Since 2001, Alan Dowling has served as a mediator in private/contractual and court-ordered mediation of civil disputes, with focus on copyright, trademark, contractual, right of privacy and publicity, idea misappropriation, defamation, cyberlaw, business tort, corporate and partnership matters, particularly in the context of the music recording, music publishing, motion picture, television and literary fields

In 2001-2003, and since 2005, Mr. Dowling has also served as a court-selected and approved volunteer mediator on the Attorney Settlement Officer Panel of the United States District Court for the Central District of California.  The Attorney Settlement Officer Program (A.S.O.P.) governs the elective and mandatory referral of certain actions for settlement conferences with a neutral member of a settlement panel appointed by the Court.  Beginning in 2001, the District Court found that the substantial increase in the filings of criminal and civil cases in the Central District, together with the adoption of Congressional requirements for the priority scheduling of criminal trials and the shortage of Judges in the District, placed significant pressures on litigants, counsel, and the Court. The purpose of the attorney settlement program is to alleviate some of these pressures and to encourage the fair, speedy, and economical resolution of controversies by allowing parties to submit their cases to an impartial Attorney Settlement Officer who is experienced in one or more designated areas of law and/or in the processes of alternative dispute resolution.  Mr.Dowling also conducts private meditations, not done under the auspices of the federal court.

Mr. Dowling has received extensive mediation training, including completion of courses with the nationally-renowned Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law, and he has been awarded Certificates in Mediating the Litigated Case/Mediation: The Art of Facilitating Settlement, 2002, and "The Advanced Mediators Forum" [Advanced Mediators Training), 2003.

To schedule a case please (1) call Alan Dowling at 818-679-6395 (cell) or (2) communicate your request by email addressed to  When you do so, please be sure to include (if possible at that time) your personal and firm name, address, phone and fax numbers and email address, the case name, court and case number (assuming it is a pending litigation matter), any significant upcoming deadline dates (mediation completion date, pretrial conference, status conference or trial dates, for example), a list of all parties and their counsel, and whether you are arranging mediation under the Attorney Settlement Officer Program (A.S.O.P.) of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.  


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