Arnold H. Gold
Career Highlights: Justice pro tempore, Division 7 of the Second District Court of Appeal; partner , Pachter Gold & Schaffer
Specialty: Probate litigation, family law and civil litigation
Gold describes himself as an evaluative mediator who listens to both sides, asks a lot of questions and then suggests his own solution based on his experience as a judge. That works better, he said, than beginning with two competing offers and trying to meet in the middle. “I don’t have people stomping out of my mediation,” he said. Lately, Gold has seen a number of fights over trusts that lost money when the stock market dipped . Those cases don’t typically have too much value, since everyone has lost money, but Gold mediated a case that settled for a moderate sum when the beneficiary of a large institution felt that a trustee didn’t watch the portfolio carefully.