Arbitrator and Mediator for Complex Disputes in the Following Areas:

Mergers and Acquisitions/Joint Ventures


The State Bar of California
American Bar Association
San Diego County Bar Association
American Arbitration Association
International Society of Primerus Law Firms

Stanford University




Alfred G. Ferris is the founding principal of Ferris & Britton and is currently of counsel to the firm, limiting himself to acting as an arbitrator or mediator in certain complex business disputes.  He was admitted to the California Bar in 1964 having received his undergraduate and law degrees from Stanford University. He served as a law clerk to the Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. After entering private practice, he became a partner in another prominent San Diego law firm before forming Ferris & Britton in 1968.

As an arbitrator or mediator in selected cases, Al is recognized for his expertise in complex business disputes, construction disputes, executive employment disputes, and disputes involving mergers and acquisitions or joint ventures.  He is a member of the California, American, and San Diego Bar Associations.  He has served as chair and member on various California State and San Diego Bar committees and boards.  He is a member of the National Panel of Arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”) and is frequently sought after as an arbitrator or mediator.  He has served as an arbitrator or mediator in hundreds of disputes over the last 20 years.  He was a former member of UCSD CONNECT, the National and California Cable Television Associations, Vistage, the Corporate Finance Council of San Diego, and Biocom.  He is a former adjunct professor of law at the University of San Diego School of Law.  Al sits on a number of profit and not for profit boards.  He is Vice Chair of the International Society of Primerus Law Firms, the most prestigious organization of boutique law firms in the world.

Al and his late wife Jean, an award-winning novelist specializing in young adult literature, have two grown daughters.

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