Ben Hamburg | Mediator, Attorney, Advisor, Advocate

Legal Experience

2004-present   Principal, Hamburg Law and Mediation | Neutral mediation of business disputes. Private practice of law specializing in business and real estate matters

2016-present   Holy Names University, Adjunct Professor of Business Law

2001-2004      Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Primecore Funding Group | Managed all legal affairs of publicly-held construction lender with $300 million portfolio and 1,400 shareholders, including litigation, bankruptcy matters, loan documentation and workouts, dispute resolution, securities compliance oversight, and advice to Board of Directors

1994-2000      Partner, Freeland Cooper LeHocky & Hamburg | Handled commercial litigation and dispute resolution involving real estate, loan workouts, employment, general business, and title insurance

1980-1993      Partner, Dinkelspiel Donovan & Reder | Commercial litigation and dispute resolution

1979-1980      Law Clerk, Law and Motion Department, San Francisco Superior Court | Clerk to the Hon. Ira A. Brown, Jr., Hon. Robert Dossee and other law and motion judges

Other Legal Experience and Affiliations

  • Judge Pro Tem, Contra Costa Superior Court
  • Mediator, United States District Court, Northern District of California
  • Mediator and Settlement Mentor, Contra Costa and Alameda Superior Courts, and San Francisco Bar Association
  • Arbitrator, San Francisco Superior Court
  • Memberships: The Mediation Society, California Mortgage Association, National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, San Francisco Bar Association, State Bar Real Property and Litigation Sections, California Land Title Association
  • Admitted: California; Northern, Eastern, Central Districts of California; Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal; United States Supreme Court

Community Engagement

  • Chair and Member of Board of Directors, Center for Youth Development Through Law, 2008-Present
  • Chair and Member of Board of Directors, Jewish Family and Children’s Services of the East Bay, 2005-2012
  • Board of Directors, The Mediation Society, 2015-2016


University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law.  J.D. 1979

University of California, Los Angeles, B.A. (With Honors), Phi Beta Kappa, 1975


"The Importance of A Mediator Who Knows How to Mediate (Or The Myth of 'Hon'),"  The Mediation Society, Mediator's Corner, August 2016

“The Definition of Success [in Mediation],"  The Mediation Society, Mediator's Corner, February 2012

"Liquidated Damages Provisions in Real Estate Purchase Contracts,” California Real Property Journal, Spring 1998

“Loose Lips: Computer Generated Memos, Messages and Voicemails Can Come Back to Haunt You,” California Law Business, November 1998

“Defect Defense:  Lenders That Act Within Traditional Roles Will Not Bear Burden of Faulty Construction” California Real Estate Journal, 1999