Irvine, Calif. – JAMS, the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services worldwide, is pleased to announce that the College of Commercial Arbitrators (CCA) will appoint JAMS’ Barbara A. Reeves, Esq., CEDS, as CCA president at its annual meeting on October 27. Six JAMS neutrals have also become new fellows, including Laura C. Abrahamson, Esq., Hon. Frank Maas (Ret.), FCIArb; Adrienne Publicover, Esq.; Peter K. Rosen, Esq., FCIArb; Patricia H. Thompson, Esq., FCIArb; and Conna A. Weiner, Esq., FCIArb.
Barbara Reeves is nationally recognized for her work in mediation and arbitration and is a tremendous choice to represent the CCA as its president. We congratulate Barbara and all six of our fellows on this honor, which demonstrates JAMS’ leadership in arbitration and the high ethical standards that our neutrals display every day.
- Chris Poole, JAMS CEO
Barbara A. Reeves has been ranked on the Chambers “Nationwide Mediators” list every year since 2016. Prior to becoming a neutral, she had an extensive and varied litigation and business counseling practice, clerked with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and worked as a trial attorney with the United States Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, in Washington, D.C., and as chief of the Los Angeles office.
At JAMS, Ms. Reeves serves nationally as a mediator and arbitrator in complex business and employment litigation. Her work includes antitrust and employment class actions; mergers and acquisitions litigation; health care industry claims, including claims arising under the False Claims Act; intellectual property disputes, including patents, copyrights and trade secrets; construction and surety claims; consumer class actions; cybersecurity and cyber breach matters; insurance coverage cases; and other commercial disputes.
In her role at JAMS, Laura C. Abrahamson brings significant national and international experience in the engineering, construction, oil and gas, and chemicals industries. She has experience as an arbitrator, advocate and client in over 100 arbitrations and major litigation matters, as well as more than 50 mediations, around the world.
Frank Maas joined JAMS following 17 years of service as a United States Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of New York which included a two-year term as Chief Magistrate Judge. Before becoming a Judge, he was a federal prosecutor in the Southern District of New York, a partner in the New York City office of a large commercial litigation law firm headquartered in upstate New York, and First Deputy Commissioner of the New York City Department of Investigation. At JAMS, he serves as a mediator and arbitrator and often is appointed by courts as a special master in complex commercial cases.
At JAMS, Adrienne Publicover’s ADR practice includes insurance, ERISA, employment, landlord/tenant, personal injury and healthcare disputes. Since joining JAMS in 2016, she has arbitrated over 100 cases across a wide spectrum of subject matter and value, with deep experience in employment, health care and insurance matters. Her mediation clients praise her ability to credibly evaluate disputes on behalf of all the parties and to build the bridges necessary to achieve resolution. Prior to joining JAMS, she was a litigator for over 25 years, practicing in California and Texas.
Peter K. Rosen joined JAMS in 2019 following a prestigious legal career. Throughout the course of his 40-year career as an advocate and since affiliating with JAMS, he has driven hundreds of matters to a mediated resolution and has resolved numerous high-stakes domestic and international arbitrations. As both a lawyer and a neutral, he has focused primarily on resolving complex insurance-related disputes involving directors’ and officers' liability, general liability, property, cyber, employment, professional liability, construction, fidelity, environmental, and representations and warranties insurance policies, as well as reinsurance disputes. He has deep knowledge in handling coverage issues arising out of mass disasters. His role in the World Trade Center insurance coverage litigation earned him worldwide recognition. He received accolades from The Legal 500 and Chambers USA, which noted, “He is recognized for his ‘wealth of expertise.’”
In her role at JAMS, Patricia H. Thompson concentrates her practice on construction and surety claims, employment discrimination, wage and noncompete disputes, fidelity and business insurance coverage analysis, and other complex commercial disputes. She has been regularly listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Business Lawyers, The International Who's Who of Construction and Business Lawyers and similar Florida publications ranking attorneys in her areas of practice concentration.
At JAMS, Conna A. Weiner brings to her U.S. and international commercial mediation and arbitration practice a unique combination of litigation, transactional, intellectual property, regulatory and in-house experience after cross-border roles with internationally known outside counsel and multinational life sciences (pharmaceuticals, medical device, diagnostics, vaccines and other therapeutics) and health care companies. While she handles a wide range of commercial and employment matters, her experience in the life sciences and health care is particularly sought after in connection with disputes benefiting from deep industry experience. She is also increasingly retained in technological disputes outside of the life sciences involving IT and related patents, copyright and trade secret disputes. She recently co-authored a book published by the American Bar Association: Commercial Mediation Practice Guide: A Practical Handbook for Lawyers and Their Business Clients.
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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 30 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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