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Bruce A. Edwards, Esq.

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David Castillo
T: 415-774-2667
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Two Embarcadero Center , Suite 1500 , San Francisco , CA 94111
Bruce A. Edwards, Esq. is one of JAMS founding partners and most experienced attorney mediators.

Mr. Edwards has served as a mediator, arbitrator, and special master since 1986. He is frequently called upon to handle large-scale construction disputes, engineering and infrastructure disputes, and delay claims around the country. Since 2001, he has successfully resolved over one-half billion dollars in residential construction defect claims and millions more involving large commercial and public works projects.  He has authored numerous articles on mediating the complex construction case and authored the JAMS Protocol for Mediating Construction Defect Litigation. Mr. Edwards teaches throughout the United States and abroad on dispute resolution process design, partnering, and mediating the complex case.

Construction Conferences 

  • Moderator: MC2: Semi-Annual Construction Defect Litigation Conference in Nevada, Colorado and Florida (2003-2008)
  • Speaker: West Coast Casualty Construction Defect Conference; Mealeys Construction Defect Conference; Construction Defect Super Conference; DRI, Construction Defect Conference; American Bar Association, ADR Subcommittee Annual Conference

Representative Matters

  • Commercial Buildings
    • SV Property Partners v. SCA Design (Las Vegas, NV) (2010), Commercial office building with design and construction defects; $850,000 settlement
    • Bayer v. DPR (San Francisco, CA) (2010), Design and construction defects in commercial refrigeration facility;  settlement terms confidential
    • Hunters Point Apartments (San Francisco, CA)(2006), public housing project with construction defects; $13.5 million settlement
    • Olen Residential v. Robert V. Jones Corp. (Las Vegas, NV) (2006), nine apartment buildings with over 3,000 apartments with numerous construction defects; $40 million settlement
    • County of Nye Justice Center (NYE County, NV) (2004), 3800 single-family homes with underground pipe leaks; $21.5 million settlement
    • Karcher Firestopping v. Meadow Valley Contractors, Inc. (Las Vegas, NV) (2001), McCarran Airport parking structure with concrete deficiencies; settlement terms confidential
  • Condominium/Townhouse Projects
    • One Turnberry Place Condo Ass’n v. Trunberry (Las Vegas, NV) (2007), 184-unit high-rise with numerous construction defects, first high-rise litigated in Nevada; settlement terms confidential
    • Canyon Willow v. Torino (Las Vegas, NV) (2003), 720-unit condominium project with numerous construction defects and mold contamination; $20.5 million settlement
    • Pacific Legends Green Valley v. Pacific Properties (Las Vegas, NV) (2002), 195-unit condominium project with numerous construction defects; settled post verdict for $12 million
  • Single-Family Home Developments
    • Price v. American West Homes (Las Vegas, NV) (2008), 74 single family homes with numerous construction defects, $5,000,000 settlement
    • Tapatio II v. Falcon Homes (Las Vegas, NV) (2008), 181 Condominiums with numerous construction defects, $4,500,000 settlement
    • Liggit v. Chartered Realty (Las Vegas, NV) (2007), 173 single-family homes with numerous construction defects; $10,350,000 settlement
    • Three hundred seventy-six (376) single-family home project with numerous construction defects and mold related personal injury claims; $14.75 million settlement (Reno, NV) (2002)
    • Three hundred (300) single-family home project with numerous construction defects, successfully settled individual homeowner claims and subsequent indemnity actions against subcontractors (Windsor, CA) (2000)
  • Class Action, Single-Family Homes
    • In re: Kitec (Las Vegas, NV) (2009), successfully settled claims brought on behalf of 35,000 homeowners in Southern Nevada for defective pipe fittings; $240 Million settlement
    • In Re: Atmos/Merzon (Solano County, CA) (2009), Over 10,000 single family homes with defective aluminum window product; settlement terms confidential
    • In re Rylock Windows (Alameda County, CA) (2006), over 3000 single -family homes with defective aluminum window product; settlement terms confidential
    • Silver v. Del Webb (Las Vegas, NV) (2004), 3800 single-family homes with plumbing leaks; $21,500,000 settlement
  • Condominium Conversions
    • Mr. Edwards successfully mediated over 3,000 units; condominium conversion claims in California and Nevada involving claims of fraudulent misrepresentation and construction defects
  • Contract and Delay Claims
    • Mr. Edwards has mediated and arbitrated numerous commercial and public works projects involving contract disputes, delay claims, change order disputes, and liquidated damage assessments
  • Insurance-Related Construction Experience
    • Mr. Edwards has mediated all types of construction insurance issues involving primary and excess insurance coverage, including OCIP, CCIP, and wrap policies. He has particular experience with additional insurance and indemnity issues
  • Recognized as a leading practitioner, Alternative Dispute Resolution Category, Who's Who Legal: California, 2014-2015
  • Recognized as "San Francisco Mediation Lawyer of the Year," Best Lawyers in America, 2014
  • Recognized as a "Best Lawyer, Alternative Dispute Resolution Category," Best Lawyers in America, 2006-2015
  • Recognized as Top California Neutral, Daily Journal, 2011-2013
  • Recipient, Jerrold S. Oliver Award of Excellence presented at West Coast Casualty Construction Conference for outstanding contribution to the construction community, 2007
  • Member, American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution
  • Presenter, Private Commercial Mediation Conclave, Bangalore, India, 2015
  • Adjunct Professor, Advanced Mediation, Mediation Process Design, and Ethics in Mediation, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School of Law in California, Vermont, Hawaii, (1994-Present)
  • Adjunct Professor, Partnering, and Construction Mediation, Summer School on Business Mediation, Admont, Austria (2002-Present)
  • "A Neutral Pioneer," ADR Profile, Daily Journal, June 6, 2011
  • Chief Mediator and Executive Vice President, JAMS/Endispute, 1999
  • Co-Founder, Bates Edwards Group, 1991
  • Litigation Partner, Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold, San Francisco, CA, 1981-1991
  • J. D., Hastings College of Law, 1981
  • B.A., Psychology, University of California, Davis, 1978

Counsel Comments

    “This complicated multi-party case settled because of the excellent work of Bruce Edwards, the best mediator I have ever had the pleasure to work with”- Partner at National Law Firm

    Recognized as "San Francisco Mediation Lawyer of the Year," Best Lawyers in America, 2014

    Recognized as a Best Lawyer, Alternative Dispute Resolution Category, Best Lawyers in America, 2006-2014

    Recognized as Top California Neutral, Daily Journal, 2011-2013

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