Louis M. Marlin, Esq. is a full-time neutral with JAMS who brings over 40 years of significant trial and litigation experience in his background as both plaintiff and defense counsel. He specializes in resolving a wide variety of disputes, and is especially adept at handling large, complex cases, including matters involving class actions, PAGA claims and mass tort, employment and discrimination, and personal injury issues. Mr. Marlin also is experienced at using early mediation to resolve intra-corporate and inter-corporate disputes without the necessity of litigation, a unique practice area developed by him.
Mr. Marlin is keenly aware of respecting both counsel and litigants in his mediation practice. He focuses on effective use of time both before and during mediations. Mr. Marlin prepares prior to every mediation by reading all submissions carefully and conducting pre-mediation calls to obtain a fuller understanding of the case. Mr. Marlin is also rigorous in his follow up and will continue to communicate with the parties if necessary long after the mediation session has ended.
As an arbitrator, Mr. Marlin takes a managerial approach and ensures the process is convenient for the parties while also formal enough so that all sides feel they have had an opportunity to have their position fully presented and considered. He makes scheduling and related deadline decisions in a cooperative manner that assists in lessening the stress normally attached to litigated proceedings, and bases his decisions on a thorough understanding of the facts and application of the law.
A former litigator with more than four decades of experience, Mr. Marlin was a general practitioner for several years before concentrating primarily on defense work. In the last 15 years of his practice, he focused his attention on representation of plaintiffs. For over 40 years, his practice focused on complex multi-party tort litigation, employment disputes, catastrophic injury cases, complex business disputes and class actions.
Mr. Marlin was considered among the top class action/complex litigation attorneys in California, and regularly applies that insight and experience to his practice as a neutral in all areas from single plaintiff matters to all types of multi-party litigation.