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Hon. Diane Joan Larsen (Ret.) Joins JAMS in Chicago

Former Cook County Judge will serve as arbitrator and mediator

New Panelist Announcement

Chicago – JAMS, the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services worldwide, is pleased to announce the addition of Hon. Diane Joan Larsen (Ret.) to its panel. Judge Larsen joins JAMS following more than 20 years of distinguished service to the Cook County (Illinois) courts, including 14 years in the Law Division and another six years in Chancery. Prior to taking the bench, Judge Larsen was chief of policy litigation at the City of Chicago Law Department, where she specialized in civil rights policy challenges and class action matters in both state and federal courts.

Based in the Chicago Resolution Center, Judge Larsen will serve as an arbitrator and mediator in a wide variety of disputes, including business/commercial, personal injury/torts, civil rights, class action/mass torts, employment, estate/probate/trusts, insurance and real property.

Judge Larsen has been an advocate and champion of early dispute resolution and has distinguished herself in the ADR field. Her knowledge and passion for resolving disputes make her a great addition to the JAMS panel in Chicago.

-Chris Poole, JAMS President and CEO

Judge Larsen has been an adjunct professor of appellate advocacy for nearly 30 years at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. She co-authored the civil litigation curriculum at Loyola and is a sought-after lecturer on various constitutional, civil and criminal law procedural issues at the Chicago Bar Association; the Illinois State Bar Association; the Police Foundation in Washington, D.C.; the Chicago Police Academy; the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police; and the Hispanic Institute of Law Enforcement, among others.

I find it incredibly rewarding when parties are able to craft their own solutions to disputes. Becoming a neutral at JAMS felt like the perfect fit for me, and I’m eager to start this new chapter of my career.

-Hon. Diane Joan Larsen (Ret.), JAMS Arbitrator and Mediator

Judge Larsen received her B.A., summa cum laude, from DePaul University and earned her J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.  

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.

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Hon. Diane Joan Larsen (Ret.)
  • Business & Commercial
  • Civil Rights
  • Class Action & Mass Tort
  • Cybersecurity & Privacy
  • Employment Law
  • Estates/Probate/Trusts
  • Insurance
  • Personal Injury/Torts
  • Real Estate & Real Property

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