Kathleen Roberts

Hon. Kathleen A. Roberts (Ret.)

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

Case Manager
Christiane Catoe
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Hon. Kathleen A. Roberts (Ret.) served as a United States Magistrate Judge in the Southern District of New York from 1985 to 1995 before joining JAMS as a mediator and arbitrator. She frequently speaks to bar associations and other professional groups regarding alternative dispute resolution, including mediation of intellectual property disputes. Both on the bench and as a JAMS panelist, Judge Roberts has had extensive experience in mediating, adjudicating, and supervising discovery in all types of intellectual property disputes including copyright, trademark, unfair competition, and patent cases.

Representative Mediations

  • Copyright and trademark infringement action by an internationally recognized jewelry designer against merchants in Manhattan's jewelry center
  • False advertising dispute between makers of designer and discount fragrances
  • Patent case involving the design of a nationally known brand of sports shoes

Representative Arbitrations

  • Copyright case involving Ruth Orkin’s famous photograph "American Girl in Italy"

Supplementary Matters

  • Appointed by the federal district court for the District of Columbia to resolve privilege claims in patent litigation between two of the largest U.S. telecommunications companies
  • Served as a judge in two mock “Markman” hearings, in cases involving computer design and memory circuitry
  • Served as an appellate judge in the mock argument of a case before the Federal Circuit involving pharmaceutical patents
  • Tried an action brought by a national restaurant chain against a franchisee, alleging breach of franchise agreements and trademark and copyright violations
  • 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



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