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Mediation Experience and Training

Jean-Paul Menard began his mediation practice in 2008. Since then, Mr. Menard has dedicated a significant amount of his time mediating business, commercial, real estate, employment, partnership, unfair competition, and copyright and trademark infringement. Mr. Menard is certified to conduct mediations by the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and is a mediation panelist for the American Arbitration Association, the California Association of Realtors, and the United States District Court, Central District of California. He was also a panelist for the Los Angeles Superior Court’s Alternative Dispute Resolution program before the program was terminated.

Mr. Menard is a member of the Southern California Mediation Association (SCMA), and has participated in numerous mediation training courses and seminars, including the basic and advanced mediation training programs offered by the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and programs presented by SCMA, the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law, USC Gould School of Law, and the United States District Court.

Legal Background

Mr. Menard has over 35 years of complex litigation experience at the trial and appellate levels in state and federal courts involving a variety of disputes including breach of contract, business torts, employment discrimination, fraud, unfair competition, trade secrets, partnership and real estate matters, trademark and copyright infringement and environmental and government contract/qui tam related claims. In addition, Mr. Menard has negotiated and documented a variety of business and commercial agreements, and has provided general legal advice to clients on their day-to-day business operations.

Employment and Educational Background, and Professional Affiliations

Mr. Menard has been a partner with the law firm of Brown White & Osborn LLP in Los Angeles since February 2019. Before joining Brown White & Osborn, Mr. Menard practiced law at his own firm, the Law Office of Jean-Paul Menard (2008-2019). He was also a partner at the law firms of McKenna Long & Aldridge, LLP, in Los Angeles (1997-2008) (now part of Dentons US), and Stephens Berg & Lasater, in Los Angeles (1986-1997); and an associate with the law firm of Munns Kofford Hoffman Hunt & Throckmorton, in Pasadena (1984-1986).

Mr. Menard received his Juris Doctorate degree in 1984 from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.  He received his Bachelor of Arts degree graduating magna cum laude from the California State University, Northridge in 1981.  Mr. Menard is a member of the California State Bar, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and the Southern California Mediation Association.

Community Affiliations

Mr. Menard has been active within his community: Toberman Neighborhood Center, Inc., San Pedro, California, Board of Trustees (2009 – 2019), Board Chair (2012-2016), Executive Committee (2011 – 2019), Volunteer of the Year Award (2018); VA Hospital, Long Beach, California, Classic Rock Band Performances for Veterans (2015 – present); Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation, Basketball Coach, Bogdanovich Park (2002 – 2008).