Jerry Spolter

Jerry Spolter, Esq.

JAMS Mediator

Case Manager
Lily Kaufman
T: 415-774-2656
F: 415-982-5287
2 Embarcadero Center, Suite 1500, San Francisco, CA 94111

Jerry Spolter is available to conduct cases virtually. JAMS is equipped to provide virtual ADR services on a variety of online platforms, including Zoom, Microsoft Teams, WebEx, and more.


Jerry Spolter, Esq., has been the recipient of numerous awards in mediation throughout the Bay Area and has served as a neutral in more than 3,000 disputes since 1980. His experience covering a wide-range of business, construction, employment, professional liability, and personal injury matters has provided him an in-depth insight to the various types, layers, applications, and nuances of insurance litigation and mediation. Key factors in his success strategies are being fully prepared before the mediation, resolving “red-flag” issues before and early on during the mediation, and tenaciously pursuing settlement during, or when needed, following mediation.

Representative Matters

  • Mediated multiple personal injury, construction defect, and fire claims involving competing insurance coverage disputes, subrogation, and lien claims
  • Mediated numerous catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death disputes including: wrongful death allegations arising from airline crash which included pre-impact pain and suffering; parents’ action against electric garage door manufacturer and installer for crushing death of five-year-old; seaman disabled due to traumatic chest injuries resulting from alleged defective vessel equipment; fall from ski gondola with claim of negligence and products liability
  • Settled $13 million dollar claims of bankrupt real estate developer against five insurance carriers for alleged bad faith denial of coverage regarding underlying real estate investment partnerships
  • Settled $6.7 million dollar dispute for alleged bad faith and delayed claims handling resulting from water damage and mold, including claims for repair and remediation, emotional distress, and punitive damages
  • Successfully mediated domestic insurance carriers’ dispute regarding contingent liability for lost-in-transit cargo claims in Mexico
  • Successfully resolved disability insurance claims against insurer based on post-traumatic stress disorder from combined childhood abuse and emergency room trauma
  • Successfully resolved homeowner’s claims of bad faith handling of water intrusion, personal property, and residence damage with B&P §17200 claims
  • Successfully resolved multiple P&I Club and Lloyds of London Insurance related claims
Completed Virtual ADR training conducted by the JAMS Institute, the training arm of JAMS.

  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America, 2022
  • Recognized as a "Top Master," Daily Journal Top California Neutrals List, 2013
  • Recognized as a Best Lawyer, ADR Category, Best Lawyers in America, 2012-2015
  • Best Individual Mediator, Hall of Fame, The Recorder, 2012
  • Named #1 Mediator, survey of Bay Area attorneys, The Recorder, 2009-2012
  • Named a Top California Neutral, Daily Journal, 2004-2011
  • NorCal Super Lawyer, 2005-2014
  • Outstanding Achievement in Mediation Award, The Mediation Society, 2002
  • Mediator of the Year Award, San Francisco Trial Lawyers' Association, 2000
  • Mediator of the Year, American Arbitration Association, 1989
  • Bar Memberships and Affiliations: U.S. Supreme Court; Supreme Court of California; U.S. Court of Military Appeals; Maritime Law Association (1981-2004), National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA) (1992-2002); American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • Managing Partner, Spolter, McDonald & Mannion, San Francisco, CA, 1975-2005
  • J.D., University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, 1974
  • FAA Commercial Pilots License, 1972; NAUI Scuba Certificate 1975
  • Major, USMCR, Plt. Cmdr., Co.Cmdr., Aerial Observer, Viet Nam, 1968-1970
  • Defense Language Institute (Vietnamese), 1968
  • Language: Spanish
  • B.A., Political Science, San Jose State University, 1967

Counsel Comments

    • “I can personally say Mr. Spolter is skilled at Zoom mediations and has successfully resolved several cases with my office via Zoom over the last few months.”

      Partner at San Francisco Law Firm 
    • "Once a case is assigned out of my court to Jerry Spolter, I never hear of it again."

      - Alameda Superior Court Judge
    • “Jerry Spolter is forceful, driven and successful.  He can get to the heart of the matter, and get the parties to settle before the end of the day.” 

      - Partner at San Francisco Law Firm
    • “Jerry Spolter is always very efficient in settling cases. I like his style, sense of humor, ability to get along with everyone and make them feel invested in the process and his rate of success.”

      - Named Partner at National Law Firm




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