John Xifaras

Hon. John M. Xifaras (Ret.)

JAMS Mediator, Arbitrator and Referee/Special Master

Case Manager
Kristen Schuck
T: 617-228-9121
F: 617-228-0222
One Beacon Street, Suite 2210, Boston, MA 02108


Hon. John M. Xifaras (Ret.) brings to his dispute resolution practice years of judicial and legal experience as a judge and attorney. He has been a full time JAMS mediator and arbitrator since 2000.

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • Since joining JAMS, Judge Xifaras has mediated and arbitrated numerous cases involving the following issues:
    • Business/commercial
    • Construction
    • Contractual
    • Employment
    • Environmental
    • Insurance coverage
    • Maritime
    • Personal injury
    • Premises liability
    • Products liability
    • Professional liability
    • Real estate
  • While on the bench, Judge Xifaras earned a reputation for resolving civil matters prior to trial including complex multi-party matters such as employment, products liability, legal and medical malpractice, general and premises liability, personal injury, environmental, zoning, real estate, construction, contractual, business, corporate, commercial, eminent domain, civil rights, and insurance coverage disputes
  • As an attorney, his experience included employment and labor law in the apparel, textile, construction, utilities, electronics, automotive parts, trucking, longshoring, fishing, warehousing, transportation, manufacturing, hospital, and healthcare industries matters. Moreover, his legal experience encompassed work with governmental agencies in various healthcare areas, and he is familiar with law enforcement and fire services issues

Representative Matters

  • Resolution of complex business case involving contract claims between a major pharmaceutical company and a software provider regarding medical treatment for patients
  • Successfully mediated employment discrimination dispute with issues including hostile work environment and emotional distress
  • Settled dispute of an asset purchase agreement regarding the sale of national medical supply business
  • Settled a multi-party construction dispute between several contractors and subcontractors of an affordable housing project
  • Insurance dispute regarding refusal of coverage on a fire destroyed building caused by employees
  • Multi-party case involving a developer and several towns over the design and furnishing of water to several towns
  • Resolution of disputed employment contract between a medical group and a healthcare provider
  • Multi-party mediation involving claims and counter-claims over the sale of an energy and resource facility plant
  • Successfully arbitrated a complex intellectual property dispute involving medical inventions
  • Settled a $9 million dispute between a real estate purchase and sale agreement and a construction company
  • Mediated and arbitrated many complex medical malpractice matters
  • Member, Massachusetts Bar, Boston Bar, Bristol County Bar, and New Bedford Bar Associations
  • "Ecumenical Award and Saint Thomas Moore Award," Roman Catholic Diocese of Fall River
  • NAACP, New Bedford Branch: "In appreciation for the many services contributed to the New Bedford Branch of the NAACP and the black people in the community."
  • Associate Justice, Superior Court of Massachusetts
  • Associate Justice, New Bedford District Court
  • Private law practice for 22 years
  • Former Counsel to the NAACP, New Bedford, MA
  • Lectured before the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.
  • Panelist and lecturer before several employment and labor law conferences and institutes
  • Suffolk University Law School
  • Babson College



Practice Areas

Available nationwide


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