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Edward Panelli

Hon. Edward A. Panelli (Ret.)

Case Manager
Josephine Care
T: 408-346-0737
F: 408-295-5267
160 W. Santa Clara St., Suite 1600, San Jose, CA 95113


Justice Panelli joined JAMS in 1994 upon retirement from the Supreme Court of California. In addition to writing important decisions pertaining to insurance coverage, strict liability, and other areas of the law, Justice Panelli has handled hundreds of arbitrations, settlement conferences, and mediations involving all areas of the law.

Representative Matters

  • Entertainment: Dispute involving a high profile entertainer
  • Attorney fee: Arbitrated dispute between counsel and client as to reasonable value of services
  • Bad faith: Arbitrated disputes concerning alleged bad faith by insurer failing to provide defense and indemnity
  • Business litigation of all types
  • Commercial lease: Arbitrated issue of whether lessee under long-term lease had right to demolish hotel building in order to sublet for a different use; value of long term lease and others
  • Employment (termination, harassment, discrimination)
  • High tech: Several cases involving disputes between high tech companies including arbitration of a dispute between parties to a joint development agreement concerning rights to a developed product
  • Insurance coverage: Numerous cases including arbitration of a dispute between an insured and its insurer concerning business interruption claim arising from multi-million dollar fire
  • Legal and medical malpractice: Many cases including arbitration of a dispute relating to whether certain conduct of attorney in business dealings with clients violated rules of professional conduct and whether conduct fell below standard of care
  • Partnership dissolution: Arbitrated rights of partners upon dissolution of a real estate partnership including determination of values of real property
  • Product liability cases
  • Real property: Several million dollar real property disputes
  • Awarded the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award by the Santa Clara County Trial Lawyers Association
  • Recognized as a "Best Lawyer, Alternative Dispute Resolution Category," Best Lawyers in America, 2009, 2011-2015
  • Recognized as a "Top Master," Top California Neutrals List, Daily Journal, 2013
  • Recognized as a Top California Neutral, Daily Journal, 2003, 2007-2011
  • Recognized as a "San Francisco Lawyer of the Year, Alternative Dispute Resolution Category," Best Lawyers in America, 2011
  • Recognized as One of the 500 Leading Judges in America, Lawdragon Magazine, 2006
  • Recognized as One of the Bay Area's Top 10 Mediators, The Recorder, 2002
  • Justice Panelli is active in countless Italian-American and community service organizations. He has received numerous awards and citations for his efforts in legal education and his dedication to the enrichment of Italian-American culture and its contributions to western civilization.
  • Chair, Board of Trustees, Santa Clara University, 1984-2003; Vice Chair, Judicial Council of California, 1992-1994
  • Honorary Doctorate of Laws, Santa Clara University, Southwestern School of Law
  • "Staying Power," Daily Journal, ADR Profile, October 10, 2008
  • Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the State of California, 1985-1994
  • Presiding Justice, Sixth District Court of Appeal, 1984-1985
  • Associate Justice, First District Court of Appeal, 1983-1984
  • Judge, Santa Clara County Superior Court, 1972-1983 (Presiding Judge, 1980)
  • Private practice, partner at Pasquinelli & Panelli specializing in probate, personal injury, domestic relations and general business practice
  • J.D., cum laude, University of Santa Clara Law School (Recipient: Outstanding Law Graduate Award)
  • B.S., cum laude, University of Santa Clara

Counsel Comments

    • “…He strips away all the verbiage, pretense and smokescreen and looks for an outcome that’s just and understandable…That’s why he’s such a good mediator.”

      -Accomplished Academic



Practice Areas

  • Appellate
  • Arbitration
  • Business/Commercial
  • Class Action/Mass Tort
  • Employment
  • Entertainment and Sports
  • Environmental
  • Healthcare
  • Insurance
  • Personal Injury/Torts
  • Professional Liability
  • Special Master/Discovery Referee
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