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Hon. Jay C. Gandhi (Ret.)

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Hon. Jay C. Gandhi (Ret.) comes to JAMS after serving eight years as a United States Magistrate Judge for the Central District of California. Judge Gandhi was a highly sought-after settlement judge and was hailed by colleagues and counsel as a “closer.” Judge Gandhi strategically and tirelessly brokered deals in seemingly intractable disputes, often where prior settlement attempts were unsuccessful. Judge Gandhi was also an active, hands-on trial judge known for his impartiality and fairness. Judge Gandhi presided over a broad range of contentious and complicated civil cases.

Before his appointment to the federal bench, Judge Gandhi was a partner at Paul Hastings LLP. Judge Gandhi spent 12 years litigating high-profile, high-dollar commercial cases and MDL/class actions in a variety of state and federal jurisdictions across the country. Judge Gandhi also represented companies, boards and committees, typically under crisis management conditions, in sensitive internal investigations, compliance-related issues and regulatory and criminal proceedings.

Judge Gandhi now serves as a mediator, arbitrator, special master and case evaluator. As a mediator, he harnesses his thorough preparation, extensive experience and an undiluted evaluation to drive resolutions. As an arbitrator and special master, Judge Gandhi brings a fidelity to the law and a dedication to distilling key facts, along with an abiding belief in the just, timely and efficient determination of every matter. As a case evaluator, Judge Gandhi blends thoughtful analysis with robust dialogue to calibrate strengths and weaknesses and produce actionable insight.

“Judge Gandhi … is one of the best settlement judges in – if not the best, in the Central District.”

--Hon. Josephine L. Staton, U.S. Dist. Court, Central Dist. Of California, Final Pretrial Conference, Case No. 11-CV-4272

“Gandhi is a great judge.  He is extremely intelligent. … He feels strongly about letting people have their day in court. … He is one of the best magistrates for settlement. … He is excellent. He will get it done for you. … He pushes the other side just enough.”

--Almanac of the Federal Judiciary, Lawyers’ Evaluation

“Gandhi is notorious for engaging in marathon settlement discussions that can occasionally go into the wee hours of the morning, according to attorneys who appeared before him and colleagues who work alongside him.”

--Los Angeles Daily Journal

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • Eight years as a U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Central District of California; recipient of multiple honors for his judicial qualities and skills
  • Twelve years at Paul Hastings LLP; recipient of multiple honors for his legal skills
  • Settled hundreds of notable cases, including complex civil cases and class actions
  • Five years as a Vice-Chair and member of the Central District’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, which oversaw the court’s ADR program and its mediation panel of over 200 neutrals
  • Former Co-Chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the American Bar Association’s Litigation Section
  • Frequent speaker and writer about best practices in alternative dispute resolution and trial advocacy, including on behalf of the American Bar Association and the Federal Bar Association
  • Honorary Master Member of the Pepperdine/Straus American Inn of Court for Dispute Resolution
  • Member of the Judicial Advisory Board of Emory Law School’s Institute for Complex Litigation and Mass Claims
  • Licensed real estate broker

