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Donald B. Cripe, SCMA/ACR/AHLA


After a long and successful career as a civil and family law trial attorney, Donald B. Cripe now devotes his professional efforts to dispute resolution services. Cripe mediates for court mediation programs in two counties; he has mediated well over 3000 cases. Cripe brings his trial and dispute resolution experience to every mediation with a strong desire to help the parties resolve their cases.


Today, Cripe is a:

  • Full-time conflict resolution professional

  • Settlement Conference Judge, San Bernardino County Superior Courts, Civil and Family Law

  • ADR program supervisor, Riverside and San Bernardino counties

  • Private arbitrator and mediator and organizer of private mediation/ arbitration services

  • Professor of Law, ADR

  • Mediation trainer

  • Mediator, Trial Assignment Mediation (TAM) program, Riverside County Superior Court


ADR Activities

Since 2009, Cripe’s professional life has been exclusively devoted to providing dispute resolution services. He is the owner of a successful private ADR service, called California Arbitration and Mediation Services (CAMS). He is on the American Arbitration Association Roster of Commercial Arbitrators and Mediators, and also serves as a mediator and arbitrator for the American Healthcare Lawyers Association.He has served the public and the legal community of the Riverside and San Bernardino Counties in several other capacities, including: 


  • Superior Court Judicial Arbitrator (since 1996) — has conducted several hundred arbitrations

  • Settlement Judge (since 1996)

  • Member, Mediation Panel, Riverside County Superior Court (since inception of ADR programs in 2008)

  • Family Law Mediator, Mandatory Settlement Conference program, Riverside County Superior Court

  • Mediator, TAM program, Riverside County Superior Court

  • Mediator, RCBA Dispute Resolution Service, Inc. (since 1999)

  • Member and supervising panelist, Inland Valleys Justice Center’s Mediation Panel 

  • Supervising Training Officer (conducting mediation training), Inland Valleys Justice Center

  • Panel of Independent Arbitrators, Kaiser Health Plans (2006-2008)

  • Guest speaker on ADR, University of La Verne College of Law

  • Adjunct Professor of Law, University of LaVerne College of Law

  • Board of Directors, C.A.R.E. Counseling Center, San Bernardino, Calif.

  • Associate Program Developer/Legal Advisor/Co-Author, “Informed Divorce in California,” C.A.R.E. Counseling Center

  • Member, Roster of Commercial Arbitrators and Mediators, American Arbitration Association

  • Mediator and arbitrator, American Healthcare Lawyers AssociationLast revised Jan. 07, 2014. 4


Additional Information

  • Guest Lecturer, California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB), 

  • Chinese Law Student Exchange Program: Mediation in California Lecturer, CSUSB: Presentation to students from the Chinese Southwest University of Political Science on the American System of Justice and the American Economic System and System of Finance

  • Lecturer, CSUSB: Presentation to Delegation of Senior Prosecutors from China on the administration of the Criminal Justice System in Inland Empire, California

  • Lecturer, CSUSB: Entrepreneurship Training—Conflict Management in Business

  • Lecturer, CSUSB, College of Education: Negotiation Skills

  • Lecturer, CSUSB, College of Education: Presentation to Delegation of Judges from China on the American Judiciary System


Cripe has served on the Riverside Family Law ADR Subcommittee and helped organize and create the Riverside County Superior Court Family Law Mediation program, for which he once served as the supervisor through the administering agency, RCBA Dispute Resolution Service, Inc. He is also on the Trial Assignment (Day of Trial) Mediation panel for the Riverside County Superior Court. He has conducted in excess of 3000 arbitrations and mediations on a wide variety of matters, including: wrongful termination, sexual harassment, personal injury, international contract disputes, domestic business disputes, medical malpractice and family law. Additionally, he conducts fee arbitrations for the Riverside 

County Bar Association. Cripe teaches mediation as a supervising attorney and an adjunct professor for law student interns/externs at the University of La Verne 

College of Law.


Mediation/ADR Philosophy

“Even as a litigator, I have consistently tried to move my cases to 

resolution through Alternative Dispute Resolution, preferably by way 

of mediation. I am a very active mediator, trained and able to employ a 

variety of approaches from the extremes of facilitative and evaluative.” 

“My most effective mediation tool is listening. I am able to tailor my 

approach to mediation to the desires of the parties and counsel. When 

I conduct a mediation, it is for the purpose of resolving the matter 

and not ‘pro forma.’ I take this process and my conduct, as well as 

my professional reputation as a conflict resolution professional, very



“I want the parties involved in any mediation I conduct to leave feeling 

as if they have accomplished something of value, even if the case does 

not settle. I am willing to work with the parties as long as it takes to 

come to a resolution. I will be the last person in the room and I will not 

give up until all parties are finished.”





