IRVINE, Calif. – JAMS, the largest private provider of mediation and arbitration services worldwide, is proud to announce that three of its neutrals were selected as 2011“ADR Lawyers of the Year” and 25 were recognized by Best Lawyers. Richard Chernick, Esq. was named as the Los Angeles Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Lawyer of the Year, Hon. Edward A. Panelli (Ret.) was named the San Francisco ADR Lawyer of the Year and Hon. John K. Trotter (Ret.) was named the Orange ADR Lawyer of the Year.
Mr. Chernick joined JAMS in 2001 and serves as vice president and managing director of the JAMS Arbitration Practice. He has been recognized as a Best Lawyer consecutively since 2005. Justice Panelli joined JAMS in 1994 and has handled hundreds of settlement conferences and mediations involving all areas of the law. He has been named a Daily Journal Top Neutral for the last four years. Justice Trotter joined JAMS in 1987 and is recognized as one of the nation’s leading ADR professionals and has been listed as a Best Lawyer every year since 2006.
“JAMS is honored that the legal community continues to recognize and appreciate our talented group of panelists,” said Chris Poole, JAMS president and CEO. “We’re fortunate to have this impressive group of neutrals on our team.”
The following JAMS neutrals from across the country were recognized as 2011 Best Lawyers:
- Hon. William L. Bettinelli (Ret.)
- Viggo Boserup, Esq.
- Philip L. Bruner, Esq.
- George D. Calkins II, Esq.
- Zela G. Claiborne, Esq.
- Hon. Bruce A. Edwards, (Ret.)
- David Geronemus, Esq.
- Kenneth C. Gibbs, Esq.
- James E. McGuire, Esq.
- Cecilia H. Morgan, Esq.
- Lawrence W. Pollack, Esq.
- Alexander S. Polsky, Esq.
- Hon. John J. Quinn (Ret.)
- Hon. James V. Ryan (Ret.)
- Linda R. Singer, Esq.
- Hon. Steven J. Stone (Ret.)
- Hon. Dickran M. Tevrizian (Ret.)
- R. Wayne Thorpe, Esq.
- Eric E. Van Loon, Esq.
- Maria C. Walsh, Esq.
- Hon. Daniel Weinstein (Ret.)
- Hon. Diane M. Welsh (Ret.)
- Hon. Rebecca Westerfield (Ret.)
- Michael D. Young, Esq.
Inclusion in Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review. For nearly 30 years, the top lawyers in the U.S. have helped make The Best Lawyers In America the legal referral guide by evaluating the work of other top lawyers in the same practice areas and geographic areas. In established practice areas, the voting pool consists primarily of lawyers listed in the previous edition of Best Lawyers. When new practice areas are added, the voting pool consists of listed lawyers in related practice areas and/or listed lawyers in the same practice area in another jurisdiction, as well as nominees who receive particularly high votes.
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.