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Hon. Steven E. Kirkland (Former) Joins JAMS in Houston

Hon. Steven E. Kirkland (Former) Joins JAMS in Houston

Former district court judge joins JAMS as arbitrator and mediator

New Panelist Announcement

Houston – JAMS, the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services worldwide, is pleased to announce the addition of Hon. Steven E. Kirkland (Former) to its panel. Judge Kirkland joins JAMS after serving as a judge for 16 years, including eight years in the 334th Civil District Court and the 215th Civil District Court in Harris County, Texas.

Based in the Houston Resolution Center, Judge Kirkland will serve as an arbitrator and mediator, handling business and commercial, personal injury and torts, civil rights, construction, employment, energy and utilities, environmental, health care, real property, insurance, accounting and finance, and government and public agency disputes.

With his passion for ADR and reputation for understanding even the most complex of matters, Judge Kirkland will make an excellent addition to our panel. We are delighted that he’s joining JAMS as a neutral.

- Chris Poole, JAMS President and CEO

Prior to joining the bench, Judge Kirkland served as senior assistant city attorney for the City of Houston, where he counseled the city’s chief development officer and city attorney on economic development projects. He also spent four years in private practice representing environmental tort plaintiffs and small businesses, as well as eight years as in-house counsel for an international oil company, providing representation in many legal areas, the negotiation and drafting of transaction documents, litigation management, representation before regulatory agencies and compliance counseling. Judge Kirkland is active in promoting drug and alcohol addiction recovery programs, affordable housing, historic preservation and LGBT rights.

I believe that the path to helping parties reach a successful resolution is a combination of careful listening, thoughtful analysis and an abundance of preparation. I’m looking forward to continuing serve the Houston community as a neutral at JAMS.

- Hon. Steven E. Kirkland (Former) 

Judge Kirkland received his B.A. from Rice University and his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Houston 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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Media Contact

For further information, please contact:

Kristine Snyder

JAMS Director, Public Relations & Content 

+1 949-224-4614 (Direct Dial)

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