Lynn Duryee

Hon. Lynn Duryee (Ret.)

JAMS Mediator, Arbitrator and Referee/Special Master

Case Manager
Amy Thornton
T: 415-774-2686
F: 415-982-5287
Two Embarcadero Center, Suite 1500, San Francisco, CA 94111


Prior to joining JAMS in 2014, Lynn Duryee served as a judge for 21 years in Marin County, where she was known for her superb settlement skills. Much of her career was in the civil division, where she presided over, managed, and settled hundreds of personal injury 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 (Thomson Reuters, 2012). She serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of San Francisco, School of Law, teaching Mediation and Civil Procedure.

Judge Duryee is known for her practical and personal approach to settling cases and has extensive experience in mediating, trying, and arbitrating a wide range of personal injury matters, from low speed car accidents to catastrophic losses.

Recent Representative Matters

  • Settled multiple slip and fall/trip and fall matters arising out of claimed premises defects, such as slippery floors and obstacles in walkways
  • Arbitrated division of insurance proceeds among families who suffered the loss of a parent or spouse in a catastrophic auto accident
  • Settled an injury claim between a medical professional and a convicted drunk driver
  • Settled an injury claim between a bicyclist and a red-light runner
  • Settled an elder abuse claim between a senior citizen and a financial advisor
  • Settled a premises liability claim arising out of a pedestrian-auto accident at a swap meet
  • Settled a wrongful death claim arising out of a jay-walker’s death in the middle of a busy street
  • Settled a sexual assault claim involving a minor and a teacher
  • Settled a sexual assault claim involving a patient and therapist
  • Settled multiple claims arising out of auto accidents
Completed Virtual ADR training conducted by the JAMS Institute, the training arm of JAMS.

  • "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 habla español
  • On parle francais

Counsel Comments

    • [Judge Duryee] handled this matter with class, intelligence and sensitivity. She was extraordinary and I do not believe any other person would have been able to achieve this result.

      - CA Attorney
    • "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
    • “I smugly thought that this case was not one for mediation… Lynn Duryee had other ideas. She worked the phones; she worked the email. Anything and everything to get us talking…She prodded. She questioned…She simply did not quit. She even called when she was on vacation! She maintained that this was a mediation case and worthy of settlement. She calmly bore through my stubbornness and of course, in the end, she was right. We settled. Her honesty was key… She is extraordinary and tenacious! In short, Lynn Duryee is a rock star.”
    • “[Judge Duryee] was extremely kind, understanding and persuasive to all parties”
    • "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."
    • “Judge Duryee was exceptional. She made the plaintiff feel comfortable with the process and gained the trust of the plaintiff at the outset. She asked the plaintiff questions about her life, profession, passions, etc. which made the plaintiff feel like a whole person instead of a complainant. Judge Duryee masterfully used a number of tools to encourage settlement and put the parties within range of settlement. She knew when and how to assert her own opinions and recommendations. She brought the best out of the defense attorney…a brilliantly executed mediation.”
    • "[Judge Duryee] has an innate ability to identify and connect with just about anybody.”
    • “No matter what kind of case I have mediated with Judge Duryee, from malicious prosecution actions, employment law defense cases, to plaintiff auto cases, to business matters, she always finds a way to bring the parties together and achieve settlement. Judge Duryee recently settled a very complicated multi party construction defects case that had been mediated two prior times…Judge Duryee achieved settlement in one day!”
    • “Judge Duryee did an excellent job of winning the parties trust and helping all concerned see that settlement was a good option.”



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