Representative Settled Matters

  • Business/Commercial
    • Breach of contract and fraud claims against one of the world’s largest information technology and consulting companies in connection with the development of a property tax management system
    • “Founders” action, including contract and business tort claims against company principals, venture fund and legal counsel in connection with a data security company
    • Breach of stock purchase agreement action against a private equity firm in connection with an earn-out provision
    • Breach of contract and fraud claims, along with counterclaims, against a virtual reality and augmented reality company in connection with a business development and marketing contract
    • Breach of contract, trade secret misappropriation and business tortious action against a U.K.-based apparel company in connection with a manufacturing agreement
  • Class Actions
    • Nationwide class action against a global leader in consumer and business credit reporting in connection with a data breach affecting 15 million consumers
    • Nationwide class action against a provider of residential real estate services and the fifth-largest originator of residential mortgages in connection with an scheme to funnel business to affiliated entities in violation of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act
    • Nationwide class action against a dietary supplement company in connection with products that did not provide certain benefits as claimed in the labeling
    • A certified class action and a U.S. Department of Labor investigation against a marine terminal and rail yard operator in connection with labor claims by port workers
    • A certified nationwide class action against a direct business lender in connection with nearly a million calls in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act
  • Civil Rights
    • Wrongful shooting and death of an unarmed individual against the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
    • Wrongful shooting and death of an unarmed teenager against the Pasadena Police Department
    • Wrongful shooting and death of an unarmed individual against the Santa Ana Police Department, resulting in the city’s highest settlement ever
    • Use of excessive force on and wrongful arrest of an off-duty South Gate police officer against the Long Beach Police Department
    • American Civil Liberties Union injunctive action against the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in connection with public photography
  • Competition/Antitrust
    • Antitrust action by a record company against a leading music company in connection with the sale of a Bob Marley remix album
    • Unfair competition and false advertising action by a wireless carrier against numerous parties in connection with a cellular phone trafficking scheme
    • Unfair competition action by an accounting and consulting firm against a former partner in connection with the development of an electronic discovery solutions practice
    • Misappropriation of trade secrets, and many related claims and counterclaims, by a luxury apparel company against its former president in connection with the start-up of a competing business
    • Wrongful conversion and unfair business practices action, and counterclaims, by a cosmetic company against a competing health and beauty company, including allegations involving concurrent employment, financial embezzlement, theft of intellectual property, supplier/distributor disruptions, and false advertising
  • Employment
    • A sexual harassment and whistleblower action by an in-house labor and employment lawyer against a global semiconductor company
    • A sexual harassment action by a manager against one of the principals of the third-largest architecture and design firm in the world
    • Four related race discrimination and sexual harassment lawsuits by sales associates against the largest online real estate database company in connection with a salacious, “adult frat house” culture
    • An Iranian-American U.S. immigration judge’s action against the U.S. Attorney General and the U.S. Department of Justice based on an order that she recuse herself from hearing any cases involving Iranian nationals
    • A PAGA action against a chain of high-end department stores in connection with a suitable seats claim
  • Entertainment and Sports
    • A reality television family’s action against their late father’s spouse in connection with sensitive personal possessions, including photographs and diaries
    • A photographer’s copyright action against an actress/musician, her clothing company and a leading music publishing company
    • A poet’s action against a famous rapper/actor, producer and record company
    • A screenwriter’s two actions against a famous novelist and a New York publishing house in connection with allegedly derivative works
    • A consumer brand company’s action against an Olympic gold-medal winner in connection with a promotion and endorsement agreement
  • Environmental
    • CERCLA action against current owners and operators of an industrial site
    • CERCLA action against an arranger of approximately 100-plus tons of waste at an industrial site
    • A private CERCLA action, and cross-claims, between owners and neighboring owners of an industrial site
    • A Clean Water Act action against the operator of a concrete, sand and gravel storage and delivery facility in connection with storm water discharge
    • A trespass to property, nuisance, specific performance and declaratory relief action, with numerous counterclaims, between a miner and a landowner in connection with diatomaceous earth, mercury contamination and Kern County conditional use permits
  • Health Care
    • A False Claims Act suit against one of the nation’s leading healthcare service providers, alleging inappropriate Medicare charges in connection with unnecessary inpatient admissions and “upcoding” patient diagnoses
    • Breach of contract and fraud claims, including similar counterclaims, by a pharmaceutical provider against global health service companies in connection with out-of-network charges and deductible and coinsurance obligations
    • An action for attorneys’ fees against the California Hospital Association, and its chief members (e.g., Providence, Sutter, Kaiser, Dignity), in connection with Medi-Cal payment reductions imposed under Assembly Bills 5 and 1183
    • A products class action lawsuit against a homeopathic company about false and misleading statements in connection with children and baby products
    • Breach of contract action by individual beneficiaries against the California Department of Health Care Services in connection with home- and community-based care
  • Insurance
    • Breach of contract and bad faith action by officers and directors and excess carrier against leading investment and insurance company (and primary carrier) in connection with losses arising from a leveraged buyout
    • Breach of contract, declaratory relief and unfair competition by a yoga “guru” against multiple insurance companies in connection with several lawsuits filed against him for abusive conduct, including discrimination, harassment and rape
    • Declaratory relief action by an insurance and risk management company against the leading manufacturer of football equipment in connection with a wave of helmet lawsuits
    • Breach of contract and bad faith action by an apparel company against one of the largest personal and commercial property insurers in connection with water leakage and earth movement
    • Breach of contract and bad faith action by the CEO and general counsel of a bank against one of the world’s largest property and casualty insurers in connection with a lawsuit alleging violations of federal and state banking laws
  • Intellectual Property (Patent, Copyright and Trademark)
    • Patent infringement action, including post-Alice Section 101 eligibility issues, against the world’s largest software maker in connection with self-referential databases
    • Patent infringement action, along with foreign proceedings, by a company specializing in secure and certified e-delivery against an agency of the Swiss government in connection with authenticated, digital mail service
    • Patent and trademark infringement between fitness equipment companies in connection with nearly an entire line of stationary exercise bikes and the “Spinning” trademark
