Lise Pearlman

Private Arbitrator and Mediator
Alternative Resolution Centers

Lise Pearlman was an undergraduate at Yale University in its first class including women. Pearlman moved to the Bay Area in 1971 for law school at U.C. Berkeley’s Boalt Hall. She has spent most of her adult life in Oakland where the 1968 murder trial of Huey Newton took place. Pearlman later clerked for California Chief Justice Donald Wright and taught for a year at Stanford Law School before a 13-year career in Oakland as a business litigator. In 1984 she won recognition as the first woman managing partner of an established California law firm. In 1989, the California Supreme Court selected Pearlman as the first Presiding Judge of its new State Bar Court. Since 1995, she has been a private arbitrator and mediator with Alternative Resolution Centers ( In 1998, she chaired the Oakland Public Ethics Commission. A past President of Women Lawyers of Alameda County, Pearlman also served on the statewide Board of California Women Lawyers.