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I have practiced real estate and business law in Walnut Creek for 36 years after practicing in San Francisco and Oakland for two years. I grew up in Berkeley and I have lived in Orinda, California for 31 years.I have been active as a court and private mediator for about 25 years.

 I enjoy playing golf when I can find the time. I am the President of the Lawyers & Judges Golf Association and a member and former Men's Club President of the Contra Costa Country Club.


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Practice areas


  1. Real Estate: 50%
    40 years
  2. Mediation: 25%
    26 years, 300 cases
  3. Business: 25%
    40 years



Hourly ($375/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Wayne Vincent Robert Smith

    I endorse this lawyer's work. I have known Peter for over 25 years, and he is a lawyer of great quality and high integrity. I have referred matters to Peter Mankin where I could not help the client, and his follow up was very good.


    Wayne Smith Lawsuits & Disputes Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

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    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Sheldon & Mankin

1211 Newell Avenue, Suite 120
Walnut Creek, CA, 94596


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV (Highest) RatingMartindale-Hubbell2014
Northern California Super LawyerSan Francisco Magazine2014
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
MediatorPeter Mankin Mediation Services1995 - Present
Principal AttorneySheldon & Mankin1981 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Contra Costa County Bar AssociationPresident, ADR Section2014 - Present
Mediation Society of Contra CostaMember2011 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaADR Committee, Chair-Legislation Subcommittee2008 - Present
Superior Court Contra Costa CountyMember ADR Oversight Committee2008 - Present
California Dispute Resolution CouncilMember2008 - Present
Contra Costa County Bar AssociationPresident1998 - 1999
Contra Costa County Bar AssociationBoard of Directors1990 - 1999
Contra Costa County Bar AssociationMember1977 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Embarcadero Cove Enterprises v. KatzSettlement
Hutchings, et al v. Garlock, et al$3.0 Million stipulated judgment against Garlock and affiliated companies and $440,000 cash settlement with title company
Wilcox v. HojatiSettled on first day of trial
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Publication nameTitleDate
Contra Costa LawyerMediation Confidentiality-What Is It and How Far Should It Go?2014
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of San Francisco School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1975
University of California - BerkeleyN/AA.B.1970
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
MCLE SpectacularLegal Technology2013
Training SeminarMediating With Self Represented Litigants2012
MCLE SpectacularMediating in Hard Times2011
Advanced Issues in 1031 Exchanges1031 Tax Deferred Exchanges2008