John S. Preston


Member of Wisconsin and California State Bar Associations: (Alameda County Bar and Contra Costa Bar) as well as Federal Courts therein.

Member (New York Stock Exchange) NYSE, Arbitration and Mediation Panels, (Pacific Stock Exchange) PSE, Alameda, SF, and Contra Costa Counties arbitration and mediation Panels; Previous member of American Arbitration Association Arbitration & Mediation panels

(1992)— California Real Estate Broker’s License; Active for 10 years Member, California Association of Realtors, Legal Forum


(1972)-- J.D., University of Wisconsin: Member, Wisconsin Law Review (1969)-- B.A., Syracuse University, Economics 1991-1996: Completion of AAA advanced arbitration and mediation courses; Completion of ACBA and SF Bar advanced mediation seminars; Completion of NYSE and PSE mediation and arbitration seminars. Completion of 40 hours “Mediation and Conflict Resolution, UC Berkely, (Ron Kelly Professor)



Have conducted in excess 500 arbitrations and mediations since 1992. Many of these ADR proceedings involved multiple parties and complex issues of civil law, personal injury lawsuits, insurance coverage issues, assessing damages after liability was established, business issues, contractual disputes, real property issues and complex damages.

My practice is now focusing on arbitrations and mediations.

History: Private practice including all aspects real estate & business law, insurance coverage issues, numerous mediations and arbitrations, numerous residential transactions, commercial leasing, financing issues, guarantees, disclosure, mediation, and civil litigation. Represent Oakland Association of Realtors as well as dozens of brokers statewide. Additional practice of law generally involving real estate transactions as well as securities issues, e.g., drafting prospectuses for syndications, limited partnerships. Conducted in excess 14 trials--including a 6-month jury trial re defective condominium project. Additionally, conducted over 500 arbitrations & mediations for California Superior Courts, the AAA & NYSE & PSE.


Principal of International Private Investment Banking Firm: Genesis Group was primarily involved in sales and development of USA real estate and other business transactions between the USA and Japan. Genesis Group had closed in excess of $10,000,000 in real property transactions.

(1988 - 1981)

General Counsel and Chief Financial Officer for Fayette Manufacturing Corp., and the limited Partnerships known as Wind Energy Technology Associates I & II & III. Fayette achieved over $150,000,000 in sales over a four year period. Responsibilities included litigation, negotiation, drafting, development, structuring, and legal analysis of all aspects of multi-million dollar transactions, including land leases and utility easements.

These aspects include real estate, land leases, financings, and civil & business litigation, drafting of financing agreements, commercial loans, and the drafting of investment prospectuses for syndication and limited partnership agreements. Also included was the importation of over $5,000,000 in Danish equipment to The USA. (1981 - 1978)

Associate with the Law Firm of Touhey & Prosse, Santa Ana, California. Practice consisted exclusively of litigation and general business law. Largest trial involved dispute concerning 170 condominiums and consisted of over 130 plaintiffs, 30 depositions, 2000 exhibits, and all aspects of real property issues and practice of a protracted litigation.


Staff attorney to the University of Wisconsin. Responsibilities included all aspects of legal practice relevant to a large institution, including contracts, litigation, and public policy issues.

Available upon request.

John S. Preston
1060 Clarendon Crescent
Oakland, California 94610
Tel. 510-763-9131 br> E-mail:

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