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Hon. Elizabeth D. Laporte (Ret.) Joins JAMS in San Francisco

Former U.S. magistrate judge will serve as an arbitrator, mediator, special master/referee and neutral evaluator

New Panelist Announcement

San Francisco – JAMS, the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services worldwide, is pleased to announce the addition of Hon. Elizabeth D. Laporte (Ret.) to its panel. Judge Laporte joins JAMS after serving more than two decades as a United States magistrate judge for the Northern District of California, including as chief magistrate judge from 2013 to 2015. 

Based in the San Francisco Resolution Center, Judge Laporte will serve as an arbitrator, mediator, special master/referee and neutral evaluator, handling disputes in antitrust, business/commercial, civil rights, employment, environmental law, insurance and intellectual property.

Judge Laporte has a deep knowledge of the law along with extensive expertise in e-discovery. She has achieved great success throughout her career, and we are thrilled she’s joining our panel in San Francisco.

- Chris Poole, JAMS President and CEO

Judge Laporte is known for helping to shape patent and other intellectual property case law and for advancing the court’s e-discovery procedures. Her colleagues and the legal community consider her among the leading legal thinkers on e-discovery issues. For her efforts, she earned the Judicial Leadership Award from the Electronic Discovery Institute in 2015. She also launched the Northern District’s Women Attorneys Advocacy Project, which seeks to promote gender equality in the legal community

As a magistrate judge, I conducted settlement conferences and presided over cases through summary judgement and trial, so becoming a neutral at JAMS felt like a logical next step for me. I have worked extensively to resolve complex business disputes such as patent cases and employment matters over the years and look forward to helping parties resolve a variety of disputes as a JAMS neutral in the community that I’ve been honored to serve for over two decades.

- Hon. Elizabeth D. Laporte (Ret.), JAMS Arbitrator, Mediator, Special Master/Referee, Neutral Evaluator

Judge Laporte received her B.A. from Princeton University, her M.A. from Oxford University and her J.D. from Yale Law School.

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. Elizabeth D. Laporte (Ret.)
  • Antitrust & Competition
  • Business Commercial
  • Civil Rights
  • Class Action & Mass Tort
  • Employment Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Federal Law
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International & Cross-Border
  • Life Sciences
  • Professional Liability
  • Securities

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JAMS Director, Public Relations & Content 

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