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Bruce Edwards

Bruce A. Edwards, Esq.

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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 has successfully mediated several thousand personal injury and wrongful death claims across the country. These claims span a wide range of issues including complex questions of medicine, workers compensation and insurance coverage.

Product Liability

  • Automobiles, tires, seatbelts, windshield glass, rollovers, crash worthiness 
  • Farming equipment
  • Cranes, mining and logging equipment
  • Aviation; airplane and helicopter crash
  • Pharmaceutical products; defective packaging, adverse reaction

Premises Liability

  • Building design and construction
  • Sick building syndrome
  • Roadway and bridge design/construction
  • Pool and shoreline safety
  • Ski resort design and patrol

Mass Tort and Multi District Litigation

  • Medical device
  • Pharmaceutical Product
  • Asbestos
  • Mold Exposure


  • Elder, Priest, Childcare

Representative Matters

  • San Francisco, CA (2007), 11 year old passenger in minivan sustained brain damage allegedly caused by defectively overpowered and mislabeled airbag following low speed impact, $650,000 settlement
  • San Francisco, CA (2007), Auto accident resulted in paraplegic injury to nine year old.  Bad faith refusal to settle within $100,000 policy limit resulted in $6.5 million settlement
  • San Francisco, CA (2008), Motorcycle accident due to defective roadway design against State of California resulting in multiple fractures and head injury, $750,000 settlement
  • San Francisco, CA (2009), High school student sustained serious facial and dental trauma after fainting during the school’s showing of a graphic war movie during class, settlement terms confidential
  • San Francisco, CA (2009), 19 year old male passenger sustained serious and deforming injuries in off road vehicle rollover accident, settlement terms confidential
  • Las Vegas, NV (2009), Bad faith refusal to settle claim following $41 million dollar jury verdict involving a 14 year old boy who sustained disfiguring burns in an off road motorcycle accident, settlement terms confidential
  • San Francisco, CA (2009), 41 year old husband and father of three killed in early morning crash caused by roadway repair crew who failed to provide traffic warning signals, $3.5 million settlement
  • Jackson Hole, WY (2003), 53-year-old physician died and wife sustained permanent brain injury following carbon monoxide poisoning at resort hotel, $150 million settlement demand
  • Las Vegas, NV (2006), 46-year-old killed in vehicle roll-over due to defective tire, $3 million settlement
  • San Francisco, CA (2002), 6-month-old dies following ingestion of baby oil product without child resistant packaging, $1 million settlement
  • Washington, D.C. (2001), "Osprey" tilt rotor helicopter crash resulted in deaths of Marine Corp pilots and crew, settlement terms confidential
  • Portland, ME (1997), 23-year-old industrial worker burned over 90% of his body in an explosion, $18 million settlement
  • Salt Lake City, UT (1998), 17-year-old woman burned over 60% of her body in snowmobile accident, settlement terms confidential
  • San Francisco, CA (1999), chemical leak from a local oil refinery resulted in a toxic cloud allegedly causing injury to 132 plaintiffs, settlement terms confidential
  • Detroit, MI (1998), 5-year-old killed in accident involving farming equipment, settlement terms confidential
  • 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




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