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Five JAMS Panelists Named “Lawyers of the Year” and 59 JAMS Panelists Recognized As “Best Lawyers in America” by Best Lawyers®

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Irvine, Calif. – JAMS, the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services worldwide, is proud to announce that Best Lawyers® has recognized five of its panelists as “Lawyers of the Year” and 59 of its panelists as “Best Lawyers in America” for 2020.

The Best Lawyers in America© is a product of the collaborative efforts of Best Lawyers® and U.S. News & World Report to conduct exhaustive, peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers in 146 practice areas. The 2020 edition analyzed more than 83 million votes, which resulted in the inclusion of more than 62,000 attorneys, or approximately 5% of lawyers in private practice in the United States.

Additional recognitions are also awarded to individual attorneys with the highest overall peer feedback for a specific practice area and geographic region. Only one attorney is named as the “Lawyer of the Year” for each specialty and location, which included 137 practice areas across 182 metropolitan regions.

The following JAMS neutrals were honored as “Lawyers of the Year” for 2020:

  • John W. Hinchey, Esq., was named “Lawyer of the Year” for mediation in Atlanta.
  • L. Joseph Loveland Jr., Esq., was named “Lawyer of the Year” for intellectual property in Atlanta.
  • R. Wayne Thorpe, Esq., was named “Lawyer of the Year” for arbitration in Atlanta.
  • Richard Chernick, Esq., was named “Lawyer of the Year” for arbitration in Los Angeles.
  • Ronald B. Ravikoff, Esq., was named “Lawyer of the Year” for mediation in Miami.

We are proud to have such a large group of JAMS neutrals represented in Best Lawyers, and we believe it is a testament to the quality of our neutrals’ work and their reputation in the legal community. We congratulate all of our panelists who were acknowledged with this honor by their peers.

- Chris Poole, JAMS President and CEO

The following JAMS neutrals were recognized as “Best Lawyers in America” for 2020:

  • James M. Amend, Esq.
  • Jeffrey G. Benz, Esq.
  • Hon. William L. Bettinelli (Ret.)
  • Hon. Stanley F. Birch, Jr. (Ret.)
  • Gary B. Blum, Esq.
  • Philip L. Bruner, Esq.
  • Richard Chernick, Esq.
  • Steven C. Choquette, Esq.
  • Zela G. Claiborne, Esq.
  • Deborah Crandall Saxe, Esq.
  • Robert B. Davidson, Esq., FCIArb
  • Charles H. Dick, Esq.
  • Bruce A. Edwards, Esq.
  • Hon. Norman S. Fletcher (Ret.)
  • David Geronemus, Esq.
  • Kenneth C. Gibbs, Esq.
  • Steven R. Gilford, Esq.
  • Patricia K. Gillette, Esq.
  • Joan C. Grafstein, Esq.
  • Hugh E. Hackney, Esq.
  • David G. Heiman, Esq.
  • John W. Hinchey, Esq.
  • Eleissa C. Lavelle, Esq.
  • Hon. Richard A. Levie (Ret.)
  • L. Joseph Loveland, Jr., Esq.
  • Hon. Harlan A. Martin (Ret.)
  • James E. McGuire, Esq.
  • Robert A. Meyer, Esq.
  • Lawrence R. Mills, Esq.
  • Cecilia H. Morgan, Esq.
  • William H. Needle, Esq.
  • Hon. Stephen E. Neel (Ret.)
  • Andrew D. Ness, Esq.
  • Hon. Edward A. Panelli (Ret.)
  • Albert M. Pearson III, Esq.
  • Lawrence W. Pollack, Esq.
  • Clarence L. Pozza, Jr., Esq.
  • Ronald Ravikoff, Esq.
  • Hon. James Robertson (Ret.)
  • Hon. Ronald M. Sabraw (Ret.)
  • Hon. Scott Silverman, (Ret.)
  • Linda R. Singer, Esq.
  • Stephen P. Sonnenberg, Esq.
  • Jerry Spolter, Esq.
  • Hon. Steven J. Stone (Ret.)
  • Hon. Dennis M. Sweeney (Ret.)
  • Hon. Dickran M. Tevrizian (Ret.)
  • Patricia H. Thompson, Esq.
  • R. Wayne Thorpe, Esq.
  • Hon. John K. Trotter, Jr. (Ret.)
  • Eric E. Van Loon, Esq.
  • Hon. Curtis E. von Kann (Ret.)
  • Julia T. Waggener, Esq.
  • Maria C. Walsh, Esq.
  • Hon. James Ware (Ret.)
  • Hon. Daniel H. Weinstein (Ret.)
  • Hon. Diane M. Welsh (Ret.)
  • Hon. Rebecca Westerfield (Ret.)
  • Michael D. Young, Esq.

About JAMS – Local Solutions. Global Reach.

Founded in 1979, JAMS is the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution services worldwide. With 28 locations, JAMS and its nearly 400 panelists are responsible for resolving thousands of the world’s important cases every year.

