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JAMS Panelists George D. Calkins II, Esq. and Hon. Jonathan H. Cannon (Ret.) Nominated for Prestigious “Ollie” Award

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Irvine – JAMS is proud to announce that two of its neutrals, George D. Calkins II, Esq. and Judge Jonathan H. Cannon, have been nominated for the prestigious 2011 West Coast Casualty Jerrold S. Oliver Award of Excellence. The award will be presented during the 18th Annual West Coast Casualty Construction Defect Seminar at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, Calif. on May 12.

Named after the late Judge Jerrold S. Oliver, a JAMS mediator and arbitrator and a “founding father” in using ADR to resolve construction claims, this award recognizes an individual who is outstanding or has contributed to the betterment of the construction community with the same spirit of commitment, loyalty and trust as displayed by Judge Oliver. The award is affectionately known as the “Ollie Award.” The organization puts out a call for nominees from 12,000 members of the construction community.

“We are so proud that two of our outstanding construction neutrals have been nominated for the ‘Ollie Award,’” said Chris Poole, JAMS president and CEO. “George and Judge Cannon are among the most respected construction neutrals and they are most certainly deserving of this nomination.”

Mr. Calkins is a nationally recognized mediator and arbitrator with more than 35 years of legal experience. He has mediated and arbitrated numerous complex construction defect and workmanship disputes involving major public works, commercial, industrial and multi- and single-family residential projects, focuses on all aspects of such projects, including electrical, plumbing, framing, roofing, concrete, site drainage and geotechnical issues

Judge Cannon, a retired Orange County Superior Court judge, has substantial experience in the area of construction and has settled numerous matters between contractors, subcontractors, developers and purchasers involving many different construction defects including roofing, plastering, soil substance issues, grading, and mold in single-family, private custom homes and condo projects.

JAMS neutrals Bruce A. Edwards, Esq. and Gerald A. Kurland, Esq. have also received the “Ollie Award” in 2007 and 2008.

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.

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