Bruce Edwards

Bruce A. Edwards, Esq.

JAMS Mediator, Arbitrator and Referee/Special Master

Case Manager
David Castillo
T: 415-774-2667
F: 415-982-5287
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, mechanics lien claims, and delay claims around the country. He has successfully resolved large commercial and public works projects involving hundreds of millions of dollars.

Mr. Edwards has mediated and arbitrated over 4,500 cases nationwide primarily focusing on large construction disputes and questions of breach of contract, defect, cost overrun, delay/disruption, and insurance issues – including OCIP, CCIP, and wrap policies – as well as indemnity, coverage, and overlapping coverage. He has successfully resolved and arbitrated numerous commercial and public works projects and construction disputes involving state office buildings, airport parking structures, high-rise resort hotels and condominiums, dams, public housing projects, municipal sports stadiums, and federal highway projects.

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

  • Successfully mediated class action involving defective pipe in 35,000 homes in Southern Nevada involving over twenty developer/builders; $240 million settlement
  • Successfully mediated condominium conversion claims in California and Nevada involving claims of breach of contract, fraudulent misrepresentation and construction defect
  • Successfully mediated dispute between prime contractor and sub-contractors, including insurance carriers and governmental entities regarding delayed construction of Travis Air Force Base Officers’ Quarters due to various construction defects and plumbing leaks
  • Successfully mediated disputes regarding breach of contract/delay claims followed by counter claims for construction defect involving numerous prime and sub-contractors on such projects as:
    • Sawyer State Office Building in Law Vegas, Nevada 
    • Lied Library at University of Nevada at Las Vegas
    • U.S. Veterans Retirement Center in Las Vegas, Nevada
    • McCarran Airport Parking Garage, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Successfully mediated multiple class actions involving defective aluminum window and door products involving over 200,000 single- family homes in California
  • Successfully mediated breach of contract claim and delay claims between prime contractor and governmental entities regarding construction of waste treatment facility
  • Successfully mediated settlement dispute between owner of a public housing project and prime/sub-contractors over failed publicly funded retrofit in San Francisco, California
  • Successfully mediated class action with infrastructure issues related to underground plumbing leaks in 3,800 single-family homes in Las Vegas, Nevada resulting in a $21.5 million settlement
  • Successfully mediated dispute regarding construction of Nevada state water retention pond with polymer lining for breach of contract and counter claims for defective workmanship
  • Successfully mediated infrastructure dispute regarding installation and subsequent collapse of Sony Jumbotron scoreboard at Anaheim Stadium
  • Successfully mediated first complex high-rise hotel/condominium project in Las Vegas
  • Successfully resolved dispute between general contractor and Georgia State Department of Transportation regarding breach of contract over construction of 50 mile beltway (280) circumventing City of Atlanta
  • Successfully settled breach of contract claim between U.S. Dept. of Transportation and prime contractor regarding construction of 17 miles of new federal highway north of Albuquerque, New Mexico
Completed Virtual ADR training conducted by the JAMS Institute, the training arm of JAMS.

Awards and Profiles

  • Recognized as a "Best Lawyers, Mediation," Best Lawyers in America, 2023
  • Recognized as “Lawyer of the Year” in Mediation, Best Lawyers, 2017, 2022
  • Recognized as an "ADR Champion," National Law Journal, 2018
  • Recognized as a leading practitioner, Alternative Dispute Resolution Category, Who's Who Legal: California, 2014-2018
  • Recognized as a "Best Lawyer, Alternative Dispute Resolution Category," Best Lawyers in America, 2006-2020, 2022
  • Recognized as "San Francisco Mediation Lawyer of the Year," Best Lawyers in America, 2014
  • Recognized as Top California Neutral, Daily Journal, 2011-2013
  • "A Neutral Pioneer," ADR Profile, Daily Journal, June 6, 2011
  • Recipient, Jerrold S. Oliver Award of Excellence presented at West Coast Casualty Construction Conference for outstanding contribution to the construction community, 2007

