Meet the Organisers

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Bruce Edwards, LOC Co-Chair  

​​Allison Alcasabas.jpgBruce A. Edwards, Esq. is one of JAMS founding partners and most experienced attorney mediators. He  has served as a mediator, arbitrator, and special master since 1986.  During that time, he has developed extensive expertise in handling complex, multiparty cases with emphasis on construction, engineering and infrastructure, business, employment, and traumatic personal injury matters. He frequently writes and teaches about the benefits of ADR throughout the United States and Western Europe.  ​Show Bio​



Hon. Rebecca Westerfield, LOC Co-Chair​  

​​Allison Alcasabas.jpgHon. Rebecca Westerfield (Ret.) has been a mediator and arbitrator with JAMS since 1992.  
She is recognized as a top mediator in the United States and is an elected Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators. Show Bio​





Allison Alcasabas

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Allison Alcasabas is a partner at Herbert Smith Freehills New York LLP.​ She has over two decades of experience in advising and defending global clients involved in complex commercial and products liability litigation throughout the United States and internationally. She has served as trial counsel in multi-million dollar trials, and has defended lawsuits brought by individual plaintiffs, class action plaintiffs, consumer groups, healthcare providers and governmental entities involving claims for personal injury, consumer fraud and economic damages.    



Hiro Aragaki

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Hiro Aragaki is Professor of Law at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, where he teaches and writes in the areas of contracts and ADR.  
He has over fifteen years’ experience as a neutral and has provided ADR training and consulting services around the world. ​





 Claudia Bernard

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Claudia Barnard is the Chief Circuit Mediator for the US Circuit Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.​






 Daniel Bowling

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Daniel Bowling is a mediator and trainer for the ADR Program, US District Court for Northern California. He began mediating in 1986, has taught advanced and public policy mediation at LaTrobe Law School in Melbourne, Australia and Osgoode Hall School of Law, York University in Toronto and negotiation at Howard and Hastings Law Schools, including the first course on advanced negotiation offered at Hastings. He co-edited/co-authored Bringing Peace into the Room (Jossey-Bass, 2003) and co-authored The Mediation Process in A Litigator's Guide to Effective Use of ADR in California (Cal CEB, 2005). ​



 Cedric Chao

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Cedric Chao a partner and the head of the International Arbitration practice at DLA Piper.  He is a former federal prosecutor, has a unique skill set, having first-chaired numerous US jury and court trials (business and criminal), as well as international arbitration disputes.





 Maria Chedid

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Maria Chedid is a partner and lead counsel in international arbitration of both commercial and investor-state disputes for Baker McKenzie.  She has represented parties from Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America in a wide range of matters, including disputes relating to licensing, distribution, technology, energy, infrastructure, political risk insurance, construction, government contracts, joint ventures, and taxation.     



 A. Marisa Chun

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A. Marisa Chun is a litigation partner at McDermott Will & Emery LLP.  An experienced trial and appellate lawyer, former prosecutor, and mediator, Ms. Chun has successfully represented clients in diverse matters, including patent infringement and trade secrets cases, contract and business tort actions, class actions, shareholder derivative actions, antitrust and unfair competition actions, and health care litigation.  She also represents clients in internal, civil, and criminal investigations, including those brought by federal and state enforcement authorities.  Marisa serves as a court-appointed mediator for the U.S. District Court (N.D. Cal.).  Sh​ow ​Bio​​​



Dana Curtis

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For 25 years, Dana Curtis has mediated a broad range of disputes in her San Francisco Bay Area practice. For four years, she served as a Circuit Court Mediator for the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She has taught mediation for academic programs, including at Stanford Law School, where she taught for ten years, and for organizations throughout the world. She co-teaches Mediation Disputes for Harvard Law School’s Program on Negation twice a year and has written numerous articles and books on mediation, most recently Appellate Mediation: A Guide for Attorneys and Mediators (ABA Publishing 2016). Show Bio​​


