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Hon. Harlin DeWayne Hale (Ret.) Joins JAMS in Dallas

Former U.S. bankruptcy court judge joins JAMS as arbitrator, mediator, special master/referee and neutral evaluator

New Panelist Announcement

Dallas – JAMS, the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services worldwide, is pleased to announce the addition of Hon. Harlin DeWayne Hale (Ret.) to its panel. Judge Hale joins JAMS after serving on the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas for almost 20 years, including a two-year term as chief judge. Prior to his time on the court, Judge Hale had a distinguished career in private practice in the areas of bankruptcy, banking, real estate and business/commercial work.

Based in the Dallas Resolution Center, Judge Hale will serve as an arbitrator, mediator, special master/referee and neutral evaluator, handling banking, bankruptcy, business/commercial, federal law, and real estate and real property disputes. He is available to conduct sessions in person, as well as virtually for attorneys and their clients across the country.

Judge Hale is recognized for his ongoing dedication to the legal profession along with his extensive knowledge in the area of bankruptcy. We are thrilled he is joining our panel as a JAMS neutral and look forward to seeing him help parties resolve their disputes.

- Chris Poole, JAMS CEO

Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Hale served as regional partner in charge of the bankruptcy practice at Baker & McKenzie in Dallas, overseeing a range of matters involving complex chapter 11, health care insolvency and the bankruptcy of one of the country’s largest poultry producers.

Judge Hale has received numerous rewards and recognitions connected to his legal career, including the prestigious 2021 American Inns of Court Bankruptcy Inn Alliance Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes a judge or attorney specializing in bankruptcy law who has exhibited ongoing dedication to the highest standards of the legal profession, the rule of law, and personal ethics and integrity. He also received the William L. Norton Jr. Judicial Excellence Award from the American Bankruptcy institute in 2019.

I plan to approach my work at JAMS as I did as a judge, with preparation, consideration of all parties and fairness. I’m looking forward to applying my skills and experiences to this next step in my career.

- Hon. Harlin DeWayne Hale (Ret.)

He received his B.S. from Louisiana State University and his J.D. from Paul M. Hebert School of Law (LSU).

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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