155 N. Riverview Drive
Suite 100
Anaheim, CA 92808
Phone: 714.529.5685


During his years as a civil trial lawyer, Mr. Donovan handled and resolved numerous litigation and injury cases in the areas of construction, premises liability, product liability, vehicle accidents, business, real estate and professional malpractice regarding architects, engineers and real estate agents. He has represented both defendants and plaintiffs. Many of these cases were resolved through arbitration, mediation and trial.

Beginning in the 1990s he served as a part time mediator, arbitrator and Temporary Judge in a wide range of civil cases for the Orange County Superior Court. When he joined the mediation and Temporary Judge panels for the Riverside County Superior Court in 2001, Gary amplified his substantial experience.

To move to a full time ADR commitment, Mr. Donovan underwent intensive training from the Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law. Mr. Donovan also participated in continuing education for the Temporary Judge programs in Orange and Riverside Counties.

As a mediator he is a very effective communicator and is resourceful and persistent in striving to reach a resolution in each case. TLC Resolutions was also founded as a result of Gary’s decision to serve as a dispute resolution neutral full-time. Since 2007, as a full time mediator, Mr. Donovan has mediated over 3,000 matters in the areas of personal injury, real estate, construction, business, insurance, employment and aviation.

 Professional Experience and Qualifications

  • Mediator, Judicate West, Santa Ana, CA (2007 - Present)
  • Mediator & Arbitrator, TLC Resolutions, Santa Ana, CA (2002 - Present)
  • Mediator, Riverside County Bar Dispute Resolution Service (2001 - 2014)
  • Temporary Judge, Riverside County Superior Court (2001 - 2007)
  • Temporary Judge, Orange County Superior Court (1992 - 2007)
  • Arbitrator, Orange County Superior Court (1992 - 2007)
  • Donovan & Draheim, Fullerton, CA (1994 - 2007)
  • Donovan & Quilligan, Orange, CA (1987 - 1994)
  • Wood, Ward & Garnett, Santa Ana, CA (1983 - 1987)
  • Thomas & Price, Glendale, CA (1981 - 1983)
  •  Hill, Genson, Even, Crandall & Wade, Los Angeles, CA (1978 - 1981)

Education and Training

  • Southwestern University School of Law, Los Angeles, California
    J.D., December 1981
  • Fordham University, New York, New York
    B.A., Economics, June 1977
  • Pepperdine University School of Law, Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution, Malibu, California - Mediating the Litigated Case, 2001

Bar Standing and Licenses

  • California State Bar 1982
  • United States District Court: Central, Northern, Eastern & Southern Districts 1983
  • United States Court Of Appeals: Ninth Circuit 1985
  • United States Supreme Court 1987
  • F.A.A. Private Pilot 1991
  • California Real Estate Broker 1998

Professional Affiliations

  • Southern California Mediation Association
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Riverside County Bar Association
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (2001 - Present)
  • Orange County Trial Lawyers Association (2008 - Present)
  • Association of Southern California Defense Counsel (1988 - Present)

Achievements & Interests

  • Martindale - Hubbell, AV Rated 
  • Enjoys hockey, motorcycles, boats, skiing, drums and airplanes

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