Richard J. Collier

Richard J. Collier, Mediator & Arbitrator
201 California Street
17th Floor
San Francisco, California 94111


Areas Of Practice

Legal Malpractice
Partnership Disputes
Real Estate
Trusts and Estates



After over 30 years in practice, RICHARD J. COLLIER maintains a busy trial, arbitration and mediation practice with Cooper, White & Cooper LLP in San Francisco.  His trial practice focuses on trusts and estates disputes.  Although increasingly in demand for mediations and arbitrations in that area of law, over the past 20 years as a neutral Mr. Collier has handled mediations and arbitrations in a wide range of subject matters:  partnership and close corporation disputes, intellectual property disputes, insurance coverage disputes, contract and business tort disputes, legal malpractice disputes – several hundred disputes in total.


Mr. Collier serves on the arbitration and mediation panels of the American Arbitration Association and as an instructor in the Association's training programs.  He serves on the United States District Court for the Northern District of California ADR Program panels;  he has served frequently as an instructor in the Program's mediation and early neutral evaluation training programs.  Mr. Collier has written, trained, and taught extensively in the Bay Area, most recently on preparing for mediation for the Mediation Society, mediating inheritance disputes for the Bar Association of San Francisco, and advocacy in mediation and arbitration for the California Continuing Education of the Bar.


Mr. Collier is a Past President of the Mediation Society, and is President-Elect of the California Dispute Resolution Council.


Professional Experience:




            February 2008:           Cooper, White & Cooper, LLP


                                               Litigation and ADR practice


            1993 – 2008:              Titchell, Maltzman, Mark & Ohleyer, P.C.                            


                                               Litigation and ADR practice; Managing Director


            1979 - 1993:               Farella, Braun & Martel


                                               Litigation Partner 1986-1993


            1969 - 1976:               University of California, Berkeley


                                               Assistant Professor, Department of English


                                               Distinguished Teaching Award 1975






Education:                            J.D., Boalt Hall School of Law, U.C. Berkeley, 1979


                                              Ph.D., Washington University, St. Louis, 1969


                                              M.A. First Class Honours, Edinburgh University, 1965


Cooper, White & Cooper LLP is a firm of 50 lawyers, with offices in San Francisco and Walnut Creek, California.  Founded in 1896, Cooper's practice has expanded over its 100+ year history to provide comprehensive representation in most areas of business law and civil trial practice.  Cooper's principal commitment is personal service and dedication to clients.  We offer independent professional counsel and zealous representation by lawyers with integrity who learn their clients and industries.  Our attorneys work across practice specialties, and in most instances one partner is responsible for all of the legal work for a client.  Whether a small business or a large corporation, each client is important to Cooper, and we pride ourselves in providing effective legal representation at a competitive cost.

201 California Street, 17th floor

San Francisco, CA. 94111

Phone: 415-765-6220

Email:  [email protected]