Nickolas J. Dibiaso

Nickolas J. Dibiaso

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Nick’s broad experience, first as a trial attorney, next as a trial court judge, and then as an appellate justice, uniquely qualifies him to serve as a dispute resolution neutral in all capacities – as a mediator, arbitrator, special master, temporary judge, and referee – in a wide variety of matters, including construction, antitrust, securities, corporate governance, partnership, agricultural, probate, personal injury, and labor and employment.  He also chairs Dowling Aaron Incorporated’s Appeals & Writs Department.  For a complete resume and fee schedule, please click here.

Professional Recognitions

  • Judge, Fresno County Superior Court (1985-1989)
    Various assignments, including civil trials, civil law and motion, Appellate Department (Presiding Judge, 1987-1989), and civil settlement conferences.  Assigned to preside “for all purposes” in complex civil cases and coordinated civil actions.
  • Justice, Court of Appeal, Fifth Appellate District (1989-2006)
    Assistant Presiding Justice (2001-2006)
    Justice pro-tem, California Supreme Court (January 1999)
    California Judicial Council Advisory Committee on Voir Dire (1985-1986)
    California Judicial Council Appellate Advisory Committee (1995-1996)
  • Partner, Thomas, Snell, Jamison, Russell, Williamson & Asperger (1970-1985)
    Specialized in business litigation, including antitrust, securities, agricultural, corporate and construction industry     matters.  (Martindale-Hubbell “AV” rating)
  • Captain, U. S. Army (active duty) (1968-1970)
    Deputy Staff Judge Advocate, US Army Intelligence Command, Fort Holabird, MD.
    Awarded Army Commendation Medal (ARCOM)

 Professional Affiliations & Memberships

  • Fellow, College of Commercial Arbitrators (2014-present)
  • California Academy of Appellate Lawyers (2007-present)
  • American Arbitration Assn, Approved Arbitrator, Construction and Commercial Panels (1976-1985); Construction, Commercial, Long Complex Case and International Panels (2007-present)
  • Federal Arbitration, Inc. (State Judge’s Panel)
  • American Arbitration Assn, Distinguished Service Award (1990)