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Linda Singer

Linda R. Singer, Esq.

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Margaret Poppe
T: 202-533-2024
F: 202-942-9186
1155 F Street, NW , Suite 1150 , Washington , DC 20004

Linda R. Singer, Esq. has resolved a significant number of complex environmental disputes throughout the United States. She has facilitated the settlement of conflicts ranging from buyers and sellers disputing over their responsibility for removing hazardous waste from commercial property to multi-party cases involving the allocation of responsibility among federal, state, and municipal governments and hundreds of private parties.

Disputes have involved the recovery of past and future costs; methods of remediating hazardous waste sites and natural resource damage; liability of parent companies for pollution by their subsidiaries; insurance coverage; relocation of homes and businesses from polluted areas; reuse of “Brownfields;” changing of remedies due to “technical impracticability;” the Clean Air and Water Acts; and siting locally unwanted land uses.

Ms. Singer regularly provides training to law firms, corporate legal departments, and government agencies, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Environment and Natural Resources Section of the U.S. Department of Justice, in the effective mediation of environmental disputes and other disputes involving government agencies. In addition, she has designed ADR systems for court systems, private companies, and government agencies.

Ms. Singer serves on the CPR Panel of Distinguished Neutrals; the Mid-Atlantic Area Council for mediating disputes in the wholesale electric utility industry; and on a panel that mediates disputes involving the U.S. EPA and other parties.

Before joining JAMS, Mrs. Singer was an owner of ADR Associates LLC, President of the non-profit Center for Dispute Settlement, and a partner in a Washington, D.C. law firm. An award-winning teacher of lawyers and other professionals in mediation, negotiation, and ADR advocacy, Ms. Singer has trained thousands of students and professional mediators throughout the United States and abroad.

Representative Mediations

  • Facilitated the agreement among Freeport McMoran, the EPA, and the Enforcement and Defense Sections of the Justice Department for a historic cleanup of multiple uranium mines on Navajo lands
  • Resolved numerous cases brought by state or federal environmental agencies in New York, New Jersey, Florida, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Ohio, Texas, New Hampshire, and Minnesota for the recovery of past and future costs of removing hazardous wastes from private manufacturing plants, defense facilities, and private and municipal landfills
  • Resolved the allocation of liability for past costs and ongoing operation and maintenance of the Kramer Landfill in New Jersey. Parties included approximately 230 private manufacturers and transporters of waste, the City of Philadelphia, most Southern New Jersey municipalities, and federal and state environmental and enforcement agencies
  • Resolved the appropriateness of existing remedies, plans for ongoing remediation, and cost recovery at the BROS Superfund Site in New Jersey. Parties included several U.S. and state agencies, as both plaintiffs and defendants, and approximately 80 private parties
  • Resolved the federal and state governments’ cost recovery action against 10 private defendants in Houston, Texas, together with the allocation of responsibility among the defendants
  • Resolved the modification of a groundwater treatment methodology and compensation to affected landowners and municipalities in Maine. Parties involved federal, state and local governments; local water authorities; electric utilities; businesses; churches and school districts; and environmental advocacy groups
  • Settled dispute over reopeners concerning the remediation of the New Bedford, Massachusetts Harbor
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America, in the practice area of Arbitration and Mediation, 2018
  • Recognized internationally by Who's Who Legal: Mediation, 2017
  • Women in Law 2017 Award, Lawyer Monthly
  • "Lawyer Limelight: Linda Singer," Lawdragon, ADR Profile, March 30, 2014
  • Recognized by Washington DC Super Lawyers, 2014-Present
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2009-Present
  • Chair, JAMS Board of Directors
  • Recognized as a Top Rated Lawyer in Alternative Dispute Resolution, The National Law Journal, 2013-Present
  • Recipient of the D’Alemberte/Raven Award from the Dispute Resolution Section of the ABA, 2012
  • Selected by Who’s Who Legal as one of the world’s leading Commercial Mediators, 2012-Present
  • Selected to the Martindale-Hubbell® Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers, 2012-Present
  • National Panel of Distinguished Neutrals, CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution
  • Elected as a Neutral Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
  • Recognized as a Best Lawyer, Alternative Dispute Resolution Category, Best Lawyers in America, 2009-Present
  • Member, CPR Panel of Distinguished Neutrals
  • Co-author, “Mediating Class Actions,” published by the Federal Judicial Center and the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution in ADR Handbook for Judges
  • Outstanding Achievement for ADR Education and Training, American College of Civil Trial Mediators
  • Practical Achievement Award, CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution
  • CPR Book Award, Settling Disputes: Conflict Resolution in Business, Families, and the Legal System
  • Board member: Consensus Building Institute of the Abramson Foundation
  • Former board member: JAMS Foundation
  • Former member or Board Chair: HASNA Foundation; Board of Governors, District of Columbia Bar; D.C. Judicial Nomination Commission
  • Visiting or adjunct faculty member of Law Schools of Georgetown, Harvard, Stanford, George Washington, University of California at Los Angeles, University of New Mexico, and American Universities; trainer for CPR International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution
  • Principal, ADR Associates, LLC, 1990-2003
  • President, non-profit Center for Dispute Settlement, 1971-present
  • Partner, Lichtman, Trister, Singer & Ross, Washington, D.C., 1988-2002
  • Partner, Goldfarb and Singer, 1971-1988
  • Faculty, Harvard's Program of Instruction for Lawyers at the Program on Negotiation, 1987-2012
  • J.D., with highest honors, George Washington University Law School, 1968
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Harvard University, 1963

Counsel Comments

    • “I wish to take this opportunity to recognize and express deepest appreciation for your work in assisting the successful settlement efforts of the parties. You helped hundreds of litigants perform a nearly impossible task and you have served the public interest well.”

      - Federal District Court Judge
    • “The personal dynamic was particularly challenging, and your tireless efforts were critical in finally resolving this.”

      - Partner, Top 30 National Law Firm
    • “You kept everyone at the table and the ball in the air in circumstances that were highly volatile. Few mediators would have been up to the task.”

      - Senior Official, Federal Agency
    • “Please let me once again thank you for all of your hard and successful work in bringing about a resolution. You were savvy at all times and tough when you needed to be. It is my sincere belief that very few other mediators, if any, could have settled this difficult environmental dispute.”

      - New York-based Partner, Top 100 National Law Firm
    • “Everyone on our side of the case was greatly impressed with your work, and realizes that we could not have gotten this case settled without your help.”

      - Partner, Connecticut Law Firm
    • “Linda Singer was the best arbitrator that I have appeared before. She had an excellent grasp of all relevant legal issues and quickly assimilated a myriad of documents and facts. Throughout the process she treated counsel and the witnesses with her friendly demeanor that put everyone at ease.”

      - Partner, DC Law Firm
    • “I wanted to thank you, on behalf of my client and myself, for your superb assistance in reaching settlement. I have no doubt at all that, but for your involvement, it wouldn’t have happened. You’ve saved everyone considerable grief and expense.”

      - Name Partner, DC Law Firm
    • “Thank you for your assistance in facilitating the parties’ agreement. Frankly, I don’t know how you did it.”

      - Partner, New Jersey Law Firm
    • “We were able to reach a mutually agreeable settlement based upon your tremendous and tireless efforts during our day long mediation session in Chicago.”

      - Partner, Top 100 National Law Firm
    • “We would like to take this opportunity to express our appreciation for the excellent efforts of Linda Singer, whose expertise greatly facilitated the conclusion of extremely complex negotiations between the parties.”

      Partners, Top Maryland Law Firm

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