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Hon. Dean S. Lum (Ret.) Joins JAMS in Seattle

Hon. Dean S. Lum (Ret.) Joins JAMS in Seattle

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

New Panelist Announcement

Seattle – JAMS, the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services worldwide, is pleased to announce the addition of Hon. Dean S. Lum (Ret.). Judge Lum joins JAMS after a distinguished 23-year career on the King County (Seattle) Superior Court. As a trial judge, Judge Lum presided over hundreds of civil trials, heard thousands of civil motions and conducted dozens of settlement conferences.

Based in the Seattle Resolution Center, Judge Lum will serve as an arbitrator, mediator, special master/referee and neutral evaluator, handling business and commercial, class action and mass tort, construction defect, employment, estate/probate/trusts, insurance, personal injury and torts, professional liability, 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.

Judge Lum has built a reputation on his commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and his dedication and ability to understand even the most complicated aspects of the law. He also has an ability to quickly get to the heart of any dispute, which will serve him well in this new role as a neutral at JAMS.

- Chris Poole, JAMS CEO

Prior to taking the bench, Judge Lum was a deputy prosecutor who tried over 50 felony jury trials to verdict and a civil litigator for several mid-sized Seattle law firms. As a civil defense litigation attorney, his practice concentrated on insurance coverage/bad faith, construction defect, professional liability, product liability and premises liability cases. 

In my years of experience, I’ve found that connecting with the parties to fully understand each element of a dispute is instrumental in finding a resolution to any case. Using my skills and knowledge, I’m looking forward to this next chapter of my career as a JAMS neutral.

- Hon. Dean S. Lum (Ret.)

Judge Lum received his B.A. from Pomona College and his J.D. from University of Washington 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

Judge Dean S. Lum (Ret.)
  • Cannabis
  • Class Action & Mass Tort
  • Construction Defect
  • Employment Law
  • Estate Probate Trusts
  • Family Law
  • Higher Education & Title IX
  • Insurance
  • 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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