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Gerald Kurland

Gerald A. Kurland, Esq.

Case Manager
Christina Soto-Maynez
T: 415-774-2631
F: 415-982-5287
Two Embarcadero Center, Suite 1500, San Francisco, CA 94111

Gerald A. Kurland 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.


Gerald A. Kurland is consistently named by the Los Angeles Daily Journal as one of California’s most sought-after neutrals. He is known as one of the leading construction mediators and special masters in the state and is uniformly cited for his ability to achieve consensus in the most difficult and complex cases.

Mr. Kurland’s construction dispute resolution experience includes virtually every type of commercial project – university, school and sports facilities, government and airport buildings, theatres, high rises, hospitals, flood control channels, roadways, and pipelines. He has mediated disputes involving breach of contract, environmental remediation, landslides, inverse condemnation, surety, cost overrun, delay, disruption, differing site conditions, and loss of productivity claims.

Jerry previously served as corporate counsel to a large real estate development company whose portfolio included commercial, industrial, hotel, apartment, and residential community projects. One of his primary responsibilities was the management and negotiation of settlements of company litigation, which included numerous complex matters and involved direct working relationships with the company’s lenders, insurers, and partners.

Representative Matters

  • Resolution of construction claims involving 38-building dormitory complex at a major California university
  • Resolution of environmental remediation claims resulting from the transfer of dirt containing asbestos from a Santa Monica public works site to commercial project site in Los Angeles County
  • Settlement involving construction of a Central California public high school – delay, disruption, loss of productivity, cost overrun, contract payment, and defect claims
  • Settlement involving construction of an Orange County flood control channel – delay, loss of productivity, differing site conditions, breach of contract, surety, and defect claims
Completed Virtual ADR training conducted by the JAMS Institute, the training arm of JAMS. 

  • Recognized as an “ADR Champion”, National Law Journal, 2018
  • Jerrold S. Oliver Award of Excellence, presented at West Coast Casualty Construction Conference for outstanding contribution to the construction community, 2008
  • Selected as a Top 50 California Neutral, Daily Journal, 2003, 2009, 2011-2013 (This ranking ended in 2013.)
  • Selected as a Top 40 California Neutral, Daily Journal, 2007 and 2008
  • Selected as a Top 30 California Neutral, Daily Journal, 2006
  • Selected as one of California’s 20 Most Sought-After Neutrals, Daily Journal, 2002
  • Selected as a Southern California Super Lawyer in the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2010-2016, 2019
  • United States Bankruptcy Court (Central District of California) Panel of Mediators
  • Appointed by Mayor of Los Angeles to San Fernando Valley Citizens’ Committee addressing traffic and transportation issues
  • Commended by Los Angeles City Councilmembers Joel Wachs and Michael Woo for efforts in securing land for the expansion of the Studio City Library (1991)
  • UCLA Alumni Association Board of Directors, 1979-80 and 1985-1988
  • Recipient of UCLA Alumni Association’s “Outstanding Senior Award” (1980)
  • "High-Level Connector," ADR Profile, Daily Journal, March 25, 2011
  • J.D., University of California, Berkeley School of Law (formerly Boalt Hall School of Law),1983 (Law Review)
  • B.A., summa cum laude, UCLA, 1980 (Phi Beta Kappa, Student Body President)

Counsel Comments

    • “He's probably one of the most pre-eminent, well-respected mediators.” 

      - CA Attorney
    • “I find him to be very effective and incisive in getting down to the root of the issues, moving along and yet being very open-minded and interested in hearing every party's perspective.” 

      - LA Attorney
    • “Jerry has a unique capacity to manage the eccentricities of multiple lawyers, parties, and experts. He uses his intelligence, diligence, patience, and adaptability to relate to them and find resolution”
    • “Jerry Kurland did a magnificent job in getting our challenging case settled. Without his special ‘Kurland Touch’ and hard work in our session, the case would not have settled.”




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