Judge Urbina joins JAMS after more than 30 years of service on the District of Columbia federal and superior courts. In April 1981, Judge Urbina became the first Latino ever appointed to the bench in Washington, D.C. Most recently, he served for 18 years as a U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Columbia and issued more than 1,000 memorandum opinions. He garnered distinction for his handling of the complex civil calendar, one of court’s most demanding assignments.
“Judge Urbina has an excellent reputation and is well-known for being both compassionate and fair,” said Chris Poole, JAMS president and CEO. “We know how much parties on both sides respect him and that he will make a positive contribution through his ADR work at JAMS.”
“It’s been an honor serving on the bench for so many years and I look forward to starting the next chapter in my professional life,” said Judge Urbina. “JAMS is the gold standard in the ADR community. I’m thrilled to join such a talented panel and work with the skilled and efficient case managers.”
Judge Urbina graduated with his B.A., with honors, from Georgetown University and earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. He was awarded the Lifetime Leadership Award from the Hispanic National Bar Foundation in 2011 and also received the Honorable William J. Brennan, Jr. Award for outstanding service to the Trial Advocacy Institute and to the legal profession from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2011.
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 280 exclusive neutrals are responsible for resolving thousands of the world’s important cases. JAMS may be reached at 800-352-5267.