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Hon. Marla O. Anderson (Ret.) Joins JAMS in Silicon Valley

Retired superior court judge joins JAMS as an arbitrator, mediator, and neutral evaluator

New Panelist Announcement

Silicon Valley, Calif. – JAMS, the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services worldwide, is pleased to announce that Hon. Marla O. Anderson (Ret.) has joined its panel. Judge Anderson joins JAMS after serving for almost three decades as a judge on the Monterey County Superior Court, Monterey County Municipal Court.

Judge Anderson through court consolidation became a member of the Monterey County Superior Court in 2002. While on the bench, she presided over each of the court’s calendars and served as presiding judge. In 2008, she also served as an appellate panel judge for the San Benito County Superior Court. Earlier in her career, she served as a judge on the Monterey County Municipal Court from 1995 to 2002. Prior to the bench, Judge Anderson worked as an associate attorney with the Sacramento law firm Weintraub, Genshlea, Hardy, Erich & Brown. She subsequently joined the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office, where she tried many cases as a deputy district attorney.

Based in the Silicon Valley Resolution Center, Judge Anderson will serve as an arbitrator, mediator, and neutral evaluator, handling employment, estates/probate/trusts, family law, health care, personal injury/torts, professional liability, business/commercial and insurance cases. She is available to conduct sessions in person, as well as virtually, for clients across the country and internationally.

Throughout her career, Judge Anderson has demonstrated her leadership skills and is known for her extensive knowledge and experience with even the most complex cases. She’s continually helped parties focus on the issues that matter most and reach meaningful resolutions.

- Chris Poole, JAMS CEO

For 10 years, Judge Anderson served on the Judicial Council of California, the policymaking body of California’s court system. In addition to serving on its various committees, she served as chair of the Litigation Management Committee and the Legislation Committee, where she was instrumental in helping to pass key judicial reforms in California. She also served for many years as faculty, as well as dean, of the Witkin Judicial College of California.

In each case that I handle, I strive to be thorough in my preparation and respectful and impartial in how I work with parties. My many years of experience on the bench and as a judicial educator and leader have equipped me with the skills to manage and successfully navigate complex cases, and I look forward to continuing my work at JAMS.

- Hon. Marla O. Anderson (Ret.)

Judge Anderson earned her B.A. from Loma Linda University and her J.D. from the University of California, Davis School of Law (King Hall).

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 450 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. Marla O. Anderson (Ret.)
  • Employment Law
  • Estate Probate Trusts
  • Family Law
  • Health Care
  • Personal Injury
  • Professional Liability
  • Insurance
  • Governmental & Public Agency
  • Business Commercial

Media Contact

For further information, please contact:

Kristine Snyder

JAMS Director, Public Relations & Content 

+1 949-224-4614 (Direct Dial)

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