Linda Susan Klibanow, Esq.
466 Foothill Boulevard
Suite 419
La Canada, CA 91011
Daily Rate $6,500
Current Law Offices of Linda S. Klibanow – President/Owner
Practice 20
Cases 500
Languages English
Law Offices of Linda S. Klibanow – President/Owner
President/Owner, Law Offices of Linda S. Klibanow, 2000 – Present; Attorney/Shareholder/Board Member, Parker Milliken Clark O'Hara & Samuelian, 1977 – 2000.
Mediated labor and employment disputes in a broad cross-section of industries, involving situations in which the employment relationship was severed prior to the mediation, as well as situations in which the disputants were currently in an employment relationship. Additionally, has mediated cases in which the parties were on the eve of trial, as well as cases in which no civil complaint had yet been filed.

MEDIATION PANELS: Member, California & National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals; IVAMS Employment Mediation Panel; National Arbitration and Mediation (NAM);California State Mediation & Conciliation Service (CSMCS); Pasadena Mediation Group - Employment Panel; Alternative Resolution Centers - Employment Mediation Panel; State of California, Department of Fair Employment & Housing; U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; Riverside County Bar Association; Court of Appeal Second Appellate District; City of Santa Monica Hearing Officer (Labor Relations and Employee Discipline Panel).
Representative issues handled as a mediator have included the following: race, gender, disability/medical condition (cancer, HIV/AIDS), national origin, religion and age discrimination in hiring, promotion, termination; failure to accommodate disability/medical condition; failure to accommodate religion (Sabbath observance); racial and sexual harassment/hostile work environment; family/medical leave disputes; retaliation for protected activity (complaint of prohibited discrimination/harassment); whistleblower (i.e., retaliation for protesting/reporting employer legal/ethical violations); wrongful termination in violation of public policy (i.e., for refusing to violate professional ethics or for engaging in other protected activity). Damages issues have included: mitigation, calculation of emotional distress, and liability for/valuation of punitive damages.
For more than 40 years of employment practice, has participated as advocate, on both management and individual sides, in innumerable mediations of cases involving all aspects of discrimination (race, gender, disability/medical condition (cancer, HIV/AIDS), national origin, religion, age), racial and sexual harassment/hostile work environment, family/medical leave disputes, retaliation for protected activity, whistleblower, wrongful termination in violation of public policy, negligent hire and supervision, infliction of emotional distress, defamation, workplace violence, privacy, breach of contract, and wage/hour disputes.
The mediation process is far more efficient and in additional respects superior to the litigation process in resolving employment law disputes. My nearly 40 years' experience in employment litigation, representing both sides, provides me the knowledge, insight, impartiality and skill to provide the parties effective evaluative input as to likely outcomes, risks and costs of proceeding through litigation. In addition to the evaluative role, the mediator also plays the facilitative role of ferreting out the full panoply of issues underlying the conflict and working through the emotions inevitably associated with workplace disputes in order to accomplish the communication required to reach agreement.

