Hon. Paul L. Beeman (Ret.)​

Mediator  •  Arbitrator  •  Referee

RESUME

With nearly 18 years of judicial service, Judge Beeman has presided over a wide variety of civil matters and brings that wealth of experience to his dispute resolution services.  Judge Beeman served as Presiding Judge and Supervising Civil Judge of the Solano County Superior Court, and was the Chairman of the Court’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee for 12 years.  He specializes in settling cases involving personal injury, product liability, employment, real estate, construction defect, insurance, professional malpractice, CEQA, as well as complex asbestos litigation and toxic tort claims.

Prior to his years on the bench, Judge Beeman spent over 26 years as a trial lawyer in private practice, where he tried more than 30 civil and criminal jury trials, and arbitrated and mediated more than 150 cases.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • Construction Defect
  • Employment
  • Environmental / Toxic Tort
  • Insurance
  • Personal Injury
  • Products Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Real Estate


JUDICIAL EXPERIENCE
Court Leadership:

  • Supervising Civil Judge            2017
  • Presiding Judge           2012-2013
  • Assistant Presiding Judge       2010-2011
  • Supervising Judge, Vallejo Branch Court        2008-2011


Judicial Assignments:

  • Appellate Division      2004-2005, 2016-2017
  • Civil / CEQA       2004-2011, 2014-2017
  • Criminal (Felonies)     2002-2003
  • Juvenile           2000-2001


Court Committees:

  • Chair, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee         2005-2017
  • Member, Court Executive Committee           2008-2013, 2017



LEGAL EXPERIENCE

  • Partner, Law Offices of Beeman & Beeman
    Specialized in personal injury, product liability, medical malpractice and federal tort claims.        1973-2000
  • Legal Clerk (SPC5), United States Army      1969-1971



EDUCATION

  • University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, J.D.  1973
  • California State College at Hayward, B.A., Political Science  1968



ADR TRAINING AND EDUCATION

Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School of Law

  • Advanced Mediation: An Interactive Training Program 2014
  • Apology, Forgiveness, and Reconciliation 2013
  • Preventing Bad Settlement Decisions and Impasse Using Brain Science, Game Theory, Animated Communication, and Micro-Interventions 2011, 2012
  • Tools for Mindful Awareness for Lawyers, Mediators, Negotiators, Judges, Arbitrators, and Managers 2012
  • Mediating in the Red Zone: Closing the Deal in Mediation 2011
  • Advanced Mediation: Skills and Techniques 2010
  • Specialized Mediation: Mediating Employment, Personal Injury, and Professional Liability Cases 2009
  • Improvisational Mediaton: A New Model for Mediation 2008
  • Mediating Complex Construction Disputes 2007
  • Mediating the Litigated Case 2004, 2006
  • Mediating the Complex Case: An Emphasis on Process Design, Party Management, and Insurance Coverage 2006
  • Specialized Mediation: Handling Challenging Employment, Medical Malpractice, and Personal Injury Cases 2005


Dr. Mario Patera and Dr. Ulrike Gamm

  • Mediative Leadership Competencies: Module 3 2015
  • Seminar on Mediative Competencies: Module 1 2013


University of California, Berkeley, Extension: Mediation and Conflict Resolution Course  2017

International Academy of Mediators, Spring Conference  2015



ADMISSIONS AND LICENSURES

  • United States Courts for the Ninth Circuit     1974
  • United States District Court, Northern District of California     1974
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of California     1973
  • State Bar of California    1973



ORGANIZATIONS AND AWARDS

  • Executive Board Member, California Judges Association    2013-2016
  • Law Day Liberty Bell Award for Leadership and Dedication to the ADR Process, Solano
    County Bar Association  2008

  • Solano County Bar Association Representative, Superior Court Community Focused Planning Committee    1998-2000
  • Member and Chair, City of Vallejo Planning Commission    1997-2000
  • Co-Founder and Participating Member, Lawyers in the Library    1995-2000
  • Board Member, Fighting Back Partnership    2000-2011



TEACHING EXPERIENCE

  • Faculty/Moderator, CEB Courses Regarding Evidence and Discovery.     2014-2015
  • Faculty, Straus Institute, “Mediating The Litigated Case”
    Taught mediation skills to the judiciary and lawyers in Uganda.     2014
  • Co-sponsored Straus Institute training sessions on mediation for Solano County judges and attorneys.    2009-2013