R. Wayne Thorpe, Esq.

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R. Wayne Thorpe, Esq.  has been a full-time ADR neutral since 1998. He has worked on arbitrations and mediations involving businesses and governments and their activities in numerous non-US countries: Bahamas, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Great Britain, Iraq, Israel, India, Japan, Korea, Mexico, South Africa, Taiwan, and Thailand.

Mr. Thorpe has been a full-time ADR neutral since 1998.  He has served as mediator, arbitrator, facilitator, special master, and case evaluator in over 1500 cases in at least 15 states. These engagements have included mediations in class action, MDL, mass tort, and other large scale multi-party cases, as well as more than 400 arbitrations as sole arbitrator, panel chair, or party-appointed arbitrator.

Mr. Thorpe was named by the Best Lawyers in America publication as the 2012 Atlanta Mediation Lawyer of the Year, and he is listed in International Who’s Who of Commercial Mediation, (less than 100 in the US), Best Lawyers in America, and Georgia Super Lawyers.  He is Past Chair of the ABA Dispute Resolution Section, and before he became a full-time neutral, Mr. Thorpe was a litigation partner in an Atlanta-based national law firm.

Representative Matters

  • Mediation of serious injury on board cruise ship while in port in Bahamas
  • Mediation of dispute over aircraft engine lease (secured by international letter of credit) to Bangladeshi customer
  • Arbitration of alleged US $100 M claim by terminated CEO against Brazilian public company and US and Canadian subs
  • Mediation of licensing dispute between US and Canadian health care companies about distribution of wellness program in Africa, South America, Asia, and Western Europe; third party dispute with non-US investors including South Africans
  • Mediation of IP and non-compete/non-solicit dispute between architectural firm and former employees concerning business activities in China
  • Mediation of dispute between German auto manufacturer and publicly owned US dealer
  • Arbitrations of cases among businesses under multi-level distribution agreements concerning alleged breaches based upon operations in India
  • Mediation of dispute between US distributor and Indian and Thai manufacturer concerning distribution of industrial product in North and South America
  • Personal injury claim against government contractor arising from work in Iraqi war zone
  • Mediation of product liability claim against Israeli pharmaceutical manufacturer
  • Wrongful death claim by estate of US soldier killed in Japan by allegedly defective mechanical security door manufactured by UK defense contractor
  • Trade secrets dispute between Korean company and former employees in US
  • Arbitration of dispute between general and sub-contractors on military weapons system built for a government in the Middle East
  • Dispute between American retailer and Taiwanese computer manufacturer
  • Mediation of several disputes between US auto manufacturer and US dealers concerning alleged unlawful export sales

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Recognized by Best Lawyers as one of the 2016 Best Lawyers in America for ADR
  • Co-Author, What Is…ADR in Health Care Disputes?, ABA Book Publishing (Health Law Section), 2015
  • Identified by The Best Lawyers in America as the 2015 Atlanta Arbitration Lawyer of the Year
  • Identified by The Best Lawyers in America as the 2012 Atlanta Mediation Lawyer of the Year
  • Included in the 21st Edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the practice areas of: Arbitration, Commercial Litigation, Health Care Law and Mediation
  • Named in International Who’s Who Legal, Mediation; Georgia Super Lawyers; and The Best Lawyers in America for several years
  • ABA, Dispute Resolution Section. Section Chair, 2010-2011; Officer or Member of Section Council, 2001-2012; Co-Chair, ABA Task Force on Improving Mediation Quality, 2006-2008; Drafting Committee, Model Standards of Conduct for Mediators, 2003-2005
  • Liaison from DR Section to ABA’s Ethics 2000 Commission (providing testimony on the Model Rules of Professional Conduct provisions relating to mediation and arbitration), 2000-2002; Chair, DR Section Ethics Committee, 1997-2002
  • Member, Georgia Commission on Dispute Resolution, 1997-2002, appointed by Supreme Court of Georgia
  • State Bar of Georgia, ADR Law Section. Chair, 2003-2004; Officer, 2000-2004; Executive committee, 2009-2012; Chair or Co-Chair, annual ADR Institute, 2000, 2003, planning committee, 2000-present; Atlanta Bar ADR Lawyers Section, past member, Board of Directors
  • Fellow, College of Commercial Arbitrators; Fellow, American College of Civil Trial Mediators
  • Adjunct Law School Professor, University of Georgia and Georgia State University, Alternative Dispute Resolution Courses, 1998-2004; guest presentations in ADR classes at GSU, Emory University, Mercer University, and John Marshall law schools
  • More than 100 speaking presentations to Bar and ADR professional groups in more than 20 states; faculty member ABA Annual Arbitration Institute, 2010-2012 (and Co-Chair, 2010); faculty member ABA Annual Advanced Mediation Institute, 2010, ’11, and ’13; dozens of articles and papers on ADR topics
  • Member, American Health Lawyers Association, Panel of Dispute Resolvers; US Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution National Roster; CPR Panel of Distinguished Neutrals; Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Roster of Mediators
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation; Fellow, Atlanta Bar Foundation
  • Principal Benefactor, JAMS Foundation

Background and Education

  • JAMS, ADR Neutral, 1998-present
  • Litigation Partner and Associate, Alston & Bird, 1981-1998
  • Law Clerk to Chief United States District Judge Charles A. Moye, Jr., United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, 1979-1981
  • J.D., cum laude, University of Georgia Law School, 1979; Georgia Law Review, Research Editor
  • B.A., with distinction, University of Virginia, 1976


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