Richard E. Buck





535 Anton Boulevard, Suite 1000

Costa Mesa, CA 92626-1977

Phone: 714.431.1036

Fax:     714.431.1119






Areas of Practice:

Construction Defect



University of California, Los Angeles, 1977

Washburn/Santa Clara University School of Law, 1984



  • Yorba Linda Water District-Citizens Advisory Committee (2011-present)

  • Warren J. Ferguson American Inns of Court

  • Constitutional Rights Foundation ‑ Mock Trial Competition Judge

  • City of Placentia ‑ Traffic Safety Commissioner, 1996‑99.

Practice involves construction litigation, primarily representing builders/developers of residential housing, including class action matters, mold/toxic tort litigation, soils subsidence, greenboard, galvanized pipe, copper pipe, concrete, and contract disputes.  Construction practice involves drafting of subcontract and indemnity agreements for commercial and residential projects ranging in value from $15 million to $75 million.  Real property experience includes easement, boundary disputes, real estate purchase agreements and failure to disclose.  Insurance defense experience includes personal injury matters (including medical malpractice), professional malpractice, vehicle liability, premises liability, libel/slander, products liability, insurance coverage disputes and bad faith. 10+ Jury Trials.   


Arbitrator/Mediator, American Arbitration Association (since 2002); Arbitrator for Riverside County Superior Court and Orange County Superior Court, 1994 to present, handling over 150 cases.  Mediator for the Orange County Superior Court Complex Litigation Panel, 2002 to present.  Cases have involved wide variety of tort, contracts, business litigation, professional liability, and real property/construction defect disputes.


Pepperdine School of Law, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, "Mediating the Litigated Case" (February, 2016).  The Standard for Efficient and Cost Effective Arbitration (2008); AAA Pro Se:  Managing Cases Involving Self-Represented Parties (ACE002), 2006; AAA Dealing With Delay Tactics in Arbitration (ACE004), 2005; AAA Construction Arbitration II Training:  Advanced Case Management Issues, 2004.


Professional Licenses: Admitted to the Bar:  California, 1985; Missouri, 1994


Publications:  Malicious Prosecution, Washburn Law Journal (1983)