Mark K. Ameli has been a practicing attorney since 1980. His practice is concentrated in the areas of Business and corporate transactions and litigation, personal injuries as a result of defective products, vehicular collisions, slip and fall and industrial accidents.
Since 1994, Mr. Ameli has served as a voluntary temporary judge in the Los Angeles Superior Court. He has also been appointed by the Superior Court of the State of California as an arbitrator and mediator in the Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Program. In 2005 his law firm started a mediation division under the name of Diversified Dispute Resolution.
Mr. Ameli holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California at Berkeley, Master’s Degree from University of Southern California, both in Economics, and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of West Los Angeles. He has also completed the various advanced mediation courses at Pepperdine University and at Harvard.
Mr. Ameli is an active member of California State Bar, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Beverly Hills Bar Association, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Iranian American Lawyers Association and Southern California Mediation Association.
Mark is also a Rotarian, a member of Rotary Club of Rancho Park and the past president of that Club. Through this membership Mr. Ameli became involved in gang violence prevention and during the past years he has worked with former gang members to bring peace in their neighborhoods.
During the past years, Mr. Ameli has involved as an attorney for a party, an arbitrator or a mediator in hundreds of cases. He is one of the pioneers in the field of mediating cross cultural disputes in which field he concentrates his business. His Iranian American background makes him especially effective in the resolution of cross-cultural disputes.
In 2010 Mr. Ameli was a candidate for judge of the Superior Court in Los Angeles County and ran a very effective campaign. However, his opponent won the election with less than 5% of the total. Nevertheless, at the primary election, he was able to prevail over 6 of his 7 opponents and went to a runoff. He was able to receive in excess of 744,000 votes in the runoff.
Languages spoken: Persian, English
Hourly ($400-450/hour), contingent (33-40%), Retainer (always)
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Mr. Ameli is simply an exceptional attorney who I would recommend to everyone and anyone. I am a former judge, former magistrate, former prosecutor, and an attorney with 24 years of experience. I still learn from his answers on Avvo on a daily basis and I am constantly impressed.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Certificate of Appreciation for Service as a Mediator||Superior Court of the State of California, County of Los Angeles||1998|
|Mediator||CEDRS, Center for Effective Dispute Resolution Services||2013 - Present|
|Mediator||Diversified Dispute Resolution||2005 - Present|
|Attorney||Law Offices of Mark K. Ameli||2010 - 2012|
|Attorney||Law Offices of Ameli, Ayvazi & Associates||1999 - 2009|
|Attorney||Law Offices of Mark K. Ameli||1990 - 1999|
|Attorney||Law Offices of Smith and Ameli||1980 - 1990|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|State Bar of California||Member||N/A|
|Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles||Member||N/A|
|Beverly Hills Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Iranian American Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Southern California Mediation Association||A Primer on Cross Cultural Mediation||2009|
|University of West Los Angeles School of Law - West Los Angeles||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1980|
|University of Southern California||Economics||MA - Masters||1972|
|University of California - Berkeley||Economics||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1970|
|Pepperdine's Straus Institute||N/A||Certificate in Mediating the Litigated Case||N/A|
|Panel on Mediation and Cross Cultural Mediation||Everything You Wanted to Know About Mediation||2011|
|Rotary Club Luncheon||Cross Cultural Mediation||2009|
|Cross Cultural Mediation||Cross Cultural Mediation||2009|
|Rotary Club Luncheon||Mediation||2008|