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Hon. Richard M. Aronson (Ret.) Joins JAMS in Orange County

Hon. Richard M. Aronson (Ret.) Joins JAMS in Orange County

Former associate justice joins JAMS as arbitrator, mediator, special master/referee and neutral evaluator

New Panelist Announcement

Irvine, Calif. – JAMS, the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services worldwide, is pleased to announce the addition of Hon. Richard M. Aronson (Ret.) to its panel. Justice Aronson joins JAMS after having served as an associate justice on the California Court of Appeal, Fourth District, Division Three, for nearly 20 years.

Justice Aronson authored approximately 1,600 opinions, including more than 180 that were published, covering nearly every aspect of California law. He also served for more than 10 years on the Orange County Superior Court, beginning in 1989, when the Orange County Superior Court judges selected him to be a superior court commissioner. He later became the first commissioner to receive a trial court assignment. He was appointed to the superior court in 1996. During his tenure, he completed panel assignments for unlimited civil trials, felony criminal trials and family law trials, and sat on the law and motion panel and the court’s appellate division.

Based in the Orange County Resolution Center, Justice Aronson will serve as an arbitrator, mediator, special master/referee and neutral evaluator, handling appellate, business and commercial, employment, health care, insurance, personal injury and torts, professional liability, real estate and real property, and family law disputes. He is available to conduct sessions in person (adhering to reopening guidelines), as well as virtually for attorneys and their clients across the country.

Justice Aronson is highly respected for his fair-minded, pragmatic approach, along with his ability to connect with parties easily and effectively. He brings a great deal of experience to this new role, and we’re honored that he’s chosen to join the talented panel at JAMS.

- Chris Poole, JAMS CEO

Before his appointment to the bench, Justice Aronson was a senior staff attorney at the Court of Appeal and a deputy public defender in Orange County, where he tried major felonies and supervised the homicide panel and the writs and appeals department. As a deputy district attorney in San Bernardino County, he prosecuted major felonies, including homicides and sexual assault crimes, and as a private practitioner, he focused on civil and criminal litigation.

Justice Aronson has served as a faculty member for the California Judicial College and New Judge Orientation; a lecturer at the California State Bar, the Rutter Group and Continuing Education of the Bar; and a speaker before various bar groups. As an adjunct professor at the University of California, Irvine Law School and Chapman School of Law, he taught courses on evidence and trial advocacy.

From my decades of experience, I’ve been able to find creative ways to connect with the parties and resolve even the toughest disputes. Using my knowledge of the law and applying my experiences, I’m excited for this new chapter in my career to continue to resolve disputes as a neutral at JAMS.

- Hon. Richard M. Aronson (Ret.)

Justice Aronson received his B.A. and J.D. from the University of San Diego and his Masters of Law (LL.M.) from the University of Virginia.

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. Richard M. Aronson (Ret.)
  • Appellate
  • Business Commercial
  • Civil Rights
  • Employment Law
  • Family Law
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Personal Injury
  • Professional Liability
  • Real Property
  • Estate Probate Trusts

Media Contact

For further information, please contact:

Kristine Snyder

JAMS Director, Public Relations & Content 

+1 949-224-4614 (Direct Dial)

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