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, as a trial lawyer for over 25 years, defended and sued dozens of lawyers in malpractice cases, involving negligence, conflict of interest, billing disputes, and other attorney-client issues. As a JAMS mediator, he has successfully mediated many similar disputes between clients and either lawyers or accountants, as well as partnership and other disputes among lawyers.

Representative Matters

  • Analyzed attorneys' fee requests and made recommendations to settlement master for appropriate awards in consumer class action
  • Arbitrated reasonableness of attorneys' fees in defense of a toxic waste case
  • Settled an attorney-client malpractice and fee dispute arising out of an attorney's handling of multiple prior litigations
  • Settled dispute between clients and both lawyers and accountants over handling of income tax issues
  • Settled dispute between homeowners' association and national accounting firm involving preparation of income tax returns
  • Settled malpractice case against attorney for handling of probate estate in Los Angeles
  • Settled malpractice claims by estate of wealthy client against attorney for negligence and mismanagement of funds
  • Settled several disputes between San Francisco law firms and departing partners
  • Settled several malpractice claims against attorneys involving real estate and land use issues in Napa and Sacramento Counties
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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