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Hon. Irma E. Gonzalez (Ret.) Honored With the 2021 Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award

Hon. Irma E. Gonzalez (Ret.) Honored With the 2021 Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award

Award recognizes high-achieving women carrying forward the legacy of Margaret Brent, the first female lawyer in America

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San Diego – JAMS, the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services worldwide, is proud to announce that Hon. Irma E. Gonzalez (Ret.) has been honored as a recipient of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) 2021 Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award.

Presented annually by the ABA’s Commission on Women in the Profession, the award recognizes up to five outstanding women lawyers who have achieved professional excellence and paved the way for other women in the legal profession. The award was established to memorialize Margaret Brent, the first female lawyer in America.

A virtual reception will be held on August 5 to honor Judge Gonzalez and the other recipients.

Judge Gonzalez is a trailblazer, and through her incredible accomplishments, she has continued to carve a path for other women to follow in her footsteps. Her success and commitment to the legal community make her a valued member of our San Diego panel, and we congratulate her on this recognition.

- Chris Poole, JAMS CEO

After a judicial career spanning nearly 30 years, Judge Gonzalez joined JAMS in San Diego in 2013. Earlier in her career, she was appointed to the United States District Court for the Southern District of California in 1992—the first Mexican-American woman to be appointed as a federal judge. She served as chief judge from 2005 until 2012. Prior to her appointment to the federal bench, she served as a superior court judge in San Diego, a U.S. magistrate judge and an assistant U.S. attorney in the District of Arizona and the Central District of California, as well as an attorney in private practice.

At JAMS, Judge Gonzalez serves as an arbitrator, mediator and special master in the San Diego Resolution Center, and is highly regarded in the legal community for her fairness and skill in resolving complex disputes. She handles cases involving a wide range of issues, including business, employment, intellectual property and securities matters.

About JAMS – Local Solutions. Global Reach.

Founded in 1979, JAMS is the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution services worldwide. 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 in-person, virtual, and hybrid resolution services locally and globally through a combination of industry-specific experience, first-class client service, the latest technology, and highly trained mediators and arbitrators.

With a roster of over 400 neutrals and 29 locations, JAMS resolves thousands of the world’s important cases every year. JAMS neutrals are adept at managing the resolution process whether they are conducting in-person, virtual or hybrid hearings.

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Hon. Irma E. Gonzalez (Ret.)
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  • Employment Law
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  • Federal Law
  • Higher Education & Title IX
  • Intellectual Property
  • Maritime Admiralty

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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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