Mediator Trainings

  • Edinburgh, Scotland, Seminar on “Turning Ideas into Action”, International Academy of Mediators, 2018
  • Malibu, CA, “Advanced Mediation for Commercial Mediators,” Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine School of Law, 2010-2015, 2018
  • Baltimore, Maryland, Advanced Mediation Training, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine School of Law, 2013, 2015, 2018
  • Kigali, Rwanda, Mediation Training for Judges, Lawyers & Government Leaders, 2017, 2018
  • Vienna, Austria, Mediation Training for Mediators, 2010-2018
  • Rome, Italy, ADR Center/ Weinstein JAMS International Fellowship, Middle East Conference, 2017
  • Rome, Italy, Mediation Training for Attorneys, ADR Center 2011, 2017
  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, CBMA’s I International Conference on Mediation: “Gained Knowledge and Future Learnings,” 2017
  • Berlin, Germany, Organization of German Construction & Real Estate Mediations, 2017
  • Toronto, Canada, Mediating the Complex Case – Training for Biannual Conference of Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, 2017
  • San Francisco, California, Co-Chair, Global Pound Conference, 2017
  • Annapolis, Maryland, Mediation Training for Appellate Court Judges, 2017
  • Bangalore, India, 40-hour Training for Commercial Mediators, 2013, 2017
  • Napa, California, Presenter, Weinstein JAMS International Fellowship program, 2011, 2014-2017
  • Nashville, Tennessee, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine School of Law/Lipscomb University School of Law “Advanced Mediation for Commercial Mediators,” 2016
  • Admont, Austria, Presenter, International School on Business Mediation, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016
  • Des Moines, Iowa, Advance Mediation Training for Iowa State Bar Associates, 2016
  • Mexico City, Mexico, Mediation Training for Mediators, 2016
  • Anaheim, California, Presenter, Construction Defect Seminar, West Coast Casualty, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • San Francisco, California, Presenter, International Academy of Mediators, 2015
  • Istanbul, Turkey, Mediation  Training for Judges/Attorneys, 2015
  • Bangalore, India, Presenter, Private Commercial Mediation Conclave, 2015
  • Palo Alto, California, Stanford University Hospital, Mediation Competency Training for Physicians and Nurses, 2014-2015
  • Los Angeles, California, Keynote address “The Business of Mediation,” International Academy of Mediators, 2014
  • San Francisco, California, Presenter, Association for Defense Counsel Annual Meeting, 2013-2014
  • Salzburg, Austria, Advanced Mediation Training, Konflikt Kultur, 2013
  • Las Vegas, Nevada, Presenter, Construction Roundtable, ABA Construction Section, 2012
  • San Francisco, California, Guest Speaker, Mediation Society, 2012
  • Shanghai, China, Trainer and Judge, Advanced Negotiation, 2012
  • Woodstock, Vermont, Advanced Mediation Training for Attorneys, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine School of Law & Vermont School of Law, 2010-2012
  • Honolulu, Hawaii, Advanced Mediation Training for Attorneys, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine School of Law, 2011
  • Cairo, Egypt, Construction Mediation Training, 2011
  • Butte County, California, Advanced Mediation Training, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine School of Law, 2010
  • Los Angeles, California, Advanced Mediation Training – Federal Court, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine School of Law, 2010
  • Solano County, California,  Solano County Bar Association, Mediation Training, 2010
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Advanced Mediation Training for Attorneys, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine School of Law & Kuala Lumpur Center for Arbitration, 2010

Professional Associations

  • Distinguished Fellow, International Academy of Mediators
  • National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
  • Member, Section of Dispute Resolution, American Bar Association
  • Co-Founder, Edwards Mediation Academy, 2013
  • Chairman of the Board, JAMS, 2012-2015
  • Chief Mediator and Executive Vice President, JAMS/Endispute, 1999
  • Co-Founder, JAMS/Endispute, 1994
  • Co-Founder, Endispute/ Bates Edwards Group, 1993
  • 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




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