Rochelle Eades

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Rochelle Eades is the Sr. Business Development Manager at Herbert Smith Freehills ant is responsible for the business development efforts of the firm's pre-eminent New York office. Rochelle has spent the past year working in the United States helping drive and build a strong business development value for the partners and lawyers, with a relentless focus on client value. Previous to this role, Rochelle worked for two years in Herbert Smith Freehills London office, and prior to this the firm's Melbourne office. Rochelle has over 10 years demonstrated experience building strategic relationships, managing client accounts, and pursuing new business opportunities. Rochelle holds a double degree in Bachelor International Business/Bachelor Commerce.​



John Feder

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John M. Feder is a partner of Rouda, Feder, Tietjen & McGuinn in San Francisco.  John specializes in personal injury, wrongful death cases, products liability, medical malpractice, elder abuse, public entity liability, trucking, and bicycle litigation.  He has lectured and written extensively on trial advocacy for more than 20 years.  Show Bio​



Paul Gelinas
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As a General Manager at JAMS, Paul Gelinas leads a large team of associates and oversees the operational and facilities management of the San Francisco and Santa Rosa Resolution Centers. In his role, Paul also works directly with JAMS Neutrals, helping them to develop their ADR practices.  Additionally, he partners with JAMS colleagues and Neutrals on client outreach efforts, developing strong relationships with the local bar.​



Matthew Geyer
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Mr. Geyer is a commercial arbitrator and mediator, and a member of the American Arbitration Association’s Commercial, Large and Complex Case, Securities and Mediation Panels. Show Bio​​




Ruth Glick
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Ruth Glick is a full time mediator and arbitrator with over 25 years experience resolving complex commercial, financial, technology, employment, real estate and health care disputes.  She is on the American Arbitration Association Association's Large and Complex Case, ICDR, National Arbitration and Mediation panels and is the former Chair of the Dispute Resolution Section of the American Bar Association.​



Christine Haas
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Christine Haas Georgiev Serves as Senior Counsel – Construction for the UCSF campus/medical center.  Prior to joining the office, Ms. Haas Georgiev held positions as President and CEO of Ethos Law P.C.; General Counsel, Lend Lease (US) Public Partnerships LLC; and as a Partner with Thelen, Marrin, Johnson & Bridges. Show Bio​


Howard Herman
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Howard has been with the Northern District since February 1997. He previously served as Director of ADR Programs for Contra Costa County Superior Court and spent four years as a settlement conference attorney for the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, ultimately serving as the co-director of that court's settlement conference program.  He is also the immediate past Chair of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution. Show Bio​​



Frederick Hertz
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Frederick Hertz is an attorney mediator based in Oakland, CA.  His practice focuses on resolving financial and property disputes between family members and business partners. More information on his practice can be found at www.Frederickhertz.com.  Mr. Hertz is the current president of the board of The Mediation Society. Show Bio​​ ​              



Cynthia Jackson
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Cynthia is a member of Dentons' Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice group. She has over 35 years' experience working in the areas of California and US domestic as well as international employment counseling and litigation. In addition to handling the global coordination of human resources and personnel-related policies and initiatives, she defends companies C-suite individuals in high-visibility class actions and other high-stakes employment litigation. Show Bio​​



Janet Martinez
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Janet Martinez is Director of the Martin Daniel Gould Center for Conflict Resolution and Senior Lecturer in Law at Stanford Law School, where she teaches advanced negotiation, dispute system design and alternative dispute resolution law & policy. Her current research focuses on dispute system design, California sustainable groundwater management, online dispute resolution, and international comparative dispute resolution. Show Bio​​




Gina Miller
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Gina Miller serves as the Vice President of the West Region at JAMS. In her role, Ms. Miller oversees operations for Resolution Centers in California, Washington and Nevada, and is responsible for creating new business opportunities and overseeing the implementation of regional and national marketing initiatives​