JAMS successfully resolves and manages business and legal disputes by providing efficient, cost-effective and impartial ways to overcome barriers at any stage of conflict. JAMS offers customized dispute resolution services locally and globally through a combination of industry-specific experience, first-class client service, top-notch facilities and highly trained panelists.

More information is available at www.jamsadr.com, and you can connect with us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

 

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Hon. Curtis E. von Kann (Ret.)
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Hon. Daniel Weinstein (Ret.)
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David Geronemus, Esq.
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Hon. Diane M. Welsh (Ret.)
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Hon. Dickran M. Tevrizian (Ret.)
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Eleissa C. Lavelle, Esq.
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Eric E. Van Loon, Esq.
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Hon. Harlan A. Martin (Former)
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  • Construction Defect
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Hugh E. Hackney, Esq.
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James E. McGuire, Esq.
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Hon. James Ware, (Ret.)
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  • Civil Rights
  • Class Action/Mass Tort
  • Construction
  • Cybersecurity & Privacy
  • Employment Law
  • Environmental
  • Federal Judge
  • Higher Education & Title IX
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International & Cross-Border
  • Life Sciences
  • Personal Injury
  • Professional Liability
  • Securities
Jeffrey G. Benz, Esq., FCIArb, FCollArb, CEDS
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  • Employment Law
  • Entertainment & Sports
  • Health Care
  • Higher Education & Title IX
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International & Cross-Border
  • Maritime Admiralty
  • Personal Injury
  • Real Property
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Jerry Spolter, Esq.
  • Agribusiness
  • Aviation
  • Business/Commercial
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  • Employment Law
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  • Professional Liability
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Joan C. Grafstein, Esq., FCIArb
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  • Civil Rights
  • Class Action & Mass Tort
  • Construction Defect
  • Education Schools
  • Employment Law
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  • Personal Injury
  • Professional Liability
  • Real Property
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Kenneth C. Gibbs, Esq.
  • Business Commercial
  • Construction
  • Energy & Utility
  • Engineering & Construction
  • Insurance
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  • Surety
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L. Joseph Loveland, Jr., Esq.
  • Antitrust & Competition
  • Banking
  • Business & Commercial
  • Governmental/Public Agency
  • Health Care
  • Intellectual Property
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Lawrence R. Mills, Esq.
  • Business/Commercial
  • Construction
  • Employment
  • Environmental
  • Financial Markets
  • Governmental & Public Agency
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Professional Liability
  • Real Property
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Lawrence W. Pollack, Esq.
  • Antitrust
  • Business/Commercial
  • Entertainment & Sports
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • International & Cross-Border
  • Maritime/Admiralty
  • Professional Liability
Linda R. Singer, Esq.
  • Business/Commercial
  • Civil Rights
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  • Employment Law
  • Environmental
  • Federal Law
  • Higher Education & Title IX
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Maria C. Walsh, Esq.
  • Appellate
  • Business/Commercial
  • Civil Rights
  • Construction Defect
  • Employment Law
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  • Health Care
  • Insurance
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Michael D. Young, Esq.
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business/Commercial
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  • Construction
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  • Engineering & Construction
  • Entertainment & Sports
  • Federal Law
  • Financial Markets
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  • International & Cross-Border
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Hon. Norman S. Fletcher (Ret.)
  • Appellate
  • Banking
  • Business Commercial
  • Class Action & Mass Tort
  • Construction
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  • Governmental & Public Agency
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Patricia H. Thompson, Esq., FCIArb, CollArbP
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  • Employment Law
  • Engineering & Construction
  • Financial Markets
  • Insurance
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Philip L. Bruner, Esq.
  • Construction
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  • Governmental & Public Agency
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R. Wayne Thorpe, Esq.
  • Accounting/Finance
  • Banking
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Hon. Rebecca Westerfield (Ret.)
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  • Banking
  • Business/Commercial
  • Civil Rights
  • Class Action/Mass Tort
  • Cybersecurity & Privacy
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  • Entertainment & Sports
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Hon. Richard A. Levie (Ret.)
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Richard Chernick, Esq.
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Robert A. Meyer, Esq.
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Robert B. Davidson, Esq., FCIArb
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  • Life Sciences
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Ronald Ravikoff, Esq.
  • Antitrust
  • Business/Commercial
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  • Governmental/Public Agency
  • Health Care
  • Securities
Hon. Ronald M. Sabraw (Ret.)
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  • Construction Defect
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Scott J. Silverman
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Hon. Stanley F. Birch, Jr. (Ret.)
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Hon. Stephen E. Neel (Ret.)
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  • Construction
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  • Environmental
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Steven C. Choquette, Esq.
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Hon. Steven J. Stone (Ret.)
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  • Construction Defect
  • Employment Law
  • Entertainment & Sports
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Personal Injury/Torts
  • Pharmaceuticals/Mass Tort
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Real Property
Zela ''Zee'' G. Claiborne, Esq.
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  • Construction
  • Employment
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