May 10, 2017
IRVINE – JAMS, the largest private provider of mediation and arbitration services worldwide, today announced that its Board of Directors elected R. Wayne Thorpe, Esq., Board Chair, effective May 2017. Thorpe will replace Linda R. Singer, Esq., who served as Chair since February 2014.
“Wayne has been a leader in ADR ethics and other ADR policy matters nationally for many years,” said Chris Poole, JAMS president and CEO. “We are so pleased that he will be taking on this new role at JAMS and look forward to working more closely with him on the JAMS board.”
Based in Atlanta, Thorpe has served as mediator, arbitrator, facilitator, special master and case evaluator in about 2,000 cases in at least 20 states, including many high stakes and complex cases, class actions, MDL’s and other large scale multi-party cases. A full-time neutral since 1998, he has served as sole arbitrator, panel chair or party-appointed arbitrator in more than 500 arbitrations. He is Past Chair of the ABA Dispute Resolution Section, and he has been a regional and national thought leader in ADR for many years. He has also served as an adjunct professor and guest presenter in ADR courses at Emory University, Mercer University, John Marshall Law School, University of Georgia and Georgia State University.
“What an incredible honor it is to serve as Chairman of the JAMS Board,” said Thorpe. “I look forward to continuing the work started by my predecessors and supporting the growth of JAMS for years to come.”
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 350 neutrals are responsible for resolving thousands of the world’s important cases. JAMS may be reached at 800-352-5267.