James Rosenbaum

Hon. James M. Rosenbaum (Ret.)

JAMS Mediator, Arbitrator and Referee/Special Master

Case Manager
Deb Lewis
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Hon. James M. Rosenbaum (Ret.) served as a United States District Judge for 25 years.  He had previously served 4 years as Minnesota’s United States Attorney.

While serving as U.S. Attorney, he was a founding member and Chair of the Department of Justice’s Indian Affairs Committee.

Under a special provision of Public Law 280, Minnesota has both State and Federal Indian Reservations. As a Judge he handled multiple cases involving issues in Indian country, ranging from treaty rights, tribal enrollment, and matters of comity between the State, Federal, and Tribal courts. He decided challenges to claims of State and Tribal rights to land under treaties.  The Judge also dealt with hunting and fishing rights and questions of taxation or Compact agreements concerning Tribal payments to local and State authorities.

Since joining JAMS he has provided Independent Neutral Evaluations dealing with Federal/Tribal trusteeship questions and arbitrated matters under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA).

  • Completed Virtual ADR training conducted by the JAMS Institute, the training arm of JAMS
  • Member, Academy of Court Appointed Masters
  • Recognized as Best Lawyer, Alternative Dispute Resolution Category, Best Lawyers in America, 2014
  • Author, How Lawyers Benefit from Early Neutral Evaluation, Law360, April 2013
  • Honoree, Power 100 Advocate, On Being a Black Lawyer (OBABL), 2013
  • Recipient, Minnesota Lawyer’s Attorney of the Year Award for Outstanding Service to the Profession, Minnesota Lawyer, 2012
  • Designated one of “The 100 Most Influential Minnesota Lawyers of All Time, Minnesota Law & Politics, August 2007
  • Recipient, Hennepin County Judicial Professionalism Award, 2007
  • Recipient, Honorary Doctor of Law, Western New England College, 2007
  • Member, Federal Bar Association, Minnesota chapter, 1981-present (President, 1992-1993)
  • Board of Advisors, The Green Bag, 2008-present
  • Board of Directors, Hennepin Theater Trust, 2008-2013
  • University of Minnesota:
    • Alumnus of Notable Achievement, 2010
    • Alumni Association and Board of Advisors, 2009-present (Chairman 2012-2013)
    • English Department Advisory Committee, 2008-present
    • Law School Board of Visitors, 1991-1997
  • Judicial Board of Advisors, The Sedona Conference (a legal community think tank that examines forward-looking principles, best practices, and guidelines in specific areas of the law), 2004-present (taught programs on Antitrust, E-Discovery, Patent Law, Co-Author “Cooperation Proclamation”)
  • Founding member ["Master'], Minnesota's first Patent Law Inn of Court, 2014 
  • Frequent speaker and teacher, including:
    • Faculty Member, National Judicial College, Reno, Nevada, 1998-2006 (taught courses in complex litigation, legal technology)
    • Teacher at “Baby Judges School” (training and orientation for newly appointed federal judges), prosecutor and defender school, and Attorney General’s Advocacy Institute, 1990-present
    • Inaugural James M. Rosenbaum National Security Symposium: Trans-Atlantic Approaches to Counterterrorism, William Mitchell College of Law, April 2010
  • Select publications:
    • "Negotiating the Shoals of Mediation," 18 The Green Bag 2D 305 (2015)
    • “In Defense of Rule 808, Federal Rules of Evidence,” 12 Green Bag 2D 165 (2009)
    • “The Death of E-Discovery,” The Federal Lawyer 26, July 2007
    • “Rohwer v. Federal Cartridge Co.,” The Green Bag Almanac & Reader 316, 2006
    • “In Defense of the Sugar Bowl,” 9 Green Bag 2D, Autumn 2005
    • “In Defense of the Hard Drive,” 4 Green Bag 2D 169, 2001
    • “In Defense of the Delete Key,” 3 Green Bag 2D 393, 2000
    • Retiring the Gavel,” Minnesota Public Radio Audio Interview, July 6, 2010
  • Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, 1985-2010
  • U.S. Attorney, District of Minnesota, 1981-1985
  • Partner, Gainsley, Squier & Korsh, 1979-1981
  • Partner, Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, 1977-1979
  • Associate, Katz, Tuabe, Lange & Frommelt, 1973-1977
  • Staff Attorney, Leadership Council for Metropolitan Communities, 1970-1972
  • Staff Attorney, VISTA, Chicago, Illinois, 1969-1970
  • J.D., University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, MN, 1969
  • B.A., University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 1966



Practice Areas

  • Arbitration
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business/Commercial
  • Civil Rights
  • Class Action/Mass Tort
  • Employment
  • Environmental
  • Federal Judge
  • Indian Law
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Pharmaceuticals/Mass Tort
  • Securities
  • Special Master/Discovery Referee
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