Debra Bogaards, Esq. has served as a private mediator for over five years, as well as a mandatory settlement conference officer in San Francisco for over five years and in Marin County for almost 30 years. She has successfully mediated hundreds of cases with a consistent settlement rate well above 98%. Ms. Bogaards has an advantage and presents a clear balanced point of view, having represented both plaintiffs and defendants in her career.
Ms. Bogaards’ subject matter expertise includes matters brought as an individual as well as multi-party actions covering the full range of employment matters; catastrophic injury and wrongful death; toxic tort; sexual abuse, Uber cases, as well as landlord-tenant disputes including wrongful eviction and breach of the covenant of habitability, such as mold and carbon-monoxide exposure.
In terms of employment matters, Ms. Bogaards has handled a wide array of issues such as wage and hour, discrimination (all protected classes, including maternity leave, age, race, disability accommodation, sexual harassment), retaliation, wrongful termination, whistleblowing, defamation, fraud and reductions in work force.
As to personal injury, Ms. Bogaards managed two insurance defense firms for almost 25 years, so she understands how claims representatives set reserves, review and roundtable cases to determine their value with team managers at headquarters as well as how to get more money than their settlement authority at mediation. Debra has also practiced on the plaintiff’s side, overlapping with her defense work, for 15 years, and handled solely plaintiff’s work for over five years. In a personal injury case, she understands how to calculate the Howell medical specials, how to analyze a wage loss/income loss claim, how to review a life care plan as well as other economic damages. She can discuss the retention of various experts and trial budgets. Understanding the basics after almost 40 mostly successful jury trials helps Ms. Bogaards be an effective mediator.
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