Our Mediators

Desert Mediation Group James F. Hodgkins Palm Springs

Mr. Hodgkins has been practicing law for over 27 years primarily as a civil litigator.  He received is B.A. in Law & Society from UC Santa Barbara in 1984 and his JD from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1989.  He is admitted to all courts of the State of California as well as the Northern, Central and Eastern Federal District courts in California.  He began his career in a large firm in Oakland, CA where he practiced for 11 years.  He later went to work as a Deputy City Attorney for the City of Oakland where he supervised other deputy city attorneys in the litigation division.  Most recently, he worked for a firm in Rancho Mirage, CA,  focusing on municipal litigation and code enforcement.


Mr. Hodgkins was chosen as a panel mediator for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in 2008 and completed a 40-hour mediation training course taught by the federal court.  He has completed numerous mediations for the federal court and has participated in hundreds of mediations representing litigants.


Due to his extensive range of practice areas in both private and municipal settings, Mr. Hodgkins is uniquely prepared to mediate a wide range of disputes from personal injury cases to police misconduct matters and from real estate disputes to construction defect litigation.  

Mr. Hodgkins is on the mediator panel for the Riverside County Bar Association Dispute Resolution Service, Inc. and is a member of the Southern California Mediation Association.

Desert Mediation Group Oliver P. Cleary Palm Springs

For the past 20 years, Mr. Cleary has been engaged in criminal defense work as a settlement advisor and counselor involving complex criminal litigation in state and federal courts. He has been in the trenches for over 20 years and knows how to put theory into practice. In this regard, Mr. Cleary is known for his advance preparation, creative thinking, high energy, and collaborative style, as well as, his ability to bring difficult disputes to a resolution in an efficient, economic, and fair manner. 


Mr. Cleary received his JD from the Tulane University School of Law in 1992 where he also completed his undergraduate degree in Political Science with an emphasis on International Relations in 1989. In mediation, Mr. Cleary can bring his over 20 years of jury trial experience to bear in reaching a thoughtful resolution where the parties can expect him to call ball and strikes, not just split the baby.  He will apply the facts and the law to each individual case and successfully steer the course towards a mutually satisfactory result.


Arthur H. "Mike" Bredenbeck had a 34-year career specializing in Trusts and Estates and Tax issues with a large regional law firm where he co-chaired the Trusts and Estates practice.  Mr. Bredenbeck also served as a Pro Tem settlement judge for the San Mateo County Superior Court.


With a significant record of leading the practice areas of Estate, Trust and Tax planning, Mr. Bredenbeck was certified as a specialist in Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Law by the State Bar of California and was elected a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.  Additionally, Mr. Bredenbeck served as the elected Chair of the State Bar of California Section on Trusts and Estates and Chair of the State Bar Council of Sections. Mr. Bredenbeck also authored several publications including "Successful Succession Planning" and "Estate Planning for Unmarried Couples" as part of the Continuing Education of the Bar program of the University of California.


Serving Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Coachella Valley and surrounding areas in the Inland Empire for the following mediation services:


ADA Access,  Catastrophic Injury,  Civil Rights,  Code Enforcement Disputes,  Complex Litigation & Class Actions, Contracts,  Construction Defects,  Employment Discrimination,  Estate Planning,  Inverse Condemnation,  Mass Tort, Municipal Law, Personal Injury,  Police Misconduct, Premises Liability,  Product Liability,  Real Estate Disputes, Sexual Harassment & Abuse

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