Experienced Mediation Services

John S. Burton provides sophisticated mediation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution for organizations and individuals.

Professional Mediation

Mediation is a process where the parties meet with a mutually selected impartial and neutral person who assists them in the negotiation of their differences.


Arbitrated disputes result in a binding decision. In choosing arbitration, the parties opt for a private dispute resolution procedure instead of going to court.

Alternative Dispute Resolution

ADR enables the parties to find admissible solutions to their conflicts outside of traditional legal & court proceedings.

Discovery Referee

Discovery Referees are used in cases which can generate discovery disputes, abuses and delays. Early use of a Discovery Referee can save time and money.

Advice and resolutions

Mr. Burton has more than 47 years of legal experience

During his 46 years representing clients in the practice of law, he was honored to have a diverse client base, which included insurers, major corporations, attorneys, real estate professionals, individual Plaintiffs and Defendants, as well as local businesses.

Beginning in 2010, he included into his practice Monterey Bay Mediation and served as private mediator and binding arbitrator in hundreds of cases.

For Northern and Central California

Court-appointed Discovery Referee

Mr. Burton was appointed by the Santa Cruz and Monterey Superior Courts and successfully served as Discovery Referee.


Monterey Bay Mediation is a member of these organizations