Doug McDermottDouglas McDermott J.D., LLM
Consultant & Mediator

30+ years of practical experience working with high net worth individuals and their families relating to: income tax planning, asset protection options, gift and estate tax structures, formation of numerous legal entities, real estate purchases, leases, sales and 1031 exchanges, selection of investment advisors, review of investment options, and handling sensitive and confidential matters for the family.

Whenever the term “that is a deal killer” is heard in a potential business sale and/or a real estate transaction (it could be a low appraisal problem, inspection report issues, lender unreasonableness, price and/or terms issues), someone should be suggesting that the parties retain the services of a knowledgeable real estate mediator. Often a solution can be found involving the financing, the comps being used by the parties, the future of one or more of the parties and other points.

Sometimes, great solutions are found “outside the box.” It is critical to understand that there is a box and how to work outside of it. Our goal is to find a “win-win” resolution to all of the misunderstandings.

Areas of Practice

  • Art (1 mediated)
  • Business (10 mediated)
  • Civil (general) (2 mediated)
  • Commercial (3 mediated)
  • Cross Cultural (1 mediated)
  • Elder
  • Eminent Domain
  • Entertainment (3 mediated)
  • Estate Planning (2 mediated)
  • Family
  • Franchise (1 mediated)
  • Hospitality (2 mediated)
  • Insurance (2 mediated)
  • International (2 mediated)
  • Landlord – Tenant (15 mediated)
  • Online Mediation (3 mediated)
  • Partnership (1 mediated)
  • Probate (1 mediated)
  • Professional Fees (2 mediated)
  • Real Estate (77 mediated)
  • Tax (3 mediated)
  • Trust Management (1 mediated)


B.S. Accounting, California State University Long Beach
J.D., Whittier College School of Law
LL.M in Taxation, University of San Diego


  • L.A. County Bar Association Certified Mediator
  • Member of the Southern California Mediation Association
  • President of a Licensed California Real Estate Brokerage Firm
  • Member California Hotel & Lodging Association (CH&LA)
  • STEP- International Trust and Estates Practitioner (TEP)
  • NAR- Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS)

RTR Consulting Services

1223 Wilshire Blvd, #248
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Phone: (310) 266-0506