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Hon. Clifton B. Newman (Ret.) Joins JAMS in Atlanta

Former South Carolina Circuit Court judge joins JAMS as an arbitrator, mediator and special master

New Panelist Announcement

Atlanta – JAMS, the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services worldwide, is pleased to announce that Hon. Clifton B. Newman (Ret.) has joined its panel. Judge Newman joins JAMS following 23 years as a judge on the South Carolina Circuit Court, where he presided over the South Carolina State Grand Jury and numerous high-profile civil and criminal cases, most recently The State v. Richard Alexander Murdaugh.

Over his years as a solicitor and during his judicial career, Judge Newman presided over myriad case types, including professional negligence, business torts, construction defect, insurance coverage, wrongful death and class actions. Additionally, he oversaw cases involving police shootings, false arrests and other governmental liability matters. A former president of the American College of Business Court Judges, he is adept at handling the issues and complexities of commercial litigation.

Based in the Atlanta Resolution Center, Judge Newman will serve as an arbitrator, mediator and special master, handling construction, business/commercial, personal injury and torts, class action/mass torts, insurance, wrongful death, shareholder actions/business divorce and health care cases. He is available to conduct sessions in person, as well as virtually, for clients across the country.

Judge Newman has established an outstanding reputation within the South Carolina legal community and beyond for his thoughtful approach to decision-making. He has decades of experience across many areas of the law, and we believe he will thrive in this new role as a JAMS panelist.

- Chris Poole, JAMS CEO

Early in his career, Judge Newman formed a successful private practice in Cleveland, Ohio, and ultimately settled in both Columbia and Kingstree, South Carolina, where he continued practicing law. He served as an assistant solicitor for Williamsburg County for over 16 years and spent 24 years in private practice prior to being unanimously elected to the South Carolina Circuit Court in 2000. He was unanimously reelected thereafter until his recent retirement from the bench.

With over 23 years of experience on the bench, I am committed to resolving ordinary, complex and high-profile matters at JAMS using the same even-tempered and consistent approach that has served me well throughout my career.

- Hon. Clifton B. Newman (Ret.)

Judge Newman earned his B.A. from Cleveland State University and his J.D. from the Cleveland State 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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Hon. Clifton B. Newman (Ret.)
  • Business Commercial
  • Class Action & Mass Tort
  • Construction
  • Governmental & Public Agency
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Personal Injury

Media Contact

For further information, please contact:

Kristine Snyder

JAMS Director, Public Relations & Content 

+1 949-224-4614 (Direct Dial)

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