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 is a highly experienced international mediator. He has mediated well over 1,000 complex business disputes since joining JAMS in 1995, many of which were international. Mr. Quinn readily manages cross-cultural differences, carefully assessing the needs and emotions of non-U.S. parties and counsel in resolving complex international disputes.

Representative Matters

  • Special Master/Discovery Referee:
    • Managed discovery in a federal case alleging infringement of intellectual property rights in video game software and hardware by a Taiwanese company
    • Managed discovery in a federal case alleging mistreatment of garment workers in Asian-based factories of U.S. firms
    • Managed discovery, and then conducted settlement discussions leading to resolution, in a dispute in federal court among shareholders of a Guam-based bank
    • Managed discovery in a California state court case alleging unfair competition and fraud between U.S. and Israeli corporations and individuals
    • Managed discovery in an insurance coverage dispute over asbestos liability between a U.S. corporation and London market insurers
  • Mediation:
    • Settled a trade secret dispute between U.S. and Israeli telecommunications companies
    • Settled a dispute over spilled cargo between a U.S. chemical company and a Japanese shipping line
    • Settled a patent licensing dispute between a U.S software company and a Japanese distributor of electronic products
    • Settled dispute between a Chilean winery and a U.S. importer of fine wines
    • Settled dispute between U.S. franchisees and their Dutch parent company that provided temporary staffing for accounting personnel over brand name and other issues in the franchise relationship
    • Settled software licensing dispute between Russian and U.S. computer game manufacturers and distributors
    • Settled consumer class action alleging mislabeling and false advertising against a U.K manufacturer of leisure shoes and sandals

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.”




This page is for general information purposes.  JAMS makes no representations or warranties regarding its accuracy or completeness.  Interested persons should conduct their own research regarding information on this website before deciding to use JAMS, including investigation and research of JAMS neutrals. See More

Quinn_Martin_International & Cross-Border_414