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About JAMS

JAMS is the largest private alternative dispute resolution (ADR) provider in the world. With its prestigious panel of neutrals, JAMS specializes in mediating and arbitrating complex, multi-party, business/commercial cases – those in which the choice of neutral is crucial.



Founded
1979
The Experts
Nearly 350 neutrals, including retired judges and attorneys with proven track records. 200 employee associates.
ADR Options
Facilitative and evaluative mediation, binding arbitration, neutral case evaluation, settlement conference, mini trial, summary jury trial, neutral expert fact finding, special master, discovery referee, class action settlement adjudication, project neutral and dispute review board services.
Cases Handled
JAMS panelists resolve multi-party, complex cases in virtually all areas of the law. JAMS handles an average of 13,000 cases per year in hearing locations throughout the world.
Resolution Rate
Based on past results, JAMS takes pride that almost all of the cases mediated, even the most complex ones, are successfully resolved.
Case Types
Antitrust, Bankruptcy, Business, Class Action, Commercial, Construction, Construction Defect, E-Discovery, Education, Employment, Engineering and Construction, Entertainment and Sports, Environment, Family, Federal, Financial Markets, Franchise, Government, Healthcare, Insurance/Reinsurance, Intellectual Property, Landlord/Tenant, Lender Liability, Professional Malpractice, Marital Dissolution, Mass Tort, Partnership, Personal Injury, Probate, Product Liability, Public Policy, Real Estate, Securities, Toxic Tort, Trusts and Estates.
Educational Programs and MCLEs
JAMS offers select seminars, workshops and external educational programs that aid organizations and individuals in resolving their own disputes. JAMS also offers a range of training programs for our panelists.

JAMS conducts hundreds of complimentary ADR workshops and MCLE programs each year. Each program is tailored to meet the needs and experience level of the specific audience, and MCLE credit is provided where applicable.

JAMS International
In 2011, JAMS and ADR Center in Italy formed JAMS International to provide mediation and arbitration of cross-border disputes. JAMS International is headquartered in London with additional locations in Amsterdam, Milan, New York and Rome.
Community Service
In 2002, JAMS established the JAMS Foundation and the JAMS Society as a way of giving back to local, national, and international communities. The JAMS Foundation, funded entirely by generous contributions from JAMS neutrals and associates, provides grants for conflict resolution initiatives with national and international impact. The JAMS Foundation has provided more than $6 million in grant funding since its inception.

The JAMS Foundation established the Weinstein International Fellowship Program in 2008 to provide opportunities for individuals from outside the United States to visit the U.S. to learn more about dispute resolution processes and practices and to pursue a project of their own design that serves to advance the resolution of disputes in their home countries. The Foundation also established the annual Warren Knight Award and provides a $25,000 grant to an organization that promotes dispute prevention and conflict resolution.

JAMS neutrals and associates are proud to make a difference by giving back to their communities. JAMS neutrals throughout the country provide hundreds of hours of pro bono ADR services to local community organizations, legal associations and nonprofits in need of dispute resolution services. The JAMS Society was created in 2001 to recognize and support volunteer opportunities and community involvement for JAMS Associates at a local, "hands-on" level. All associates are encouraged to become members of their local Society to collaborate on outreach programs or to work individually on a project of their choice.

Headquarters
18881 Von Karman Ave., Suite 350 | Irvine, CA 92612 | Telephone 949.224.1810


What does JAMS stand for?

The Hon. H. Warren Knight (Ret.) founded J•A•M•S in 1979.  During that time our panel included retired judges and JAMS was an acronym for Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services, Inc. (J•A•M•S).  Since then, we have grown to welcome members of ENDISPUTE, Bates/Edwards, ADR Associates, and a diverse group of neutrals and associates. 

Through a combination of the expertise of our associates and distinguished neutrals and effective business practices, we have set the standard for ADR providers nationwide.  Now we are JAMS, a distinguished global panel of retired judges and attorneys with uncompromising objectivity who are capable of resolving the most complex disputes where the parties appear to be unyielding.