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Hon. Sherry Klein Heitler (Ret.) Joins JAMS in New York

Hon. Sherry Klein Heitler (Ret.) Joins JAMS in New York

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

New Panelist Announcement

New York – JAMS, the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services worldwide, is pleased to announce the addition of Hon. Sherry Klein Heitler (Ret.) to its panel. Justice Heitler joins JAMS after 28 years on the bench serving New York State with excellence.

During her career, in recognition of her work ethic and ability, four chief administrative judges appointed Justice Heitler to positions with diverse responsibilities. She served as chief of policy and planning for the New York State Unified Court System. Prior to this, she served as the administrative judge for civil matters in New York County and as an associate justice of the Appellate Term of the New York State Supreme Court, First Department.

Based in the New York Resolution Center, Justice Heitler will serve as an arbitrator, mediator, special master/referee and neutral evaluator, and handle family, personal injury and torts, professional liability, employment, product liability, construction defect, real estate and real property, and insurance disputes. She is available to conduct sessions in person (adhering to reopening guidelines), as well as virtually for attorneys and their clients across the country.

“Justice Heitler is admired and respected for her extensive experience, knowledge of the law and dedication in helping parties reach a resolution. With her well-rounded perspective and ability to connect with people, we are confident that she will make an excellent addition to the JAMS panel.”

- Chris Poole, JAMS CEO

During her lengthy terms on the bench, Justice Heitler handled thousands of cases in multiple areas of the law. Her career has spanned the full breadth of matrimonial, administrative, appellate, criminal and civil matters involving asbestos mass torts, personal injury, commercial and residential landlord/tenant, business/commercial and insurance coverage disputes, as well as special proceedings. Her expansive experience also includes medical malpractice, dental malpractice, legal malpractice, property damage, sexual harassment and contract claims. Justice Heitler has been a leader in civic and community organizations and associations, and she frequently chairs and lectures for professional programs.

“As a practicing lawyer and a judge, I settled or decided all types of matters, including matrimonial, personal injury and medical malpractice cases. I look forward to using my experience in this new role as a panelist at JAMS.”

-  Hon. Sherry Klein Heitler (Ret.)

Justice Heitler received her B.A. from Hunter College of the City of New York, her M.A. from New York University and her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law.

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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Featured People

Hon. Sherry  Klein  Heitler  (Ret.)
  • Business Commercial
  • Construction Defect
  • Class Action & Mass Tort
  • Employment Law
  • Family Law
  • Insurance
  • Personal Injury
  • Product Liability
  • 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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