    • Copyright action by a photography company against a travel metasearch engine in connection with nearly 3,000 automobile images
    • Trademark infringement action by a luxury fashion company against the owner and operator of the largest chain of “swap meets” in California in connection with counterfeiting activities
  • Products Liability
    • Negligent product design action (including window, roof and seatbelt claims) against second-largest U.S.-based automaker in connection with an SUV rollover, resulting in the death of one occupant and the permanent brain injury of another
    • Manufacturing defect action against an implantable hearing aid company in connection with an aggressive electrical shock in the head and the surgical removal of the device
    • Design and manufacturing defect action against both a ventilation product company (exhaust fan) and an automated control company (timer switch) in connection with a fire
    • Manufacturing defect, breach of warranty and negligence action by an energy company against an alternator manufacturer in connection with wind turbines across the world
    • Breach of express warranty and implied warranty, along with multiple other claims, by a food manufacturer against a Wisconsin cheese producer in connection with contaminated products
  • Professional Liability
    • Malpractice complaint and fee dispute against a widely recognized international law firm in connection with the representation of a high-profile individual
    • Breach of trust and fraudulent conveyance claim against an intellectual property boutique law firm in connection with the settlement of litigation
    • Malpractice complaint against a plaintiffs’ law firm in connection with the resolution of both a certified class action and an individual employment action
    • Breach of contract action against commercial real estate brokers with the second-largest U.S.-based bank in connection with the negotiation of a derivative contract
    • Negligence actions against two environmental consulting companies in connection with their reports regarding subsurface contamination
  • Real Estate
    • Breach of contract and fraud action against a national builder of modular homes in connection with a 105,000-square-foot, 100-plus-unit building project
    • Inverse condemnation claim by outdoor advertising company in connection with the building of billboards
    • Eminent domain action by the State of California against the owner of a business in connection with the Interstate 5 Freeway widening project
    • Breach of contract and fraud action by investors against real estate developer, financial backers and legal counsel in connection with an apartment-to-condominium conversion project
    • Multiple adverse proceedings by a Chapter 7 trustee against owners of high-end properties in New York City in connection with allegedly fraudulent transfers
  • Securities and Finance
    • Numerous securities class actions, along with derivative lawsuits and other satellite actions, involving a broad array of claims across multiple industries, including the settlement of a landmark securities case decided by the U.S. Supreme Court (while in private practice)
    • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and receiver’s fraud and negligence actions against numerous parties (e.g., officers/directors, heirs, bankers, lawyers) accused of facilitating a high-profile Ponzi scheme
    • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission action against the CEO of a medical capital company in connection with the offer and sale of over $1.7 billion of securities (along with a parallel U.S. Department of Justice prosecution and conviction)
    • Breach of fiduciary duty claims by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation against the officers and directors of a business bank
    • Fraud action by investor against a technology-focused company and its placement agent in connection with a domestic securities offering and a Regulation S capital raise (capital from foreign investors)
  • Honors
    • Recipient, Judicial Trailblazer Award, Orange County Asian American Bar Association
    • Recipient, Benjamin Aranda III Judge of the Year Award, Mexican American Bar Association
    • Recipient, Judicial Excellence and Public Service Award, Iranian American Bar Association
    • Recipient, Cornerstone Award, North American South Asian Bar Association
    • Recipient, Wiley W. Manual Award for Pro Bono Legal Services, The State Bar of California
    • Selected Multiple Years, “Rising Star” Super Lawyer, Business Litigation
  • Memberships and Professional Activities
      • Organizations
        • Current Participation
          • Judicial Advisory Board, Institute for Complex Litigation and Mass Actions, Emory Law School
          • Board of Directors, Federal Bar Association, Orange County Chapter
          • Invited Honorary Member, Pepperdine/Straus American Inn of Court for Dispute Resolution
        • Previous Participation
          • Vice-Chair and Member, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
          • Co-Chair, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, Litigation Section, American Bar Association
          • Board of Governors, Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Los Angeles and Orange County Chapters
          • Executive Committee for the Litigation Section, Los Angeles County Bar Association
          • Volunteer Deputy District Attorney, Orange County District Attorney’s Office
          • President, South Asian Bar Association of Southern California
      • Speaking Engagements
        • Mediation Specific
          • “Winning Without Fighting: Negotiating a Favorable Settlement at Mediation,” Federal Bar Association, Los Angeles Chapter
          • “Navigating Class Action Settlement Negotiations and Court Approval: A Discussion with the Experts,” Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Los Angeles Chapter
          • “From Interpersonal Conflict to Diplomacy: Where Does Court-Connected Mediation Fit In?” Southern California Mediation Association
          • “Settle Better: Mediation Strategies for a Favorable Settlement,” Federal Bar Association, Orange County Chapter
          • “Winning at Mediation: Strategies and Resources for Settlement in Federal and State Court,” Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Los Angeles Chapter
        • Practice Oriented
          • “From the Bench, How to Represent Business Entities Before the Court,” American Bar Association, Corporate Counsel Seminar
          • “Annual Review of Developments in Business and Corporate Litigation,” American Bar Association, Business Law Section
          • “Recent Developments in Banking, Lending and Commercial Law,” Orange County Bar Association
          • “Perspectives from the Bench,” Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association
          • “Perspectives from the Other Side of the Bench,” National Consumer Law Center
          • “Is the Tripartite Relationship a Healthy One,” Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, American Bar Association
          • “Living on e-Discovery’s Cutting Edge,” The Sedona Conference
          • “Practice in the Central District: Changes, Trends and Updates,” Los Angeles County Bar Association
          • Avoiding Landmines: Navigating Federal Court for State Court Practitioners, State Bar of California, Annual Meeting
          • How to Be Civil with the Uncivil, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
          • Prosecuting Wildlife Crimes: Lessons from the United States, Kuala Lumpur and Taman Negara, Malaysia, U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Justice (Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance, and Training)
          • Criminal Trial Advocacy Seminar (Training for Federal Prosecutors), Judicial Faculty, U.S. Department of Justice, National Advocacy Center
    • United States Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Central District of California
    • Partner and Associate, Litigation Department, Paul Hastings LLP
    • Law Clerk, Hon. Kenneth M. Hoyt, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, Houston Division
    • J.D., Order of the Coif, University of Southern California Gould School of Law
    • B.A., with Honors, Business Administration (Marketing) and Philosophy, California State University, Fullerton

