Anne M. Lawlor Goyette

Anne M. Lawlor Goyette

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Alternative Dispute Resolution Attorney in Burlingame, CA

Griffiths Goyette
 | 330 Primrose Road, Suite 614
Burlingame, CA 94010
Phone: 650-375-5960
Fax: 650-375-5965
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1988
Practice Areas:
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
    Attorney Profile

    Griffiths •Goyette, a leading ADR provider since 1993, continues to earn their reputation for high quality work achieved in an efficient and cost effective manner. Their clients are primarily parties involved in complex multiparty disputes. As Special Masters, Mediators and Arbitrators, Griffiths•Goyette has successfully employed an innovative and proven Advance Resolution Framework™ to resolve thousands of claims involving construction, real estate, insurance, commercial, employment, personal injury, product liability, class actions and more claims.

    Anne M. Lawlor Goyette has streamlined and resolved more than 700 civil disputes as a full time Special Master, Mediator and Arbitrator since 1998. Through prepared and productive negotiations, Ms. Goyette has facilitated settlements ranging from cost waivers to $35 million.

    Ms. Goyette is an ADR panelist for numerous appellate, state and federal courts, serves as Special Master and Referee for more than two dozen California Superior Courts and acts as Special Master in national and statewide class actions. She enjoys the highest Top Rated Lawyer-AV® Preeminent™ Martindale Hubbell rating, Super Lawyers® distinction in Alternative Dispute Resolution and California charter membership in the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals.

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    White Papers

  • Courts Up Close: Alameda County, Daily Journal (2016) - Effective resolution of complex cases in Alameda County Superior Court

  • Settlement of CD Cases, ADC Defense Comment (2011) - Effective settlement strategies in construction defect litigation

  • Settlement Construction, Daily Journal (2009) - Effective settlement strategies in construction cases

  • Liability on the Contract: Claims Against Design Professionals (1995) - Defending design professionals (chapter co author)

  • The Role of Special Masters in Resolving Complex Cases, Plaintiff Magazine (2019) - Special Masters streamline the entire dispute resolution process, minimizing the costs, delays and risks of complex cases such as construction cases, Judicial Council Coordination proceedings and multi-district litigation

  • Building Settlements, Plaintiff Magazine (2016) - Construction defect cases typically involve large numbers of parties, attorneys, insurance companies and experts. Each player has its own goals. A mediator can steer these players towards resolution by preparing them for meaningful settlement discussions in advance of the mediation.

  • Complex Neighbors: Santa Cruz and Santa Clara, Daily Journal (2016) - While there are differences as to how neighboring counties with notably different populations, case filings and budgets handle complex, multi party cases, there also are many similarities.

  • Effective Settlement Strategies, The Docket (2013) - Advance planning is key to successful settlement negotiations

  • Using Special Masters in Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara Counties, The Recorder series (2011) - Effective use of Special Masters and judicially appointed referees to organize and resolve complex, multiparty cases

  • Certificates and Credentials

    About Anne Goyette

    Admitted: 1988, California

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    • Membership in the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals is by invitation-only, extended to mediators and arbitrators with extensive hands-on experience in civil dispute resolution, National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, California Charter Member, 2006
    • AV Peer Rating awarded For Highest Level of Professional Excellence, AV Preeminent, Martindale, 2005
    • AmJur Award in Alternative Dispute Resolution is a prestigous award presented to a law student for highest score, outstanding scholastic achievement, American Jurisprudence Award in Alternative Dispute Resolution, 1988

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • California Real Estate Broker, 2001

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • The San Francisco Mediation Society
    • San Mateo County Bar Association (Alternative Dispute Resolution)
    • San Francisco Bar Association (Alternative Dispute Resolution)
    • California Dispute Resolution Council
    • California State Bar Association, 1988
    • Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Sonoma County Superior Courts Mediation Panels
    • California Court of Appeal (1st, 3rd, 6th) Mediation Panel
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, Mediation Panel
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, Advanced Mediation Group
    • American Bar Association (Alternative Dispute Resolution, Business Law, Construction); San Francisco and San Mateo County Bar Associations (Alternative Dispute Resolution)
    • FINRA Arbitration Panelist

