Michael D. Young, Esq.

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Class Action/Mass Tort
Since joining JAMS in 1989, Mr. Young has conducted over 1,250 complex or multi-party mediations and arbitrations in over thirty states and abroad, and has been appointed as a mediator or special master (for discovery management or settlement implementation purposes) by various federal, state, and bankruptcy courts. Mr. Young is a member of the CPR International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution Panel of Distinguished Neutrals, an elected fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators and an elected “neutral” member of the College of Labor & Employment Lawyers. He has mediated various class action, mass claim or multiple party cases, including mass tort claims, large group employment matters, wage and hour class/collective actions, and securities class actions.

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Representative Matters

  • Mediated as a group 250+ individual race and other employment discrimination claims against a large corporation, and ultimately served as the administrator and allocator of a settlement fund for a group of these employees
  • Mediated multiple employment-related wage and hour class/collective actions under both state and federal law
  • Mediated multiple individual and group asbestos claims
  • Mediated multiple product liability claims against the manufacturer of artificial limbs
  • Mediated multiple employment-related discrimination class actions, including one against a major utility alleging racial discrimination in promotions
  • Mediated multiple securities class actions including:
    • Multiple matters alleging "fraud on the market" leading to decreases in share prices when allegedly non-truthful or misleading disclosures were made by management of public companies, including cases in the technology, communications and manufacturing sectors
    • Multiple claims against auditors for alleged misrepresentation of the financial condition of companies
    • One seeking damages from the underwriters of an IPO in which the class alleged misrepresentations in the prospectus
    • One seeking damages from attorneys who represented the principals in a well-publicized collapse of a debt collection firm
    • One claiming violations of "Reg S" regime through the sales of unregistered securities to domestic investors through "phony sales" to foreign investors
    • One alleging fraud and violations of the New York State insurance statutes and regulations by an insurance company that was demutualized
  • Served as court-appointed special master in two separate class actions involving tax shelters, both to mediate a settlement and to adjudicate claims against the settlement fund, and mediated similar sets of claims against an investment bank and an accounting firm

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Member of College of Commercial Arbitrators and College of Labor & Employment Lawyers (“neutral member”), as well as various U.S. bar associations
  • Lecturer about dispute resolution topics at programs conducted by the American Bar Association, College of Commercial Arbitrators, American Corporate Counsel Association, CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution, and American Law Institute
  • Various articles published in New York Law Journal, National Law Journal, Mealey’s Emerging Securities Litigation, Cardozo Law School Dispute Resolution Journal and Metropolitan Corporate Counsel regarding dispute resolution topics

Background and Education

  • Between 1978 and 1989, practiced as a litigator in both public and private sectors
  • J.D., cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1978
  • A.B., with honors, Brown University, 1975


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