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Lynn Duryee

Hon. Lynn Duryee (Ret.)

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Prior to joining JAMS in 2014, Lynn Duryee was a judge for 21 years in Marin County, where she was known for her superb settlement skills. Most of her career was in the civil division, where she presided over, managed, and settled thousands of civil cases. Outside of her duties at court, she taught hundreds of courses to judges throughout California in all aspects of civil litigation, evidence, ethics, and dispute resolution. She served as Dean of the B.E. Witkin Judicial College. Along with attorney Matt White, she co-wrote Mastering Mediation: 50 Essential Tools for the Advanced Practitioner (ThomsonReuters, 2012). She serves as an Adjunct Professor at University of San Francisco School of Law, where she teaches Mediation.

Judge Duryee has extensive experience in mediating, trying, and arbitrating a wide range of wage and hour cases and class actions matters; wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation cases; trade secret misappropriation claims, employment contract disputes, and whistleblower claims.

Representative Matters

  • Settled a case between an accountant and winemaker employer for alleged misclassification, failure to provide meal and rest periods, and failure to pay wages.
  • Presided over a private trial between CEO and construction company involving interpretation of employment contract, stock value, and termination benefits.
  • Settled a case between a terminated employee and State of California for sexual harassment, racial discrimination and retaliation.
  • Settled a case between business partners regarding interpretation of partnership agreement and termination of managing partner.
  • Arbitrated a wage and hour claim for failure to provide meal and rest breaks, failure to pay wages and issue wage statements.
  • Settled a wrongful termination case brought by a professor against a university.
  • Settled a discrimination suit by employee against County employer for ADA violation, failure to accommodate, and harassment.
  • "Turning the Page," ADR Profile, Daily Journal, May 5, 2015
  • "John J. Meeham Mentor of the Year," University of San Francisco, 2014
  • “Judge of the Year,” Marin Consumer Attorneys, 2013
  • Marin County Women Lawyers Award for Outstanding Leadership and Dedication, 2008
  • “Bernard Jefferson Award for Distinguished Service in Judicial Education,” California Judges Association, 2002
  • Member, “Statewide Task Force For Impartiality of the Courts,” 2007-2009
  • Editor, “The California Bench,” 1998-2004
  • Judge, Superior Court, County of Marin, 1998-2014
    • Presiding Judge, 2006-2007
    • Supervising Civil Judge for 11 years between 1999-2013, (Supervising Family Law Judge, 2005-2006; Supervising Criminal Judge, 2007-2008)
  • Judge, Municipal Court, County of Marin, 1993-1998 (Presiding Judge, 1995)
  • Private civil practice, Marin County, 1979-1993
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Hastings College of the Law, 1983-1991
  • Instructor, Hastings College of the Law, 1980-1983
  • J.D., University of San Francisco School of Law, 1979
  • B.A., English, High Honors, University of California, Berkeley, 1976
  • Se hable español
  • On parle francais

Counsel Comments

    "Dynamic, discerning and dedicated! Judge Duryee is masterful in her ability to quickly hone in on critical legal, emotional, and financial issues. Her tenacity and creativity foster a collaborative and effective problem-solving environment that is unmatched." -- Partner, National Law Firm

    "Judge Duryee was an extremely effective settlement judge, and now she is an equally effective mediator. She listens to the parties, genuinely wants to help settle the case, and shares her observations and experience in a constructive way." -- Partner, Bay Area Law Firm

    "[Judge Duryee] has an innate ability to identify and connect with just about anybody." - Partner at San Francisco Bay Area Law Firm





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