Rob Christopher – Founder and CEO
Reformed Litigator. Disruptive Innovator. Author.
Rob is the founder and CEO of Just Resolve. He is also General Counsel and Co-Owner of Christopher Ranch LLC, a family-owned California farm business whose fresh garlic products are a nationally recognized brand.
Rob is also an accomplished, AV Preeminent (highest peer rating for ethical standards and legal ability) litigation and trial attorney, formerly of New York based Coudert Brothers LLP, where he last served as regional managing partner for Northern California, and California based Hopkins & Carley ALC. For 35 years prior to founding Just Resolve, Rob practiced in commercial, antitrust and intellectual property litigation, highlights of which included earning one of the 50 largest California business case verdicts in 2009 on behalf of a leading US manufacturer in a bet-the-company case, and successfully defending a small breakaway church community from its monopoly-bent mother church in a copyright infringement and fair use legal war.
Rob has also served as a mediator, arbitrator and settlement Judge Pro-Tem for the Santa Clara County Superior Court. He is admitted to practice before the US Supreme Court, California state courts, numerous federal district courts and several federal circuit courts of appeal. His speaking engagements on disruption and innovation in dispute resolution include law school guest lecturing, chamber of commerce talks, a seminar delivered to the California AGC and numerous talks to business CEO groups and law firms.
After three decades in the legal space, Rob saw a need for innovation – specifically in limited stakes cases. His research led to the development of the neutral-driven, non-adversarial method for alternative dispute resolution in limited stakes cases that Just Resolve promotes and facilitates. This method is the foundation of Just Resolve’s conscious capitalism and the inspiration for his upcoming book on the need for this kind of disruptive innovation in civil litigation.
In addition to serving on corporate and charitable boards, Rob is a CEO member of Vistage International. His active personal interests include tennis, performing in local and civic theatres, mountain hiking (summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt. Shasta and Mt. Whitney), playing and singing music, travel, and loving his wife of 37 years and his two grown sons and their families.
Rob earned an AB with Honors in Economics from Stanford University, and his JD from the University of California at Davis.
Sonya L Sigler – VP Business Development
Attorney. Entrepreneur. Writer.
Sonya is an intellectual property attorney turned entrepreneur, specializing in operations, business development, and legal functions. She has 25 years’ experience as in-house counsel and strategic consultant. Sonya’s talent for collaborative, analytical leadership sets her apart. Prior to joining Just Resolve, she was VP of Product Strategy and Consulting at Discovia. While there, Sonya helped law firms and corporations use technology-assisted document review software and understand the value of statistics. She also founded Cataphora, where she served in various senior capacities before its sale to Ernst & Young in 2011. Sonya began her legal career as an in-house attorney at Sega and Intuit, before moving to start-ups and helping them grow.
Sonya is a frequent writer and speaker on technology-assisted review, advanced search and retrieval techniques, e-discovery issues, in-house counsel and other legal topics, fundraising, grant writing, and career management. She has been a speaker, trainer, or guest lecturer at various law schools, state bar associations, trade associations, law firms, and corporate legal departments. She has written for numerous corporate blogs and for industry publications such as Corporate Counsel, ACC Docket, and the EDDE Journal.
Sonya holds certifications in business administration and marketing from the UC Berkeley Extension. She is a member of the California State Bar, and has been active in groups such as the American Bar Association, Women in eDiscovery, and The Sedona Conference Working Group 1 on Electronic Document Retention and Production. She is an inventor and holder of five patents.
An active volunteer in her community, Sonya has been on the school board for over 14 years, and co-founded the DesBrisay Sigler Family Foundation. She was also the 2016 Production Chairman for the San Carlos Chickens’ Ball fundraiser. After corralling her three teenage sons and attending their school and sporting events, in her remaining scraps of spare time Sonya knits and quilts, sings, plays trombone, auto-crosses Porsches, and actively supports women in technology.
Sonya earned her JD from Santa Clara University School of Law, and a BA in Philosophy with a music minor from UC Berkeley.
Just Resolve recruits, vets, and provides neutral arbiters to resolve disputes for its customers. If we don’t currently have an arbiter that covers your required area of expertise, we will recruit, vet, and provide you with a choice of arbiters for your particular dispute. For more details, see our Arbiters. If you are interested in becoming an Arbiter with Just Resolve, please fill out our Become an Arbiter form.