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Rebecca Westerfield (Ret.)

Hon. Rebecca Westerfield (Ret.)

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Melissa Ornstil
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Judge Westerfield has settled and arbitrated more than 2,500 cases throughout the U.S. in a large variety of complex matters, including high-stakes entertainment and sports disputes. A full-time JAMS panelist since 1992, she is widely perceived as a tenacious mediator and has an extremely high settlement rate. Judge Westerfield is particularly adept at dealing with high-profile matters where confidentiality is crucial, reputations are at risk, and emotions run high. She is sought after for her ability to facilitate resolution between parties with ongoing business relationships in the entertainment and sports industries.

Representative Matters

  • Accounting under film distribution agreement
  • Catastrophic permanent injuries involving amusement parks
  • Claims of harassment by well-known professional athletes and media celebrities
  • Copyright claims involved with popular media application
  • Libel of well-known publisher by financial magazine
  • Licensing of popular television series
  • Personal injuries in amateur sports
  • Production of multi-million-dollar, high-tech event for international client
  • Sale of casino under Nevada state law
  • Stock purchase agreement involving sale of DVD distribution company and earn-out provisions
  • Trial dispute over casino development 
  • Co-Chair, International Mediation Global Pound Conference (Northern California), 2016-2017
  • Presenter, USA-Italy Dialogue on Judicial Reform: Alternative Dispute Resolution, Rome, Italy, 2016
  • Presenter, USC-JAMS Arbitration Institute- Advanced Arbitration Academy, Los Angeles, 2016
  • Presenter, Admont International Summer School on Business Mediation, Austria, 2016
  • Presenter, Bangalore Chamber of Commerce, Conclave on Alternative Dispute Resolution, Bangalore, India, 2016
  • Recognized as an “ADR Champion”, National Law Journal, 2016
  • Participated in private mediation conclave sponsored by the Bangalore Chamber of Commerce, 2016
  • Presenter, ABA Asia Pacific Summit on Mediation, New Delhi, India, 2015
  • Presenter, Private Commercial Mediation Conclave, Bangalore, India, 2015
  • Trainer, ADR for Supreme Court of India (Delhi), High Court of Bangalore 2013
  • Active member, State Bar of California
  • Elected Fellow, College of Commercial Arbitrators
  • "Top Master," Daily Journal Top California Neutrals List, 2013
  • "Top California Neutral," Daily Journal, 2002-2011 (since the inception of the recognition)
  • Best Lawyer, Alternative Dispute Resolution Category, Best Lawyers in America, 2008-2016, and Northern California Super Lawyer, 2008, 2010-2016
  • Best Lawyer in the Bay Area, San Francisco Business Times, 2009
  • One of the Top Three Best Neutrals in the Bay Area, The Recorder, 2007
  • One of the 500 Leading Judges in America, by Lawdragon Magazine, 2006
  • Distinguished Mediator of the Year, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, 2003
  • One of the Top 10 Mediators in the Bay Area, The Recorder, 2002
  • Member, Advisory Council to the ABA International Human Rights Center, 2011-2014, and Advisory Board U.C. Berkeley School of Law, Human Rights Center, 2009-present
  • Member, National Association of Women Judges, International Association of Women Judges, ABA Women in Dispute Resolution Committee
  • Member, International Academy of Trial Judges, Northern California International Arbitration Committee
  • Presenter, International Summer School on Business Mediation, Admont, Austria (2006, 2010, 2012, 2014)
  • Chair of the Bar Association of San Francisco’s International Human Rights Committee, 2009-2011
  • Participant, International Human Rights Summer School, Oxford University-New College 2004
  • Member, American Bar Association House of Delegates, 1987-1991, 1996-2008
  • Board of Directors, Bar Association of San Francisco, 1994-1997
  • Chair, American Bar Association Section on Individual Rights and Responsibilities (now Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice), 1994-1995
  • Co-authored the ADR chapter of CEB's Wrongful Termination Practice 2ed. (1997)
  • Adjunct Professor, University of California Berkeley School of Law
  • Lecturer, Stanford Law School
  • "Enduring Optimism," ADR Profile, Daily Journal, June 28, 2013
  • Serves on ADR panel for the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of California
  • Appointed Judge, Circuit Court of Jefferson Co., Kentucky (court of general jurisdiction), 1987-1992
  • Admitted to Bar of United States Supreme Court, 6th and 9th Circuit Courts of Appeals
  • Masters in Liberal Arts, Stanford University, 2008
  • J.D., University of Kentucky, 1975 (Law Journal, National Moot Court Team)
  • B.A., University of Kentucky with distinction, 1972

Counsel Comments

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    Westerfield featured in JAMS mediation video

    "I really enjoyed mediating the case with [Judge Westerfield] , and I was impressed with [her] patience, empathy, clarity, flexibility, and determination. I am strongly recommending [her] to my colleagues, and I look forward to our next mediation." --Bay Area Attorney

    "Judge Westerfield was remarkable, truly remarkable.  This has to be one of the toughest mediations she’s ever had in terms of the difficult nature of the parties." Bay Area Attorney

    Recognized as "Top Master," Daily Journal Top California Neutrals List, 2013

    Recognized as a Top California Neutral, Daily Journal, 2002-2011 (since the inception of the recognition)

    Recognized as a Northern California Super Lawyer, ADR Category, 2008, 2010-2016

    Recognized as a Best Lawyer, Alternative Dispute Resolution Category, Best Lawyers in America, 2008-2016

    Recognized as One of the Top Three Best Neutrals in the Bay Area, The Recorder, 2007

    Recognized as One of the 500 Leading Judges in America, by Lawdragon Magazine, 2006

    Distinguished Mediator of the Year, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, 2003

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