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Hon. Gerald I. Fisher (Ret.) Joins JAMS in Washington, D.C.

Hon. Gerald I. Fisher (Ret.) Joins JAMS in Washington, D.C.

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

New Panelist Announcement

Washington, D.C. – JAMS, the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services worldwide, is pleased to announce the addition of Hon. Gerald I. Fisher (Ret.) to its panel. Judge Fisher joins JAMS from the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, where he began hearing cases in 2001 following his unanimous confirmation by the U.S. Senate. Before taking senior status in September 2022, Judge Fisher served in the Civil, Criminal, Domestic Violence and Probate & Tax divisions and was the presiding judge in the Probate & Tax Division from 2017 to 2019.  

Based in the Washington, D.C., Resolution Center, Judge Fisher will serve as an arbitrator, mediator and special master/referee, handling business and commercial; estate, probate and trusts; professional liability; 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 Fisher is known for his patience, fairness and ability to focus and understand all the details in a matter. His extensive experience and knowledge will serve him well in this next chapter of his career.”   
- Chris Poole, JAMS CEO

Following law school, Judge Fisher clerked for Judge J. Walter Yeagley of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and then became a supervising attorney in the criminal division of the D.C. Law Students in Court program, where he served full time until 1984. In 1984, Judge Fisher co-founded the law firm of Fisher, Morin & Kagan-Kans (eventually Fisher & Hansen), where he specialized in complex criminal and civil litigation representing both plaintiff and defense. Since 1985, he has been an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center, where he has taught courses in civil and criminal trial practice, capital punishment jurisprudence and, for the past 25 years, evidence. 

From 2012 to 2014, Judge Fisher was a visiting distinguished jurist at the Peking (China) University School of Transnational Law, where he taught a course on evidence. He is a frequent lecturer on evidence law and trial practice to judges and practitioners throughout the country and has served on the faculty of Harvard Law School’s Trial Advocacy Workshop, Santa Clara University School of Law’s Death Penalty College and California Western School of Law’s Institute for Criminal Defense Advocacy. 

“I’ve learned throughout the years that attention to detail and the ability to connect with the parties are critical in getting to the root of any dispute. Being able to apply my skills and knowledge to assist parties in reaching a resolution is something I’m looking forward to as a JAMS neutral.”
- Judge Fisher

Judge Fisher received his B.A. from the College of William & Mary and his J.D. from the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America.  

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 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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