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Mediator Information
Name Harlan B. Kistler
Law Firm Law Offices of Harlan B. Kistler
Location Western Region (Riverside, Corona, Moreno Valley, San Bernardino), at the address of the mediator; at the facilities of one of the parties’ counsel or other appropriate facilities.
Practice Areas
Personal Injury and Business Litigation (specialties); Legal Malpractice, Product Liability, Civil Appeals, Medical Malpractice, Contract.
Date of Admission to the California State Bar
  • Juris Doctorate, University of Iowa (1988)
    • Associate Note and Comment Editor, Iowa Law Review
  • Bachelor of Arts, UCLA, ASU, conferred at University of Iowa (1983)

ADR-Specific Education

  • “Mediating the Litigated Case,” 40 hours, Pepperdine University School of Law, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution (November 2008)
Bar Memberships
  • State of California (June 1989)
Professional Association Memberships
  • Member, State Bar of California
  • Member, Riverside County Bar Association
    • Past President
    • Member, Committee on Mandatory Fee Arbitration (1995, 2000)
  • Panel member, RCBA Dispute Resolution Service, Inc.
  • Panel member, Attorney Settlement programs, Riverside Superior Court (2004-present)
  • Past member, Riverside County Bar Association Barristers
  • Past member, American Inns of Court
Additional Information

Harlan B. Kistler has practiced law for more than the 22 years, having represented more than 2,000 clients. His policy is that the client always comes first. Kistler and his team form a highly recognized legal practice with the ability and desire to handle cases successfully. His law firm has consistently settled even the most difficult cases, having recovered over $1 million for clients in the past.

Kistler's mediation style varies with the needs and interests of the parties and attorneys in each case. He has extensive litigation experience, common sense, strong people skills, energy, patience and a strong belief in the value of the mediation process as a positive and respectful means of resolving cases. He is very flexible in working with the parties and is an effective closer.

While in school, Kistler attended UCLA in 1978 on a full athletic scholarship for wrestling and was the PAC-Ten wrestling champion his freshman year. He placed 6th in the NCAA National Wrestling Championships the next year. Later, he transferred to the University of Iowa. He was the 1983 Big Ten wrestling champion and 3rd place in the National Collegiate Wrestling Championships.