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Hait, Les

Professional Bio

Contact Information

Hait, Les
Current Occupation: Attorney
Employer: Les Hait Law Corporation

762 East Avenue
Chico, CA 95926
Phone: (530) 895-3352
Fax: (530) 895-0401

General Information

Accepted Panels Type of Case Referrals Preferred Conference Location Work Style



Limited Jurisdiction

Unlimited Jurisdiction

Neutral's Facility

Hourly Rate: $200.00 / hr


Organization Degree Year Obtained
UCLA B.A. Political Science 1965
University of California Boalt Hall Juris Doctorate 1972

Legal Experience

Description Years
Both Plaintiff and Defense 33
Complex Case Litigation 33
Total Active Litigation 33

Professional Licenses

Description Year Obtained License Number Active
State Bar of California 1972 054922 Yes

ADR Training

Course Title Organization Hours Year Completed
Mediation, The Art of Facilitating Settlement Pepperdine University 42 2005


Description Arbitrator Mediator
Contract/Breach 0 0
Family Law 0 0
Family Law 0 0
Fraud 0 0
General Civil 0 0
Landlord - Tenant 0 0
Landlord - Tenant 0 0
Legal Malpractice 0 0
Personal Injury - Auto 0 0
Personal Injury - Other 0 0
Real Property/Real Estate 0 0
Wrongful Death 0 0


ADR Style & Requirements
Mr. Hait follows a variety of styles and approaches to achieve impartiality and fairness in dispute resolution hearings. In almost every case, he feels it can be helpful to find out the real needs and desires of the parties. In certain cases, where and when appropriate, it can also be helpful to provide the parties with a reality check as to the advantages and limitations of their negotiating positions such that an informed settlement can be reached by each side. Mr. Hait believes that mediation and arbitration work quite well to reduce the costs of litigation and spare the parties the time, the personal inconvenience and emotional uncertainty that results from letting a judge or jury decide critically important issues much later in time.
Participant Brief Requirements
Mr. Hait prefers to be prepared in advance for the Mediation or Arbitration Session. He will read everything submitted and wishes to be familiar with the issues in advance, wherever possible. He asks that the parties submit either an informal letter or legal brief outlining their positions and desired outcomes from the mediation or arbitration. These documents can be brief but should describe and summarize the issues. It would be quite helpful to attach any pertinent documents relied on that prove or disprove the major contentions. Mr. Hait prefers the briefs or letters be exchanged among the parties, however he does not rule out confidential briefs or letters in sensitive cases, where the documents are sent only to him.
Professional History
Les Hait graduated from Law School at the University of California Berkeley (Boalt Hall) in 1972. He moved to Chico at that time and has been in the general civil practice of law ever since. He has specialized in litigation, with his primary areas of emphasis being civil personal injury cases, divorce cases, and real estate litigation cases. Mr. Hait has been involved in over 30 civil jury trials, and hundreds of court trials. He has been a Certified Family Law Specialist since 1980. Les hait is in sole practice in Chico with a staff of 5 legal secretaries, paralegals, and office assistants. He is an active member of a number of professional associations, and has an interest in mediation and arbitration.

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