Richard C. Mosher
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Richard C. Mosher has 40+ years experience as in-house and private practice lawyer; AV Pre-eminent Rated; ICDR Neutral Arbitrator; HI Sup Crt. Arbitrator-Mediator; ACR HI BOD-Officer; Chair HSBA ADR and Litigation Com.; Certified On-Line mediator; Texas Ass’n of Mediators; former CLO-GC-AGC Ball, Maytag, Hoover, Loctronix; former chair 3 national committees at Ass’n Corp Counsel.  Show Bio




Scott Nonaka
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Scott Nonaka is partner in Sidley’s San Francisco office and also works out of Sidley’s Tokyo office. He is a seasoned trial lawyer who represents clients in a broad range of high-stakes complex commercial disputes in the U.S., Asia and Europe. He also represents clients in internal corporate investigations and white collar matters.




Kathleen Pierz
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Kathleen Pierz is the Practice Development Manager, Global at JAMS (www.jamsadr.com).  Ms. Pierz works with mediators and arbitrators, law firms, in-house counsel, law schools and professional organizations around the world to develop and promote the use of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) services.  




Neil Popović 
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Neil Popović is a partner in the Business Trials Practice Group in the San Francisco office of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP, and Team Leader of the firm’s International Arbitration team.  Mr. Popović teaches International Litigation and Arbitration and International Environmental Law at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall).  He also serves as a Project Complaint Mechanism Expert for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Show Bio​


 Sheila Purcell
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Sheila Purcell is the Director and Clinical Professor at the Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution at the University of California Hastings College of the Law. She designed and directed an award winning ADR partnership program of the San Mateo Superior Court, bar and community and is a frequent consultant and presenter nationally and internationally. Show Bio​​



Victor Schachter
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Vic Schachter is the Founder and President of the Foundation for Sustainable Rule of Law Initiatives (FSRI), an NGO dedicated to the promotion of fair and sustainable dispute resolution centers around the globe.  He is a partner in the law firm of Fenwick & West LLP.  The Show Bio​




Steve Smith
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Steve Smith focuses his practice on the arbitration of complex, high-stakes international commercial disputes in a broad range of industries. In his more than 33 years of practice, he has handled matters for and against sovereign entities from the Middle East, Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Africa and has served as lead counsel and arbitrator in scores of arbitrations around the globe.   http://www.jonesday.com/stevensmith/ 



Renee Spertzel
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As a Senior Practice Development Manager at JAMS, Renee leads the practice development team in Northern California and Washington State in marketing efforts that align with regional and national goals.  Renee is responsible for strategic business planning, developing and executing marketing plans for regional and national practice areas, and facilitating client outreach efforts. ​




Kimberly Taylor
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Kimberly Taylor, Esq. is the Chief Operating Officer at JAMS, the largest private provider of mediation and arbitration services worldwide. She oversees JAMS operations in the United States and abroad. Working directly with the President and CEO, and leading a team that spans 26 resolution centers worldwide, Ms. Taylor is responsible for the company’s day-to-day operating activities. Show Bio​



Gilda R. Turitz
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Gilda R. Turitz is a business trial lawyer, arbitrator and mediator, and a partner of Sideman & Bancroft LLP in San Francisco, concentrating on complex commercial cases.  She is a Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators, a member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, and a member of the American Arbitration Association's National Commercial Arbitration Panel. Show Bio​​



Anton Ware
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Anton Ware focuses on dispute resolution, with an emphasis on international arbitration and business litigation, regularly acting for clients in commercial contract and other business disputes before domestic and international arbitral tribunals. Mr. Ware also represents and advises both investors and States in investment treaty arbitration before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). Show Bio​



Darlene Weide
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Ms. Weide is the Executive Director of Community Boards, the nation's longest running public conflict resolution center. Ms. Weide is commited to the advancement of community justice through mediation skill development, education and collaborative practices. She is also a faculty member at City College of San Francisco. Show Bio​











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