Welcome to Fairbank ADR
Robert H. Fairbank established Fairbank ADR in 2014 as an Alternative Dispute Resolution entity that specializes in the mediation of high stakes, complex civil matters. Fairbank ADR is the successor to Fairbank & Vincent, which Bob co-founded in 1996 after beginning his career as an associate and partner of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher (1977-96).
Bob obtained extensive and diverse experience in major civil litigation over the past 40 years. From 2002 to 2009, Bob served as an independent consultant for the Regents of the University of California in the Enron, Worldcom, AOL Time Warner, and Dynegy federal securities cases, as part of a team co-headed by the Hon. J. Lawrence Irving. In addition to this independent role, Bob successfully represented prominent corporate and individual (Director and Officer) defendants in a variety of civil disputes, and served as co-counsel for plaintiffs in major class actions.
Bob also has developed sophisticated knowledge of the leading civil and criminal corporate fraud cases, government investigations, and regulatory developments as an adjunct professor at the USC Gould School of Law (2004-present) and the Stanford Law and Business Schools (2007).
In April 2019, Bob was chosen as one of three Recognised Practitioners of Mediation in the USA (Nationwide) by Chambers and Partners.
Fairbank Mediations In The News
Los Angeles Daily Journal, February 14, 2018
"A longstanding dispute stemming from the failure of the San Onofre nuclear plant ended last month when plant owners and consumer attorneys agreed to a settlement that will save ratepayers $775 million in costs related to the 2012 shutdown." - Mark Armao
Los Angeles Times, June 26, 2018
"Five months after owners of the failed San Onofre nuclear plant agreed to slice hundreds of millions of dollars from the cost to ratepayers of the 2012 breakdown, a California Public Utilities Commission judge has endorsed the proposed settlement." - Jeff McDonald
LA Times, January 31, 2018
"Plant owners and consumer attorneys have struck a bargain in the long-running dispute over who pays for the failure of the San Onofre nuclear plant. Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric agreed to shave $775 million from the multibillion-dollar pact that allowed them to charge millions of ratepayers for the plant in northern San Diego County, which shut down in January 2012 amid a radiation leak." - Jeff McDonald
San Diego Tribune, January 10, 2018
"Three-plus years after state regulators permitted Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric to start charging consumers billions of dollars for the failure of the San Onofre nuclear plant, utility executives and consumer advocates appear to have settled a long-running dispute over premature closure costs." - Jeff McDonald
LA Times, July 26, 2018
"Four years after approving a plan that charged ratepayers billions of dollars for the premature closing of the San Onofre nuclear plant, state utility regulators adopted a new deal Thursday that trims about $750 million from consumers’ electricity bills." - Jeff McDonald and Rob Nikolewski
Commercial Carrier Journal, May 8, 2019
"C.R. England has entered into a $37.8 million class action settlement agreement with 17,519 drivers to end a 2011 lawsuit over its independent contractor and truck lease program." - Jill Dunn
Transport Topics, April 29, 2019
"The settlement, which was achieved with help from a mediator, comes seven years after drivers Kenneth McKay and Charles Roberts filed a lawsuit in May 2011 on behalf of a class of independent contractors..." - Daniel P. Bearth
The Hollywood Reporter, July 17, 2018
"The settlement comes in a lawsuit over customers who bought a box set advertising "all" Bond films who didn't get 'Casino Royale' and 'Never Say Never Again.'" - Eriq Gardner
Law 360, May 8, 2017
"THQ Inc. and two executives have agreed to pay $2.6 million to settle class allegations that they misled investors before a failed plan to expand a Nintendo Wii accessory to other gaming platforms." - Cara Salvatore
SB Wire, April 25, 2017
"A settlement was reached with the defendants in the lawsuit filed on behalf of certain investors of Quiksilver Inc over alleged securities laws violations and a deadline to submit the settlement claim is upcoming."