Bay Area Mediation Services

George Shelby

George Shelby

State Bar Number 36539

(925) 283-6743

George currently limits his practice to the conduct of mediations. He has been conducting mediations throughout the Bay Area in personal injury and wrongful death cases for the past 20 years. He is trained as a mediator and is experienced as a trial attorney, having tried dozens of cases to verdict during that part of his career. He has conducted hundreds of mediations, accepted by most insurance companies, defense firms and plaintiff lawyers.

Billing Rate

$375 per hour for time spent in preparation for and conduct of the mediation. No extra charges for administration, travel in the Bay Area, or cancellation. There is no minimum charge.

Curriculum Vitae


LL.B., Boalt Hall, University of California, Berkeley, 1964.
B.S., Accounting, University of Colorado, 1961.
CDR Associates, Boulder, Colorado: The Mediation Process, May 5-9, 1997.
Negotiation Strategy Institute: Negotiation Strategy for Lawyers, January 18-19, 2002


2007 - present
Law firm of George Shelby, limiting practice to mediation and arbitration of injury and wrongful death cases.

1993 - 2007
Law firm of Shelby & Bastian, San Francisco, specializing in alternative dispute resolution services and personal injury and wrongful death litigation on behalf of plaintiffs. Practice limited to ADR since 2005.

1967 - 1993
Walkup, Shelby, Bastian, Melodia, Kelly & Echeverria, San Francisco, specializing in personal injury and wrongful death litigation on behalf of plaintiffs.

1965 - 1967
Bledsoe, Smith, Cathcart, Johnson & Rogers, San Francisco, specializing in insurance defense litigation.

1964 - 1965
Deputy Attorney General, State of California, civil litigation section.


  • American Board of Trial Advocates, 1978 to present.
  • President, San Francisco Chapter, 1990.
  • Membership Chair, 1993 to present.
  • National Board of Directors, 1991 to 2004.
  • Chair, CAL-ABOTA, 1991.

American, California and San Francisco Trial Lawyer Associations.

  • President, SFTLA, 1977.

The Mediation Society of San Francisco, member, 2002 - present.

Listed: “The Best Lawyers In America”, 1995 to 2005.

Martindale-Hubble AV Rating.

Arbitration Panel, San Francisco Superior Court, retired member.

Settlement Panels, San Francisco, Alameda and Contra Costa County Superior Courts.

Pro Tem Judge, Contra Costa County Superior Court, jury trial.

San Francisco Bar Association, 1966 to 2002.

  • Arbitrator: Committee on Arbitration of Fee Disputes, 1987 to 2003.
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, Mediation Committee, 1994-1996.


State Bar of California, 1965, SBN 36539.
United States Supreme Court, 1977.
United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1965.
Federal District Court, Northern District of California, 1965.
Federal District Court, Eastern District of California, 1972.


San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, 1994, “Masters of War Stories”, San Francisco, California.

American Board of Trial Advocates, 1994, “Masters In Trial” presentation, Fairmont Hot Springs, Montana.

American College of Legal Medicine, Medical Legal Seminar, 1994, “Technique of Direct and Cross Examination of Medical Experts” presentation, El Cerrito, California.

American Board of Trial Advocates, 1993, “Joint Trial Demonstration: The Best of Both Sides”, San Francisco, California.

American Board of Trial Advocates, 1992, “Sex Torts” seminar, Los Angeles, California.

American Board of Trial Advocates, 1991, “Masters In Trial” presentation, Los Angeles, California.

California Trial Lawyers Association, 1989 Annual Convention, “Tort Litigation” panel member, San Francisco, California.

Northern California Association of Defense Counsel, 1979 December Meeting, “Life After Royal Globe” panel member, San Francisco, California.