John S. Preston
MEDIATION             EXPERT WITNESS
Business and Commerce (International)

Education and Training:

Currently Principal of Blue Mariposa, a group of many partnerships owing and operating properties in Costa Rica.

Have done business in Japan, Costa Rica, Switzerland, Germany, Nigeria, Denmark.

Have conducted in excess 500 arbitrations and mediations since 1992. Many of these ADR proceedings involved multiple parties (multi national) and complex issues of civil law, business issues, contractual disputes, real property issues and complex damages. Several mediations occurred pre-litigation to avoid the costly process of the legal system.

Private practice including all aspects real estate & business law, 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: Japan

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.

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.

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


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