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Practice areas


  1. Mediation: 80%
    19 years, 2 thousand cases
  2. Family: 5%
    27 years, 750 cases
  3. Real Estate: 5%
    27 years, 1.1 thousand cases
  4. Business: 5%
    27 years, 1.1 thousand cases
  5. Litigation: 5%
    27 years, 1.1 thousand cases



Hourly ($300-375/hour), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

13 total 

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  • Mary Madison Campbell

    Don is one of the most knowledgeable people I know in the field of dispute resolution. He was key in getting me involved in the Riverside Family Court Voluntary Settlement Conference program and continues to be an inspiration to me with his enthusiasm and support for helping clients resolve their issues. I highly recommend him. He brings years of experience and great compassion to the table every time.


    Mary Campbell Mediation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Thomas Sterling Hudspeth

    I have known Don Cripe professionally for many years, and highly respect his contribution to the local legal community. Attorney Cripe is a zealous advocate for his clients, and a very effective and dedicated mediator. Attorney Cripe is always very well prepared, and well informed on legal issues. His passion for the law is evidenced by his hard work and dedication. He really cares about his clients and helping to solve their legal problems.


    Thomas Hudspeth Mediation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

CAMS California Arbitration Mediation Service, A Non- Profit Corporation

10213 Foothill Blvd, 2nd Floor Suite 201
Rancho Cucamonga, CA, 91730



Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Public reproval with/duties
    issued in CA, 2010


    This sanction means the attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The Bar placed conditions on the lawyer's activities to try to prevent a recurrence of the wrongful act.

Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Solomon Award for Superior Family MediationRiverside Superior Court2014
One of Top 3 Civil Mediators for the Riverside Superior CourtRiverside Superior Court2014
Jane Addams Superior Family MediatorRiverside Superior Court2013
One of Top 3 Civil Mediators for the Riverside Superior CourtRiverside Superior Court2013
WIldmon Scolastic ScholarshipSouthwestern University School of Law1985
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ADR CommitteeRiverside Superior Court2015 - Present
Mediator (Family & Civil)CEDRS--Mediation Service2012 - Present
Mediator/ArbitratorAmerical Health Lawyers Association (AHLA)2012 - Present
Mediator/ArbitratorCalifornia Arbitration & Mediation Services, Inc. (CAMS)2012 - Present
Mediator (Family Law)Riverside Superior Court2011 - Present
TAM (Civil) MediatorRiverside Superior Court2011 - Present
Mediator/ArbitratorAmerican Arbitration Association2011 - Present
Professor of Law (Mediation)University of LaVerne College of Law2011 - Present
Supervising Family Law MediatorDispute Resolution Services, Riverside2010 - Present
Family Law ADR Sub-CommitteeRiverside Superior Court2009 - Present
Supervising MediatorInland Valleys Justice Center2009 - Present
MediatorRiverside Superior Court2009 - Present
Medical Malpractice ArbitratorKaiser Health Plans-OIA2009 - Present
Settlement Judge/OfficerSan Bernardino County Superior Courts2009 - Present
MediatorDispute Resolution Service, Riverside1999 - Present
Judge Pro TemRiverside County Superior Courts1999 - Present
Judicial ArbitratorSan Bernardino Superior Court1996 - Present
Judicial ArbitratorRiverside Superior Court1996 - Present
Judge Pro TemSan Bernardino County Superior Courts1996 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Health Lawyers AssociationMediator/Arbitrator2012 - Present
American Arbitration AssociationArbitrator/Mediator2011 - Present
Southern California Mediation AssociationMediator/Member2010 - Present
Association for Conflict ResolutionMediator/member2010 - Present
Attorney Fee Dispute MediatorMember1998 - Present
Riverside County Bar AssociationMember1991 - Present
San Bernardino County Bar AssociationMember1991 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1988 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Wood vs. EmmersoVerdict for Plaintiff at trial, reversed on Appeal
Buhrman vs Old United InsuranceVerdict for Plaintiff
See all legal cases 
Publication nameTitleDate
Riverside County Lawyer MagazineThe ADR Myth and other fictions2011
RCBA BAR JOURNALThe Boogeyman of California Family Law2011
Riverside County Lawyer MagazineMediating the Civil Case2010
Riverside County Lawyer MagazineFamily Law Mediation2010
Riverside County Lawyer MagazineMediation: The Care and Feeding of Trial Counsel2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Center for Understanding in ConflictMediationCertificate of Completion2012
American Arbitration Association UniversityArbitrationCertificate of Completion2012
American Arbitration AssociationIntensive Advanced MediationCertificate2012
American Mediation InstituteMediationCertificate of Completion2011
San Bernardino Superior CourtJudicial TrainingCertificate2000
Riverside Superior CourtJudicial TrainingCertificate1999
Southwestern University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1988
University of Hawaii, West OahuN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1985
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
The China Project (Chinese Judges)The American Judiciary2013
The China Project (Sr. Chinese Prosecutors)The American Prosecutorial System2012
College of Continuing EducationInternational Negotiation2012
Visiting Chinese Law StudentsMediating in California2011
The China ProjectThe American Economic System2010
Loma Linda University Graduate School of PsychologyMediation in Family Law--ongoing lectures2009
Lifestyles Convention 1995 - 2007Alternative Lifestyles and the Law1995