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Lori Sanford, Esq.
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Lori B. Sanford, Esq., M.B.A., has worked tirelessly to help litigants resolve their disputes by providing skilled mediation and arbitration services.

What distinguishes one arbitrator or mediator from another is the skill set that is brought to the table and whether the neutral is effective in resolving disputes. Ms. Sanford has been successfully mediating and arbitrating disputes since 2009 after a career as a trial attorney.  When the pandemic hit, Ms. Sanford jumped on Zoom and has been going remote since March 2020.

Ms. Sanford is an attorney with more than 31 years of legal experience. Lori was an insurance defense litigator and senior trial attorney in Los Angeles and New York.  In recent years, Lori switched sides to work for the Plaintiff’s bar.

Having spent almost every day in court as a trial attorney, Lori firmly believes that mediation or arbitration is a more cost effective and time efficient way to resolve disputes. Mediation and arbitration puts the control over the result of a dispute back with the interested party and not with a jury.


Lori belongs to numerous mediation and arbitration panels, including the American Arbitration Association ("AAA") Consumer, Commercial, Employment arbitration panels, AAA Mediation Panel, the Riverside Superior Court court-ordered mediation panel, the Riverside County Bar Association trial assignment and mediation panels, the California Association of Realtors mediation panel, and the Resolute Systems mediation panel.  Lori received mediation training from the Pepperdine University School of Law, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution.


Lori also serves as the Vice President of the Desert Bar Association and Mediation Chair.  Since 2009, Lori has volunteered as the Court administrator and panel member of the DBA's First Friday Voluntary Settlement Conference program.

Lori has also published writings and given presentations in the area of dispute resolution, including: "ADR as the Pathway to Reducing Case Numbers" Riverside County Bar Association DRS 2019 article; "Mediating in a Bad Economy" Riverside County Bar Association DRS 2010 article; "2025 Future Practice of Law" Inns of Court presentation 2013; "How to have an Effective Mediation" Riverside County Law Library MCLE instructor 2014; "An Ounce of Mediation" Inns of Court presentation 2014; "The Future of Mediation and the Current and Future Status of Court Sponsored Mediation" Inns of Court presentation 2014; "Future Trends: Healthcare and the Law" Eisenhower Medical Center MBA presentation 2015; "Conducting Remote Mediations" Superior Court of California, County of Riverside, ADR presentation 2020.

Ms. Sanford earned a B.A. from the University of California at San Diego, a J.D. from McGeorge School of Law, and a M.B.A. from La Sierra University Zapara School of Business.  She is admitted to practice law in California, New York, and Connecticut.

Ms. Sanford administered a medical office for over 16 years and administers a medical equipment leasing company.


Lori enjoys working with people of all backgrounds and interests.


  • Business

  • Employment

  • Financial

  • Personal Injury

  • Real Estate


  • B.A. University of California, San Diego

  • J.D. McGeorge School of Law

  • M.B.A. La Sierra University Zapara School of Business


  • California State Courts

  • New York State Courts

  • Connecticut State Courts

  • U.S. Supreme Court

  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York

  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York


  • State Bar of California

  • Riverside County Bar Association

  • Desert Bar Association

  • Former member, Warren Slaughter-Richard Roemer Chapter of the American Inns of Court

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