Kenneth Strongman

Walnut Creek, 94597
(925) 945-7244

Description of Practice

“Mediation is Conflict at its best”Ken Strongman is a private commercial mediator/arbitrator of complex, high risk litigated cases since 2004.

As a full-time, mediator and arbitrator, Ken Strongman works to unite people into purposeful and unified directions, actions, and efforts by getting under surface appearances. By doing so, he facilitates the parties in developing their unique solutions. Disputes addressed include business, securities, construction defects, real estate, intellectual property, employment, environment, energy, and trusts & estates.

Professional Background

Ken Strongman has mediated full time since 2004. Besides an active mediation practice, he is a mediation trainer, and adjunct professor teaching and mentoring new mediators. He routinely speaks and writes on the subject as well.Successful Mediation Examples:

Real Estate. Appellant mediation: partners of an incomplete $40 million real estate development disagreed on who owned it and who would go forward with it.

Construction Defects. HOA v. contractor. The original contract was between the old HOA Board, and the contractor performed work under the new HOA Board. The new Board said the work was not to their specs even though it met municipal code standards.

Business. Appellant mediation: a national construction products manufacturer acquired a California manufacturer. A multi-million-dollar dispute arose with the acquired company claiming breach of contract, wrongful termination, breach of fiduciary duty, and accounting errors. Before mediation, the parties had participated in 2 private mediations, 4 settlement conferences, and received a jury verdict for the acquiring company after a 5-week trial.

Securities. A mediation involving a dispute over a 150-million-dollar portfolio.

Employment. Dispute regarding firm providing for disabilities for an employee.

Technology and Intellectual Property. A pre-litigation mediation, a $6 million dispute arose after the acquisition of a high-tech company. The contract “recipe” for an adhesive was different from the “real recipe”.


Ken Strongman has mediated full time since 2004 and is active in the legal community:

  • The Mediation Society of San Francisco, Board Member
  • Robert G. McGrath American Inn of Court, Board Member
  • John F. Kennedy University, Paralegal Advisory Board
  • Contra Costa Bar Association, Past Chair of the ADR Section
  • Adjunct Law Professor
  • Judge Pro Temp

He is a member of the following mediation panels:

  • FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority)
  • Third and Sixth Districts of the California Court of Appeals (the first district when it was active as well)
  • Superior Court Panels: Alameda, Contra Costa, Solano, San Juaquin.

Bar Admissions: State Bar of California, Bar #215483; U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California (federal); U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (federal)


  • Juris Doctor, John F. Kennedy University School of Law, Walnut Creek, CA; Editor-in-Chief, John F. Kennedy University Law Review.
  • Masters of Business Administration, Golden Gate University, emphasis in Information Systems/Computer Science, San Francisco, CA
  • Bachelor of Science, University of California, Davis, Environmental Planning and Management (Urban & Regional Planning), Davis, CA


