Kathleen Roberts

Hon. Kathleen A. Roberts (Ret.)

JAMS Mediator, Arbitrator, Referee/Special Master, Hearing Officer

Case Manager
Christiane Catoe
T: 212-607-2780
F: 212-751-4099
620 Eighth Avenue, 34th Floor, New York, New York 10018

Kathleen A. Roberts is available to conduct cases virtually. JAMS is equipped to provide virtual ADR services on a variety of online platforms, including Zoom, Microsoft Teams, WebEx, and more.


Hon. Kathleen A. Roberts (Ret.) served as a United States Magistrate Judge in the Southern District of New York from 1985 to 1995, when she joined JAMS as a mediator and arbitrator. Both on the bench and as a JAMS panelist, Judge Roberts has had extensive experience in adjudicating and settling business and commercial disputes.

Representative Mediations

  • Action against major cable company alleging antitrust violations in connection with competition to install residential cable in New York City
  • Breach of a requirements contract for computer components
  • Breach of contract action brought by a German doctor against an international venture capital firm, alleging failure to fund the development of managed care practices in Europe
  • Breach of contract dispute between a national hospitality chain and accounting software consultants
  • Brokerage dispute arising from the construction and leasing of one of the largest office buildings in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Dispute between investors and operators of a power plant in China
  • Numerous franchise agreement disputes between General Motors and its retail dealers

Representative Arbitrations

  • Breach of contract dispute between a top New York developer and a major financial institution pertaining to a multi-million dollar real estate development project
  • Breach of contract dispute between American software manufacturer and its Taiwanese distributor
  • Breach of contract involving a joint venture to own and operate oil tankers
  • Breach of contract involving the production of public affairs programs for Public Television
  • Breach of representations and warranties in connection with the acquisition of a life insurance company
  • Dissolution of a highly successful accounting partnership concentrating in the entertainment industry
  • Minority shareholder dispute in a closely-held money management firm
  • Multi-million dollar billing dispute between two telecommunications giants arising from the spin-off of certain businesses required to obtain antitrust division approval of a merger
  • Completed Virtual ADR training conducted by the JAMS Institute, the training arm of JAMS
  • Mediation Settlement Day Frontline Champion Award, New York Unified Court System, 2016
  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Member of the mediation panels for the United States District Courts in the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York; Commercial Division of the Supreme Court, New York County; and Bankruptcy Courts of the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • Frequent participant in bar association programs and continuing legal education programs on mediation and arbitration
  • Admitted to practice in New York and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • Member of the New York City Bar
  • United States Magistrate Judge, Southern District of New York, 1985-1995
  • Assistant United States Attorney, Southern District of New York, Criminal and Civil Divisions, 1979-1985
  • Law Clerk, Judge William C. Conner, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, 1977-1979
  • J.D., Yale Law School, Editor of the Yale Law Journal, 1977
  • B.A., summa cum laude, University of Massachusetts (Boston), 1971



Practice Areas


Available nationwide


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