Dennis Seider

Dennis Seider Esq. (Ret)
San Francisco, California 94125


Areas Of Practice

Admiralty Law



The University of London (L.S.E.) - Master of Laws (LL.M.) 1968

The UCLA School of Law - Juris Doctor 1967

University of California at Los Angeles - Bachelor of Arts 1963

Dispute Resolution Training: 

Dispute Resolution Experience: Past arbitrator for the AAA

Past mediator for the ARC

2005- Present
Private mediator specializing in marine insurance coverage and trade and transportation disputes 2005 to present

Court appointed panel mediator 2010 to present

Professional Licenses:

State Bar of California (inactive 2014)

Professional Memberships:

State Bar of California
Past member, Los Angeles County Bar Association - Committee on International Law

Current member; Maritime Law Association of the United States (MLA; since 1975); Committees: Carriage of Goods; Marine Insurance, General Average and Salvage; Recreational Boating

Past member; American Association of General Average Adjusters

Past member; National Association of Marine Surveyors (NAMS)

Past member; National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America, Inc.

Current member; Marine Underwriters of Southern California (MUSC)

Past member; Association for Transportation Law, Logistics and Policy (ATLLP); Aviation Editor of ATLLP Association Highlights magazine

Past member; The Propeller Club of the United States

Past member; American Boat and Yacht Council, Inc.

Past member; United States Naval Institute

Past member; Foreign Trade Association

One of the Principal speakers at The Portuguese Spanish American Maritime Law Institute (IHALDM) meeting, Ibiza, Spain 1992

Admitted to practice before all California State and Federal Courts since 1968; admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court 1991


1959 - 1969 - Part time commercial fisherman and deck hand

1965 - Wiper, SS “EXPORT AIDE”

1968 - 1971 - English Teacher - Private School - Tel Aviv, Israel
Visiting instructor in contracts and trusts; Holborn College of Law.
Languages and Commerce, Red Lion Square, London, England

1968 - 1970 Associate with the law firm of Overton, Lyman & Prince, Los Angeles, California

1970 - 1976 - Sole practitioner

1976 – 1979 - Partner, Gutman & Seider, Los Angeles, California

1979 – 1993 - Senior Partner, Seider, Cohan & Cohen, A Professional Corporation

1993 – 2000 - Senior Partner, Seider & Reynolds, a Law Corporation, Los Angeles, California

2000 – 2005 - Partner, Wolf Seider Abrams & Wolf, LLC

2005 – 2015 - Parker Shumaker Mills LLP

Work History for the Past Five Years: 

2005 – 2015
Of counsel, Parker Shumaker Mills LLP specializing in mediation and expert consultation in the fields of marine insurance coverage and transportation disputes

Arbitration, a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), is a technique for the resolution of disputes outside the courts. The parties to a dispute refer it to arbitration by one or more persons (the "arbitrators", "arbiters" or "arbitral tribunal"), and agree to be bound by the arbitration decision (the "award"). A third party reviews the evidence in the case and imposes a decision that is legally binding on both sides and enforceable in the courts.[1]

Arbitration is often used for the resolution of commercial disputes, particularly in the context ofinternational commercial transactions. In certain countries such as the United States, arbitration is also frequently employed in consumer and employment matters, where arbitration may be mandated by the terms of employment or commercial contracts.

Arbitration can be either voluntary or mandatory (although mandatory arbitration can only come from a statute or from a contract that is voluntarily entered into, where the parties agree to hold all existing or future disputes to arbitration, without necessarily knowing, specifically, what disputes will ever occur) and can be either binding or non-binding. Non-binding arbitration is similar to mediation in that a decision cannot be imposed on the parties. However, the principal distinction is that whereas a mediator will try to help the parties find a middle ground on which to compromise, the (non-binding) arbitrator remains totally removed from the settlement process and will only give a determination of liability and, if appropriate, an indication of the quantum of damages payable. By one definition arbitration is binding and non-binding arbitration is therefore technically not arbitration.

Arbitration is a proceeding in which a dispute is resolved by an impartial adjudicator whose decision the parties to the dispute have agreed, or legislation has decreed, will be final and binding. There are limited rights of review and appeal of arbitration awards.

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Malibu, CA 90265

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Lectures, Seminars, Articles & Publications
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Description:  LECTURES AND SEMINARS:1993 - Author and Narrator "Ocean Cargo: Murphy's Law Repealed (a play in three acts)" sponsored by MUSC. 1993 - Awarded the “Insurance Person of the Year" trophy by Marine Underwriters of Southern