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Barbara Spector

Affiliated Attorney

408-287-9501 | 408-287-2583

Affiliates are not employees of Hoge Fenton

Main Bio

Practice Overview

Barbara Spector is a Harvard-certified negotiator and mediator who has received acclaim for her eminent career in litigation and alternative dispute resolution (ADR). Barbara has belonged to the California State Bar since 1978, and is a member of Hoge Fenton’s ADR team.

Barbara has extensive experience in business, real estate, employment and personal injury matters in Federal and State Courts, and has successfully argued a case of first impression before the California Supreme Court.

Barbara is routinely designated as a neutral by the United States District Court, the California Court of Appeal and the Santa Clara County Superior Court. In these jurisdictions she has conducted hundreds of mediations, arbitrations, settlement conferences and early neutral evaluations.

Barbara’s distinguished career in ADR was recently recognized by the SAN FRANCISCO DAILY JOURNAL and the SAN JOSE POST-RECORD which described her as a “no-nonsense neutral” and as a mediator who “uses her litigation experience to settle cases.”

Practice Areas


  • J.D., University of Santa Clara, magna cum laude
  • Mediator and Negotiator Certificates, Harvard University
  • M.A., San Jose State University
  • B.A., University of California at Berkeley


  • California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

Affiliation & Awards

AV Preeminent® (highest level of professional excellence) Peer Review Rated
CV, BV and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.

Professional Activities

Barbara recently received the 2014 Tribute to Women and Industry Award by YMCA Silicon Valley. She is an active member of the Santa Clara County Bar Association which bestowed upon her in 2004 its highest honor: the Bryl Salsman Award for outstanding volunteer service to the legal profession and to the community. Barbara has also been selected by her peers and through the independent research of Law & Politics and San Francisco Magazine as a “Northern California ADR Super Lawyer” in 2004, 2005 and 2006. In 2013 Barbara was honored with the 2013 “John George Lifetime Achievement Award.”

Barbara is a frequent lecturer, having presented programs on behalf of The Rutter Group, the State Bar of California, California Continuing Education of the Bar and Santa Clara County Bar Association on such topics as discovery, law & motion, pretrial litigation strategy, elimination of bias in the legal profession, negotiation skills, and alternative dispute resolution.

In addition to her distinguished career as a mediator and litigator, Barbara is a council member, and prior mayor, for the Town of Los Gatos.

Barbara’s work on the Los Gatos Town Council and Planning Commission has provided her with background relating to:

  • Land use laws
  • The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)
  • Redevelopment Agency (RDA) dissolution
  • Government pensions
  • Municipal bankruptcy
  • Inverse condemnation

Representative Experience

  • Recovered $2 million for husband of corporate CEO killed when her bicycle impacted a dangerous condition allowed by a city and its contractor to remain in decedent’s bicycle lane
  • Mediated contract and tort claims between two high-tech international corporations, one based in Silicon Valley and the other in Asia
  • Mediated contract disputes between a multinational financial institution and a Silicon Valley start-up
  • Received $2.5 million dollar judgment against international aircraft manufacturer and its subsidiaries on behalf of long-term aircraft dealers who were terminated without cause
  • Successfully argued a case of first impression before the California Supreme Court on behalf of commercial tenants who were denied the right to sublease without cause
  • Successfully argued to jury verdict that commercial tenant has appurtenant right to signage identifying its business on leasehold exterior
  • In a real estate business transaction, obtained jury verdict enforcing personal guaranty against guarantors who, even though sophisticated businessmen, denied their contractual obligation to investor
  • Successfully mediated wage and hour claims brought against an employer by eight employees who alleged violations relating to meal breaks, overtime, and unreimbursed business and mileage expenses
  • Mediated resolution of wrongful termination claim for failure to provide reasonable accommodation for plaintiff’s disability
  • Mediated breach of contract and common count claims brought by an electronic equipment retailer against a major internet corporation, both parties based in Silicon Valley
  • Negotiated $500,000 settlement against employer, hospital and product manufacturer on behalf of individual blinded in a mining explosion
  • Successfully mediated claim of disparate treatment based on race brought by employee of publishing company
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