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 scores of personal injury disputes since joining JAMS in 2000. Judge Xifaras has served as an instructor in numerous seminars on mediation, arbitration, case management, and ethics.

Representative Mediations

  • Facilitated the settlement of wrongful death and personal injury claims involving allegations of deficient care at nursing homes
  • Mediated many personal injury premises liability disputes
  • Mediated numerous medical malpractice claims involving allegations of negligence against various health care providers including surgeons, anesthetists, obstetricians, neurologists, orthopedists, internists, radiologists, chiropractors, dentists, nurses, hospitals, and pharmacies
  • Mediated professional liability claims involving allegations of medical and legal malpractice in healthcare disputes
  • Mediated settlement of numerous claims concerning personal injuries occurring on construction sites, involving cross claims for indemnity and contribution between general contractors and subcontractors and compromise of workers’ compensation and health care liens
  • Mediation of environmental illness claims involving exposure to lead paint, mold, latex, formaldehyde, and other substances
  • Mediation of products liability and breach of warranty claims against manufacturers, distributors, and sellers of various machinery and equipment

Representative Arbitrations

  • Arbitrator in numerous cases with responsibility for determining the allocation of settlement funds among multiple plaintiffs involved in group settlements
  • Sole arbitrator in dispute involving claims of chronic pain syndrome and addiction to narcotic medication
  • Sole arbitrator in dispute involving traumatic brain injury and unfair settlement practice claims
  • Sole arbitrator in multiple medical malpractice disputes involving various claims including failure to diagnose, failure to provide timely and proper treatment, wrongful death, improper prescription of medications, and failure to obtain informed consent
  • Sole arbitrator on scores of motor vehicle personal injury 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




This page is for general information purposes.  JAMS makes no representations or warranties regarding its accuracy or completeness.  Interested persons should conduct their own research regarding information on this website before deciding to use JAMS, including investigation and research of JAMS neutrals. See More

Xifaras_John_Personal Injury_Torts_800