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 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
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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