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Harry Low

Hon. Harry W. Low (Ret.)

JAMS Mediator, Arbitrator, Referee/Special Master, Neutral Evaluator

Case Manager
Patricia Usak
T: 415-774-2616
F: 415-982-5287
Two Embarcadero Center, Suite 1500, San Francisco, CA 94111

Harry W. Low 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.


Hon. Harry W. Low (Ret.) has over 35 years of dispute resolution experience as a sitting judge and JAMS neutral. Justice Low's expertise includes employment law, business litigation, sexual harassment, insurance disputes, personal injury, real or personal property disputes, and environmental law. Justice Low has 25 years of judicial experience in civil, criminal, and government law and has authored opinions on virtually every area of California law.

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • Conducted a wide variety of mediations, arbitrations, and settlement conferences since joining JAMS in 1992
  • Conducted fact finding studies and written reports for institutions and agencies
  • Extensive experience in handling wrongful termination, sexual harassment, breach of contract, insurance coverage issues, tort claims, and medical and legal malpractice cases
  • Highly experienced in handling discovery disputes assisting lawyers in appellate matters, and mediating successfully many pending appellate cases.
  • Special Master in a number of complex cases, including a major toxic pollution dispute
  • Trustee for insolvent insurer

Representative Matters

  • Mediated employment disputes involving sexual harassment, wrongful termination, discrimination, and enforcement of settlement
  • Mediated insurance coverage cases involving construction costs, business ventures, and tort coverage
  • Successfully mediated civil rights cases involving privacy issues and allegations of racial discrimination by a major restaurant chain; civil rights disputes with government agencies and commercial businesses
  • Mediated real estate disputes involving land use issues, brokers duties, property partitions, and co-owner disputes
  • Arbitrated allocation of clean-up costs from leaking storage tanks at sites nationwide; arbitrated Proposition 65 food and medical products
  • Arbitrated international telecommunications dispute, health insurance disputes, business and property disputes
  • Successfully mediated insurance equitable contribution indemnification among 32 insurance companies
Completed Virtual ADR training conducted by the JAMS Institute, the training arm of JAMS.

  • BAJI Committee Member, 2003-Present
  • Harold T. Yee Lifetime Achievement Award from Asian Inc., video honoring Justice Low, September 2015
  • Spirit of Excellence Award, American Bar Association, 2002
  • Judge Lowell Jensen Public Service Award, Boalt Hall School of Law, UC Berkeley, 2000
  • Distinguished Alumni Award for extraordinary contributions to the legal profession, Boalt Hall Alumni Association, UC Berkeley, 1993
  • President, San Francisco Human Rights Commission, 1999-2000
  • President, San Francisco Police Commission, 1992-1996
  • National President, Appellate Judge Conference of the American Bar, 1991
  • National President, Chinese-American Citizens Alliance, 1981-1991
  • President, California Judges Association, 1978-1979
  • Board member, Center for Judicial Education and Research
  • California Judicial Council
  • President, Center for Pacific Rim at the University of San Francisco
  • Founding Chairman of the Board, The Chinese American International School
  • Lectured extensively throughout the United States, Asia, and Europe
  • Chinese Historical Society of America interview with Justice Low, YouTube, September 2013
  • "Fire Extinguisher," Daily Journal, ADR Profile, February 2, 2013
  • Insurance Commissioner, State of California Department of Insurance, 2000-January 2003
  • Presiding Justice, California Court of Appeal, 1983-1992
  • Judge, San Francisco County Superior Court, 1974-1983
  • Judge, San Francisco Municipal Court, 1967-1974
  • Commissioner, Worker's Compensation Appeals Board
  • Deputy Attorney General for California in the Civil and Tax Division
  • J.D., University of California, Berkeley School of Law (formerly Boalt Hall School of Law)
  • B.A., University of California, Berkeley



Practice Areas

  • Appellate
  • Arbitration
  • Business/Commercial
  • Employment
  • Environmental
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Personal Injury/Torts
  • Professional Liability
  • Real Property
  • Special Master/Discovery Referee
Available nationwide


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