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Mediator Information
Name Michael G. Kerbs
Law Firm Reid & Hellyer
Location Riverside
Practice Areas
Business Litigation, Real Estate Litigation, Civil Litigation; Appellate
Date of Admission to the California State Bar
1987
Education
  • Juris Doctor, University of San Diego, magna cum laude (1987)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Accounting, University of San Diego, magna cum laude (1984)
Bar Memberships
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California (1999)
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California (1988)
  • State of California (1987)
Professional Association Memberships
  • Member, State Bar of California 
  • Member, Riverside County Bar Association
  • Executive Board, RCBA Dispute Resolution Service, Inc.
  • Judge Pro Tem, San Bernardino County Superior Court (1997-Present)
  • Hearing Officer, Employment Panel, National Arbitration and Mediation
  • Member, Leo A. Deegan Inn of Court
  • Member, San Diego Law Review (1986-1987)
Additional Information

As the president of the Inland Empire's third largest law firm, Michaels Kerbs oversees day-to-day operations and provides direction for the firm by fostering relationships with clients and encouraging the firm's 20 attorneys to be involved in their community. He specializes in business and real estate litigation as well as writs and appeals.

Kerbs has given his time and talent to the local community as a member of the Riverside County Bar Association, serving as a scoring attorney for the Riverside County Mock Trial Competition. He also serves on the Executive Board for RCBA Dispute Resolution Service, Inc.

Kerbs is a member of the Leo A. Deegan Inn of Court, which was formed to train and foster "excellence in professionalism, ethics, civility and legal skills" in members of the Bar.

Kerbs completed the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce Leadership program, which is a 10-month leadership program that surveys key regional issues in the Riverside area.

A graduate of the University of San Diego, Kerbs earned his Bachelor of Arts in Accounting in 1984 and his Juris Doctorate in 1987. While in law school he was a member of the San Diego Law Review from 1986 to 1987.

Litigation Experience

  • Rich v. Laag, Riverside County Superior Court, 10 day non-jury trial.  Action involved the dissolution and accounting of a partnership that operated a telecommunications service.  Assets in dispute totaled over $2,000,000.00.  Judgment entered in favor of our client for all assets.
  • Tina’s Mexican Restaurant, Riverside County Superior Court, 10 day jury trial.  Action involved the dissolution and accounting of a partnership that operated a Mexican restaurant.  Following the trial which resulted in a hung jury, action settled with client retaining most partnership tangible assets and name of restaurant.
  • Numerous other partnership dissolution actions, including arbitration, trial and appellate work.  40% of practice devoted to accounting issues, 8 jury trials, 15 non-jury trials and 10 arbitrations