Keith Schulner, Founder

About Keith

Founder of Neutral4Hire, Keith Schulner, MBA, MDR, Esq., has worked as a trial attorney for plaintiffs and defendants and tried cases before juries and judges. He received worldwide recognition for his leadership role in a multimillion-dollar dispute that was successfully mediated.

He has appeared in the media including CNN, NBC, The Acorn, Dutch Television, The Los Angeles Times, Money Magazine, and The Wall Street Journal. Furthermore, he earned the highest rating possible, Judicial Edition, AV Preeminent, in both legal ability and ethical standards, reflecting the confidential options of members of the Bar and Judiciary, through a strenuous peer review rating process that is managed by the world’s most trusted legal resource, Martindale-Hubbell.

Keith realized he was gifted with the ability to help people understand when it was in their best interest to settle and how to structure a settlement for maximum benefit. He knew that mediation would be an excellent use of these talents. To better help people with disputes and complicated financial or business problems, he earned a full Master of Business Administration (MBA) merit scholarship. He was the first attorney to graduate with an MBA and Master of Dispute Resolution (MDR) from Pepperdine, which tied Harvard for having our nation's best Dispute Resolution program.

Keith has facilitated settlements at Mandatory Settlement Conferences and Mediated for California's Superior Courts. He has served as an arbitrator for the California Bar and Superior Court, and as a neutral for other organizations. He lectured about dispute resolution at the University of California Santa Barbara, taught Conflict Resolution at the University of Phoenix and Pepperdine graduate school, and appeared in Marquis' prestigious Who's Who in American Law, Who's Who in America, and Who's Who in the World.


No one can mediate, arbitrate, communicate, solve problems, and find opportunities for mutual gain better than Keith. With his experience as a Real Estate Broker, businessperson, entrepreneur, manager, attorney, and neutral, combined with his training in family law mediation and his MBA and MDR, he can expertly bridge the gap between differing individuals.


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Partial Client List

As a professional neutral, Keith has helped hundreds of people and organizations settle their cases in a variety of issues, including the following:

  • A.S. Gillespie & Associates
  • AAA/Automobile Club Insurance
  • Allan K. Cutler, Attorney at Law
  • Allstate Insurance Company
  • Beach, Procter, McCarthy & Slaughter
  • Bloomingdale's
  • Bonne Bridges Mueller O'Keefe & Nichols
  • Bragg, Short, Serota & Kuluva
  • Brian Williams of Sullivan & Ballog, LLP
  • Burns, Schaldenbrand, & Rodriguez
  • Carroll, Kelly, Trotter, Franzen, & Mckenna
  • Catholic Healthcare West
  • Charlie's Fixtures
  • Chubb Group of Insurance Companies
  • CHW Risk Services
  • Cline & Associates
  • Cunningham & Lindsey
  • Downs & Associates
  • Doherty & Katlow
  • Early, Maslach, Rudnicki & Rossagel
  • ETS Express Inc
  • Explorer Insurance Company
  • Farmers Insurance
  • Gilbert, Kellly, Crowley & Jennett
  • Girardi and Keese
  • Hacker, Kanowsky & Braly, LLP
  • HCN Realty
  • Hornberger & Brewer, Attorneys at Law
  • Houl & Houl
  • Jack L. Mattingly, APC
  • Keating & Keating
  • Klein, Testan & Brundo
  • Kuzyk Law
  • Law Office of Robert J. Waechter
  • Law Offices of Amante A. Pimentel
  • Law Offices of Brian S. Weinberger
  • Law Offices of Brownwood & Rice
  • Law Offices of Chapman, Gluckman & Dean
  • Law Offices of Clasen, Rafflalow & Rhoads
  • Law Offices of Craig A. Humphrey Esq.
  • Law Offices of Douglas J. Schiffer
  • Law Offices of Eugene Egan
  • Law Offices of Gregory J. Khougaz
  • Law Offices of Hausman & Sosa, LLP
  • Law Offices of Hawkins, Schnabel, Lindahl & Beck
  • Law Offices of Isaac Nalive
  • Law Offices of J. Grant Kennedy
  • Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Reichman
  • Law Offices of Knapp, Marsh, Jones & Doran
  • Law Offices of Larry A. Rothstein
  • Law Offices of Lawrence W. Scott, MD & Associates
  • Law Offices of L. M. Schulner & Associates
  • Law Offices of Marsha Munemura
  • Law Offices of Mohammad Nadim
  • Law Offices of Neil F. Schwartz
  • Law Offices of Nolan B. Henderson
  • Law Offices of Peter R. DiDonato
  • Law Offices of Rex Parris
  • Law Offices of Richardson, Bambrick, Cermak & Fair
  • Law Offices of Robert B. Treister
  • Law Offices of Shabah Shamsi
  • Law Offices of Spile & Siegal, LLP
  • Law Offices of Tabone A Professional Corporation
  • Law Offices of Zimmerman & Kahanowitch,
  • Leon D. Fleishman, Attorney at Law
  • Lewis, D'Amato, Brisbois, & Bisgaard, LLP
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance Company
  • Los Angeles City
  • Los Angeles County
  • Lowthorp, Richards, McMillan, Conway & Templeman
  • Major Properties
  • Manning & Marder, Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez
  • Maslach & Van Early
  • Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA)
  • Mercury Insurance
  • Michael S. Mischel & Associates
  • O'Connor & Martin
  • Osborn & Associates
  • Paul and Janofsky
  • Pacific Employers Insurance Company
  • Pacific First
  • Pritchett~Rapf & Associates Realtors
  • Progressive Insurance
  • Prudential Property and Casualty Insurance Company
  • Raleigh & Associates
  • RE/MAX
  • Robert A. Lisnow A Prof. Corp
  • Rosen and Loeb
  • Royal Specialty Underwriting Inc., (RSUI)
  • SAFECO Insurance
  • SBC Pacific Bell
  • Schaffer, Lax, McNaughton & Chen
  • Shane & Digiuseppe
  • Spray, Gould & Bowers
  • Stone, Rosenblatt & Cha
  • Sullivan & Ballog, LLP
  • The Doctors' Company
  • Travelers Property Casualty, A member of Citigroup
  • York Insurance Services Group, Inc.
  • Wood & Bender

