Professional Details

Eric Sternberger
Practitioner MediatorPractitioner Mediator

Sternberger ADR Solutions

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1101 Fifth Avenue, Suite 100
San Rafael, CA 94901

Description of Practice

Eric Sternberger combines no-nonsense lawyering with an innate understanding of business and a well-rounded appreciation for different perspectives and motivations. Any successful mediation requires that the mediator be prepared and demonstrate to counsel that he or she has done their homework, and thereby create an atmosphere of trust that permeates the proceedings. Simply put, you must know the facts and the law. If you don’t, you might as well just go home.

Professional Background

Eric Sternberger is a partner at Ragghianti Freitas LLP. His transactional practice includes his retention as outside general counsel to businesses in a wide variety of industries, including technology and intellectual property, shipping, advertising and branding, professional services, real estate, health care, winery and vintner transactions and angel investments. From his experience, Eric has gained an excellent understanding of business and corporate matters, including mergers and acquisitions, succession planning, joint ventures, buy-sell agreements, secured financing, bridge loan financing, securities, licensing, and real estate transactions. Along with his transactional practice, Eric maintains a complex business litigation practice dealing primarily with business disputes and shareholder disagreements, and has coordinated numerous international litigation proceedings. Eric brings a disarming approach to his ADR practice, combining a sense of humor and well developed people skills.


Eric provides a variety of alternative dispute resolutions services, including acting as a mediator, arbitrator and provisional director (LLC Manager). His provisional director services have become particularly relevant as boards of corporations and the managers of limited liability companies find themselves increasingly deadlocked and in need for help to reach consensus or a neutral to break the deadlock. As a provisional director, Eric's primary focus is the well-being of the company and its shareholders/members. Areas of expertise includes: Business and Contracts; Corporations/LLC/Partnerships; Employment and Labor; Finance; Intellectual Property; Personal Injury; Professional Malpractice; Real Estate; Securities; and Trusts/Estates/Probate.


J.D., University of California Hastings College of Law, 1998 B.A., University of San Francisco, magna cum laude, 1995


Flexibility is also vital. At the inception of mediation, a mediator might begin with a collaborative or facilitative style of negotiation, like in a boardroom. But as things develop, issues may dictate a more evaluative style. Maintaining an open mind and the ability to change your style to fit the needs of the participants is absolutely essential to the process. Creativity is another integral ingredient to any settlement. Active listening provides invaluable insight to shaping a workable solution that the participants may not have considered.


2 Parties: $600/hr 3 Parties: $650/hr 4 Parties: $700/hr 5+ Parties: $750/hr

Areas of Practice

  • Accidents
  • Adult Family
  • Business
  • Cannabis
  • Civil (general)
  • Commercial
  • Construction
  • Contracts
  • Copyright
  • Elder
  • Eminent Domain
  • Employment
  • Entertainment
  • Estate Planning
  • Franchise
  • HOA
  • Intellectual Property
  • International
  • Labor - Management
  • Landlord - Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Non Profits
  • Online Civil
  • Online Mediation
  • Organizational
  • Partnership
  • Personal Injury
  • Probate
  • Professional Fees
  • Real Estate
  • Securities
  • Technology
  • Trademark
  • Trust Management

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Mediator-Arbitrator
  • Representational Lawyer
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Collaborative Professional
  • Facilitator
  • Online Mediator

This dispute resolution professional keeps professional liability insurance.