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Douglas McDermott, J.D., LLM

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1223 Wilshire Blvd., #248
Santa Monica, CA 90403


Description of Practice

Creative problem solver for complex conflicts. Mediator/Facilitator available to assist with unresolved estate planning issues, tough negotiations between family members, and selling a family business. Based in Los Angeles, but will travel if needed.

30+ years of practical experience working with high net worth individuals and their families relating to: income tax planning, asset protection options, gift and estate tax structures, formation of numerous legal entities, real estate purchases, leases, sales and 1031 exchanges, selection of investment advisors, review of investment options, and handling sensitive and confidential matters for the family. We can assist with disputes involving an alleged fraudulent conveyance and/or other so-called asset protection planning issues.

Whenever the term “that is a deal killer” is heard in a potential business sale and/or a real estate transaction (it could be a low appraisal problem, inspection report issues, lender unreasonableness, price and/or terms issues), someone should be suggesting that the parties retain the services of a knowledgeable real estate mediator. Often a solution can be found involving the financing, the future of one or more of the parties and other points.

Sometimes, great solutions are found “outside the box.” It is critical to understand that there is a box and how to work outside of it. Our goal is to find a “win-win” resolution to all of the misunderstandings.

Member- National Association of Realtors,
Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS)


B.S. Accounting, California State University Long Beach
J.D., Whittier College School of Law
LL.M in Taxation, University of San Diego

Areas of Practice

  • Art
  • Business
  • Civil (general)
  • Commercial
  • Cross Cultural
  • Elder
  • Eminent Domain
  • Entertainment
  • Estate Planning
  • Family
  • Franchise
  • Hospitality
  • Insurance
  • International
  • Landlord - Tenant
  • Online Mediation
  • Partnership
  • Probate
  • Professional Fees
  • Real Estate
  • Tax
  • Trust Management

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Conflict Coach
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Facilitator
  • Online Mediator
  • Counselor
  • Estate Planner
  • Fact-Finder
  • Ombud
  • Mediation Consultant

This dispute resolution professional keeps professional liability insurance.