From 1982-1992, Gregg Relyea, Esq., practiced general civil litigation handling both plaintiffs and defense cases as a partner with the San Diego Law Firm of Higgs, Fletcher & Mack. In 1992, Mr. Relyea entered the field of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) by joining the Bates/Edwards Group, a private mediation firm based in San Francisco. From 1994-1999, Mr. Relyea served as one of the first attorney mediators for Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services (JAMS).
As a private, full-time neutral, Mr. Relyea has mediated and arbitrated complex commercial, employment, and insurance cases for 27 years. He has served as a member of the American Arbitration Association Panel of Distinguished Mediators, the Association of Conflict Resolution–Educator/Practitioner, and the American Bar Association Section on Dispute Resolution.
Mr. Relyea is an adjunct professor of law teaching alternative dispute resolution (ADR), mediation, and negotiation at the University of San Diego School of Law, University of California, San Diego (UCSD), and California Western School of Law.
For more than 20 years, Mr. Relyea has regularly conducted mediation training programs domestically and internationally. He has introduced mediation to law students, lawyers and judges from Asia, South Asia, the Near East, South America, and Europe. Currently, Mr. Relyea provides advanced mediation training and specialized mediation training (e.g., intellectual property).
Mr. Relyea has authored numerous professional publications on the topic of conflict resolution, mostly recently a comprehensive practice guide entitled Negotiation, Mediation, and Dispute Resolution–Core Skills and Practices. He also has co-authored three illustrated children’s books about conflict resolution skills with Dr. Joshua Weiss, co-founder of the Global Negotiation Initiative at Harvard University with William Ury. The children’s books are the first to be featured as resources on the website for the Harvard University Program on Negotiation (PON).
Mr. Relyea is a frequent presenter and guest lecturer at mediation conferences and programs, including the 2018 International ADR Summit in Delhi, India, where he was a program moderator, trainer, and special valedictory speaker (closing the conference).
Mr. Relyea also serves as an arbitrator and, in the employment context, as a workplace investigator.