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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.


Justice Low has settled or arbitrated many employment matters, including complex cases with multiple parties dealing with insurance coverage, labor groups, and governmental entities. Cases have involved large and small companies, local and state governments, educational institutions, financial institutions, and hospital and medical groups.

A JAMS panelists since 1992, Justice Low has served as mediator, arbitrator, referee, judge pro tem, and special master in a variety of cases and has extensive experience in settling cases involving the American with Disabilities Act, race, gender, and age discrimination, civil rights, and privacy issues. His preparation is extremely diligent and he does extensive follow-up when necessary.

Representative Matters

  • Class actions involving wage and hour claims, race and age discrimination, and wrongful termination
  • Conducted independent fact finding investigations and written reports for public entities and private employers on employment issues
  • Mediated civil rights cases involving privacy issues and allegations of racial discrimination by major business institutions
  • Mediated whistle blowing, retaliation claims, harassment, hostile workplace environment disputes
  • Mediated and arbitrated cases involving alleged breaches of employment contracts, express and implied
  • Sexual harassment and battery cases, disability and termination in violation of public policy
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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