Meet Some of Our Arbitrators

Who decides my case?

Small claims court judges are often part time lawyers. FairClaims will also provide you with a qualified, impartial lawyer to decide your matter.


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Russell Korobkin is a Professor of Law at UCLA, where he specializes in Contract Law and Dispute Resolution.  He is the author of leading textbooks on both Contract Law and on Negotiation, as well as dozens of law journal articles on these and other subjects.  He has served the Los Angeles County Courts as both a “Temporary Judge” in Small Claims Court and as a mediator in Superior Court.

Profile for Professor Russell Korobkin

  • UCLA Law Professor, Vice Dean; Judge Pro Tem, Small Claims Court (LASC)
  • Stanford University; Stanford Law School

Michelle Mehta is an attorney with over a decade of experience in civil litigation, including general business disputes, intellectual property, employment, real estate, insurance, and environmental matters.

Profile for Michelle Mehta

  • Montage Legal Group
  • Staff Attorney, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
  • Associate, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
  • Judicial law clerk to the Honorable David O. Carter of the District Court for the Central District of California
  • University of California, San Diego (UCSD)
  • University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law
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Arbitrator Michelle Mehta

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Benjamin Taylor has substantial experience litigating various civil matters, including commercial, employment and real estate cases, and general business disputes.

Profile for Benjamin Taylor


Ashlei M. Vargas is an attorney with experience in antitrust and consumer protection litigation, family law, personal injury law, and employment law.

Profile for Ashlei Vargas

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Eric Garcia is an intellectual property attorney with seven plus years of experience in patent law with a focus in patent litigation, and advising clients on intellectual property monetization, strategy, defense, licensing, and acquisition.

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Trisha R. Ananiades is transactional attorney with experience working on large-scale corporate transactions, as well as in entertainment.  She additionally has an active pro bono practice which has focused on landlord/tenant disputes and corporate formation and governance of small nonprofits.

Profile for Trisha R. Ananiades

  • In House Entertainment Company Experience
  • Corporate Associate, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
  • University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • Harvard Law School
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Our arbitrators are neutral and objective. They base their decisions on evidence and law, and work with both parties to resolve disputes in a fair manner. They're trustworthy, friendly and knowledgeable - a far cry from the feeling of intimidation many of us have when going to court.

We're always looking for more highly qualified arbitrators. Click here to apply.