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JAMS Panelists Rank Prominently in Chambers USA 2013

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Irvine – JAMS, the largest private provider of mediation and arbitration services worldwide, today announced that five of its neutrals, George D. Calkins II, Esq., Robert B. Davidson, Esq., Kenneth C. Gibbs, Esq., Larry R. Leiby, Esq., and William H. Needle, Esq. were recognized in the 2013 edition of Chambers USA – America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.

George D. Calkins II, Esq. was listed under Construction Mediation in California and won high praise for his work as a mediator in construction. Those interviewed wrote that “he is excellent, hard-working, insightful, has a winning personality and gets cases settled.”

Kenneth C. Gibbs, Esq. was also listed under Construction Mediation in California and regularly acts on high-profile construction mediations. Observers applauded him for being “excellent, efficient and a terrific mediator who gets things done.”

Robert B. Davidson, Esq. was ranked in International Arbitration and described as a “fountain of knowledge and always at the forefront of cutting-edge arbitration issues.” He dedicates his practice to mediating and arbitrating complex international and domestic disputes.

Larry R. Leiby, Esq. was ranked in Construction and also named a Senior Statesman. Commentators noted he is "very well regarded and a very fine lawyer,” and Chambers added he has a “wealth of experience in contractual issues.”

William H. Needle, Esq. was ranked in Intellectual Property, with one interviewee saying he is an “excellent IP practitioner.” The Guide noted he is “a well-rounded practitioner with experience in patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret matters.”

Chambers and Partners is based in London and began as general book publishers in 1969. Chambers’ staff of full-time researchers now prepares legal directories, which assess and rank the world’s leading lawyers according to their reputations among peers and clients. The USA Guide was first introduced in 2003 and ranks the leading firms and lawyers in an extensive range of practice areas throughout the country. The research is in-depth and client focused. The annual Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business is read by industry-leading companies and organizations throughout the U.S. and worldwide, and is widely used by firms for referral purposes.

Law firms and individual lawyers are assessed on technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment and other qualities most valued by the client.

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 300 exclusive neutrals are responsible for resolving thousands of the world’s important cases. JAMS may be reached at 800-352-5267.

About JAMS International
JAMS, the premier mediation and arbitration provider in the United States, and ADR Center in Italy created JAMS International in 2011 to provide mediation and arbitration of cross-border and domestic disputes worldwide. JAMS International is headquartered in London, with additional hearing locations in Amsterdam, Milan, New York and Rome. Please visit for more information.

Featured People

Robert B. Davidson, Esq., FCIArb
  • Business/Commercial
  • Construction
  • Employment Law
  • Engineering & Construction
  • Financial Markets
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International & Cross-Border
  • Life Sciences
  • Securities
  • Surety
Kenneth C. Gibbs, Esq.
  • Business Commercial
  • Construction
  • Energy & Utility
  • Engineering & Construction
  • Insurance
  • International & Cross-Border
  • Surety
  • Real Property

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