James P. (Jim) Lingl has extensive legal experience both as a litigator and as a transactional attorney. Between 1983 and 2008, he led a law firm that focused primarily on Community Association law, where he represented over 600 homeowner associations between San Luis Obispo to San Diego Counties and more than 200 individual homeowners in disputes with their associations.
With a background in tort and commercial litigation, Mr. Lingl understands that courtrooms are appropriate venues for the resolution of some disputes. However his experience taught him that less than 10% of civil cases that are filed actually reach trial, and that most conflicts are better resolved outside of the judicial system. His extensive experience in handling these complex interpersonal conflicts, helped to shape his “facilitative to evaluative” mediation style.
Jim is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School, and was admitted to the Wisconsin Bar in 1975 and the California Bar in 1977. Jim received his initial mediation training in 1992 from the faculty of Pepperdine University Law School – Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, in conjunction with the Ventura Center for Dispute Settlement.
He has continued to pursue extensive specialized mediation training since that time. In July of 2005 he completed Ombudsman training through the International Ombudsman Association. In October of 2010 he completed his masters degree program in conflict resolution at California State University Dominguez Hills.