Read Ambler

Hon. Read Ambler (Ret.)

JAMS Mediator, Arbitrator and Referee/Special Master

Case Manager
Josephine Care
T: 408-346-0737
F: 408-295-5267
160 W. Santa Clara St., Suite 1600, San Jose, CA 95113

Read Ambler is available to conduct cases virtually. JAMS is equipped to provide virtual ADR services on a variety of online platforms, including Zoom, Microsoft Teams, WebEx, and more.


Hon. Read Ambler (Ret.) has over 13 years of experience as an arbitrator in a wide range of commercial, intellectual property, real estate, healthcare, and employment cases.  He is highly respected for his legal knowledge, temperament, and ability to relate to all parties.  He is praised for his managerial style and use of technology as an arbitrator, effectuating an efficient and fair process.  He has extensive experience as solo arbitrator and on tripartite panels including as chair.

Representative Matters

  • Chaired tripartite appellate arbitration concerning buy/sell agreement relating to television photoplay distribution rights
  • Tripartite arbitration panel in a contract dispute involving a major healthcare network over pharmacy network administration fees
  • Tripartite arbitration panel involving breach of contract claims related to a long term IT contract between a service provider and a large metropolitan school district
  • Tripartite arbitration panel involving gold dredge mining
  • Misappropriation of trade secret, breach of contract, and related claims arising from license of French company by California corporation to use proprietary technology to provide wafer backgrinding and polishing services to silicon wafer manufacturers located in Europe
  • Trade secret claims by alleged inventor of highly successful patented coronary stent technology
  • Tripartite arbitration of claims for auditing malpractice by bankruptcy trustee against major national accounting firm
  • Breach of fiduciary duty and fraud claims by limited partner against general partners of hedge funds following massive losses in a NASDAQ plunge
  • Chaired a tripartite arbitration panel in a contractual dispute between two Fortune 500 companies
  • Emotional distress claims by family members arising from alleged mishandling of human remains by cemetery
  • Ambulatory surgicenter disputes between general partner hospital and limited partner physicians
  • Exclusive U.S. marketing rights for hand-held radiation detection devices manufactured in Minsk, Belarus
  • Stock appreciation and tax bonus rights disputes between retired executives and their heirs and prominent national meatpacking company
  • Wrongful termination cases involving claims of age discrimination and sexual harassment
  • Claim by partner in major national law firm for alleged tortious interference with $1 million referral fee contract
  • Employment dispute between senior chip architect and fab-less developer and producer of GPS integrated circuits
  • Wrongful termination and fraud claims arising out of discharge of 49% shareholder by 51% shareholder in large national trade show exhibit company
  • Wrongful termination claim by bank president against investment bank he helped found
  • Reformation claim arising out of settlement of lawsuit over extensive downtown holdings in Bay Area city
  • Numerous commercial and residential easement, construction defect, lease, and purchase and sale disputes
  • $1.5M claim for manager's interest in sale of large Palo Alto commercial building
  • Breach of contract, fraud, and specific performance disputes involving the purchase and sale of large apartment complexes in Sacramento and Oakland, California
  • Competing rescission and specific performance claims involving pre-IPO shares in start-up used to purchase single-family dwelling
  • Dispute arising from 200% holdover penalty in lease of commercial premises vacated without provision of hazardous materials closure letter
  • Dispute over lode star attorney fees arising from Alameda County Rees-Levering Act class action
  • Financial disputes between founders of internet start-up
  • Wrongful termination involving failure to accommodate and retaliation claims against large residential real estate developer by sales manager sexually assaulted at work by a third party
  • Wrongful termination involving whistle-blowing claims by founder of internet start-up
Completed Virtual ADR training conducted by the JAMS Institute, the training arm of JAMS.

  • Recognized as a "Top Neutral," Daily Journal Top California Neutrals List, 2013
  • Sedona Conference: E-Discovery Dispute Resolution Program for Special Masters & Mediators, January 2010
  • Recipient, official Resolution and Commendation, and the Certificate of Appreciation; both awarded by the County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors, 2009
  • President's Advisory Council, Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, 2001-present
  • Professional Advisory Council, Learning Disabilities Association of California (LDA-CA), 2000-2002
  • ADR Profile: "As Neutral, Ex-Judge Relishes Human Contact," Daily Journal (Verdicts & Settlements), July 25, 2008
  • ADR Profile: "Long Tall Texan, Making a Difference," Daily Journal (Verdicts & Settlements), January 4th, 2002
  • Child Abuse Council of Santa Clara County, 1998-2000
  • California Legislature Resolution of Commendation, 2000
  • Law Foundation of Silicon Valley Founders Award, 1999
  • Legal Advocates for Children and Youth (LACY) Honors Award, 1998
  • California Judicial Council Court Technology Advisory Committee, 1997-1999
  • California Volunteers in Parole, Inc. Founders Award, 1995
  • Judge of the Year, Santa Clara County Trial Lawyers, 1991
  • Governing Committee, California Center for Judicial Education and Research (CJER), 1984-1986
  • Board of Trustees, Good Samaritan Hospital, 1976-1978
  • President, Santa Clara County Bar Association (SCCBA), 1977
  • President, Barristers Club of Santa Clara County, 1973
  • Outstanding Law Student Award, Santa Clara County Bar Association, 1968
  • President, Stanford Legal Aid Society, 1967-1968
  • United States Navy (LT (USNR) (R)), 1961-1965
  • President, Dartmouth Rowing Club, 1960-1961
  • Co-Captain, Dartmouth Heavyweight Crew, 1960
  • U.S. Olympic Trials (Rowing), 1960
  • Judge, Santa Clara County Superior Court, 1980-2000
  • Partner, Nichols & Ambler, 1975-1980
  • Shareholder, MacLeod, Fuller, Muir & Godwin, 1973-1975
  • Santa Clara County Public Defenders Office, 1970-1973
  • Morgan, Beauzay & Hammer, 1969-1970
  • LL.B., Stanford School of Law, 1968
  • B.A., Dartmouth College, 1961

Counsel Comments

    • "Judge Ambler maintained a perfect balance of being personable and friendly while also remaining detached and objective. His interest and curiosity for a difficult subject inspired me to work harder. All parties benefited from this approach. I would do it again tomorrow."

      - Bay Area Attorney




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