Superior Court of California, County of Santa Barbara

Neutral Evaluator

PLEASE NOTE: This is a list of neutrals who have met the court’s requirements for membership on the panel, and no further court endorsement, approval, or warranty is made or implied. The claims made by each panelist herein are their own. We encourage you to carefully review the material and verify for yourself that the panelist you are considering has the desired background and expertise for your case. Panelists are solely responsible for furnishing their correct fee and other information to the CADRe office, and for updating their material as necessary. The CADRe office makes every effort to ensure accuracy, but this information is subject to change without notice.

Neutral Evaluator Fee Schedule

Click on the panelist’s name for further details (including their backgrounds, qualifications, and styles of practice).

Neutral EvaluatorFeeAdmin. costsExpensesPhone
R.A. Carrington$325 hr.NoneNone805-565-1487
Hon. Warren C. Conklin (ret)$300 hr.NoneNone805-543-1711
Dennis D. Law$350 hr.FacilitiesNone


Herb Fox$350 hr.FacilitiesUnusual805-899-4777
Michael H. Gray$210 hr.NoneActual805-965-4407
Laurel G. Kaufer$400 hr.NoneExtraordinary818-888-4840
Hon. Frank J. Ochoa (ret.)$500 hr.As NeededAs Agreed805-962-4887
Richard I. Phillips$300 hr.Noneposs. hearing room805-466-7600

A Word About “Limited Mediation”

The CADRe program offers mediation at no or reduced cost to litigants under the Limited Mediation component of the program. Limited Mediation is available only for cases where the amount in controversy does not exceed $50,000.00, and is not offered for probate or family law cases.

The list of mediators for Limited Mediation is only available by contacting the CADRe office at 805-882-4661. The CADRe office will assign a mediator to the case, usually with input from the parties. CADRe staff will explain the assignment procedure to you. The first three (3) hours of mediation are provided free of charge to the parties (the court pays the mediator for this time period). Thereafter, the mediator may charge the parties an hourly rate.

PLEASE NOTE: For Limited Mediation, you must always contact the CADRe office first for CADRe to assign a mediator to the case. If you contact a mediator independently without obtaining an LM assignment sheet from the CADRe office first, then you will be expected to pay the mediator’s market hourly rate.