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Effective resolution strategies, Author, Active Settlement Construction, The Mediation Society, 2012
    • Assisted director of Santa Clara University Law School ADR Program in the preparation and coaching of students in the ABA competition held at Berkeley Law., Coach, Representation in Mediation, Santa Clara University Law School, 2019
    • With civil trials suspended, Covid-19 also has significantly disrupted civil litigation. Remote alternative dispute resolution services can help reduce the backlog and ease the burden on courts and litigants i, Author, Virtual ADR Relieve Zooming In, Linked In, 2020
    • Analyzed streamlined and effective resolution of claims involving design professionals, Speaker, Resolving Design Claims, AIA and SEAONC, 2009
    • Participated in webinar on Mediation Best Practices, Speaker, Mediation Best Practices, San Mateo County Bar Association, ADR Committee, 2020
    • Participated in panel discussion on attorney fee agreements, Speaker, Fee Agreements, San Mateo County Bar Association, 2015
    • Participated in panel discussion on ethical issues that arise during settlement negotiations, Speaker, Settlement Negotiation Ethics, San Mateo County Bar Association, 2013
    • Participated in panel discussion on ethical issues in class actions, Speaker, Class Action Ethics, San Mateo County Bar Association, 2009
    • Participated in panel discussion on ethical issues in mediation, Speaker, Mediation Ethics, San Mateo County Bar Association, 2008
    • Participated in panel discussion on ethical issues in arbitration, Speaker, Arbitration Ethics, San Mateo County Bar Association, 2007
    • Discussed ethical issues faced by expert consultants in mediation and litigation, Speaker, Ethical Issues for Experts and Counsel, FEWA, 2016
    • Presentation regarding the effective use of Special Masters and court appointed Referees, Speaker, Meeting of the Masters, Bar Association of San Francisco, 2008
    • American Bar Association presentation on the use of Special Masters to streamline the dispute resolution process, optimizing outcomes while minimizing significant risks, delays and costs of complex civil litigation, Speaker, Special Masters: Resolving Complex, Costly Litigation, 2018
    • Discussion of effective settlement strategies in multiparty cases, Speaker, Everyone's A Small Player, West Coast Casualty Seminar, 2018
    • American Bar Association presentation on using experts to clarify complex claims, defenses and risks, encourage creativity and problem solving and expand settlement options, Speaker, Constructing Cost Effective, Productive Expert Solutions, 2017
    • Claims and Litigation Management presentation on the role of Special Masters and judicially appointed referees in addressing potential obstacles to case resolution, Speaker, Emerging Subcontractor Battles: On the Frontlines with Crawford and Additional Insured Claims?, 2017

    Educational Background:

    • Bar Association of San Francisco, Comprehensive Mediation Training, 2000
    • University of California, Davis, B.A. Political Science, Public Service, Chancellor's Outstanding Senior Award, Warner Communications Scholarship, 1985
    • Harvard Law School, Program on Negotiation, Mediation, 2007
    • American Bar Association Comprehensive Training in Commercial Arbitration, 2011
    • FINRA Arbitration Training, 2011
    • California Court of Appeal Advanced Mediation Programs (2009 - 2018), 2009
    • California Court of Appeal Mediation Training Program, 2008
    • Elder Mediation Training, 2009
    • United States District Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Training (and 2019 ADA Access Mediation Training), 2002
    • Bar Association of San Francisco Comprehensive Mediation Training, 2000
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    Office Location for Anne M. Lawlor Goyette

    330 Primrose Road
    Suite 614
    Burlingame, CA 94010

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    Last Updated: 1/20/2021

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