David A. Rotman
David A. Rotman is a nationally recognized mediator of complex class actions and commercial matters. He has been effective in resolving thousands of disputes in his over twenty-five years of mediation. His cases commonly involve multiple parties in legally or factually knotty matters with tens or hundreds of millions of dollars at stake.
Mr. Rotman is highly regarded for his ability to gain the confidence of the parties, quickly identify the critical issues in complex litigation, find common ground, and focus the parties on workable resolutions. The overwhelming bulk of cases, many of which were considered intractable, have resolved in the course of a single day of mediation. Mr. Rotman’s track record has put him on the short list of mediators considered for the most complex disputes throughout the United States.
Mr. Rotman is a graduate of Cornell University and the University of Chicago Law School where he served on the law review. For almost twenty years, he maintained a litigation practice with the firm of Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro in San Francisco. He served as a visiting professor of law at Cornell University in 1989, teaching evidence law.
David Rotman co-founded Summation Legal Technologies, which produced Summation litigation support software. He served as Chairman of its Board of Directors and Treasurer for eighteen years until, in 2004, the founders sold the company to a large multinational corporation. Mr. Rotman also served as Vice Chair of the American Bar Association’s database management committee from 1984 to 1986 and was a member of its Legal Technical Advisory Council in 1987.
Mr. Rotman holds a black belt in Aikido, a Japanese martial art based on principles of resolving conflict without escalating violence.