September 19, 2010
New York – JAMS, the largest private provider of mediation and arbitration services worldwide, today announced the addition of the Hon. Allen Hurkin-Torres (Ret.) to its panel. Justice Hurkin-Torres will be based in the JAMS New York Resolution Center, where he will specialize as a mediator, arbitrator and discovery master for disputes in a variety of areas including personal injury/mass torts, appellate, business/commercial, construction, insurance, professional liability and real property.
Since 2002, Justice Hurkin-Torres served in the Second Judicial District of the Supreme Court in Kings County where he was placed in charge of the entire court's trial-ready inventory of civil cases. One of his primary responsibilities involved resolving cases through mediation and he is credited with settling more than 15,000 civil cases of all case types.
“Justice Hurkin-Torres is known for being well-prepared, knowledgeable and a judge who knows how to move a case toward settlement,” said Chris Poole, JAMS president and CEO. “With the amount of experience and talent he brings, he will be a tremendous addition to the JAMS panel.”
“JAMS is the best in the industry and I’m looking forward to working with the superior case management team, its panel of high quality neutrals and utilizing its top-notch facilities,” said Justice Hurkin-Torres.
The Justice was in charge of all actions against the City of New York, the New York City Transit Authority, all medical malpractice actions against the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, as well as the general civil inventory of trial-ready actions commenced in Kings County. Many of these cases involved high profile matters, including one of the largest settlements of a police shooting case in New York City history.
Justice Hurkin-Torres has received numerous awards in the last decade highlighting his judicial work, including the Award for Judicial Excellence from the Brooklyn Bar Association, the Golda Meir Award from the Jewish Lawyers Guild, the Distinguished Jurist Award from the Catholic Lawyers Guild, the Charles C. Pinkney Award from the Defense Association of New York and the Harlan Fiske Stone Memorial Award for excellence in judicial service, presented by the New York City Trial Lawyers Association.
Justice Hurkin-Torres graduated with his B.A. from St. Francis College in Brooklyn and received his law degree, cum laude, from Brooklyn Law School.
About JAMS, The Resolution Experts
Founded in 1979, JAMS, The Resolution Experts is the largest private provider of mediation and arbitration services worldwide. With Resolution Centers nationwide and abroad, JAMS and its more than 250 exclusive neutrals are responsible for resolving thousands of the world’s important cases. JAMS may be reached at 800-352-5267.