KARL R. MOLINEUX, ESQ.


 Mediator/Special Master/Discovery Referee

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After more than 30 years of practice as a prominent commercial and construction litigator, Karl Molineux now practices exclusively as a mediator, special master, and discovery referee. He is noted for his effective mediating of complex multi-party construction disputes, non-complex construction disputes, contract disputes, business disputes, real estate disputes, and premises liability disputes.

As a litigator, Mr. Molineux handled cases for defendants and plaintiffs in a variety of areas, including breach of contract, business, construction, construction defect, insurance bad faith, insurance coverage, negligence, premises liability and real estate. The emphasis of his practice was on complex construction defect cases where Mr. Molineux represented commercial building owners, general contractors, subcontractors, homeowners, homeowner’s associations, hospitals, and Indian casinos.

​As a full-time mediator, special master, and discovery referee, Mr. Molineux works with clients in person, virtually and on a hybrid (in person and virtually) basis.  He has been accredited as a mediator by the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution (Pepperdine University), the Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation, the London School of Mediation, and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. ​​Mr. Molineux has been accredited as both a facilitative and an evaluative mediator.

Mr. Molineux is presently a panelist for the London School of Mediation, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (President’s Panel), Alameda County Superior Court, and Contra Costa County Superior Court. He is also a member of the faculty of the London School of Mediation where he teaches facilitative mediation. Mr. Molineux is a member of the Society of Construction Law, the International Mediation Institute, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and the Dispute Resolution Section of the American Bar Association.


THE ROYAL INSTITUTION OF CHARTERED SURVEYORS                                                                               2022

Certified Mediator                                                             

LONDON SCHOOL OF MEDIATION                                                                                                                        2021

Certified Mediator                                                                                                        

HARVARD LAW SCHOOL, Program on Negotiation                                                       2021

Certification in Mediating Disputes 

PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY, SCHOOL OF LAW                                                             2019

Certification in Mediating the Litigated Case offered by The Straus Institute

for Dispute Resolution



UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA                                                                         1989

Legal Accreditation

UNIVERSITY OF LONDON, SOAS                                                                                 1987

L.L.B. (Honors) with an emphasis on comparative law

Mr. Molineux has served as a guest speaker on construction law, dispute resolution and real estate issues before numerous organizations including the Community Associations Institute, the Delta Association of Realtors, the Forensic Expert Witness Association, the National Indian Casino Safety Association and the Western Construction Consultants Association.
Mr. Molineux has also published articles on real estate and construction matters and was the contributing editor for the California section of the 2011 Cumulative Supplement to the Handling Construction Defect Claims: Western States textbook.


Mr. Molineux is presently a panelist and faculty member of the London School of Mediation.  As a faculty member he assists with the teaching and training of mediators in the field of facilitative mediation. 

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  • California                                                                                                                             1991                                                                                                                                                                   

  • British Columbia, Canada (no longer active)                                                                           1990