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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

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Practice areas


  1. Mediation: 100%
    21 years



Hourly ($400-450/hour), contingent (33-40%), Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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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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Contact info

Law Offices of Mark K. Ameli

8383 Wilshire Boulevard
Suite 1038
Beverly Hills, CA, 90211

Diversified Dispute Resolution

8383 Wilshire Boulevard
Suite 1038
Beverly Hills, CA, 90211



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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Certificate of Appreciation for Service as a MediatorSuperior Court of the State of California, County of Los Angeles1998
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
MediatorCEDRS, Center for Effective Dispute Resolution Services2013 - Present
MediatorDiversified Dispute Resolution2005 - Present
AttorneyLaw Offices of Mark K. Ameli2010 - 2012
AttorneyLaw Offices of Ameli, Ayvazi & Associates1999 - 2009
AttorneyLaw Offices of Mark K. Ameli1990 - 1999
AttorneyLaw Offices of Smith and Ameli1980 - 1990
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of CaliforniaMemberN/A
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los AngelesMemberN/A
Beverly Hills Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Iranian American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Southern California Mediation AssociationA Primer on Cross Cultural Mediation2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of West Los Angeles School of Law - West Los AngelesLawJD - Juris Doctor1980
University of Southern CaliforniaEconomicsMA - Masters1972
University of California - BerkeleyEconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1970
Pepperdine's Straus InstituteN/ACertificate in Mediating the Litigated CaseN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Panel on Mediation and Cross Cultural MediationEverything You Wanted to Know About Mediation2011
Rotary Club LuncheonCross Cultural Mediation2009
Cross Cultural MediationCross Cultural Mediation2009
Rotary Club LuncheonMediation2008