Judge Midlam has been a full-time neutral with JAMS since 1995. He has successfully resolved numerous business and commercial cases including partnership, finance, intellectual property, and contract disputes. He has an excellent grasp of the complicated legal issues, and clients have described his level of preparedness as "refreshing." He has also been described as having "the highest ethics" and is widely accepted by plaintiff and defense attorneys alike.
As a mediator, Judge Midlam is known for his informal, pragmatic style. He deals with the underlying emotions that often impact business relationships and effectively guides the parties to consensus. Attorneys have indicated that Judge Midlam "is willing to stick with a case until it settles." His arbitration hearings are informal to formal depending upon the style chosen by the parties. In addition, Judge Midlam has often been selected as a discovery referee to help parties manage complex business matters prior to trial.
- Attorneys' comments from California Arbitrator & Mediator Reviews, James Publishing, 1999 ed.
- Arbitrated a commercial lease dispute involving the determination of lease payments based upon a gross sales provision in the contract
- Arbitrated a contract dispute in excess of three million dollars; parties included the developer, general contractor, architects, and engineers who were engaged in a very large fast track, design build project following the Northridge earthquake
- Arbitrated a partnership dispute among doctors involving the allocation and accounting of several hundred thousand dollars of medical fees
- Arbitrated an intellectual property dispute regarding the development, programming, and use of Application Specific Integrated Circuits (ASIC) between large American and foreign companies involving high seven-figure claim
- Mediated a partnership dissolution between lawyers requiring an accounting and distribution of several hundred thousand dollars in fees; mediation was successful and litigation avoided
- Mediated disputes dealing with allegations of fraudulent lending practices and statutory violations; parties included mortgage lenders, banks, real estate agents, and brokers