Hon. John A. Flaherty (Ret.)

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Special Master/Discovery Referee
Hon. John A. Flaherty (Ret.) served over 20 years on the Santa Clara County Superior Court. At JAMS he has served as a Special Master/Discovery Referee on a variety of cases. 

Resolution Expertise
  • Business/Commercial
  • Employment (discrimination, harassment, and wrongful termination)
  • Estate/Probate
  • Intellectual Property
  • Personal Injury

Representative Matters

  • Business and Real Property: Dispute between developer and nationwide brokerage company over commercial real estate development project; dispute involving major entertainment venue and city over parking rights and issues related to parking structure
  • Intellectual Property and Trade Secrets: Disputes involving medical blood testing technology; molecular analytical technology; trade secrets regarding electronic design automation; alleged theft of the source code for a business software application; intellectual property advertising rights involving major search engine
  • Probate/Will Contest: Dispute involving multimillion dollar ranch land; court referee in probate dispute over real property; court referee in matters involving the dissolution of marriage
  • Products Liability: Automobile crash worthiness case

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Silicon Valley Campaign for Legal Services, Board Member, 1999-2009
  • Selected as One of the Top Ten Mediators in Silicon Valley, San Jose Magazine, 2002
  • Trial Judge of the Year, Santa Clara County, 1987
  • Member, California Judges Association
  • Member, Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • Member, President's Advisory Council, Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, 2001-present
  • Chair, Trial Court Coordination Advisory Committee to the Judicial Council, 1993-1998
  • Chair, Judicial Council Committee on Arbitration in the early 1980's
  • Lectured at Stanford Law School and the University of Santa Clara Law School on mediation, arbitration, and civil procedure; and for the CEB on real estate, probate, and business litigation issues
  • "The Power of Silence," ADR Profile, Daily Journal, February 19, 2016

Background and Education

  • Judge of the Superior Court of Santa Clara County, 1977-1998
    (Presiding Judge, 1986; Supervisor of the Civil Division, 1997)
  • Founding partner, Berliner, Cohen & Flaherty, now Berliner Cohen
  • J.D., University of California, Berkeley School of Law (formerly Boalt Hall School of Law), 1963
  • B.A., Stanford University, 1960

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