Last week an agreement was reached on a qualified Neutral Evaluator (mediator) for the upcoming negotiations between MCDH, UFCW 8 and possibly other creditors. His name is George Kalikman. Mr. Kalikman is a partner in the San Francisco law firm of Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis. The announcement of an approved Mediator on Wednesday effectively began the 60-day mediation period established under section 53760.3(r) of the California Government Code. “It is the sincere hope of MCDH that this Neutral Evaluation process, as defined by the State of California, will enable us to work constructively with our creditors to reach an agreement that will help us to become financially sustainable in the future” said Raymond Hino, Hospital CEO. The appointment of Mr. Kalikman began a 60 day mediation period that will end on August 6, 2012.
About George Kalikman
Mr. Kalikman is the co-chair of the Firm’s Business Services Department and the managing partner of the Firm’s San Francisco office. He represents businesses ranging from closely held to publicly traded companies that are engaged in diverse industries including financial services, real estate investment, real estate development, telecommunications, information technology, manufacturing, music and entertainment, resort and hospitality, construction, oil and gas, agriculture, health care, and insurance.
Mr. Kalikman has substantial experience, both as a retained neutral and as an advocate on behalf of his clients, in the mediation of disputes between and among business partners and other parties seeking a negotiated resolution of complex business disputes. He also works closely with his colleagues in the Firm’s Financial Services Litigation practice group, in arbitration proceedings and in litigation cases.