Ken Malovos

  • Mediator
  • Arbitrator
  • Special Master
  • Discovery Referee
  • Temporary Judge

Ken Malovos is a full-time Sacramento mediator and arbitrator, specializing in business disputes. He has been a trial lawyer and litigator in Sacramento for over 40 years, during which time he appeared regularly in state and federal courts, representing both plaintiffs and defendants. As a neutral and advocate, he has participated in well over a thousand arbitrations and mediations.

Throughout that entire time, he has maintained a steady interest in the art of settlement. As a practical matter, the vast majority of cases do settle, it is only a question of when and on what terms. It is his strong belief that the best and earliest settlements come about through the use of a competent and engaged mediator who has real litigation experience as an advocate.

Since 1988 he has served as a pro tem settlement judge and judicial arbitrator for the Sacramento County Superior Court. He has been selected as a member of the California Academy of Distinguished Neutrals. He serves as a neutral for the American Arbitration Association on their Construction, Commercial and Large Complex Case arbitration panels and on their Mediation Panel. In addition, he serves as an arbitrator for the Public Works Contract Program for the Office of Administrative Hearings, State of California. He has been admitted as a Fellow in the College of Commercial Arbitrators.

Since 2006, he has been regularly selected as a Super Lawyer in Northern California for Alternative Dispute Resolution. For the past 25 years, he has served as a neutral in a wide variety of business disputes.

  • Construction Claims
  • Construction Defects
  • Contract
  • Defamation
  • Employment Discrimination/Wrongful Discharge
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Intellectual Property
  • Partnership/Corporation Dissolution
  • Probate
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Real Estate

Personal Statement:
I promise each litigant and each counsel my best effort at a fair and equitable settlement. I will listen. I have been an attorney in thousands of cases and I know how important it is to consider every fact and every point of law. I doubt that you will find anyone who will work harder. If asked to decide a question, either as an arbitrator, trial judge or referee, I will produce an impartial and legally-supportable answer to the dispute. I have tremendous respect for our legal system and believe that I can assist in resolving almost any type of case.

J.D., Hastings College of the Law, 1969
    (American Jurisprudence Award, Wills)
A.B., Stanford University, 1966
    (Honors Tutorial Program, Philosophy)

Bar Admissions:
California State Bar (1969)
U.S. Supreme Court (1984)
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (1970)
and Eastern District of California (1984)
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (1970)

ADR Affiliations:
Superior Court Judge, Pro Tempore, Sacramento County Superior Court.

Fellow, College of Commercial Arbitrators.

Member, California Academy of Distinguished Neutrals.

Panel Member, Mediator, Arbitrator and Large Complex Cases, American Arbitration Association.

Panel Member, Public Works Contract Arbitration Program, Office of Administrative Hearings, State of California.

Arbitrator, California State Bar Association and Sacramento County Bar Association, attorney/client fee disputes.

ADR Training:
American Arbitration Association (Sacramento) Arbitration I (1993); American Arbitration Association (San Francisco) Arbitration II (2002); Steven Rosenberg (San Francisco) Advanced Mediation Training (2004); Institute for Conflict Management (Santa Monica) Mediation Training (2006).

Legal Affiliations:
President, Sacramento County Bar Association (1994); Member Sacramento County Bar Association (1972 to present); Member, Sacramento County Bar Council (1988 - 1994); Founding Chair and Member, Construction Law Section; Member Fee Arbitration Committee (1988 to present); Chair, Judicial Review Committee (1990 - 1993); Chair and Member, Judiciary Committee (1982 - 1984, 1992 - 1994); Member, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section (1990 to present), Chair (2002-2018). President, (1998-2001) and Member (1995 - 2001), Board of Directors, Legal Services of Northern California.

Adjunct Professor of Law, Pacific McGeorge Law School, Mediation (2016).

Faculty Member, UC Hastings Law School, College of Advocacy, Business Litigation Institute (1997-2000).

Adjunct Professor of Law (Trial Practice), King Hall Law School University of California, Davis (1982-1985).

Member, Board of Governors, Hastings Law School Alumni Association (1990 - 2001); President, Sacramento Chapter of Hastings Law School Alumni Association (1989 - 1993).

Past Member, American Bar Association; ABA Section of Litigation, Section of Dispute Resolution and Construction Law Forum; Delegate, Sacramento County Bar Association, ABA House of Delegates (1995 - 1999).

Past Master of the Bench (Emeritus), Anthony M. Kennedy American Inn of Court.

Martindale Hubbell (AV).