Martin Quinn

Martin Quinn

JAMS Mediator, Arbitrator and Referee/Special Master

Case Manager
Sandra Chan
T: 415-774-2611
F: 415-982-5287
Two Embarcadero Center, Suite 1500, San Francisco, CA 94111


Martin Quinn has settled, evaluated, and managed numerous environmental disputes – including complex, multi-party CERCLA and Proposition 65 cases; toxic tort class actions; and disputes over remediation of single-site contaminated areas. Federal judges have appointed him as special master to manage the settlement processes in complex cases. He is familiar with environmental law and remediation procedures, as well as with insurance issues that frequently dominate the settlement of environmental cases.

Representative Matters

  • Martin Quinn has handled the following recent environmental matters:
    • Conducted a neutral evaluation of a Clean Air Act dispute brought by environmental groups against the owner of a pulp mill in Northern California
    • Settled three multi-party federal lawsuits concerning remediation of industrial pollution in the area of Chico, California, and the associated insurance coverage disputes. Mr.Quinn served as a special master in two of those cases, and as the mediator in the third
    • Settled a CERCLA action brought by EPA against an industrial firm in Azusa, California
    • Settled a class action involving alleged respiratory and other injuries resulting from a massive fire in a pile of millions of tires in Central California
    • Settled two multi-party California state court actions involving alleged Proposition 65 liability of national retailers and importers of costume jewelry containing lead
    • Settled several Clean Water Act disputes brought by environmental groups against cities in Northern California over alleged discharges from waste water collection and treatment systems
Completed Virtual ADR training conducted by the JAMS Institute, the training arm of JAMS.

  • 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

    • “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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