Charles E. Rumbaugh, J.D., C.P.C.M.


Charles E. Rumbaugh was an Alternative Dispute Resolution neutral practicing in the dispute/negotiation related arena as a professional speaker, arbitrator/mediator and ADR Consultant. He is a frequent writer/publisher and speaker on a wide-range of contractual issues as well as negotiation/dispute resolution topics and has presented advanced/basic negotiation, mediation, and arbitration skills training seminars/workshops in Latin America, Canada, Far East, and throughout the United States. 

Previously, Mr. Rumbaugh was Corporate Director of Contracts & Pricing for Lear Astronics Corporation where he was responsible for the contracts, pricing, and business management functions. Earlier he was Assistant to Corporate Vice President, Contracts and legal counsel at a major business unit as well as Real Estate Counsel for Hughes Aircraft Company (Hughes Electronics). Before joining Hughes he was counsel in securities/franchising/healthcare for the California Department of Business Oversight (Department of Corporations).

Mr. Rumbaugh received his Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from UCLA and was employed as an engineer with Westinghouse Electric Corporation prior to attending California Western School of Law where he received a Juris Doctor degree.  He has an Advanced Management Program Certificate from the USC Graduate School of Business as well as ADR mediation training certificates from the following:

- Harvard Law School
Pepperdine University
- Center for Conflict Resolution

He has been an adjunct professor at several universities for their commercial/business, contract & procurement, international law and ADR/Negotiation programs including an advisor to the California State University Contracts and Supply Management Certification Program.  Further, he has been an instructor on ADR topics for the American Bar Association and American Arbitration Association. Mr. Rumbaugh is currently on Advisory Boards to the McGraw-Hill Contemporary Learning Series for Labor Management Relations and State & Local Government.  And, he is also on the Board of Editors of the "Franchising Business & Law Alert" published by ALM Properties, Inc.  He was also President of the Center for Conflict Resolution in Los Angeles.

Admitted to the Bar: California, 1972 (currently inactive status); US District Court, Central District of California; US Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; US Supreme Court.

His ADR related memberships have included the following:

- Federal Administrative Law Judge, EEOC
- American Arbitration Association including its Large, Complex Case Panel (currently inactive)
- Cornell University Employment ADR Roster
- Mediator, Nuclear Regulatory Commission
- Center for Conflict Resolution panel of Arbitrators/Mediators
- State of California Department of Insurance Qualified Mediator
- Mediator, US Forestry Service Early Intervention Program
- State of California Public Works Contract Arbitrator

California Contractors State License Board (CSLB) panel of arbitrators.
- City of Los Angeles Special Committee Member of Investigative Oversight
- EEOC Approved Mediator
- Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Pro Tem for 10 years
- Panel of Experts, Primary Dispute Resolution Centre, Subordinate Courts, Singapore
- Santa Barbara County Superior Cour ADR panel (CADRe)

- Los Angeles County Superior Court ADR panel
- Federal District Court ADR panel
NASD/FINRA securities/employment arbitration panel

Charles Rumbaugh is a member of the National Contract Management Association (NCMA), NCMA Fellow, CPCM, former NCMA Vice President, founder of the NCMA ADR Committee and recipient of NCMA’s highest honor, the Keen Honorary Life Membership Award.  He is a past Chair of the Federal Acquisition & Subcontract Management Group of the Institute for Supply Management (ISM); member of the ABA Franchise Law and Construction Forums, past Vice-Chair of the Strategic Alliances Committee of the ABA Public Contract Law Section and past Co-Chair of the Arbitration Subcommittee of the ABA Litigation Section; founder of the Public Contracting Committee of the ABA Dispute Resolution Section; and past Chair of the International Sector of the Association for Conflict Resolution (formerly the Society of Professionals In Dispute Resolution--SPIDR).

Mr. Rumbaugh is a past Co-Chair of the California State Bar Litigation Section ADR Committee, past Co-Chair of the California State Bar Franchise Law Committee and member of the California Continuing Education of the Bar's Civil Litigation Advisory    e-Panel.  And, he was also a member of the American Arbitration Association National Franchise Advisory Panel. He was a consultant to the California Dispute Resolution Council committee in the drafting of its "Standard of Practice for California Mediators."  And, he was elected Senior Life Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and is a past President of the Beverly Hills Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.

His current/past professional memberships also include the Christian Legal Society (Los Angeles Board of Directors), National Defense Industrial Association, and National Conference of Administrative Law Judges. 

He has received a Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating of AV as well as listed in numerous Who’s Who publications including Who’s Who in American Law and Who’s Who in America.  

Mr. Rumbaugh was one of seven judges for the nationwide ABA Negotiation Competition Championships for 2007 and 2008 and he was appointed as the ABA representative at the 2010 United Nations Commission on International Trade Law Procurement Meeting in New York City.

P.O. Box 2636
Rolling Hills, CA 90274
Former Judge and Arbitrator/Mediator
Voice (310) 373-1981