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Hon. Vanessa D. Gilmore (Ret.) Joins JAMS in Houston

Hon. Vanessa D. Gilmore (Ret.) Joins JAMS in Houston

Former federal district judge joins JAMS as arbitrator, mediator and special master/referee

New Panelist Announcement

Houston – JAMS, the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services worldwide, is pleased to announce the addition of Hon. Vanessa D. Gilmore (Ret.). Judge Gilmore joins JAMS in Houston after a distinguished 27-year career as a United States district judge in the Southern District of Texas.

Sworn in as the youngest sitting federal judge in the nation, Judge Gilmore went on to develop extensive experience in handling matters involving patents and copyrights, labor and employment, and securities. She has issued important decisions on intellectual property, products liability, securities fraud, energy and utilities, insurance and environmental law, and has handled significant matters, including the Enron Broadband trial and the building of the Galveston cruise ship terminal.

Based in the Houston Resolution Center, Judge Gilmore will serve as an arbitrator, mediator and special master/referee, handling business and commercial, civil rights, class action and mass torts, cybersecurity and privacy, education and schools, employment, environmental, federal law, insurance, intellectual property, personal injury and torts, and securities 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.

Judge Gilmore is highly respected and known for her handling of high-profile matters as well as her dedication to helping parties resolve matters. Her commitment to her community, along with her impressive background, makes her well suited for to become a panelist at JAMS.

- Chris Poole, JAMS CEO

Judge Gilmore currently serves on the board of Texas Children’s Hospital, where she works on buildings and grounds, public policy, quality, service and safety issues. She is also a member of the board of the DePelchin Children’s Center, an accredited foster care and adoption agency serving vulnerable children and families in Texas. Judge Gilmore has held significant positions with the Texas Department of Commerce Policy Board and Texans for NAFTA, where she worked with diplomatic leaders, including the president of Mexico, to increase U.S. trade opportunities.

When parties come to the table with a desire to resolve their disputes, I am committed to working my hardest to help them achieve that goal. I’m looking forward to continuing to help parties resolve their disputes in my new role as a JAMS neutral.

- Hon. Vanessa D. Gilmore (Ret.) 

Judge Gilmore received her B.S. from Hampton University and her J.D. from the University of Houston College 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. Vanessa D. Gilmore (USDJ Ret.)
  • Business Commercial
  • Civil Rights
  • Class Action & Mass Tort
  • Cybersecurity & Privacy
  • Education Law
  • Employment Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Federal Law
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Personal Injury
  • Securities

Media Contact

For further information, please contact:

Kristine Snyder

JAMS Director, Public Relations & Content 

+1 949-224-4614 (Direct Dial)

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