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Chris Poole, JAMS Chief Executive Officer

Christopher K. Poole

Chief Executive Officer

Chris Poole is the CEO of JAMS, the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services worldwide.

Poole joined JAMS in 2007 and since that time has led the organization through an unprecedented period of growth, which also helped elevate the ADR industry as a whole. In his role as CEO, Poole works closely with senior management and the highly trained panelists to further the company’s mission to help resolve the most challenging disputes and to give back to the communities in which it operates. He also serves as president of the JAMS Foundation, which has contributed over $12 million to support conflict prevention and dispute resolution initiatives both nationally and internationally.

Poole’s extensive business experience in the legal industry makes him uniquely qualified for the head post at JAMS. Prior to joining JAMS, he was chairman and CEO at Elite Information Group and then CEO at Thomson Elite, following the company’s acquisition by The Thomson Corporation. Under Poole’s leadership, Thomson Elite grew to be one of the most successful software suppliers to the legal industry. Before joining Elite, he was director of technology and an executive director at Latham & Watkins LLP, one of the largest law firms in the world.

Poole has served on both public and nonprofit company boards and in advisory roles to legal organizations, including the Institute for Corporate Counsel and the National Association of Women Judges, which honored him with the 2023 Mattie Belle Davis Award for his commitment to making a difference in the legal community and furthering the organization’s mission.

In addition, Poole was the recipient of the 2002 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Poole earned his B.A. in economics from Harvard University and his MBA in computers and marketing from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA.

Poole is based in JAMS’ Irvine headquarters and lives with his family in Southern California.

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