​Michael G. Balmages,Esq.

Discovery Referee

Tel: (949) 863-9800

Mediator

testimonials

Arbitrator

"Michael is and continues to be not only knowledgeable but his communication skills with clients are superb. Client felt that his understanding, comprehension, and forthrightness was most appreciated. Obviously, I concur."


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"Mr. Balmages continues to prove himself to be a highly effective mediator. He has a gift of recognizing the complexities of each unique case as well as working with the parties to recognize the strengths and weaknesses of their cases to facilitate resolution. He also demonstrates his dedication to to help the parties reach a resolution, even if a settlement cannot be reached on actual day of mediation. I truly appreciate Mr. Balmages efforts to go "the extra mile" and continue following-up with the parties who did not initially settle. Those efforts are certainly effective and beneficial for the parties, and they are truly appreciated. "


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"Michael was excellent as a mediator. He was able to settle our case that I considered to be a hard case to settle. I will not hesitate to use him as a neutral again."


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​"Mr. Balmages is a true gentleman that has been most helpful and skilled in his pursuit of a fair settlement. "


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"Mr. Balmages is outstanding, practical and approachable. Exceptional negotiator!"


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​"Mr. Balmages is excellent. He was very diligent and worked extremely hard to settle a case that all thought could not be settled. I highly recommend him."


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​"Everyone time I have used Mr. Balmages, I have settled a case for my clients. He tells you what you need to hear, not what you want to hear. Mr. Balmages is one of the top mediators I have worked with."


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"Mr. Balmages was very persuasive in obtaining a settlement. This was a case that I did not think could settle. He stuck with it even after our time expired and finally beat the parties down until they settled. I would definitely use him again as a mediator."


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"Michael did a terrif job in settling this case. After our own efforts at settlement failed, he was able to "get the job done". He is knowledgable in the law and has a a wonderful "people personality" that made the process easy. We would clearly use him again."

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"Just concluded my first mediation with Michael Balmages, Esq., and I could not be happier or more satisfied with our decision to engage him in this matter. The settlement discussions went on until late in the night on back to back days. I have never had a mediator put in the effort that Mr. Balmages did to get the parties to a resolution. Without his efforts I am confident that the parties would be in the midst of depositions rather than finalizing a settlement agreement. Mr. Balmages came heavily recommended by many attorneys in my office and I can see why. He is now on my short list of go to mediators."​


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"Mr. Balmages does it again! With his skill, persistence, and wisdom, Mr. Balmages was instrumental in helping counsel to settle a difficult case, even if the settlement came 4 days after the mediation date. We are grateful that all parties came to a satisfactory agreement and do not have to prepare for a what would have been a long, arduous trial."

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"Michael Balmages is an incredibly effective mediator. He always remains even keeled and is very good about reminding the parties about the cost benefits of litigation versus settling. In my view, if you can't settle a case with his help, there's likely no other mediator who could have settled. Definitely a great addition to ADR services."


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"Mr. Balmages went above and beyond for our case, re-engaging when the settlement was on the brink of falling apart, which could only have happened because he spent the time to generate trust on all sides. I highly recommend him!"


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​"Mike Balmages is a top notch mediator. Over the years, Mr. Balmages has mediated between 5 and 10 cases. In almost every case, if not every case, the mediations in which I have used him as a mediator have ended up settling. This particular case was challenging and through the persistence of all parties and Mike's hard work, we were able to achieve a settlement which I believe was in the best interests of all parties. I would definitely use Mike's services again. In addition, I will continue to recommend his services to others."


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"​I've used Mike several times. He is an excellent mediator. This was a difficult case with a lot of emotions. Mike's tone and manner (and his pragmatism) were very effective."


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"​Mr. Balmages did an incredible job guiding what had been a long simmering and contentious case into an expedient resolution addressing the concerns of all parties involved. He was able to be both respectful and firm in his handling of the parties’ corresponding settlement postures. Moreover, Mr. Balmages knows how to expertly “cut to the chase” when necessary."