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Hon. Risë Jones Pichon, (Ret.) Santa Clara Superior Court Judge, Joins JAMS in Silicon Valley

Former superior court presiding judge will act as arbitrator, mediator and special master

New Panelist Announcement

Silicon Valley – JAMS, the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services worldwide, is pleased to welcome Hon. Risë Jones Pichon (Ret.) to its panel in Silicon Valley. Judge Pichon joins JAMS after a distinguished judicial career spanning more than 35 years. Most recently, Judge Pichon was a superior court judge for the County of Santa Clara for more than 20 years and was elected to serve as presiding judge of the Santa Clara County Superior Court in 2015 and 2016.

Based in the Silicon Valley Resolution Center, Judge Pichon will serve as a mediator, arbitrator and special master for a wide array of disputes, including estate/probate/trust matters, personal injury/torts and business/commercial matters.

Judge Pichon’s distinguished career and well-earned reputation for gracefully managing difficult situations will prove invaluable to our Silicon Valley panel. We are glad she is joining the JAMS team and know she will continue to help attorneys and their clients reach resolutions.

- Chris Poole, JAMS President and CEO

As a judge, Judge Pichon oversaw the completion and opening of the Family Justice Center Courthouse in San Jose and implemented a new case manager system in the criminal/felony division.

There is something so fulfilling about helping people resolve disputes, and I feel fortunate to be taking this next step in my career journey,” Judge Pichon said. “I look forward to working alongside the talented JAMS team in Silicon Valley.

- Hon. Rise Jones Pichon (Ret.), JAMS Mediator, Arbitrator, and Special Master

Judge Pichon is known for her fairness, credibility and consistency, as evidenced by the many honors and awards she has received during her career, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Santa Clara County Trial Lawyers Association in 2019 and the Legendary Champions of Justice Award from the California Association of Black Lawyers in 2018. 

Judge Pichon received her B.S. in mathematics from Santa Clara University and went on to earn her J.D. from the Santa Clara University 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. Risë Jones Pichon (Ret.)
  • Business Commercial
  • Employment Law
  • Estate Probate Trusts
  • Family Law
  • Higher Education & Title IX
  • Personal Injury

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Kristine Snyder

JAMS Director, Public Relations & Content 

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