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Hon. Randa M. Trapp (Ret.) Joins JAMS in San Diego

Hon. Randa M. Trapp (Ret.) Joins JAMS in San Diego

Former superior court judge joins JAMS as arbitrator, mediator and special master/referee

New Panelist Announcement

San Diego – JAMS, the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services worldwide, is pleased to announce the addition of Hon. Randa M. Trapp (Ret.) to its panel. Judge Trapp joins JAMS after serving 18 years on the San Diego Superior Court, including 10 years in the civil division where she presided over all aspects of civil litigation. Judge Trapp was elected to serve two terms on the court’s Executive Committee and was elevated to assistant supervising judge and then supervising judge of the Civil Division.

During her time on the bench, Judge Trapp presided over discovery disputes, pretrial rulings, trials and settlement conferences. She presided over more than 100 civil jury trials. During her tenure as supervising judge and as chair of the court's ADR Committee, Judge Trapp reinstated the Settlement Days program in 2019.

Based in the San Diego Resolution Center, Judge Trapp will serve as an arbitrator, mediator and special master/referee, handling employment, business and commercial, professional liability, mass torts, family law, construction defect, real property and personal injury matters. She is also available for virtual proceedings nationwide.

Judge Trapp is widely respected as a trailblazer and is admired for her dedication to the law and ability to resolve even the most complex of matters. She brings a wealth of experience and expertise to JAMS, and we’re honored to have her on our panel.

- Chris Poole, JAMS CEO

Prior to her appointment to the bench, Judge Trapp’s practice focused on construction defect and business litigation with a mid-sized firm, and she was also in-house counsel for a Fortune 100 energy company, where she was appointed assistant corporate secretary for the company’s regulated utilities.

I believe that tenacity, combined with patience and the ability to truly listen, provides a strong foundation for resolving disputes. I have a passion for helping others and am eager to take this next step in my career as a JAMS neutral, especially in the community that I have served for many years.

- Hon. Randa M. Trapp (Ret.)

Judge Trapp will receive the Outstanding Jurist Award from the San Diego County Bar Association in May; was recently honored with the 2021 Living Legend Award by the National Bar Association, Region IX; and was named a 2021 Trailblazer by the San Diego County Women’s History Hall of Fame, Women’s Museum of California.

Judge Trapp received her B.A. from San Jose State University and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.

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 dispute resolution services locally and globally through a combination of industry-specific experience, first-class client service, top-notch facilities and highly trained panelists.

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

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Featured People

Hon. Randa M. Trapp (Ret.)
  • Business Commercial
  • Class Action & Mass Tort
  • Construction
  • Construction Defect
  • Employment Law
  • Family Law
  • Higher Education & Title IX
  • Intellectual Property
  • Personal Injury
  • Professional Liability
  • Real Property

Media Contact

For further information, please contact:

Kristine Snyder

JAMS Director, Public Relations & Content 

+1 949-224-4614 (Direct Dial)

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