Named the 2023 San Francisco Arbitration “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America®

Gilda Turitz is a full time independent arbitrator, mediator and discovery referee who specializes in resolving business-related disputes of all types between companies and/or individuals.

Formerly a business trial lawyer representing parties in such disputes, and with over 30 years of experience as an arbitrator and mediator, Gilda brings a wealth of legal and practical experience to her work as a neutral.

She has been recognized by peer-reviewed organizations for excellence in her practice, including being inducted as a Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators (CCA) and of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and twice being named the San Francisco Arbitration “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America® for 2023 and 2019.

She is on the American Arbitration Association’s Commercial, Large, Complex Case, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Consumer Panels for arbitration and is a Master Mediator on its Mediation Panel. She also is on CPR’s Panel of Distinguished Neutrals for arbitration and mediation and a CEDR Accredited Mediator.

Gilda strongly believes in working with the parties to design an ADR process tailored to their particular dispute to achieve a fair, efficient, and cost-effective process and resolution.

To facilitate moving cases forward during the COVID-19 pandemic, Gilda has fully incorporated videoconferencing into her ADR practice, principally on the Zoom platform, and has successfully conducted virtual arbitration hearings and mediations to conclusion.

Gilda Turitz

Gilda Turitz

Alternative Dispute Resolution Services


Arbitration is a well-established and contract-based alternative to traditional court litigation, and is especially suited to resolve commercial cases.


Mediation is informal negotiation facilitated by an impartial third party, with the goal of reaching a mutually agreeable resolution.

Early Neutral Evaluation

Early Neutral Evaluation (“ENE”) is a candid assessment by a neutral attorney of the merits of a case, which may lead to facilitated settlement negotiations.

Discovery Referee Services

Gilda serves as a discovery referee in commercial cases where parties either stipulate to or a court orders the appointment of a referee.

ADR Advising Services

Gilda assists parties in selecting the type of dispute resolution procedures well suited to their particular circumstances.

Negotiation Training

Gilda provides customized negotiation training to companies and groups, drawing on her over 30 years’ of mediation and negotiation experience.
Gilda Turitz at the Office
Gilda Turitz
Attorney / Arbitrator / Mediator

About Gilda Turitz

Gilda Turitz is an independent, full-time commercial arbitrator and mediator of a wide range of business, professional liability, intellectual property and other disputes.

Based in San Francisco, and available to hear cases throughout California and nationwide, she brings to her current ADR practice her wealth of over 35 years’ experience as a business trial lawyer, as well as serving as an arbitrator of commercial disputes for over 30 years and as a mediator for over 25 years.

Gilda has been recognized by numerous peer-reviewed organizations and leading ADR service providers for her skills and high level of practice, and serves on numerous national and regional panels.

She has consistently been rated with the “AV Pre-eminent” designation for attorneys by Martindale-Hubbell, has been recognized as a Northern California Super Lawyer® for business litigation, and has been listed in Best Lawyers in America for arbitration.

Recent Publications

Measuring Mediation “Success:” Process Matters As Well As Results

American Bar Association, Just Resolutions E-News

Arbitrating the Business Divorce of The Closely Held Company

College of Commercial Arbitrators

Recent Presentations

Resolving Legal Disputes in the Era of COVID-19

CPR & IADC Joint Panel Presentation

How (Not) to Get on the Arbitrator’s Wrong Side

Bar Association of San Francisco’s ADR “TED” Talks

Affiliations & Accreditations

Best Law Firm 2024