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Ellen Louise Maas, Retired Judge, Washington County (Minn.) District Court, Joins JAMS in Minneapolis

Retired U.S. district court judge joins JAMS as mediator and arbitrator

New Panelist Announcement

Minneapolis – JAMS, the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services worldwide, is pleased to announce the addition of Ellen Louise Maas, Retired Judge, Washington County (Minn.) District Court, to its panel. Judge Maas joins JAMS following a 28-year judicial career as a district court judge for the Tenth Judicial District in Minnesota.

Judge Maas was appointed to the bench in 1995 and subsequently reelected five times. She served as a district court judge in both Anoka County and Washington County, Minnesota. During her tenure on the bench, she made significant contributions to the administration of justice in Minnesota, including serving 13 years on the Board of Judicial Standards. While in Anoka County, she played an important role in the design and adoption of the “one judge/one family” docketing plan in family court. This innovation paved the way for similar improvements in the assignment of complex civil matters.

Based in the Minneapolis Resolution Center, Judge Maas will serve as an arbitrator and mediator, handling business/commercial, class action/mass tort, employment, government/public agency, personal injury/torts and family law cases. She is available to conduct sessions in person, as well as virtually, for clients across the country.

Judge Maas is known for her fairness, respect and legal prowess within the Minnesota judicial system. She is a revered member of the community in and out of the courtroom and has exceptional skill in understanding and navigating the nuances of the conflicts and parties that come before her to help reach a fair resolution.

- Chris Poole, JAMS CEO

Judge Maas is nationally recognized for her handling of a six-week jury trial, Frazier v. Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp., arising from a 2003 multiple-fatality car-train crash in Anoka, Minnesota. Outside the courtroom, Judge Maas has performed over 2,000 weddings for Minnesotans, counting it as one of her favorite judicial duties. She is known within the Minnesota legal community for handling high-stakes litigation and working with parties to assess their positions and resolve issues fairly under pressure.

Throughout my career, I’ve found that patience and the ability to listen intently are critical in understanding the parties and helping to resolve even the most complex of disputes. I’m thrilled to be joining the JAMS panel as a neutral, and I look forward to this next chapter of my career.

- Ellen Louise Maas, Retired Judge, Washington County (Minn.) District Court

Judge Maas earned her B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Drake University and her J.D., With Distinction, from the University of Iowa 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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