James Ryan

Hon. James V. Ryan (Ret.)

JAMS Mediator, Arbitrator and Referee/Special Master

Case Manager
Julia Pyle
T: 617-228-9168
F: 617-228-0222
One Beacon Street, Suite 2210, Boston, MA 02108

James V. Ryan is available to conduct cases virtually. JAMS is equipped to provide virtual ADR services on a variety of online platforms, including Zoom, Microsoft Teams, WebEx, and more.


Judge Ryan has successfully mediated and arbitrated a wide variety of disputes including hundreds of personal injury/tort 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

  • Facilitated the settlement of numerous wrongful death and personal injury claims involving allegations of deficient care at nursing homes
  • Facilitated the settlement of thousands of asbestos-related personal injury and property damage claims as Special Master appointed by both the federal and state courts
  • Mediated numerous medical malpractice claims involving allegations of negligence against various health care providers including surgeons, anesthetists, obstetricians, neurologists, orthopedists, internists, radiologists, chiropractors, dentists, nurses, hospitals, and pharmacies
  • Mediated professional liability claims involving allegations of legal malpractice, negligence of brokers and agents, and other professional errors and omissions
  • Mediated settlement of numerous claims concerning personal injuries occurring on construction sites, involving cross claims for indemnity and contribution between general contractors and subcontractors and compromise of workers’ compensation and health care liens
  • Mediation of environmental illness claims involving exposure to lead paint, mold, latex, formaldehyde, and other substances
  • Mediation of numerous workers compensation claims, F.E.L.A. claims, maritime and admiralty claims, and allegations of wrongful denial of benefits under both group and private disability insurance policies
  • Mediation of products liability and breach of warranty claims against manufacturers, distributors, and sellers of various machinery and equipment

Representative Arbitrations

  • Arbitrator in numerous cases with responsibility for determining the allocation of settlement funds among multiple plaintiffs involved in group settlements
  • Chairperson of three-arbitrator panel in dispute involving traumatic brain injury and unfair settlement practice claims
  • Party-appointed arbitrator in three-arbitrator panel in dispute involving claims of chronic pain syndrome and addiction to narcotic medication
  • Sole arbitrator in multiple medical malpractice disputes involving various claims including failure to diagnose, failure to provide timely and proper treatment, wrongful death, improper prescription of medications, and failure to obtain informed consent
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

Available nationwide


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