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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, Esq. is a full-time mediator, arbitrator, special master and referee who is consistently named by the Los Angeles Daily Journal as one of California’s top neutrals. He is uniformly cited for his ability to achieve consensus in the most difficult and complex cases.

After graduating from UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law, Mr. Kurland began his legal career with the Century City firm of Silverberg, Rosen, Leon & Behr, which specialized in the representation of actors, writers, producers, directors, musicians and motion picture and television production companies.

Mr. Kurland has successfully mediated thousands of disputes over the past 25 years. After mediating for several years as a member of the national panel of mediators and arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association, he became one of the first attorney-mediators to become affiliated with JAMS.

In addition to his substantial legal experience in the entertainment industry, Jerry has first-hand experience with college sports. He was chosen to serve on UCLA’s search committee to select the successor Athletic Director to the late J.D. Morgan and is intimately familiar with NCAA rules and regulations.

Representative Matters

  • Mediation of issues relating to the purchase and sale of film production facilities 
  • Mediation of many matters involving the purchase, sale, lease, and development of homes and other properties owned by well-known artists and executives in the entertainment and sports fields 
  • Mediation of issues relating to construction and development of large-scale sports venues 
  • Mediation of inverse condemnation, business interruption, nuisance and trespass claim by owner of production facility 
  • Arbitration of software company’s claim of infringement of trade name and logo 
  • Arbitration of trademark infringement claim by restaurant franchisor and former franchisee 
  • Handled the documentation of all agreements between executive producer of major motion picture with writer, director, composer and all talent for the film (including profit participation arrangements) 
  • Structured and documented the lease of satellite transponders by multi-national broadcast network 
  • Issues relating to licenses and easements for large cable television company 
  • Claims against director, producer and unit production manager relating to accident in the filming of major motion picture
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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