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Martin Quinn

Martin Quinn

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Sandra Chan
T: 415-774-2611
F: 415-982-5287
Two Embarcadero Center , Suite 1500 , San Francisco , CA 94111
Martin Quinn has arbitrated and tried as a court-appointed referee or judge pro tem over a hundred complex and simple cases of all kinds. For many years, he has served as a member of the arbitration panels of the Northern District of California and the San Francisco Superior Court.

Representative Matters

  • Arbitrated a complex landlord-tenant dispute between the developer of a Bay Area shopping center and the non-profit community corporation that owned the land
  • Arbitrated a dispute among members of a San Francisco homeowners association
  • Arbitrated a dispute between physician and an independent physicians' association (IPA) over recovery of insurance benefits
  • Arbitrated a dispute over functionality of equipment to test telephone switching equipment
  • Arbitrated an intellectual property dispute between distributors of homeopathic medicine
  • Arbitrated dispute among partners of real estate development firm
  • Arbitrated dispute between insurer and real estate development firm over reimbursement of attorneys' fees in toxic tort case
  • Chaired an arbitration panel to decide a contract dispute between a U.S. manufacturer and an Asian distributor
  • As court-appointed referee, presided over a two-week trial of a dispute among shareholders of multi-billion dollar real estate development company
  • Sedona Conference: E-Discovery Dispute Resolution Program for Special Masters & Mediators, January 2010
  • Past President, The Mediation Society, San Francisco, 2011-2012
  • Past President, Academy of Court-Appointed Masters, 2009
  • Member, American Health Lawyers Association
  • Adjunct Professor, Hastings College of Law, 2003-2012
  • "The value of hustle in dispute resolution," Daily Journal, ADR Profile, November 9, 2012
  • "Think there's fruit in your Froot Loops?" Daily Journal, October 31, 2013
  • Author of articles on ADR, including:
    • E-Discovery in Arbitration, "Rules for ADR," California Lawyer, May 2011
    • “E-Discovery: Succeeding with a Special Master,” California Lawyer, April 2010
    • “Managing Discovery in Patent Cases: Best Practices,” Law 360, February 2009
    • Exercise Diligence When Preparing for Corporate Mediation,” Corporate Counsel, September 2006
    • "How to Succeed with Discovery Referees," Association of Business Trial Lawyers of Northern California Report, November 2004
    • "Recipe for Success in Arbitration," The Recorder, March 2004
  • Panelist, JAMS, San Francisco, 1996-present
  • Partner, Rogers, Joseph, O'Donnell & Quinn, San Francisco, 1981-1996
  • Partner and associate, Pettit & Martin, San Francisco, 1971-1981
  • LL.B., Harvard Law School, 1967
  • B.A., Harvard College, 1964

Counsel Comments

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    Quinn on special masters in Multidistrict Litigation


    "Your judgment, patience, creativity, and tenacity were critical in settling a case that appeared very unlikely to settle. You did a fabulous job and my clients are very grateful."


    “Martin Quinn is the best. We had previously mediated this case unsuccessfully. However, he was able to persuade my very difficult clients when I was unable to get through to them.”

    “We appreciated the incredible tenacity and fortitude that Martin invested in settling our case.”

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