Sidney Kanazawa, Esq.

Sid Kanazawa is a full-time mediator/arbitrator with ARC (Alternative Resolution Centers LLC) He is a graduate of the University of Hawaii (B.Ed.), University of Southern California (J.D.), and the negotiation and mediation programs at Harvard University (Program on Negotiation), Pepperdine University (Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution), Los Angeles Superior Court, Edelman Children’s Court, and the United States District Court for the Central District of California. He is known for creative, quick, and satisfactory dispute resolutions. In the largest oil spill in the Port of Los Angeles, Sid turned an angry mob into collaborators, settled 600 claims in two weeks (all 2,000+ in 3 months), and directed hundreds in a record three-month clean-up of seven miles of contaminated shoreline. In a subsequent trial, he recovered 93% of the clean-up and claims costs from another shipowner (ultimately recovering more than 100% with other settlements) and reduced the felony charges against his clients to administrative fines. Sid successfully tried jury and court trials, many thought he could not win, while at McGuireWoods, Pillsbury, and LillickMcHose and recovered thousands for individual lawyers as lead class counsel in the $49 million Bar/Bri class action lawsuit. Sid is a prolific author/speaker/teacher, is admitted to practice in Hawaii and California, and has been a National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) instructor and program director for more than 30 years. He is a Litigation Council of American Senior Fellow, a member of the Southern California Mediation Association Board, a past leader in various local and national bar associations, including the former State Bar of California.