Mark London, Esq.
1225 19th Street NW
Suite 320
Washington, DC 20036
Daily Rate $3,850
Current London & Mead - Partner
Practice 20
Cases 30
Languages Portuguese, Spanish
London & Mead - Partner
Partner, London & Mead, 1989 – Present.
Twenty years' experience as mediator in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. About 95% of cases have settled. Cases have been varied with majority in the field of commercial disputes, i.e., contract and civil fraud claims. Several cases have involved disputes among lawyers, either break-up issues or fee disputes. Several disputes have involved governmental entities, including alleged torts in a class action setting and class action claims for entitlements. Private mediator experience involving False Claims Act cases (mediated two successfully), employment contract dispute, and law firm break up issues.
Cases from the District Court follow the pattern of the cases filed, varied in scope and subject matter. Most cases have included commercial claims for breach of contract, both individuals suing corporations and corporations suing each other. These cases tend to be large, as there is a threshold jurisdictional limit, and cases involving commercial contract disputes often include a claim for civil fraud. Cases involve claims against governmental entities often alleging violations of various federal statutes arising, most often in an employment setting. Two cases have included class action claims, one involving special education issues and the other arising from claims relating to incarceration. Internal law firm disputes, involving departures and compensation, are those most susceptible to mediation, as judges are hesitant to welcome warring lawyers to use their courtrooms. As a private mediator, has handled two False Claims Act cases, and recently mediated an employment dispute over the interpretation of an employment contract between a country club and one of its senior managers.
Mediation as advocate includes: case involving denial of insurance coverage ($3.5 million); False Claims Act case (settled for $98.5 million); dispute over proceeds of estate (about $10 million); real estate partnership break up (about $10 million); ownership of shares in privately held company (about $12 million); case against health care company over contractual obligations and claims of fraud ($24 million); case against retailer for breach of vendor contract ($8 million); case against beverage manufacturer for anti-trust violations, breach of contract, fraud (about $10 million); case by exclusive distributor against supplier for breach of contract ($5 million); claims by shareholders of rights of ownership in bank corporation ($15 million); break up of law firm partnership; claims by departing lawyers of law firms; dispute between large public corporations over breach of contract involving real estate ($5mm+); and claim by architect for past due fees ($2mm).
Mature parties to a dispute recognize that their differences will be resolved by a third party neutral, either in combat or a negotiating table. Mediation provides an attractive alternative to the exorbitant costs of litigation, and it gives the parties have the opportunity to participate in the outcome of the matter. Recent statistics show that less than 2% of civil cases in the federal system actually go to judgment. To this end, mediation gives parties "their day in court" before they incur all of the expense and risk associated with arbitration/litigation to conclusion. As a mediator, my first goal is to allow the parties to have the opportunity to air their grievances, assert their merits and assess their strengths and uncertainties. The parties will only succeed in mediation when they have had the opportunity to persuade the mediator of their convictions, and then slowly appreciate that this is not a perfect world, devoid of risk. To this end, a good mediator needs to be a good litigator in order to argue each side effectively and, obviously, a good listener. A mediator needs to push parties to compromise at the same time they retain ownership of the outcome. Not an easy task. This takes time. Mediation requires patience on the party of all the participants, as well as recognition of the costs of the failure of mediation.
Robert Vogel, robvogel@verizon.net, (202) 537-5904; David Nester, nesterak@aol.com, (202) 783-4474; Maria Amato, maria.amato@dc.gov, (202) 671-2042.
ACE 20 - Cyber Security: A Shared Responsibility, 2020; AAA ACE 19 Case Finances: What Arbitrators Need to Know, 2019; ACE 18 - Arbitrator Performance and Demeanor ~ Meeting Participant Expectations, 2018; AAA ADR and Emerging Technologies: The Future Has Arrived, 2017; AAA Managing Arbitrations Following the Preliminary Hearing ACE07, 2016; AAA Dispositive Motions in Arbitration: Best Practices for Advocates & Arbitrators 2015; AAA Principled Deliberations, 2014; AAA Webinar, Commercial Arbitration: Getting Your Feet Wet, 2013; AAA Managing the Arbitration Process for Efficiency & Economy Following the Preliminary Hearing, 2012; AAA Arbitration Awards: Safeguarding, Deciding & Writing Awards ACE01, 2011; AAA Arbitration Fundamentals and Best Practices for New AAA Arbitrators, 2011; U.S. District Court, District of Columbia, Mediation Training.
Admitted to the Bar: District of Columbia (1979), Maryland (1990).
American Bar Association.
George Washington University School of Law (JD-1979); Amherst College (BA-1974).
Co-author, THE LAST FOREST: THE AMAZON IN THE AGE OF GLOBALIZATION, Random House, 2007; co-author, THE FOUR LITTLE DRAGONS: INSIDE KOREA, TAIWAN, HONG KONG AND SINGAPORE AT THE DAWN OF THE PACIFIC CENTURY, Simon & Schuster, 1989; co-author, AMAZON, Harcourt Brace, Jovanovich, 1983.
$3,850 Per Day
Portuguese, Spanish
United States of America
Washington, DC

The AAA provides mediators to parties on cases administered by the AAA under AAA mediation procedures. Mediations that proceed without AAA administration are not considered AAA mediations, even where parties select a mediator who is a member of an AAA mediation roster.