John M. Drath, Esq. brings over 40 years of legal expertise to his ADR practice and has developed a reputation as a skilled and efficient mediator with an exceptional ability to isolate the key factors in a case and bring the parties together to reach resolution.

As an accomplished trial lawyer, John has tried cases in virtually every area of the law, and his success in the courtroom allows him to bring a unique insight to each dispute before him. Having mediated over 1,000 cases, John has the creativity, tenacity and analytical abilities to get the case settled.

John’s clients have commended him for his work ethic, preparedness, and persistence in following up if a case does not settle at the hearing. He has been described by many as a fair and personable mediator who can develop rapport with all parties of a dispute while getting to the heart of the issues.

Areas of Expertise

  • Business / Commercial
  • Elder Abuse
  • Environmental / Toxic Tort
  • Insurance / Bad Faith
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Personal Injury / Catastrophic
  • Products Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Real Property

Legal Experience

  • 2000 – Present Mediatior and Arbitrator
  • 2010 – 2014 Shareholder, Bishop Barry Drath
  • 1994 – 2010 Partner, Drath, Clifford, Murphy & Hagen
  • 1983 – 1994 Partner, Hyde & Drath
  • 1980 – 1983 Attorney at Law, Law Offices of John M. Drath
  • 1973 – 1979 Associate, Low, Ball & Lynch
  • 1971 – 1973 Associate, Cooksey, Coleman & Howard


  • 1969 Juris Doctorate, University of San Francisco School of Law
  • 1965 Bachelor of Arts, University of Washington

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Past President, Association of Defense Counsel, Northern California


  • California Super Lawyer, Professional Liability
  • California Lawyer, Listed Among Prominent Legal Malpractice Attorneys
  • Certified Specialist in Legal Malpractice, California State Bar, 2011-2015

John M. Drath, Esq.

Mediator  •  Arbitrator