Janice Symchych

Hon. Janice M. Symchych (Former)

JAMS Mediator, Arbitrator and Referee/Special Master

Case Manager
Amanda Foster
T: 612-332-8225
F: 612-332-9887
333 So. Seventh St., Ste. 2550, Minneapolis, MN 55402


Hon. Janice M. Symchych (Former) brings years of experience to every intellectual property matter. As deputy general counsel of litigation for a Fortune 200 company in the high-tech device industry, the Judge managed a worldwide docket of intellectual property litigation. Behind the bench, she was known for her ability to quickly grasp these highly complex matters.

Representative Matters

  • Personally negotiated intellectual property settlements with Fortune 100 competitors, including a series of contentious cases with a decade-long history, and a one-to-one negotiated global resolution of many outstanding cases with another major competitor
  • Responsible for worldwide docket of intellectual property litigation in highly competitive high-tech device industry, as deputy general counsel of litigation for Fortune 200 company. Work included due diligence and decision-making with both outside counsel and C-suite executives on initiation of specific infringement suits; strategic, factual, and legal theory development with in-house staff and outside counsel. Prepared and obtained settlement authorities, and either oversaw or led settlement negotiations or mediations. Decision-making on whether to take appeals, development and execution of appellate strategy on multiple significant issues in Federal Circuit.
  • Served as arbitrator, both individually and as member of a tripartite panel, in intellectual property matters involving high-tech biomedical disputes
  • Managed active pre-arbitration discovery and motions practice informed by years serving as United States Magistrate Judge
  • Served as Court-appointed Trial Special Master with consent of parties in a public company's health care patent infringement case, with appeal to the Federal Circuit. Her findings of fact findings and conclusions of law were upheld on appeal
  • Played oversight and collateral proceedings roles in significant international arbitrations involving insurance coverage disputes secondary to medical device recalls/class actions
  • As outside counsel, litigated and ultimately resolved a complex intellectual property dispute between two Fortune 200 health care companies with civil RICO, criminal foreign espionage, and civil IP allegations. Case involved international conflicts of laws, potential corporate liabilities and individual liabilities of foreign nationals, as well as parallel federal grand jury proceedings.
  • Completed Virtual ADR training conducted by the JAMS Institute, the training arm of JAMS
  • Co-Author, What Is…ADR in Health Care Disputes?, ABA Book Publishing (Health Law Section), 2015
  • Awards during private practice:
    • Chambers USA, American Leading Lawyers for Business
    • Best Lawyers in America
    • National Federal Investigators Award
    • Minnesota Civil Litigation Award
    • Fellow, American Bar Association
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (prior to going in-house)
    • Member CPR Roster of Distinguished Neutrals
    • AAA Roster of Commercial Litigation Neutrals; Appointed Arbitrator for Pan American Games (IOC)
    • Manville Trust, National Panel of Arbitrators & Mediators
  • Judicial System
    • Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Advisory Committee, 1998-2005
    • Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Gender Fairness Task Force, 1993-1998
    • U.S. District Court MN Local Rules Committee, 1990-2003 
    • U.S. District Court MN Ombudsman for Employees, 1997-2003
    • State of Minnesota Judicial Selection Commission, 1999-2001 
    • MN Supreme Court Gender Fairness Task Force, 1987-1990
  • Bar Associations: Fellow of American Bar Association; General Counsel Roundtable; ACC; MN State Bar Association (Past Chair Civil Litigation Section and Women in Legal Profession Task Force)
    • Various health law and criminal law specialty organizations 
  • Legal Teaching
    • Adjunct Professor, White Collar Criminal Justice Studies including Healthcare Fraud, University of Colorado School of Law, Boulder, CO
    • Adjunct Faculty, University of Colorado Law School, 2014
    • Former Trial Skills Instructor, National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA)
    • Minnesota Trial Advocacy Institute (Founder of organization)
    • U.S. Department of Justice Advocacy Institute
    • Former Adjunct Professor, William Mitchell College of Law
    • Frequent Speaker on Litigation Topics such as the 2009 Chief Litigation Officers Conference and Keynote Address on Multidistrict Litigation Strategies
  • Deputy General Counsel-Litigation, Medtronic, Inc., 2005-2010
  • Partner, Halleland, Lewis, Nilan & Johnson LLP, 2003-2005
  • Partner, Dorsey & Whitney LLP, 1989-2003
  • United States Magistrate Judge, District of Minnesota, 1985-1989
  • Assistant United States Attorney, District of Minnesota, 1981-1985
  • Assistant Hennepin County Attorney, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1977-1981
  • J.D., magna cum laude, William Mitchell College of Law, 1977 (Valedictorian)
  • B.A., magna cum laude, University of Minnesota, 1973



Practice Areas


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