    Counsel Comments

      • “My litigation practice is national. I have mediated hundreds of times, privately and with sitting judges. Magistrate Judge Gandhi sets a new bar for all mediators. He seamlessly maneuvered difficult personalities under difficult circumstances. He was measured, never cramming arguments and opinions. He was stern as necessary, but never too rigid to avoid cracking a fragile negotiation. He was tolerant, but his keen intellect left no room for silliness or posturing. Ultimately, Judge Gandhi conveyed reality in the particular way it needed to be heard by the different parties to move them to settle. All this gave credibility, credibility that significantly influenced my client. To put it simply, Judge Gandhi "gets it.” Judge Gandhi’s mediation skills are rare.”
      • “In 35 years of practice, I have only sent a thank you letter to a mediator on one other occasion. We appreciated your straight talk and direct approach to the mediation, as well as your understanding of the personal issues at hand. Without your extraordinary efforts, we could not have settled this case.”
      • “I had written a longer letter thanking for your help last Monday in settling __ v. __. Then I realized I need only two words: 1. Wow! 2. Thanks.”

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    • Antitrust/Competition Law
    • Arbitration
    • Business/Commercial
    • Civil Rights
    • Class Action & Mass Tort
    • Employment
    • Entertainment & Sports
    • Environmental
    • Health Care
    • Insurance
    • Intellectual Property
    • Personal Injury/Torts
    • Professional Liability
    • Real Property
    • Securities

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