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Marc Kalish, Mediator & Arbitrator, Phoenix, Arizona.

Marc Kalish

Mediator & Arbitrator
6514 N. 18th Pl
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Tel: (602) 769-8708
Cell: (602) 769-8708
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Recognized to Arizona Chapter for Mediation & Arbitration Other ADR Services: ADR Training/CME, Court-Appointed Neutral (Special Master), Early Neutral Evaluation, Med-Arb, Mini-Trial Judge
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  • Practice Commenced1995
  • # of MEDS (as of 25/7/24)750
  • # of ARBS (as of 25/7/24)100
Current Practice
Online / In-Person


I started conducting settlement conferences as a judge pro tem in 1992. Since receiving formal mediation training in 1995, I have devoted my law practice almost exclusively to providing alternative dispute resolution services as both an arbitrator and mediator. Since then, I have conducted hundreds of mediations and presided over many arbitrations.

My more than 20 years as a judge pro tem (including time in a full-time paid position on the Maricopa County Superior Court) presiding over numerous bench and jury trials have provided me with the skills necessary to be an effective arbitrator and mediator. Part of my success is owing to the fact that, in addition to my judicial experience, I practiced law as a trial and appellate attorney as a sole practitioner and in both large and small law firms. I have represented civil litigants on both sides of disputes, from personal injury claimants and defendants/insurers to consumers and business owners. I have litigated, judged, mediated, and arbitrated almost every kind of civil cases, except family law.

Case Experience

  • Anti-Trust
  • Appellate
  • Aviation
  • Banking & Finance
  • Commercial/Business
  • Community Associations
  • Construction
  • Consumer Fraud
  • Contract Disputes
  • Debt Collections
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Family Businesses
  • Franchise
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Lemon Law
  • Libel & Slander
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Military
  • Mortgage Foreclosure
  • Nursing Homes
  • Partnerships
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Fees
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Damage
  • Real Estate
  • Securities
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Title Disputes
  • Torts
  • Trusts / Estates
  • Unfair Competition
  • Wrongful Death


  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D. (Magna cum laude) - 1980 (Staff member of Georgetown Law Journal)
  • Purdue University, B.S. - 1969


  • Arizona Department of Education (32-hour program) - 1995
  • United States Arbitration & Mediation (40-hour program, which met the curriculum guidelines established by the Arizona Dispute Resolution Association) - 2000
  • Basic Arbitrator Training (American Arbitration Association) - 2000
  • Basic Arbitrator Training (National Association of Securities Dealers) - 2002
  • Advanced Arbitrator Training (American Arbitration Association) - 2002
  • Panel Chair Training (National Association of Securities Dealers) - 2003
  • Arbitrator Ethics (American Arbitration Association) - 2004
  • Insights into ADR (American Arbitration Association) - 2004
  • Mediation & Arbitration Advocacy (Arizona Association for Dispute Resolution) - 2004
  • Judicial Review of Arbitration Awards (American Arbitration Association) - 2004
  • Mediating Death & Profound Injury Cases (ABA Dispute Resolution Section) - 2005
  • Revised Model Standards of Conduct for Mediators (American Arbitration Association) - 2005
  • Dealing with Delay Tactics in Arbitration (American Arbitration Association) - 2006
  • Chairing a Three-Arbitrator Panel (American Arbitration Association) - 2006
  • The Ethics Hotseat--What Would You Do (Arizona Association for Conflict Resolution) - 2007
  • NASD Dispute Resolution Revised Code of Arbitration Procedure Training (National Association of Securities Dealers) - 2007
  • "A Call To Arms" Is Commercial/ Employment Arbitration in Trouble? (Arizona State Bar Dispute Resolution Section and American Arbitration Association) - 2008
  • Got Ethics! (Arizona Association for Conflict Resolution) - 2008
  • Private Arbitration Update - Advanced Arbitration Practice (American Arbitration Association) - 2008
  • Arbitrator Ethics & Disclosure (American Arbitration Association) - 2008

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Arbitrator for the United States District Court for the District of Arizona (1993-2005)
  • Mediator/Arbitrator for American Arbitration Association, Commercial and Insurance-Related Disputes.
  • Arbitrator (Panel Chair qualified) and Mediator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), formerly known as the National Association of Securities Dealers
  • Certified Mediator for the Arizona Association of Realtors
  • Arbitrator/Mediator for National Arbitration and Mediation
  • Arbitrator for National Arbitration Forum
  • Mediator/Arbitrator for ADR Systems of America
  • Admitted to practice law before the Arizona Supreme Court and all lower state courts (1980); United States Supreme Court (1992); the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (1982); and the United States District Court for the District of Arizona (1980).
  • Member of the State Bar of Arizona and Maricopa County Bar Association (1980-Present)
  • Member of American Bar Association (1980-2009) (Chair, Pro Bono Committee of Section of Dispute Resolution, 2002-2008)
  • Member of Arizona Association for Conflict Resolution.
  • Volunteer with Maricopa County Volunteer Lawyers Program. Selected Volunteer of Month for June l992, November 1986 and December 1995.

Rates Information

Unless otherwise agreed in advance, my hourly rate for neutral services is $450.00 for time spent, including preparation time and post-proceeding services (such as assistance in preparing a settlement agreement or preparing an arbitration award). I charge no administrative or cancellation fees. However, if a mediation or arbitration is cancelled after I have expended time preparing, I will bill for the time actually expended. A deposit is generally requested, based on the anticipated time for the proceeding. Fees are billed at the conclusion of the services, with any unused deposit being returned at that time. The parties are expected to share the fees equally, unless they have agreed otherwise. Special rates may apply for proceedings scheduled through the American Arbitration Association, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, and the Arizona Association of Realtors.

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