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Richard J. Suarez (Retired Judge, District Court of Appeals) Joins JAMS in Miami

Former chief judge comes to JAMS as an arbitrator, mediator and special master

New Panelist Announcement

Miami – JAMS, the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services worldwide, is pleased to welcome Richard J. Suarez (Retired Judge, District Court of Appeals) to its panel. Judge Suarez joins JAMS following a distinguished legal career, most recently from Florida’s Third District Court of Appeal, where he served as chief judge from 2015 to 2017. Judge Suarez was appointed to the Court of Appeal in 2005 following his service as a judge on the County Court of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Miami-Dade County.

Based in the JAMS Miami Resolution Center, Judge Suarez will serve as an arbitrator, mediator and special master in a number of practice areas, including business/commercial, class action, construction, employment, insurance and personal injury.

Judge Suarez has a reputation for his pragmatism, sharp legal acumen and ability to analyze the merits of cases effectively. We are honored to have him join us in Miami and look forward to seeing him build on his strengths as a neutral with JAMS.

-Chris Poole, JAMS President and CEO

During his 14 years on the appellate bench, Judge Suarez authored hundreds of published opinions in a wide range of areas, including class actions, construction, insurance, employment, personal injury and matters concerning government entities. Judge Suarez began his legal career as a litigator specializing in civil litigation and appeals in both state and federal courts.

Throughout my career, I’ve taken great pride in guiding parties on a path to resolution. The combination of my experience and expertise has brought me to this next chapter in my career as a JAMS neutral in Miami.

-Richard Suarez (Retired Judge, District Court of Appeal), JAMS Arbitrator, Mediator, and Special Master

Judge Suarez received his B.A. from the University of Miami and then went on to earn his J.D., cum laude, from University of Miami 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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Richard J. Suarez
  • Business Commercial
  • Class Action & Mass Tort
  • Construction
  • Employment Law
  • Family Law
  • Insurance
  • Personal Injury

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For further information, please contact:

Kristine Snyder

JAMS Director, Public Relations & Content 

+1 949-224-4614 (Direct Dial)

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