Mediator,  Arbitrator

Experience includes serving as a court-appointed mediator  in a wide variety of civil cases  (personal injury, medical malpractice, business disputes, securities disputes, real estate);   arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and the former Pacific Stock Exchange;   over 80 hours of formal training as a mediator and arbitrator, including mediator training through American Arbitration Association, Humboldt Mediation Services, and arbitrator training through FINRA;  hearing officer for the California Housing Finance Agency and private non-profits; facilitated meetings for non-profit organizations. 

 LITIGATION & ARBITRATION ATTORNEY                             

Civil litigation and appellate practice emphasizing securities arbitration, litigation involving arbitration, and consumer/employee law, in state and federal courts, as well as arbitration and mediation before  FINRA, NFA, AAA and JAMS.   Also experienced in general business litigation in state and federal court.


Mediator & Board Member, Humboldt Mediation Services, Inc.

President & Board Member, Mad River Youth Soccer League, Inc.

Mentor Attorney, Teen Court

         Volunteer mentor attorney to the Humboldt County Teen Court Program, through the Boys and Girls Club of the Redwoods, which provides a peer-based alternative to the traditional juvenile court system for youths who are first-time offenders           

Committee On The Administration Of Justice. State Bar of California

           Reviewed and prepared recommendations to State Bar Board of Governors regarding proposed legislation and rule changes.

Pro Bono Attorney, Bar Association of San Francisco’s Volunteer Legal Services Program

           Pro bono representation of low income clients in family law disputes, such as child custody and child support issues.

Advocate, Board Of Directors

           Paid staff, volunteer and board member with non-profit corpor­a­tion, assisting impoverished clients obtain General Assistance and Food Stamps.

Editor, PIABA Bar Journal

           Volunteer editor for Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association quarterly publication.

Published Decisions & Articles:

Richard L. Sacks v. Sec. & Exch. Comm’n, 648 F.3d 945 (9th Cir. 2011)

Broadcort Capital v. Dutcher, 859 F.Supp. 1517 (S.D.N.Y. 1994)

Petrie v. Pacific Stock Exchange 982 F.Supp. 1390 (N.D.Cal. 1997)

Reed v. MSC,  106 Cal.App.4th 1359, 131 Cal.Rptr.2d 524 (2003)           

Fiduciary Duty in California,  PIABA Bar Journal, December 2000

Panelist: Choice of Law in Arbitration; Elder Abuse Remedies in Securities Arbitration; and The Problem Arbitrator. 



University of California, Hastings College of the Law

San Francisco, CA

  • J.D., May 1990
  • Moot Court Board Member
  • Technical Editor, Constitutional Law Quarterly

University of Texas at Dallas

Richardson, TX

  • B.G.S., Public Administration, 1981
  • Graduated cum laude



Admitted to Practice Law:    

California (1990)

U. S. District Court,  N.D. Cal. (1990)

U. S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit (1990)

U. S. District Court, C.D. Cal. (2001)


State Bar of California

Humboldt County (Cal.) Bar Association

Association for Dispute Resolution  of Northern California

Humboldt Mediation Services


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Timothy A. Canning is licensed to practice law  in California (Cal. State Bar no. 148336), and is the attorney responsible for  the content of this website.