author, "Mediation of Construction Claims," AAA Mediation and Arbitration Handbook, 1991.
- Co-author, "Mediation and Arbitration of Construction Claims," Digger Reporter, July 1991.
- Author, "A Shortcut to Settlement," The Recorder, August 1988.
- Author, "Mediation—An Easier Solution," Engineers At The Bar, April 1988.
- Author, "Why Haven’t You Tried Mediation?", Barristers Law Journal, Vol. 6, No. 10, December 1987.