Arbitration & Mediation Panels

(1998 - Present)



Pepperdine Straus Institute of Dispute Resolution, M.D.R., 2000
GPA 87 (90 = A, 87 = A-)
Pepperdine University, School of Business and Management, Malibu, M.B.A., 2000
GPA 3.8; GMAT 770/800 (730 is top 1% for combined Verbal and Quantitative Skills); Earned full merit-based scholarship at the internationally recognized MBA program; worked with Dean Goodrich and Dr. Lowry to create a program combining an M.B.A. with a Master in Dispute Resolution; was the first such graduate from Straus, which tied Harvard as having the best Dispute Resolution Program in the United States; Externships with California Academy of Mediation Professionals and UCSB Ombuds Office

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, and Admitted to the California State Bar, J.D., 1992
Bar number 162937; Dean's List; Competed in Moot Court; Acted as a General Relief Advocate for Public Counsel Homeless, Advocacy Project, Externships with Los Angeles County Public Defender, Burbank City Attorney's Office, Protection & Advocacy (a non-profit organization helping physically and mentally disabled people), and the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office

University of California, Los Angeles,B.A., Economics / Business Management, 1989
Dean's Honor Role; Ombuds Mediation Program Graduate; SPE Fraternity: Founder, Executive Board Member, Social Chair, Most Accomplished Active; UCLA Crew Team member; Martial Artist (Keith is a black belt); Pre-Law Society Treasurer and President



Mentor for Loyola Law Students; Moot Court Judge; Singles Committee Member, Group Facilitator, Organizer and Leader for Federation Council; Fulfillment Fund Mentor and Committee Chair; Men's Club President; Jerome H. Berenson Inn's of Court Associate; Advisor for Camarillo High School in Mock Trial Competition; Camarillo Chamber of Commerce Diplomat, Legislative Committee Member and chosen for Executive Board; Capri II Home Owners' Association Treasurer, Member at Large, Vice President, President and Director; Gold Coast Bruins President; Ventura County Bruins President; Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution member; Association for Conflict Resolution member; State Bar Arbitrator; Disability Mediation Center volunteer; Mentor of Los Angeles Superior Court (LASC) ADR program.