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Pay Now or Pay Later: A Mediation Story

OCBA member Michael Balmages received the first “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Orange County Superior Court Temporary Judge Program in recognition of his 35 years of service to the court as a volunteer, temporary judge, trainer, and mentor. The award was presented to Balmages at the Temporary Judge Appreciation Event on Jan. 9, 2020 at the Central Justice Center.

Balmages practiced business litigation in Orange County for 46 years. He is currently a full-time neutral with ADR Services, Inc.

Lessons from an Astronomer about Mediating Business Cases

Michael G. Balmages, Esq. is an accomplished mediator and discovery referee with extensive experience as a trial lawyer, general counsel, and transactional lawyer.  As a mediator and neutral, he has had great success in helping litigants resolve their disputes in more than 1,000 cases.  His friendly nature and ability to find common ground contribute to his easy rapport with litigants and their attorneys, while his determination to get cases settled is evident at each hearing.  He is committed to exploring every option available to the parties to develop creative solutions to dispute resolution.

Lifetime Achievement Award from OC Superior Court Temporary Judge Program Recipient


​Michael G. Balmages,Esq.

Discovery Referee