Deborah Saxe

Deborah Crandall Saxe, Esq.

JAMS Mediator, Arbitrator and Referee/Special Master

Case Manager
Elizabeth Walls
T: 213-253-9752
F: 213-620-0100
555 W. 5th St., 32nd Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90013


Before becoming a full-time neutral, Deborah Crandall Saxe, Esq. was a litigator and appellate lawyer at Jones Day, Heller Ehrman, and Seyfarth Shaw for more than 30 years. When she was practicing law, she was lead counsel in litigation matters resulting in more than 30 reported court decisions. She litigated cases before state and federal trial courts, the California Court of Appeal, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fourth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, and District of Columbia Circuits, the California Supreme Court, and the United States Supreme Court. Chambers USA called her “an aggressive and highly capable litigator” with “substantial experience in the courtroom as a trial lawyer.” More recently, Chambers USA called her a “talented mediator.”

Ms. Saxe is highly regarded and well-respected. She is a quick study, prepared, personable, approachable, creative, and flexible. As an arbitrator, she is known to be fair, practical, unflappable, and not afraid to make tough decisions. As a mediator, she is strong, good at listening and reading people, and a tenacious closer. She is known for her ability to quickly establish rapport with parties and counsel and enable them to recognize their legal risks. The perspective gained from her extensive trial and appellate court experience allows her to offer valuable insights as to how a case is likely to proceed in the courts and how it is likely to appear to a judge and jury.

Appellate Experience

  • Claim that trial court erred when finding that ERISA preempted claim that employer was required to “bridge” employment for older workers so they could become eligible for early retirement benefits under pension plan 
  • Claim that trial court erred when granting anti-SLAPP motion dismissing employee’s claims for defamation and invasion of privacy 
  • Claim that trial court erred when granting non-suit for employer in defamation case arising out of statements made by employer when handling a sexual harassment allegation 
  • Claim that trial court erred when failing to grant judgment NOV for employer after jury rendered verdict of $4.1M against employer in case alleging constructive discharge because of age 
  • Claim that trial court erred when awarding attorneys’ fees to defendant under California Labor Code § 218.5 following summary judgment on split shift premium and reporting pay claims 
  • Claim that trial court erred when granting demurrer on ground that PAGA claims based on allegedly unlawful commission chargebacks were barred by the doctrine of res judicata because they involved the same parties and the same (non-PAGA) commission chargeback claims that had been litigated in an earlier case. 
  • Claim that trial court erred when denying defendant employer’s motion for JNOV in workplace injury case involving “point of operation guards” on a power press in which jury awarded the plaintiff more than $1M 
  • Claim that trial court erred when granting summary judgment for employer on fraud claims brought by former employees of a closed coke plant on grounds that claims were pre-empted by federal labor law and that the collective bargaining agreement between the employer and the union representing the former employees gave the employer the right to determine, in its sole discretion, whether plan should be closed 
  • Claim that NLRB erred when finding that an employer committed an unfair labor practice by complying with collective bargaining agreement requiring employees to use special forms (provided by Union) to revoke their authorizations for the Company to deduct Union dues from their paychecks 
  • Claims that trial court erred when finding that employer was required to provide health benefits for former union-represented workers for their lifetimes 
  • Claim that NLRB erred when affirming ALJ’s decision on grounds that the proven violations were neither alleged in the NLRB’s complaint nor fully and fairly litigated in the ensuing proceeding 
  • Claim that NLRB erred when confirming union representation election that may have been tainted by chain voting 
  • Claim that EEOC waived Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) exemption protecting interagency memoranda and investigatory records by reading documents out loud to employer’s counsel 
  • Claim that Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) was required to send copies of employers’ affirmative action plans to those who requested them under FOIA 
  • Claim that EEOC should be prohibited from investigating employment practices because EEOC Commissioner’s charge was facially invalid
Completed Virtual ADR training conducted by the JAMS Institute, the training arm of JAMS. 

  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America, 2005-2017, 2019-2023
  • Recognized as a Southern California Super Lawyer, Alternative Dispute Resolution category, 2019-2022
  • Recognized as a Southern California Super Lawyer, Top 50 Women, 2019 
  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, 2014-present
  • Fellow, International Academy of Mediators, 2015-present 
  • Fellow, College of Labor & Employment Lawyers, 2001-present 
  • Ranked by Chambers USA as a “leading lawyer” in employment law, 2004-2012 
  • Identified as one of the 100 Most Powerful Labor & Employment Lawyers in the Nation, 2010, 2011, 2012 
  • Recognized by peers as a Southern California SuperLawyer in the field of ADR, 2014-2017 
  • Recognized by peers as one of the Top 50 Women SuperLawyers in L.A. and Orange Counties for 10 consecutive years, 2004-2013 
  • Recognized by peers as one of the Top 100 SuperLawyers in L.A. and Orange Counties, 2010 
  • Member, American Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section, 39 years 
  • Member, American Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Section, 6 years 
  • Member, California Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section, 32 years 
  • Trustee, Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA), 2005-2008 and 2010-2013; Member, 32 years 
  • Chair, LACBA Labor & Employment Law Section, 2002-2003; Member 32 years 
  • Associate Member, California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA), 2012-present 
  • Member, Board of Governors, Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles (WLALA), 2012-2013 
  • Lifetime Member, WLALA 
  • Associate (neutral) member, California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA) 
  • Listed in Marquis’ Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who of American Women, and Who’s Who in the World

ADR Profile

  • Full-time neutral since July 2012 (part-time since January 2007 - July 2012)
  • Partner, Jones Day, 1988-1996 and 2006-2012
  • Shareholder, Heller Ehrman, 1997-2005
  • Associate, Jones Day, 1983-1987
  • Associate, Seyfarth Shaw, 1978-1983
  • J.D., UCLA School of Law, 1978 (Member, UCLA Law Review)
  • M.A., Comparative Literature, UCLA, 1973
  • B.A., English Language & Literature, magna cum laude, Penn State, 1971
  • B.A., Russian Language & Literature, cum laude, Penn State, 1971




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