Garman, John

John W. Garman, LL.M., FCIArb

With a strong litigation and cross-border transaction background, John W. Garman is an accomplished attorney/neutral with experience in transactional matters, litigation, arbitration, mediation, and management. He has served as a judge in over 75 arbitration matters and mediates a wide-variety of cases including complex commercial transactions involving real estate, business development, and insurance and risk management. Licensed to practice law in California, the District of Columbia, and the United States Federal Court and admitted as a Solicitor in England and Wales, Garman has decades of experience advising clients on a wide range of international business issues. His litigation experience includes having tried over 20 jury trials to verdict and represented the interest of clients in over 200 arbitration cases. John W. Garman is a skilled litigator with extensive experience in arbitration and litigation management, as well as managing complex international business transactions, distributorships and licensing, real estate syndication, and commercial business transactions.


  • Distinguished Neutral with the Agency for Dispute Resolution (2013-Present)
  • Arbitrator and Neutral at Garman Law (2001-Present)
  • Part-Time Professor of Law at University of Southern California, Gould School of Law (2001-Present)
  • Adjunct Professor of Law at Loyola Law School (2001-Present)
  • Adjunct Professor of Law at University of Nevada, Las Vegas Boyd School of Law (2001-Present)
  • Partner at Deissenberger & Partners (1996-2000)
  • Attorney at Law Office of John W. Garman (1985-1995)
  • Corporate and Professional Practice in Southern California (1978-1985)
  • Admitted to the California State Bar (1980)
  • Admitted to the United States Federal Court (1984)
  • Admitted to the District of Columbia (1998)
  • Admitted as a Solicitor in England and Wales (1999)
  • Member of the International Bar Association
  • Member of the American Bar Association, California Bar Association, District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Member of The Law Society of England and Wales
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Member of the International Chamber of Commerce-Austria (ICC)
  • LL.M. in Transactional Business Practice at the McGeorge School of Law
  • Diploma from the Executive Program of Management from the John Anderson Gradaute School of Managmeent at University of California (Los Angeles)
  • J.D. at University of LaVerne
  • B.A. at Monmouth University
  • Mediator’s Liability - Do We Need to Worry More?, Journal of International resolution (2005);
  • Alternatives in International Dispute Resolution, International Business Practice (1999);
Speaking Engagements
  • International Arbitration in the Pacific Rim: The Use of Reliance Documents and Expert Witnesses- Efficiency and Fairness, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators/ International Centre for Dispute Resolution/ Los Angeles County Bar Association, Los Angeles, 2013;
  • British Hospitality- When is a Bed a Bribe?, Entertainment and Sports Lawyer, ABA Forum on the Entertainment & Sports Industries, 2012;
  • Arbitrators Disclosure of Conflicts, ABA Section of International Law, Los Angeles, 2012.
  • The Top Four Errors to Avoid when Drafting a Reasoned Arbitration Award, ABA Section of Dispute Resolution, San Francisco, 2010;
  • Debates on Current International Arbitration Issues-Arbitrator Bias, International Centre for Dispute Resolution/ State Bar of California, Santa Clara, 2009;
  • Debates on International Arbitration Issues, International Centre for Dispute Resolution/International Law Section, State Bar of California, Santa Monica, 2008;
  • Ethical Dilemmas in International Arbitration, International Centre for Dispute Resolution/International Law Section, State Bar of California, San Francisco, 2007;
  • Resolving Conflict in International Arbitration-Civil Law vs. Common Law, International Centre for Dispute Resolution, Mexico City, 2005;
  • Mediator’s Liability, International Bar Association, Auckland, New Zealand, 2004;
  • Venture Capital - Do You Get It?, Austrian Federal Chamber of Commerce, 2000;

“I believe strongly in the ability of people/businesses to determine their own path to success.  ADR provides this opportunity and, as a Neutral, I enjoy being part of the process.”

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Case Manager
Michele T. Pfeiffer