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Barbara Spector Esq.

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Practice Areas
Business & Commercial
Employment Law
Governmental/Public Agency
Higher Education & Title IX
Personal Injury/Torts
Real Estate & Real Property
Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities
Background and Education

Barbara Spector, Esq. joins JAMS with over 40 years of experience as a lawyer, mediator and arbitrator. In addition to her extensive experience in business, real estate, employment and personal injury matters in both state and federal courts, she has successfully argued a case of first impression before the California Supreme Court.

ADR Qualifications

  • Harvard-certified negotiator and mediator who has received acclaim for her eminent career in alternative dispute resolution and litigation
  • Conducted hundreds of mediations, arbitrations, settlement conferences and early neutral evaluations for the United States District Court, the California Court of Appeal and the Santa Clara County Superior Court
  • Extensive experience in business, real estate, employment and personal injury matters
  • Lecturer on topics that include alternative dispute resolution, discovery, law and motion, pretrial litigation strategy, negotiation techniques and the elimination of bias in the legal profession

Representative Matters

  • Business & Commercial
      • Mediated breach of contract and common count claims brought by a Silicon Valley electronic equipment retailer against a major Internet corporation
      • Mediated contract and tort claims between two high-tech international corporations, one based in Silicon Valley and the other in Asia
      • Mediated a dispute between a multinational financial institution and a Silicon Valley startup
      • Resolved a dispute involving an international aircraft manufacturer and its subsidiaries for wrongful dealer termination
  • Employment Law
      • Successfully mediated a claim of racial bias brought by an employee of a publishing company
      • Negotiated a $500,000 settlement against an employer, hospital and product manufacturer on behalf of an individual injured in a mining accident
      • Resolved a wrongful termination claim against an employer for failure to provide a reasonable accommodation for an employee’s disability
      • Mediated wage and hour claims brought against an employer by eight employees who alleged workplace violations relating to meal breaks, overtime and unreimbursed business and mileage expenses
  • Personal Injury/Torts
      • Resolved a high-profile case involving a municipality’s responsibility for the accidental death of a Silicon Valley CEO
  • Real Estate & Real Property
      • Successfully argued a case of first impression before the California Supreme Court, establishing the right of commercial tenants to sublease their facilities
      • Resolved numerous breach-of-contract and commercial landlord/tenant disputes

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

Completed Virtual ADR training conducted by the JAMS Institute, the training arm of JAMS.

  • Mediation and Negotiation Certifications, Harvard Law School, 1994–1995
  • Appellate Mediation Certification, Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, 2001
  • “AV Preeminent” Rating (the highest level of professional excellence awarded through peer review)
  • Three-Time Recipient, Northern California ADR Super Lawyer of the Year Award, 2004–2006
  • Member, ADR Administration Committee, Santa Clara County Superior Court, 1998–present
  • Early Neutral Evaluator, U.S. District Court, N.D. CA, 1994–present
  • Judge Pro Tem, Arbitrator and Mediator, Santa Clara County Superior Court, 1987–present
  • Special Master, Santa Clara County Superior Court, Judge Pro Tem and Arbitrator 1985 – present; Mediator 1995 - present
  • Member, Santa Clara County, 1978 – present, and West Valley Bar Associations, 2015-present.
  • Member, State Bar of California, 1978–present
  • Member, Board of Visitors, Santa Clara University School of Law, 1993–1998
  • Recipient, Santa Clara County Bar Association Salsman Award (for exemplary service to the legal community), 2004
  • Hearing Officer, City of Saratoga, California, 2001–2008
  • Member, plaintiff and defense lawyer Sexual Harassment Roundtable
  • Recipient, John J. George Lifetime Achievement Award, Santa Clara County Trial Lawyers Association, 2013
  • Recipient, Tribute to Women in Industry Award, YWCA, 2014
  • Member, Los Gatos Town Council, 2004–present (four terms)
  • Mayor, Town of Los Gatos, 2008, 2013, 2016 (three terms)
  • Planning Commissioner, Town of Los Gatos, 1980–1988 (two terms)

Selected Lectures and Publications

  • California Supreme Court, Kendall v. Pestana, Inc. (1985) 40 Cal.3d 488
  • The Rutter Group, 1988–1990
    • Discovery 1988
    • Discovery 1989
    • Law and Motion 1990
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association, 1994–2014
    • Government Entity Mediation
    • Civil Pre-Trial Litigation Strategy
    • Clueless About Negotiating?
    • Superior Court ADR Update
    • How to Represent a Client in Mediation
    • Personal Injury Mediation
    • Elimination of Bias
  • Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB), 1992–1993
    • Creating and Implementing a Successful Discovery Plan

Background and Education

  • Harvard-certified mediator and negotiator
  • Neutral in the United States District Court, California Court of Appeal and Santa Clara County Superior Court
  • Civil litigation attorney, 1978–2018
    • Hoge Fenton Jones & Appel, 2008–2018
    • Spector Law Firm, 1992–2008
    • Spector & Hackett, 1986–1992
    • Morgan, Morgan, Towery, Morgan & Spector, 1978–1986
  • J.D., magna cum laude, Santa Clara University School of Law, 1978
  • B.A., English, University of California, Berkeley, 1966
  • Three-term Mayor and four-term councilmember, Town of Los Gatos


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