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With more than 40 years of conflict resolution experience as a judge, businesswoman, elected official and federal prosecutor, Hon. Joyce Fahey (Ret.) continues her career as a full-time neutral, dedicated to providing dispute resolution services in a variety of legal matters.


Alisa Martinez


Judge Fahey has served as a mediator, arbitrator, hearing examiner, receiver and discovery referee in a wide variety of business and civil disputes. Her practice areas include litigation involving complex business and partnership disputes, employment and wage & hour, real estate transactions, medical malpractice and personal injury claims.

Real Estate

Judge Fahey served as a trustee, arbitrator, hearing examiner, mediator and discovery referee in all types of real estate matters including:

· Sale of residential and commercial property
· Disputes between neighbors, brokers/buyers, buyers/sellers, landlords/tenants
· View ordinances
· Harassment, boundaries
· Inheritance of property
· HOAs
· Construction defect
· Discrimination
· Purchase and sale agreements, disclosures
· Mold intrusion


Judge Fahey has served as an arbitrator, mediator and discovery referee in employment matters such as:

· Wrongful termination
· Sexual harassment
· Independent contractor/employee issues
· Wage and hour class actions
· Harassment
· Discrimination
· Disability issues
· Injury in the workplace
· Retaliation

Business and Partnership Disputes

Judge Fahey has served as a mediator and discovery referee in litigation involving all aspects of business and partnership disputes, including:

· Joint ventures
· Dissolutions
· Trade secrets
· Breach of contract
· Fraud
· Unfair competition
· Oil and gas easements/franchise agreements

Wrongful Death, Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice

Judge Fahey has served as a mediator and arbitrator in disputes involving:

· Suicide or death at the hand of others in residential treatment facilities
· Sexual and physical abuse in residential treatment facilities
· Neglect in residential treatment facilities and medical centers
· Negligence by medical professionals
· Legal malpractice
· Invasion of privacy


  • Alternative Resolution Centers (ARC), Mediator, Arbitrator, Discovery Referee (2006-2018)
  • E&B Natural Resources, Executive Advisor (2013-2016)
  • Manhattan Beach School District, Board Member (2008-2009)
  • City of Manhattan Beach, Mayor and City Council Member (1999-2007)
  • The Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles, Judge (1991-1997)
  • Assistant United States Attorney (1977-1991)


  • J.D., Loyola University Chicago School of Law
  • B.A., Northern Illinois University


Alisa Martinez