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Steven R. Gilford, Esq. Joins JAMS in Chicago

JAMS Neutral joins Chicago Resolution Center as a mediator, arbitrator, and special master

New Panelist Announcement

CHICAGO – JAMS, the largest private provider of mediation and arbitration services worldwide, today announced the addition of Steven R. Gilford, Esq. to its panel. Mr. Gilford will be based in the Chicago Resolution Center and serve as a mediator, arbitrator and special master in a variety of disputes including Appellate, Business/Commercial, Civil Rights, Class Action/Mass Tort, Education/Schools, Environmental, Federal, Insurance, International, and Personal Injury/Torts.

Mr. Gilford joins JAMS as a full-time neutral with more than 40 years of experience in litigation, insurance and negotiation of complex settlements. He began his career as an associate and then partner at Isham, Lincoln & Beale before spending 20 years in the litigation and insurance practices of Mayer Brown. In 2008, Mr. Gilford joined Proskauer where he led the opening of its Chicago office, and he served as co-head of its  insurance practice from 2008-2017. During his career, Mr. Gilford handled work in a wide range of industries and subject areas, including major contract and commercial disputes, consumer class actions, securities cases, mass tort and personal injury, technology outsourcing, defamation, trademarks, trade secrets and restrictive covenants.

In addition to his extensive litigation experience, Mr. Gilford is nationally recognized in the areas of insurance and reinsurance. He has represented clients in all segments of the insurance industry, including policyholders, insurers, reinsurers, captives and brokers. His experience includes virtually every area of insurance coverage, including CGL, D&O, cyber, E&O, product recall, environmental, employment practices, political risk/transactional and first party property and business interruption. 

Steven’s extensive litigation experience across subject areas and particular notoriety in the fields of insurance and reinsurance give him a critical foundation for moving disputes toward resolution. His reputation for creative settlements makes him an excellent addition to our panel in Chicago.

-Chris Poole, JAMS President and CEO

I’m excited to build on my previous experiences with domestic and international arbitration as well as mediation to support clients in reaching comprehensive resolutions of a wide range of complex disputes. I look forward to joining the JAMS panel in Chicago.

-Steve Gilford, Esq., JAMS Mediator, Arbitrator, and Special Master

Mr. Gilford received his A.B. summa cum laude from Dartmouth College and both his M.A. (Public Policy) and J.D. from Duke University.

About JAMS
Founded in 1979, JAMS is the largest private provider of mediation and arbitration services worldwide. With Resolution Centers nationwide and abroad, JAMS and its more than 350 neutrals are responsible for resolving thousands of the world’s important cases. JAMS may be reached at 800-352-5267. More information is available at and you can connect with us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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