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Judge Pro Tempore of the Arizona Court Appeals, Division One (1995).

Judge Pro Tempore of the Maricopa County Superior Court, Civil Division (1987-2005). Presided over more than 75 trials (both bench trials and jury trials) involving claims of wrongful repossession and wrongful disposition of consigned property, as well as real property disputes and personal injury cases. As participant in Pro Tem Settlement Conference Project (1994-2005), presided over numerous settlement conferences, the large majority of which involved personal injuries and were successful.

Judge Pro Tempore of the Maricopa County Superior Court, Criminal Division (1998-2005). Presided over plea calendars; sentencings; extradition calendar; and probation violation calendar.

Full-Time, Paid Judge Pro Tempore of the Maricopa County Superior Court (January through November, 1999). While assigned a Special Assignment Calendar for four months, presided over lengthy civil and criminal trials including a four-week ERISA-related professional liability action and a medical malpractice/civil rights suit against a county and sheriff. Also covered motion calendars for unavailable judges, handled numerous criminal and civil appeals from the justice and municipal courts, and covered a criminal commissioner’s calendar for six months.



Arizona Department of Education (32-hour program)


United States Arbitration & Mediation (40-hour program, which met the curriculum guidelines established by the Arizona Dispute Resolution Association).

Basic Arbitrator Training (American Arbitration Association)

Basic Arbitrator Training (National Association of Securities Dealers)

Advanced Arbitrator Training (American Arbitration Association)

Panel Chair Training (National Association of Securities Dealers)


Arbitrator Ethics (American Arbitration Association)

Insights into ADR (American Arbitration Association)
Mediation & Arbitration Advocacy (Arizona Association for Dispute Resolution)
Judicial Review of Arbitration Awards (American Arbitration Association)
Mediating Death & Profound Injury Cases (ABA Dispute Resolution Section)
Revised Model Standards of Conduct for Mediators (American Arbitration Association)
Dealing with Delay Tactics in Arbitration (American Arbitration Association)
Chairing a Three-Arbitrator Panel (American Arbitration Association)

The Ethics Hotseat--What Would You Do (Arizona Association for Conflict Resolution)


NASD Dispute Resolution Revised Code of Arbitration Procedure Training (National Association of Securities Dealers)


"A Call To Arms" Is Commercial/ Employment Arbitration in Trouble? (Arizona State Bar Dispute Resolution Section and American Arbitration Association)

Got Ethics! (Arizona Association for Conflict Resolution)

Private Arbitration Update--Advanced Arbitration Practice (American Arbitration Association)

Arbitrator Ethics & Disclosure (American Arbitration Association)


Arbitrator for the United States District Court for the District of Arizona (1993-2005). Have been assigned personal injury and commercial cases.

Mediator/Arbitrator for American Arbitration Association: Construction and Real Estate Panels, as well as Commercial and Insurance Panels.

Arbitrator (Panel Chair qualified) and Mediator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), formerly known as the National Association of Securities Dealers

Arbitrator/Mediator for commercial panel of International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR)

Certified Mediator for the Arizona Association of Realtors

Arbitrator/Mediator for National Arbitration and Mediation

Arbitrator for National Arbitration Forum

Mediator/Arbitrator for ADR Systems of America

Admitted to practice law before the Arizona Supreme Court and all lower state courts (1980); United States Supreme Court (1992); the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (1982); and the United States District Court for the District of Arizona (1980).

Member of the State Bar of Arizona and Maricopa County Bar Association (1980-Present)

Member of American Bar Association (1980-2009) (Chair, Pro Bono Committee of Section of Dispute Resolution, 2002-2008).

Member of Arizona Association for Conflict Resolution.

Volunteer Bar Counsel (Matter of Kersting, 151 Ariz. 171, 726 P.2d 587 (1986))

Volunteer with Maricopa County Volunteer Lawyers Program. Selected Volunteer of Month for June l992, November 1986 and December 1995.

Panelist for Continuing Legal Education seminars on mediation/arbitration procedures and advocacy; consumer rights and remedies; discovery; summary judgment practice; and the U.C.C. Role play coach for various mediation training programs. Faculty member for Arizona Appellate Institute in 1997 and 1999. Have also participated in clinics for Arizona Tenants Association.


Attorney--Law Office of Marc Kalish. Practice limited to providing third-party neutral services, primarily mediation and arbitration. (2/04-Present)
Of counsel to Meyer Hendricks, P.L.L.C.  Provided limited litigation assistance (motion practice only) and consulting services at the trial and appellate court levels. (8/06 to 3/08). 

Attorney/Of Counsel with Meyer, Hendricks & Bivens, P.A. Practice concentrated on providing third-party neutral services but also provided limited litigation assistance (motion practice only) and consulting services at the trial and appellate court levels. (4/01-2/04)

Attorney--Law Office of Marc Kalish. Practice concentrated on providing third-party neutral services, but also handled a limited amount of litigation cases and provided litigation consulting services at the trial and appellate court levels.(11/96-3/01, with most of 1999 off while serving as a full-time, paid pro tem superior court judge)

Attorney--Kalish Forrester, P.C. (Formerly, Law Offices of Marc Kalish, P.C.; then Kalish & Forrester, P.C.; then Kalish, Forrester & Torres, P.C.). General civil litigation practice. (9/84-11/96)

Attorney--Fennemore, Craig, von Ammon, Udall & Powers, Phoenix, Arizona. Practice limited to civil litigation. (6/80 to 9/84)

Fighter Pilot--United States Air Force. Honorable discharge with rank of captain. (7/69 to 8/77)

Formal Education

1977-1980 Georgetown University Law Center, J.D. (Magna cum laude)

Staff member of Georgetown Law Journal

Recipient of International Association of Trial Lawyers award as outstanding advocate
1965-1969 Purdue University, B.S.

Community Activities

State Bar Appointee to Board of Directors, Community Legal Services. (6/00-5/08)

Board President, 2005-06

Committee chair for Budget/Audit, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Strategic
Planning Committees.

Advisory Board Member, Volunteer Lawyers Program of Maricopa County (2003-Present)

Volunteer Member of the Board of the National Myasthenia Gravis Foundation, which serves those afflicted with myasthenia gravis, a rare neuromuscular disease. (4/91-4/96; 5/97-1/99; 4/07-Present)
Treasurer and Chair of the Board Finance Committee (5/07-Present) 
Board Chair (1992-1996)

President of the Arizona Chapter of the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation. (1/86-4/92)

Arizona Interscholastic Association football official. (1981-1992)

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