Martin Quinn

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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

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • 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

Background and Education

  • 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


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