Hon. Kathleen A. Roberts (Ret.)

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Hon. Kathleen A. Roberts (Ret.) has been a full-time mediator, arbitrator, and special discovery master since 1995. She is highly regarded for her skillful facilitation, careful neutral evaluation, and persistence in resolving all types of disputes, and for her ability to manage complex arbitrations and provide well-reasoned awards.

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • As a United States Magistrate Judge (SDNY) from 1985-1995, she adjudicated, supervised discovery, and settled hundreds of cases in all areas of federal litigation
  • Since joining JAMS, Judge Roberts has successfully mediated dozens of disputes in commercial, employment compensation and discrimination, securities, intellectual property, insurance coverage, environmental, and personal injury/product liability cases
  • Arbitrated dozens of complex commercial, employment, insurance, and other cases since 1995

Representative Matters

  • Mediation of a multi-million dollar class action against a major restaurant chain, asserting claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Mediation of a breach of contract dispute between a national hospitality chain and accounting software consultants
  • Mediation of a number of sensitive gender discrimination claims brought by high level employees of major financial institutions
  • Mediation of a "multi-media" EPA enforcement action against a major pharmaceutical manufacturer, involving allegations under the Clean Water Act, RCRA, and EPCRA
  • Mediation of multiple related securities class actions asserting claims pertaining to the sale of limited partnerships by a major financial institution
  • Arbitration of several complex insurance coverage disputes pertaining to credit default insurance for automobiles and medical equipment
  • Arbitration, under the auspices of the International Chamber of Commerce, of a dispute between a United States software manufacturer and its Taiwanese distributor, and a dispute between partners in numerous business ventures in Russia and the former Soviet Union
  • Appointed as a discovery master by federal and state courts to supervise discovery and review privileged documents in complex commercial, patent, and product liability cases, and as an election monitor for unions under court supervision

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Member of the mediation panels for the United States District Court in the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York; Commercial Division of the Supreme Court, New York County; and Bankruptcy Courts of the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • Adjunct Professor of Law at New York University School of Law, teaching Alternative Dispute Resolution, 1998-present
  • Frequent participant in bar association programs and continuing legal education programs on mediation, arbitration, and federal litigation practice
  • Admitted to practice in New York and Oregon, and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second and Ninth Circuits
  • Member of the New York City Bar (member, Arbitration Committee; former member, Committee on Professional and Judicial Ethics; former member, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee); New York County Lawyers' Association; American Bar Association (member, Section of Dispute Resolution); New York County Lawyers' Association; and the College of Commercial Arbitrators

Background and Education

  • United States Magistrate Judge, Southern District of New York, 1985-1995
  • Assistant United States Attorney, Southern District of New York, criminal & civil divisions, 1979-1985
  • Law Clerk, Judge William C. Conner, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, 1977-1979
  • J.D., Yale Law School, Editor of the Yale Law Journal, 1977
  • B.A., summa cum laude, University of Massachusetts, 1971