Prior to joining JAMS, Judge Rizzo served for 16 years on the bench, most recently for 11 years in the Trial Division, Civil Program in the First Judicial District, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. She was assigned to the Major Jury Trial program and the Complex Litigation program, where she oversaw a vast array of civil disputes. She also acquired a wide range of experience tied to the public and private sectors including work as a civil litigator, almost seven years as Senior Counsel at CIGNA Companies and as an Assistant City Solicitor in Philadelphia.
In 2008, Judge Rizzo developed the Court’s Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Program. The program is an ADR achievement as it brings together homeowners, lenders’ counsel, pro bono attorneys and housing counselors in an effort to keep city residents in their homes. The program model has been adopted in multiple jurisdictions, including Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Kentucky, Illinois, Maryland and Delaware.
“Judge Rizzo has an excellent reputation in Philadelphia and has been recognized nationally for her work with the Foreclosure Diversion Program,” said Chris Poole, JAMS president and CEO. “We know she will make an outstanding addition to our panel in Philadelphia.”
“As someone committed to court-annexed mediation to resolve legal conflicts, joining JAMS is a natural transition from the bench,” said Judge Rizzo. “I look forward to working with the exceptional panel and case managers in Philadelphia.”
Judge Rizzo received her B.A. from University of Pennsylvania and her J.D. from Temple University School of Law.
Founded in 1979, JAMS is the largest private provider of mediation and arbitration services worldwide. With Resolution Centers nationwide and abroad, JAMS and its nearly 300 exclusive neutrals are responsible for resolving thousands of the world’s important cases. JAMS may be reached at 800-352-5267.