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ABOUT
My name is Mark Julius. My skills as an attorney come from extensive experience working in legal counseling, direct representation, mediation, countless jury trials and government service.
I understand that successful mediation emerges from engaging with people from a wide variety of backgrounds and cultures. By being receptive to your needs and desires, while drawing on my wellspring of legal experience, I can help you work towards finding an auspicious agreement.

In facilitating an alternative form of dispute resolution, my goal as a mediator is to resolve the frustration between the parties involved. Too often people engage in the legal process hoping to resolve their conflicts, only to find that when the verdict is read they are still in crisis. My job is to resolve crisis, relieve frustration and help those in conflict get to a place where they can move on with their lives.
It seems that within the last few years, there has developed an intensified atmosphere of confrontation and edginess that permeates our political and legal culture. There are new challenges in the management and resolution of conflict.

My personal ethos calls for working towards defusing this hostile environment on a case-by-case basis, and my experience allows me to successfully tackle such a challenge.

Scholarship
Disciplined. Impartial. Perceptive. Experienced. These are the qualities
I bring to the table.
I am an expert in legal research and writing. In addition to routine appellate briefs, I have had the privilege of being asked to write amicus curiae briefs on important policy issues. Several of my cases have been written up in official appellate reporters. I have mentored fellow attorneys and taught classes on legal issues to police agencies, high school and college students. I always apply a practical approach and seek straightforward solutions.

I have been blessed with a long and fruitful professional life. Should you select me to assist in resolving your case, I cannot guarantee success.

But I can absolutely guarantee that I will:

Listen.

Try to change the narrative that may have been a block to resolution up to this point.

Strive to create a safe space for productive dialogue.

Be respectful of people bringing a multiplicity of experiences, cultures and backgrounds

Personal Commitment & Discipline
I began my legal career as a US Army JAG officer and spent two years as a Government Appellate Attorney in Washington, DC.
I wrote appellate briefs in criminal cases representing the United States, which was intellectually rigorous work requiring thorough, detailed research and clear, incisive writing. I also presented oral arguments before the Army Court of Military Review and the United States Court of Military Appeals, the highest military appellate court.

After two years at GAD I was assigned to be Senior Defense Counsel at the National Training Center, Ft. Irwin, California, between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. I represented soldiers accused of major felonies, including murder, rape, robbery, arson, and drug cases. I was honorably discharged from the Army, having received the Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster (second award).

In addition to the commitment and discipline displayed in the course of my military service, I have volunteered in the burn units of several urban hospitals, in both Northern and Southern California. It takes discipline and commitment to sit with severely injured patients and their families.

Depth of Relevant Legal Experience
Many attorneys have the same limited experience over and over — I have experience in depth.
I have participated in many different kinds of cases, with both substantive and procedural issues. I have had a long career in civil litigation, on both the plaintiff and defense side.

The cases ran the gamut, with auto accidents, defective products, premises liability, trip and falls, dog bites, wrongful death, assault cases about lawyers brawling at depositions, elevator and escalator accidents, burn injuries, real estate disputes, contract disputes, child molestation and sexual harassment, employment (wrongful termination), and a $35 million dollar case involving an explosion at an oil refinery. I know my way around a jury.

I have tried many cases, as well as written many opinion letters and appellate briefs. I have personally appeared in all of the federal court districts in California, and most of the state county courts. I have won cases against some of the finest attorneys in California, and yes, I have lost cases against some of the finest.

I take the tough cases. I took thousands of depositions, participated in hundreds of mediations, and tried over 70 jury cases in both State and Federal courts.
BACKGROUND

Bar / Court Admissions
Admitted to State Bar of California, December, 1980

California Supreme Court

United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern,
and Central Districts of California

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

US Army Court of Military Review

United States Court of Appeals for the Military Circuit

Education
Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley, J.D.

Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School of Law
“Mediating the Litigated Case”
“Managing Conflict 4.0.”


University of Santa Clara, B.A.
Summa Cum Laude

Work Experience
Summary

Over 70 jury trials to verdict, both State and Federal, for both plaintiffs and defendants.

Approximately 200 insurance coverage opinions.

Approximately 200 appeals.

Over 3000 adverse expert depositions, in the following fields (partial list)
Orthopedics
Neurology
Neurosurgery
Machinery Failure
Fire Cause & Origin
Mechanism of Organophosphate Chemicals