My work as mediator commences when I initially meet the parties, generally telephonically. I start gleaning information through this process, which continues through pre-mediation discussions, briefing, and the mediation itself. Although I generally encourage the sharing of information at a joint session, I consider the advisability of the joint session and its extent on a case-by- case basis, guided by the parties' input. I move the parties toward resolution through playing "devil's advocate" and encouraging the parties to consider realistically how to act in their true best interest. My rate includes all preparation and follow-up if the mediation does not settle on the actual date of mediation. I will mediate into the night and on occasion the "wee hours" if this is what it takes to get the job done.
John J. Manier, Esq.;Nassiri & Jung; (213) 626-6200; Kenneth K. Tanji, Jr., LT Pacific Law Group, LLP (626) 810-7200; Grace L. Chang, Law Offices of Chang Mattern (626) 792-8808; additional references available upon request.
ACE20 - Cyber Security: A Shared Responsibility, 2020; AAA ACE19 Case Finances: What Arbitrators Need to Know, 2019; Arbitrator Performance & Demeanor ~ Meeting Participant Expectations, 2018; 2018 AAA National Labor Conference; AAA Addressing Challenges of Demanding Arbitrations: Part 2 - The Hearing Phase, the Award, & Beyond, 2017; AAA Addressing Challenges of Demanding Arbitrations: Part 1 – The Pre-Hearing Landscape, 2017; AAA/ICDR/ Panel Conference, 2016; AAA Principled Deliberations Decision-Making Skills for Arbitrators ACE08, 2015; AAA Conducting Research and Investigations ~ The Arbitrator's Authority ACE09, 2015; AAA Imposing Sanctions in Arbitration: Just How Far Can You Go?, 2015; AAA Labor Arbitrator II Workshop, 2014; LACBA What Lawyers and Arbitrators Need to Know About Commercial Arbitration, 2014; AAA Labor Arbitrator I, 2012; AAA/ICDR Neutrals Conference, 2012; National Academy of Arbitrators Annual Meeting, 2011; FMCS Institute, Labor Arbitrator Training, 2010; Los Angeles County Bar Association, Mediation Confidentiality: Issues & Current Cases, 2010, ABA, Section of Dispute Resolution 12th Annual Spring Conference, 2010; AAA Webinar, Electronic Discovery in Arbitration: What You Need to Know!, 2009; AAA Webinar, Current Issues in Employment Arbitration: The Arbitration Fairness Act of 2009 Legislation & Recent Court Decisions, 2009; ABA Dispute Resolution Section 4th Annual Arbitration Training Institute, 2009; Southern California Mediation Association, The New Frontier-Science of the Mind, 2008; AAA Arbitration Roadmap: The Standard for Efficient and Cost Effective Arbitration, 2008; Southern California Mediation Association, The New Frontier Science of the Mind, 2008; California Employment Lawyers Association, In Solidarity Toward a Better Workplace, 2008; California Employment Lawyers Association, Arbitration Skills-Making Lemonade Out of Lemons, 2008; ABA Dispute Resolution Section 10th Annual Conference, 2008; CDRC 15th Annual Dispute Resolution Policy Conference, 2008; Los Angeles County Bar Association, Making the Transition from Advocate to Mediator, 2007; Southern California Mediation Association, The Masterful Employment Law Mediation, 2007; Southern California Mediation Association, The Art & Science of Mediation, 2006; AAA Dealing With Delay Tactics in Arbitration (ACE004), 2006; EEOC Mediation Training, 2006, 2005, 1998; Los Angeles County Bar Association, Arbitration in Employment Cases, To Confer or Not to Confer - That is the Question-Opening Joint Conferences in Employment Mediation, 2006; Los Angeles County Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section, Arbitration in Employment Cases, 2006; Pepperdine University School of Law, Law, Religion & Ethics Conference, Lawyers, Faith & Peacemaking, 2006; Southern California Mediation Association, Breaking Down Barriers In Employment Mediation, 2006; DFEH Mediation Training, 2005; AAA Chairing an Arbitration Panel: Managing Procedures, Process & Dynamics (ACE005), 2005; Southern California Mediation Association, Complex Employment Cases, 2004; AAA Elder Abuse, Early Resolution, 2004; AAA Arbitration Awards: Safeguarding, Deciding & Writing Awards ACE01, 2004; LA Superior Court, ADR/Southern California Mediation Association, Mediating Elder Abuse Claims, 2002; AAA Employment Arbitrator II Training: Advanced Case Management Issues, 2002; Los Angeles County Bar Association, How the Pros Prepare for Mediation, 2002; LA Superior Court, ADR, Cross Cultural Dispute Resolution, 2001; AAA Employment Arbitrator Training, 2000; Pepperdine University Straus Institute of Dispute Resolution, Mediating the Litigated Case, 2000; Pepperdine University Straus Institute of Dispute Resolution, Mediation: the Art of Facilitating Settlement, 2000.
Admitted to the Bar: California, 1977.
California & National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals; California State Bar Association (Committee on ADR Chair, National/International); Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA); Southern California Mediation Association; California Dispute Resolution Council; Los Angeles County Bar Association (Labor and Employment Law Section; Past Executive Committee); American Bar Association (Dispute Resolution, Labor and Employment Law, and International Law Sections; Employment, Intellectual Property, Arbitration, Mediation, Corporate Social Responsibility, Alien Tort Claims, UN and International, Russia & Eurasia Committees); California Employment Lawyers Association; California Association of Workplace Investigations, Inc. (CAOWI); Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles; Mediators Beyond Borders (Founding Member).
Tufts University, Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy (Masters in International Affairs-2015); Yale University (JD-1975); Harvard College (BA, Phi Beta Kappa, cum laude-1972).
Martindale-Hubbell "A.V." Rating.
Author, “Yellow Dog Contracts, ‘jiggery-pokery’ and the FAA,” Los Angeles
Daily Journal – (October 6, 2017)
Author, “PAGA saga persists in state and federal courts” Los Angeles Daily
Journal – (June 17, 2015)
Author, "Post-Concepcion Case Developments in the Employment Sector - A Cautionary Tale," CAALA Advocate (2013); Author, "The Enforceability of Mandatory Pre-Dispute Employment-Arbitration Agreements in California Post AT&T Mobility," Article and Speech for CAALA Advocate (2012); Assistant Editor and Author, "The Developing Labor Law," American Bar Association, BNA, 1st-3rd eds.; "Advising California Employers," California Continuing Education of the Bar, 2nd ed., 1996-1997; Contributing Editor, "California Practice Handbook, Employment Discrimination," Los Angeles County Bar Association, Mathew Bender California Practice Handbook Series, 1993.
$6,500 Per Day
United States of America
La Canada, CA

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.