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Joan B. Kessler, Esq., Ph.D., Selected to Los Angeles Business Journal’s 2019 “Most Influential Women Attorneys” List

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Los Angeles – JAMS, the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services worldwide, is proud to announce that Joan B. Kessler, Esq., Ph.D., has been selected to the Los Angeles Business Journal’s (LABJ) 2019 list of “Most Influential Women Attorneys.”

The list is chosen annually by a committee of LABJ representatives and announced in a special supplement published by the LABJ. The women selected are recognized for exceptional legal skill and achievement across the full spectrum of responsibility; exemplary leadership, as evidenced by the highest professional and ethical standards; and for contributions to the Los Angeles community at large.  

Joan has consistently and impressively served the Los Angeles community both before and during her time at JAMS. Congratulations to her on receiving this well-deserved honor.

- Chris Poole, JAMS president and CEO

Dr. Kessler joined JAMS after a 30-year legal career, over 10 of which were focused on ADR. She holds a Ph.D. in communications and worked for more than 10 years as a jury researcher and consultant. Using her communications background and key insights into jury dynamics, Dr. Kessler can develop rapport with even the most challenging, combative and high-profile personalities. She uses her ability to speak Spanish and her understanding of Korean, Persian, Israeli, Armenian and other cultures to help resolve real estate, employment, business, entertainment, trust/estate, insurance and health care disputes through mediation. 

This past year, Dr. Kessler resolved numerous matters, including many that involved Fortune 100 and 500 companies. She is also firmly committed to mentoring young women, with the Joan B. Kessler Award providing support to graduate students at the University of Michigan for the past 25 years. In addition, Dr. Kessler is a member of the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles (WLALA) Foundation Board and serves as a liaison to Inner City Law Center (ICLC). She took a leading role in organizing a pro bono mediation program with JAMS and ICLC, recognizing an opportunity to involve the talented mediators at JAMS to help parties resolve their disputes.

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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About the Los Angeles Business Journal

Each week, the award-winning Los Angeles Business Journal examines the many ways that the L.A. economy operates. First-rate editorial and research teams provide in-depth analyses of the community’s dynamic business and economic scenes.

Its lists provide comprehensive data and statistics on top-ranked Los Angeles companies across all industries. Each of these surveys is then compiled into the Los Angeles Business Journal's invaluable resource: the annual Book of Lists.

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Kristine Snyder

JAMS Director, Public Relations & Content 

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