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


Judge Xifaras has successfully mediated and arbitrated a wide variety of disputes including many employment disputes since joining JAMS in 2000. Judge Xifaras has served as an instructor in numerous seminars on mediation, arbitration, case management, and ethics.

Representative Matters

  • Breach of employment contracts including negligent infliction of emotional distress
  • Civil Rights and Family Medical Leave Act disputes
  • ERISA mediations and various employee benefits disputes
  • Mediated dispute arising from wrongful termination of high-level executive from a major financial institution
  • Mediated employment discrimination dispute involving hostile work environment and emotional distress
  • Mediated many sexual harassment, sex and age discrimination, wrongful termination, and hostile work environment claims
  • Successfully mediated dispute over ancestral discrimination and sexual preference
  • 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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