James Ryan

Hon. James V. Ryan (Ret.)

JAMS Mediator, Arbitrator and Referee/Special Master

Case Manager
Casey Fields
T: 1-617-228-9101
F: 617-228-0222
One Beacon Street, Suite 2210, Boston, MA 02108


Judge Ryan has successfully mediated and arbitrated a wide variety of disputes including hundreds of business/commercial disputes since stepping down from his position as an Administrative Judge in 1992. Judge Ryan has been appointed to serve as a Master by both the federal and state court for purposes of fact-finding, discovery oversight, and settlement facilitation. He has authored a guide to mediation and arbitration practice, and has served as an instructor in numerous seminars on mediation, arbitration, case management, and ethics.

Representative Mediations

  • Mediated settlement of claims against investment advisors and stockbrokers for damages resulting from investment losses incurred by their clients
  • Mediated settlement of claims of fraud and violation of the public bidding statute brought by an unsuccessful bidder on a contract for public services
  • Mediated settlement of numerous insurance subrogation claims involving the allocation among various insurers of damages for property losses, business interruption, and lost profits
  • Mediation of a dispute involving reimbursement rates payable by a health insurer for services performed by health care professionals at a major health care facility
  • Mediation of claims by a purchaser against the sellers, attorneys, brokers, and the title insurance company involved in a real estate sale in which title defects were subsequently discovered
  • Mediation of numerous franchise disputes involving franchise terminations, challenges to add points and relocations, advertising and facilities issues, and manufacturer charge-backs
  • Mediation of public accommodation claims lodged by a public anti-discrimination agency against various retailers
  • Mediation of the dissolution of several closely held family businesses involving the resolution of multiple contract and tort claims and the allocation of various interests in corporations and real estate among family members

Representative Arbitrations

  • Arbitrator in a dispute involving claims of defective workmanship and counterclaims for non-payment and breach of a materials supply contract
  • Chairperson of arbitration panel in dispute involving the termination of a motor vehicle franchise by an automobile manufacturer
  • Sole arbitrator appointed to resolve disputes arising in the dissolution of a closely held family business
  • Sole arbitrator in an insurance coverage dispute between multiple insurers involved in underwriting a major public construction project
Completed Virtual ADR training conducted by the JAMS Institute, the training arm of JAMS. 

  • Recognized as a Best Lawyer, Alternative Dispute Resolution Category, Best Lawyers in America, 2006-2014
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2014
  • Senior Mediator and Arbitrator, JAMS, 1992-present
  • Administrative Judge, Massachusetts Department of Industrial Accidents, 1986-1992
  • General Counsel, Massachusetts Senate Committee on Ways and Means, 1981-1986
  • Foley, Hoag & Eliot, Boston, specializing in civil litigation, labor and employment 1979-1981
  • Deputy Counsel, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, 1978-1979
  • Law Clerk, Chief Judge Alan M. Hale, Massachusetts Appeals Court, 1977-1978
  • J.D., Northeastern University School of Law, 1977
  • B.A., cum laude, Boston College, 1972

Counsel Comments

    • “Judge Ryan was superb.”
    • “Judge Ryan helped bring about a fair settlement in a hotly contested case.”
    • “Judge Ryan was on top of this case from the beginning of the mediation process right to end. Fantastic job!”
    • “The Mediator Jim Ryan did an excellent job of getting the parties together.”
    • “Jim Ryan was masterful. Everything else worked very well, as expected.”
    • “Judge Ryan was excellent. He touched base before the date of the mediation which I have not had happen before.”
    • “As always, Judge Ryan was prepared and engaged for the entire process.”
    • “Judge Ryan was knowledgeable about subject matter, in order to assist confirming the law to my client, and negotiating to a reasonable number.”
    • “This matter had multiple parties and issues which made it difficult to navigate during discovery and depositions; however, Judge Ryan was able to keep everyone focused on moving the matter to an ultimate resolution satisfactory to all parties.”
    • “Jim Ryan is a terrific mediator - smart, personable, focused.”
    • “Judge Ryan was patient, persistent and corralled about 40 folks into a settlement. As always, he did this while being gentlemanly and gracious.”
    • “Judge Ryan was excellent as usual.”
    • “The neutral spoke with the parties before the hearing. This helped limit the issues.”
    • “Judge Ryan did a great job. He is an ultimate professional and a natural gentleman. His relational ability created a very easy climate for my antsy client to enter with safety.”



Practice Areas

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