225 Broadway

Suite 1400
San Diego, California 92101

Tel: ​(619) 233-1323


Mediator   •   Arbitrator   •   Referee   •   Special Master 

Bob Friedenberg,Esq. 

Robert L. Friedenberg, Esq., is a full-time mediator, arbitrator and discovery referee. Bob has 37 years of legal experience and 32 years of mediation and arbitration experience, the last 17 of which have been exclusively as a Mediator, Arbitrator, Discovery Referee, Special Master. He has handled over 2,000 cases through his years of experience, with a wide range of subject matters and case sizes. His cases have ranged from large, multi-party construction cases (public and private) with claims exceeding $10 million, down to smaller value cases in a wide variety of civil matters. Bob’s early experience as a secondary school teacher and coach before beginning his legal career has helped him succeed both as a trial lawyer and mediator working with regular people in a down-to-earth way.

Bob began his legal career in 1983, practicing all types of civil litigation in state and federal courts. While working in private law firms in the Bay Area and San Diego, he acquired significant experience handling numerous bench and jury trials in general civil and business litigation, including: construction claims and defect litigation (representing plaintiff associations, individual homeowners, developer/general contractors, and a wide variety of subcontractors); personal injury (plaintiff and defense); product liability; insurance; premises liability; professional E&O; real estate; employment; civil rights; and municipal liability defense.

In 2000, Bob opened his own independent mediation firm, Friedenberg Mediation, to focus exclusively on alternative dispute resolution. He subsequently joined ADR Services, Inc. in 2018. Bob is certified by the National Conflict Resolution Center and the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, and has served as a San Diego County Superior Court Judge Pro Tem since 1997.


  • Construction
    ​- Residential and Commercial Construction Defect and Claims
    - Mechanic’s Liens and Bonded Stop Notice Matters
    - Subrogation/Contribution Claims
    - Pre-Litigation SB800 Claims

  • Real Estate
    Habitability Claims
    ​Transaction Disputes
    Title Insurance Coverage and Title Defect Claims
    Non-Disclosure Claims
    Agent and Broker Liability
    Commercial and Large Residential Landlord/Tenant
    Premises Liability

  • Real Property
    Tree Disputes
    Boundary Line Disputes
    Inverse Condemnation

  • Professional Liability of All Types
    E&O Claims
    Architects and Engineers

  • Employment
    Hostile Work Environment
    Discrimination Claims
    Sexual Harassment
    Wrongful Termination
    Wage & Hour

  • Insurance
    Coverage and Bad Faith
    Insurer v. Insurer Disputes

  • Business and Commercial Disputes
    Contractual Disputes
    Unfair Competition
    Trade Secrets/Intellectual Property

  • Product Liability
    Defective Products
    Failure to Warn

  • Personal Injury
    Premises Liability
    Catastrophic Injury and Wrongful Death

  • Homeowner Association Disputes

  • Civil Rights – 1983 Claims

  • Fair Debt Collection Practices Act


2018 – Present   ADR Services, Inc.
2000 – 2018   Friedenberg Mediation; Law Offices of Robert L. Friedenberg
1983 – 2000   Private law firms in Oakland (1983-1985) and San Diego (1985-2000) handling civil matters for both plaintiffs and defendants
1993 – 1998   University of San Diego, School of Law, Paralegal Program, Instructor


1983   UCLA School of Law, J.D.
1978   UC Berkeley, B.A. in History and Secondary Teaching Credential


  • National Conflict Resolution Center
  • Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University
  • ​ABTL San Diego Presenter: “Mediation in a Remote Environment”