Biography

Eric Dobberstein is a talented mediator, arbitrator and litigator with over 27 years of experience. He has served as arbitrator and/or mediator in over 400 cases involving construction, personal injury, commercial and real property disputes. He started practicing law in 1989 and has received numerous accolades for his outstanding work as a trial lawyer. In fact, Eric’s general trial practice has been quite impressive. Eric has appeared in over 850 lawsuits consisting of construction, personal injury, commercial business issues, and domestic relations matters; he has served as legal counsel on construction projects ranging from $5,000 to $9.2 billion dollars; and he has filed over 800 bankruptcy cases. Some of these projects have included the construction for the Clark County School District, City of Henderson recreational center, MGM City Center, Station Casinos, Fontainebleau, Planet Hollywood, and numerous commercial private business centers, including auto malls, pools and residential, commercial, and industrial construction disputes. He has represented and litigated cases with juries as well as judges before Municipal, Justice, District and Supreme Courts of the State of Nevada as well as Nevada Federal District Court, United States Bankruptcy Court, United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. As a mediator, Eric utilizes this vast experience to assist parties on complex multi-party matters assess the strengths and weaknesses of their case in an effort to effectively and productively resolve disputes. His respectful approach and strong people skills make him uniquely qualified to resolve even the most complex claims.

Professional Experience

  • Neutral, Advanced Resolution Management
  • Partner, McCullough Perez & Dobberstein Ltd. (2015-present)
  • Member, Dickinson Wright PLLC (2014-2015)
  • Managing Partner, Hamrick Evans & Dobberstein (2011-2014)
  • Neutral, ADR Services, Inc. (2008-2015)
  • Pro Tempore Judge, Short Trial Program (2007-present)
  • Member, American Arbitration Association (2003-present)
  • Member, Eighth Judicial District Court Arbitration Program (1992-present)
  • Founding Partner, Dobberstein & Associates (1991-2001)
  • Attorney, Morton & McCullough (1990-1991)
  • Law Clerk, Zervas & Evans (1986-1989)
  • Union Steward APWU, United States Postal Service (1981-1985)

Specialties

  • Business/Commercial
  • Construction
  • Construction Defect
  • Insurance
  • Personal Injury
  • Products Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Real Estate

ADR Training

  • Maximizing Efficiency and Economy in Arbitration, American Arbitration Association (2011)
  • Short Trial Program, Pro Tempore Judge Training (2010)
  • Dealing with Delay Tactics in Arbitration, American Arbitration Association (2010)
  • Mediation Strategies, Pepperdine University School of Law – Straus Institute for (2007)
  • Short Trial Program Training (2007)
  • Arbitration Awards: Safeguarding, Deciding, & Writing an Award (2007)
  • ACE: Chairing an Arbitration Panel, Las Vegas, 12/05
  • AAA Construction Arbitrator II Training, San Diego, 7/04
  • AAA Arbitrator II – Advanced Case Management, San Diego, 7/04
  • Arbitrator Update 2004
  • AAA Arbitrator I Training – Fundamentals of the Arbitration Process, Los Angeles, 1/04
  • American Arbitration Association Neutrals Arbitrator I Workshop in Los Angeles, 1/04
  • Arbitration Training, State of Nevada (1992)

Professional Licenses

  • State of Nevada
  • U.S. District Court, Nevada
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Nevada
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court

Memberships and Professional Affiliations

  • Board of Governors, State Bar of Nevada
  • Fellow, Order of Justitia of the Litigation Counsel of America
  • Member, National Trial Lawyers
  • Member, Nevada Justice Association
  • Member, Clark County Bar Association
  • Master Member, Howard D. McKibben Chapter of the American Inns of Court

Education

  • J.D., Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law (1988)
  • B.A., University of Nevada, Las Vegas – UNLV (1985)

Honors and Awards

  • Highest AV Rating with Martindale-Hubbell of “Preeminent”
  • Highest AVVO Rating 10.0 Superior
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers by National Trial Lawyers
  • Top Lawyer in Nevada, Desert Companion Magazine (2013, 2014)
  • Top Lawyers, Vegas Inc. (2013)

Lectures, Teaching and Publications

  • Co-Speaker, Art of Negotiating and Settlement (2010)
  • Co-Author & Speaker, Collection Techniques and the Law (2008)
  • Co-Author & Speaker, Fundamentals of Mechanics Liens (2007)
  • Co-Author & Speaker, Damages in Civil Practice, National Business Institute (2000)
  • Contributor, Fundamentals of Sports Law, Clark Boardman Callaghan (1990)
  • Author & Note Editor, Drug Testing: The Toughest Competition an Athlete Ever Faces, THURGOOD MARSHAL LAW REVIEW (1987)