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Cathy Yanni

Cathy Yanni

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Case Manager
Tina Oja
T: 415-774-2627
F: 415-982-5287
Two Embarcadero Center, Suite 1500, San Francisco, CA 94111
Cathy Yanni has mediated, arbitrated, and acted as Special Master or Referee in a wide variety of business/ commercial disputes. Prior to joining JAMS, as a Special Master/Discovery Referee and partner in a Silicon Valley law firm, she developed experience in high tech and intellectual property matters. As a mediator, she has a practical approach to creating an effective workable business solution.

Representative Mediations

  • Breach of contract dispute between local provider and national cable company
  • Breach of contract dispute involving ownership of a dry dock and public entity
  • Breach of warranty claims by high tech computer company
  • Class action involving workers compensation carriers re: allocation of medical/legal fees
  • Dispute between equipment company and Ukrainian mining company
  • Dispute between large utility company and university regarding ongoing contractual agreements
  • Misrepresentation claims brought by buyer against seller in commercial and residential real estate matters
  • Numerous breach of contract cases between all sizes of business entities, issues included valuation, accounting, patents, trade secrets, and securities
  • Real estate investment company dispute involving an option to purchase

Representative Arbitrations

  • Accounting company partnership dispute among senior and junior partners involved highly technical accounting issues including capitalization, promissory notes, and security agreements
  • Insurance Coverage - Acted as Umpire in business valuation dispute between insured and insurer post fire loss
  • Law firm dissolution involving interpretation of employment agreements and accounting issues
  • Licensing dispute between educational foundations
  • Partnership dissolution of bed and breakfast business

Special Master/Discovery Referee, Representative Matters

  • Class action involving financial institution credit card business
  • Class action involving financial institution trust department practices
  • Class action involving sales tax
  • Construction and bonding company dispute involving power plant construction
  • Oil and gas company dispute involving closely held company and shareholders
  • Partnership dispute among family owner/members of medium sized, closely held company
  • Recognized as an “ADR Champion”, National Law Journal, 2016, 2018
  • Recognized as "Top Master," Daily Journal Top California Neutrals List, 2013
  • Recognized as a "Top California Neutral," Daily Journal, 2003-2008, 2010-2012
  • Recognized as AV Preeminent in Martindale-Hubbell Lawyer Ratings
  • Woman of Achievement Award, Legal Momentum, 2008
  • Past President and Board of Directors, Academy of Court-Appointed Masters (ACAM)
  • Board of Directors, The American College of e-Neutrals (ACESIN)
  • Lecturer, Mediation and Negotiation, Stanford Law School, University of California Berkeley School of Law, University of San Francisco School of Law, Golden Gate Law School, Hastings College of the Law, University of San Diego School of Law, Duke University Law School
  • Sedona Conference: E-Discovery Dispute Resolution Program for Special Masters & Mediators
  • Conducts CLE seminars on ADR: Mediation, Negotiation, Ethics, Bias, Employment, Insurance, Special Masters and Referees, Intellectual Property, and e-Discovery
  • "Big Cases, Personal Touch," Daily Journal, ADR Profile, May 30, 2014
  • Panelist, JAMS, San Francisco, 1998-present
  • Discovery Referee, San Mateo County Superior Court, 1994-1998
  • Litigation Partner, major San Francisco law firm
  • Mediation Workshop, Harvard Law School Program of Instruction for Lawyers
  • J.D., Golden Gate University School of Law; Editor, Law Review
  • B.A., Mount Holyoke College; Dartmouth College; Honors Commendation

Counsel Comments

    • “Cathy truly cares about the parties and the issues. She does not stop or abandon the case until it settles.”

      -National Settlement Counsel
    • “Cathy knows each case and is persistent and patient with emotionally charged clients.”

      -Bay Area Attorney




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