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 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1988
Practice Areas:
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
Attorney Profile

Leading Alternative Dispute Resolution providers since 1993, Griffiths•Goyette pioneered the use of Special Masters to resolve multiparty construction litigation in California. Griffiths•Goyette addresses the challenges of complex litigation by executing clear and purposeful action, optimizing outcomes while minimizing the significant risks, delays and costs of complex civil litigation.

Griffiths•Goyette has successfully managed and settled thousands of disputes, primarily involving construction, insurance and real estate related issues, using a proven methodology to streamline the entire dispute resolution process, 

Principal Anne M. Lawlor Goyette has resolved hundreds of complex, multiparty civil disputes as a full time ADR neutral since 1998, with settlements and awards ranging from cost waivers to $ 35 million, through prepared and productive negotiations. 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.

White Papers

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

  • Building Settlements (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 & Santa Clara (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 (2013) - Advance planning is key to successful settlement negotiations

  • Using Special Masters in Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara Counties (2011) - Series that focuses on effective use of Special Masters to organize and resolve complex, multiparty cases

  • About Anne Goyette

    Admitted: 1988, California

    Professional Webpage:


    • 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
    • AV Peer Rating awarded For Highest Level of Professional Excellence, AV Preeminent, Martindale
    • 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:

    • California State Bar Association, 1988
    • Court ADR Program Panelist, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California; California Court of Appeal (1st, 3rd, 6th); Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Sonoma County Superior Courts
    • 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:

    • Coach Santa Clara Law students on effective representation of clients in mediation, Coach, Representation in Mediation, 2019
    • 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
    • West Coast Casualty Seminar on effective settlement strategies in multiparty cases, Speaker, Everyone's A Small Player, 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 Special Master role in addressing potential obstacles to efficient and effective case resolution, Speaker, Emerging Subcontractor Battles: On the Frontlines with Crawford and Additional Insured Claims?, 2017

    Educational Background:

    • 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: 8/28/2019

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