Professional Experience


(2012 to present): First appointed as a mediator for the federal courts in 1999, Mark’s nationwide mediation practice includes state and federal actions involving:

  • Intellectual Property (trade secrets, patents, trademarks, and copyrights)
  • Employment (class and individual cases)
  • Consumer (class and individual cases)
  • Commercial, antitrust, unfair competition and contract actions
  • Insurance coverage and indemnification disputes
  • Real estate transactions
  • Business acquisition and dissolution disputes
  • Professional liability (attorneys, accountants, brokers, architects)

Mark's work as a mediator has earned him a national listing among Best Lawyers in America for Mediation for successive years by U.S. News - Best Lawyers ®, and was voted 2022 Mediator of the Year in San Francisco.

Arbitrator / Special Master

Mark also serves as an arbitrator or appointed special master for any of these types of disputes.

Ross Stores, Inc.

Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary (Pleasanton, CA: 2007 to 2012). Ross is an S&P 500 and NASDAQ 100 company (ROST) and the second largest off-price retailer in the United States. As Ross’s general counsel, Mark:

  • Managed all major litigation, including class and individual employment, intellectual property, privacy and contract litigation, as well as government and private investigations
  • Established company-wide early dispute resolution program to accelerate disposition of all civil cases
  • Created new intellectual property protection programs to acquire and maintain key IP assets and pursue enforcement actions as needed

Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream, Inc. / Nestlé, S.A.

Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary (Oakland, CA: 2000 to 2007). Dreyer’s, now a subsidiary of Nestlé, S.A., is the largest U.S. manufacturer / distributor of ice cream products. Prior to merging with Nestle, Dreyer’s was a Fortune 1000 public company. As Dreyer’s general counsel, Mark:

  • Managed all of Dreyer’s employment, contract, intellectual property, and commercial litigation
  • Helped design and execute a two-stage merger transaction with Nestlé, S.A., combining Nestlé’s U.S. ice cream operations with Dreyer’s pre-existing operations
  • Managed the defense and resolution of the Federal Trade Commission’s antitrust challenge to the Dreyer’s / Nestlé merger, as well as contemporaneous government investigations
  • Negotiated multiple acquisitions of other brand, manufacturing and franchise businesses, as well as patents, trademarks and other technology rights
  • Trained Nestlé international legal team on litigation management and dispute resolution

Freeland, Cooper, LeHocky & Hamburg

Principal (San Francisco, CA: 1987 to 2000). Here, Mark managed the complex litigation practice of this boutique law firm, prosecuting and defending intellectual property, employment, antitrust, commercial and class action disputes, representing clients including Apple, AT&T, Dreyer’s and Met Life.

Prior to the Freeland law firm, Mark honed his litigation skills at two other San Francisco law firms: Wilson, Ryan & Campilongo, and Khourie, Crew & Jaeger (formerly Broad, Khourie & Schulze).

Mark LeHocky - Attorney and Mediator


Mark obtained his legal degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, and his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he graduated Magna cum laude.

Reported Decisions

  • Lambtek Yogurt Machines v. Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream, Inc.; Trade Cases (CCH) 71,891 (N.D. Cal. 1997)
  • Legal Economics, Inc. v. Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., 39 F. 2d 951 (9th Cir.), cert. denied, 115 S. Ct. 1420 (1995)
  • Weil Ins. Agency v. Manufacturers Life Co. 815 F. Supp. 1320 (N.D. Cal. 1993)
  • Clipper Express v. RMMTB, 690 F. 2d 1240 (9th Cir. 1982), cert. denied, 459 U.S. 1227
  • JBL Enterprises v. Jhirmack Enterprises, Inc., 509 F. Supp. 357 (N.D. Cal.), aff’d, 698 F. 2d 1011 (9th Cir.), cert. denied, 464 U.S. 829 (1983)
  • Determined Productions v. Dakin & Co., 514 F. Supp. 645 (N.D. Cal. 1980).

ADR Affiliations

  • Appointed mediator for the United States District Court (1999 - ), Northern District of California.
  • Co-chair, Mediation Committee, ABA Dispute Resolution Section (2017—2019)
  • Vice-Chair, ADR-Arbitration Committee, Bar Association of San Francisco (2016-- )
  • Chair, ADR Section, Contra Costa Bar Association (2018—2019)

Community / Teaching Activities

  • Adjunct Faculty, University of California, Berkeley School of Law (2020-- )
  • Judge Pro Tem, San Francisco Superior Court (2016-- )
  • Adjunct Faculty, University of California, Berkeley Haas Graduate School of Business (2018-2020)
  • Lecturer, Mediation Advocacy, University of California, Davis School of Law: 2015--2016)
  • Board of Directors, Contra Costa County Bar Association (2020)
  • Varsity Women’s Tennis Coach, Miramonte High School (Orinda, CA): 2009 and 2010
  • President, Orinda Youth Association (2002 to 2005): This organization provides recreational sports programs (soccer, baseball, basketball) for Orinda girls and boys


Mark spends his free time playing tennis, cycling, painting, traveling and coping with the family pets.