LENTON AIKINS, Ph.D., J.D.

CV

MEDIATOR, EDUCATOR, TEMPORARY JUDGE

Personal Email: Aikins@aikinsmediation.com or Lamediate40@gmail.com

Office Phone Number: 877-495-4529

Self Employed, Full-Time Independent Neutral Mediator, Educator,
Temporary Judge, Los Angeles Superior Court.

Now ODR Certified Mediations via Zoom. 

Work History 

  • Owner Aikins Law Firm (1991-2016)
  • Extensive litigation experience primarily in employment law (80%); Also significant number of litigated cases in personal injury, real estate. (1991-2016);
  • Worked in educational institutions as Professor of Political Science and African American Studies, Dean of Arts & Sciences, Adjunct Professor, Real Estate Law, Real Estate Principles Business Law & Ethnic Studies at various colleges and universities.

Owned and operated two real estate offices in Orange County, California, listed and sold over 300 homes

Formal Education 

Dr. Aikins preparation for mediation includes his background as an educator, a college dean, a real estate broker with over 300 listing and sales of homes that involved win-win mediations, twenty-five plus years of law practice and trials in the areas of employment law, real estate, personal injury, police misconduct and twelve criminal trials since 1991. His education includes a B.A. and MA in Political Science from California State University, Los Angeles, an Earned Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Southern California and a J.D. Degree from Western States University College of Law.

Representative Issues Handled as a Mediator

Handled all issues in employment & labor law, included but not limited to wage & hours, discrimination, retaliation, sexual harassment, disability issues, whistleblowers, wrongful termination, premises liability, personal injury, real estate, UDL, professional liability (attorneys, real estate agents and brokers), public entities, educational agencies, breach of contract, and 42 USC 1981-1983 cases. 

Mediation & Arbitration Training

  • Learning Tree, 40 Hour Course 294: “Influence Skills: Getting Results Without Direct Authority,” Learning Tree Center, New York;
  • Completed Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University 42 Hours, “Mediating the Litigated Case”;
  • Completed Los Angeles County Bar Association, 30 Hours “Basic Mediation Training”;
  • Completed Los Angeles County Bar Association 18 Hours “Advanced Mediation Skills Practicum”;
  • Completed Arbitration Fundamentals and Best Practices for New AAA Arbitrators, 40 Hours,
  • California State Bar Approved MCLE Provider, #18810.

Years in Full-Time Practice as a Neutral: 5

Years in Practice of Law, Litigation: 25

Number of Cases Mediated: 221 (as of 08/06/2021)

21 Cases Mediated in 2021 (as of 08/06/2021)

Settlement rate year of 2021 (as of 08/06/2021 100%

Overall Settlement rate: 90% of cases mediated settled.

Professional Licenses Active

  • California State Bar (Attorney)
  • California Real Estate Broker

Professional Associations

  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth District; United States
  • District Court Central District of California;
  • United States District Court, Southern District; California;
  • Long Beach Bar Association
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Langston Bar Association
  • Black Women Lawyers of Los Angeles
  • Thurgood Marshall Bar Association, Orange County

Statement of Mediation Philosophy

To ethically resolve cases in the best interest of all sides while acknowledging the parties respective self-determination, using all of the tools in my mediation kit to achieve a successful settlement and never, never, never giving up on resolving a case entrusted to me.

Compensation

$5000.00 Full Day, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. $625.00 per hour thereafter (Includes Preparation, Study of Documents, Pre-mediation telephonic consultation with each side) 

$2500 for 1/2 half day (4 hours) mediation. After 4 hours, $625 per hour. 

Fees are subject to change without notice. Always check website for updates.

Travel

No travel at this time all Mediations are held via Zoom.  

Cancellation Time Period

Three (5) Business Days Prior to Date of Scheduled Mediation.

Cancellation Time Period: After 5 Business Days, No Refund, but the Mediation may be rescheduled.