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Hon. Daniel Weinstein (Ret.) to Receive Peacemaker Award

Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution will present JAMS neutral with its Peacemaker Award for substantial contributions to mediation

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Malibu, Calif. – JAMS, the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services worldwide, is pleased to announce that Hon. Daniel Weinstein (Ret.) will be recognized with the distinguished Peacemaker Award by Pepperdine University Caruso School of Law’s Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. The award honors the multiple contributions to the ADR field made by Judge Danny, as he prefers to be addressed, including his establishing the Weinstein International Foundation and co-founding the Weinstein JAMS International Fellowship Program in partnership with the JAMS Foundation. Both organizations advance mediation globally through mentoring and hands-on practice to address real-world challenges.

Judge Weinstein’s philanthropic work also includes founding Seven Tepees, a youth organization in San Francisco, where he currently serves as chairman. He is also the founder and president of the Baja Coastal Institute, whose mission is to protect marine life, and is chairman of the Danny Weinstein Youth Foundation. He previously served on the boards of the Delancey Street Foundation and the Special Olympics. 

Judge Weinstein has mediated cases with an aggregate value of billions of dollars annually and has designed innovative processes tailored to complex and highly sensitive cases. He founded JAMS Class Action Settlement Administration processes to ensure the fair and speedy allocation of settlement funds in large-scale matters, such as the Union Carbide gas leak settlement, African-American farmers’ discrimination claims and compensation and overtime claims in retail industries.

Judge Weinstein has settled some of the largest and most contentious financial sector cases of the past two decades, including those involving major financial institutions such as Goldman Sachs and international corporations such as Swiss reinsurer Converium, Parmalat and Shinsei Bank, as well as the institutional collapses during the post-Enron financial meltdown. He developed a dynamic team mediation process for dealing with such unwieldy cases as the class action against the banks named in the Enron suit, the Adelphia bankruptcy and the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy.  

As a U.S. Envoy to Bosnia, Judge Weinstein mediated a $14-billion transfer of funds to Muslims, Croats and Serbs. Judge Weinstein and his nimble team have guided tough international and human rights cases to resolution, including major cross-border and ATS actions with social and environmental impact involving Colombia, the Peruvian Amazon, the Ivory Coast and the Philippines.

Judge Weinstein’s entertainment and sports dispute calendar reads like an issue of Vanity Fair, with clients ranging from Itzhak Perlman to Floyd Mayweather, from The Lord of the Rings to the Eagles’ Hotel California. He is perhaps most humbled by his work to creatively resolve Rosa Parks’s case against the hip hop duo OutKast in the twilight of her life.

Judge Weinstein’s resolutions of large, multi-party antitrust actions—including those involving price-fixing allegations against entities as varied as multinational technology manufacturers (including DRAM, SRAM and LCD matters), egg producers, cosmetic industry companies, and credit default swaps—demonstrate his management expertise and sensitivity to cultural differences. He keeps up with the cutting edge of technology and culture, with intellectual property resolutions involving the highest-value patent licensing computer tech case; international video game disputes; technology transfer issues in universities and research institutions; copyright termination issues and major intellectual property and privacy issues arising out of evolving digital distribution modalities, peer-to-peer transmission and repurposed content.

JAMS is honored to have Judge Weinstein on its panel and is grateful that his dedication and commitment to advancing ADR are being recognized. We congratulate him on this significant and well-deserved accomplishment.

- Chris Poole, JAMS President and CEO

Judge Weinstein is one of the founding members of JAMS. The Weinstein JAMS International Fellowship Program, launched by Judge Weinstein and JAMS in 2008, provides aspiring and practicing ADR professionals outside of the United States an opportunity to learn more about promoting mediation and dispute resolution practices in their own countries and beyond.

Judge Weinstein will be presented with the Peacemaker Award in Malibu, Calif., on Jan. 23, 2020.

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About the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution and Peacemaker Award

The Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine Caruso School of Law is one of the world's leading educational programs in the field of dispute resolution. In its 33-year history, the Institute has educated thousands of lawyers and non-law professionals on the foundational theories and cutting-edge practices in ADR, both in the U.S. and around the globe. You can learn more about the Straus institute for Dispute Resolution here.

The Peacemaker Award, the Straus Institute's highest honor, recognizes distinguished individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of dispute resolution, exhibited leadership in the face of conflict and diligently pursued the path of peace in their career. This award was previously presented to Archbishop Desmond Tutu in 2013. 

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