Dates Trainer(s) Title
11/2002 Tom Cain/Congress of Neutrals Mediation and Facilitation – 25 hrs.
3/2005 Steven Rosenberg Mediation Training – 36 hrs.
3/2007 Dana Curtis/3rd Dist. Court of Appeal Appellate Mediation Training -32.5 hrs.
2/2008 Randall Wulff/Contra Costa Bar Assoc. Presiding Over the WTC property Damage Appraisal – 1 hr.
Spring/2008 Dana Curtis/3rd Dist. Court of Appeal Advanced Appellate Mediation Practice – 8 hrs.
6/2008 CCCBA/Ken Strongman Successful Mediation w/ SRL – 1 hr.
10/2008 3rd Dist. Court of Appeal How to draw decision trees during appellant mediation – 1.5
11/2008 Cal. Supreme Ct./ Bolt Hall Arbitration and private judging- 1.5 Hrs.
4/2009 Dana Curtis/3rd Dist. Court of Appeal Working with Difficult People – 6.75 hrs.
5/2009 Dana Curtis/3rd Dist. Court of Appeal Insurance issues in Mediation -6.7 hrs.
10/2009 Peter Robinson/CCCBA Meet the Perfect Storm-Mediation – 1 hr.
4/2010 Fresno Pacific Univ./Organizing Institute Center for Peacemaking and Conflict Studies Mediation Victim Offender Reconciliation Program – 30 Hrs.
6/2010 Hon. Doug Swigart/CCCBA Appellant Mediation- ADR- 1 hr.
9/2010 CCCBA Mediating with Self Represented Litigants-1.5
9/2010 American Inn of Court Ethics & Mediation-hr.
1/2011 3rd Dist. Court of Appeal Decision Tree Analysis for Appellate Mediations-3 hrs.
2/2011 Justice Hanlon, ret./CCCBA Dealing with Difficult Attorneys – 1 hr.
3/2011 Ron Kelly, Don Green, Gary Wiener, Paul Dubow Mediation Roundtable-1 hr.
4/2011 Dana Curtis, Janet Martinez, Doug Noll/ 3rd Dist. Court of Appeal Getting Unstuck: Understanding Barriers to Settle – Mediation- 14.50 hrs.
5/2011 Tom Cain & Ken Strongman/Congress of Neutrals ADR Mediation, Arbitration and Negotiation for Lawyers Mediators and Arbitrators – 39 hrs.
3/2012 The Mediation Society of San Francisco Mediator Ethical Dilemmas: challenging Situations – 1.5 hrs.
4/2012 The Mediation Society of San Francisco Insurance issues in Mediation – 1.5 hrs.
6/2012 The Mediation Society of San Francisco Call for Evidence-based Standards for Mediator Quality – 1.5 hrs.
3/2013 Ron Kelly Binding Mediation Dream or Nightmare – 1.5 hrs.
5/2013 3rd Dist. Court of Appeal CEQA Mediation – 1.5 hrs.
10/2013 Doug Noll What Murderers Can Teach us about mediation – 1 hrs.
2/2014 The Mediation Society of San Francisco Working with Insurance Issues in Mediation – 1.5 hrs.
3/2014 The Mediation Society of San Francisco Resolving Construction Disputes in Real Time Using Dispute Resolution Boards – 1.5 hrs.
3/2015 Malcolm Sher/Ken Strongman The End Game of Mediation – 7.5 hrs.
3/2015 The Mediation Society of San Francisco How Mediators can Keep Liability Insurance Companies’ Priorities from Derailing Settlement – 1.5 hrs.
3/2017 Dana Curtis/3rd Dist. Court of Appeal Breaking Through, Avoiding and Overcoming Roadblocks to Resolution in Appellate Mediation – 2.25 Hrs.
6/2017 The Mediation Society of San Francisco A Matter of Trust: the Challenges of Mediating Inheritances Disputes – 1.5 hr.
4/2018 Dana Curtis/3rd Dist. Court of Appeal Mediation Boot Camp: Advanced Training for Appellate Mediators – 10 Hrs.
5/2018 Howard Herman/US District Ct. Northern Ca. Alternative Dispute Resolution Program Special Ethical Problems When Mediating Cases Involving Statutory Fee Shifting Provisions – 1.5 hrs.
6/2018 Ron Kelly Want to Get Them Ready to Settle Before They Ever Arrive? – 1.5 hrs.
5/2019 Colin Rule/The Mediation Society Online Dispute Resolution: Introducing the Fourth Party – 1.5 hrs.
6/2019 Colin Rule/Janet Martinez/Santa Clara U. School of Law System Design & Online Dispute Resolution – 12.5 hrs.
7/28/19 Colin Rule, Janet Martinez, Clare Fowler/Santa Clara U. School of Law Mediating Online – 14.75 hrs.


Ken’s Mediation Process
Ken Strongman’s overarching purpose is to leave the disputing parties in a better position than when they came to him, by having a major part of helping people to be uniquely outstanding in their own way raising them to their next best level.Leadership: He is a proven leader performing mediations and teaching others the best practices of the profession; in addition, he has strong roots in the community in service organizations and board memberships.

Goals: Ken accomplishes this by joining people into a purposeful and unified direction, action or effort, working directly with people, either groups or individuals, communicating ideas, positions, opinions, proposals, and information.

Vision: He helps others plan, by helping them visualize future success by translating intangibles in to a picture that is original and distinctive – developing a strategy to achieve an end.

Investigation: Ken works hard investigating, getting under surface appearances gathering information not necessarily provided. The process is to find out things by going to people and inquiring of them either by formally interviewing them or starting a casual conversation which leads to picking their brains.


$525 per hour. Fees are charged for time spent in preparation for the mediation (consulting with the parties, reviewing briefs/statements, site inspection, etc.), the mediation session, telephone calls, and travel time if beyond the San Francisco Bay Area.A refundable deposit of $1,500 from each party must be received before the date and time of the mediation session will be confirmed or at least 10 business days before the mediation session. Any additional fees incurred are due and payable upon receipt of the invoice. If the invoice is not paid within 30 days of the date of the invoice, a 1% per month compounding late fee will be applied.

Areas of Practice

  • Appellate
  • Aviation
  • Bioethics
  • Boundary Disputes
  • Business
  • Civil (general)
  • Commercial
  • Construction
  • Contracts
  • Copyright
  • Employment
  • Energy
  • Engineering
  • Entertainment
  • Environmental
  • Estate Planning
  • Franchise
  • General
  • Government
  • HOA
  • Hospitality
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International
  • Labor – Management
  • Land Use
  • Landlord – Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Maritime
  • Natural Resources
  • Oil and Gas
  • Online Mediation
  • Organizational
  • Probate
  • Products Liability
  • Railroad
  • Real Estate
  • Securities
  • Sexual Harrassment
  • Sports
  • Technology
  • Transportation
  • Trust Management

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Arbitrator
  • Online Mediator
  • Advanced Mediation Trainer
  • Mediator-Arbitrator
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Mediation Trainer
  • Strategic Planning
  • Online Arbitrator

References available upon request.