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Victoria Ann Roberts, Retired Judge, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Joins JAMS in Detroit

Federal district court judge joins JAMS as arbitrator, mediator, court-appointed neutral and neutral evaluator

New Panelist Announcement

Irvine, Calif. – JAMS, the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services worldwide, is pleased to announce the addition of Victoria Ann Roberts, Retired Judge, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. For over two decades, Judge Roberts served on the bench and was renowned for her fair and even-handed approach to overseeing cases, as well as her integrity and humanity when applying the law.

While on the bench, Judge Roberts pioneered new initiatives in the federal courts and her community. She also handled several high-profile cases, including serving as a mediator in the City of Detroit bankruptcy case in 2013. From 2010 to 2012, she co-chaired a committee that examined ways to improve the racial makeup of federal juries. When the COVID-19 pandemic shut down court proceedings in 2020, she was a key advocate in moving the court to virtual proceedings.

Based in the Detroit Resolution Center, Judge Roberts will serve as an arbitrator, mediator, court-appointed neutral and neutral evaluator, handling business/commercial, civil rights, class action/mass tort, employment, personal injury, product liability, securities, federal law and bankruptcy cases. She is available to conduct sessions in person, as well as virtually, for clients across the country.

Judge Roberts is a legal trailblazer, leader and champion for diversity and equality. She has decades of experience handling cases across an array of practice areas and is incredibly adept at resolving complex, high-stakes matters.

- Chris Poole, JAMS CEO

Prior to her long tenure on the federal bench, Judge Roberts worked in private practice and represented the United States, the state of Michigan, the Detroit Building Authority, the Economic Development Corporation for the City of Detroit, the American Motors Corporation, and individual plaintiffs and defendants. She served as the 62nd president of the State Bar of Michigan. She has served as an international lecturer and educator throughout her career and was also the creator of the Pro Se Legal Assistance Clinic for the Detroit Mercy School of Law and the Early Mediation Program for pro se civil rights cases. 

Throughout my years on the bench, I strived to serve the public and lead with integrity and a commitment to equal justice for all. I learned over the years that balancing sharp case analysis with compassion and understanding is the best way to have an impact and navigate complex disputes. In my role at JAMS, I hope to channel that same energy and work with parties of all walks of life to reach meaningful dispute resolution.

- Victoria Ann Roberts, Retired Judge, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

Judge Roberts earned her B.A. from the University of Michigan and her J.D. from Northeastern University 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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Victoria A. Roberts
  • Business Commercial
  • Civil Rights
  • Class Action & Mass Tort
  • Employment Law
  • Federal Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Product Liability
  • 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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