First Name: Hon. James
Last Name: Ryan (Ret.)
Address Line 1: One Beacon Street Suite 2300
Address Line 2:
City: Boston
State: Massachusetts
Postal Code: 2108
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Phone Number: 617-228-0200
Fax: 617-228-0222

Hon. James V. Ryan (Ret.)
is a highly skilled mediator and arbitrator who has successfully
resolved thousands of cases involving a broad variety of issues,
including labor and employment, construction, personal injury, toxic
tort, professional liability, products liability, workers’ compensation,
commercial, franchise, insurance, real estate, landlord-tenant, and
mediated discovery. Judge Ryan has been appointed to serve as a Master
by both the federal and state court for purposes of fact-finding,
discovery oversight, and settlement facilitation. He has authored a
guide to mediation and arbitration practice and has served as an
instructor in numerous seminars on mediation and arbitration, case
management, and ethics.

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • Full-time mediator, arbitrator, and instructor in mediation, arbitration, and negotiation skills since 1992
  • Administrative Judge with the Massachusetts Department of Industrial Accidents from 1986 to 1992
  • Served as Special Master for discovery and settlement of mass
    tort claims involving asbestos-related personal injury or property
    damage pending before the United States District Court for the District
    of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Superior Court
  • Designated as Director of Professional Services with oversight
    responsibility for several national dispute resolution programs
    administered by JAMS

Representative Matters

  • Judge Ryan has successfully mediated and arbitrated hundreds of
    personal injury cases involving claims of products liability, medical
    malpractice, toxic torts, premises liability, wrongful death, workers’
    compensation, FELA, maritime, and motor vehicle torts
  • As a mediator and arbitrator, Judge Ryan has also resolved
    numerous other tort claims including legal malpractice, negligence by
    brokers and agents, professional errors and omissions, intentional and
    negligent misrepresentation, commercial torts, and unfair trade
  • Judge Ryan has extensive experience in the resolution of labor
    and employment disputes. He has mediated and arbitrated claims of
    wrongful termination, employment discrimination, sexual harassment,
    FMLA, civil rights violations, ERISA, breach of contract, covenants of
    non-competition and non-solicitation, theft of trade secrets,
    defamation, and wage and hour violations.
  • Judge Ryan has also served as a mediator or arbitrator in
    numerous construction disputes between owners, design professionals,
    general contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers and their
    insurers involving claims of deficient designs, specifications, shop
    drawings and submittals, poor workmanship, breach of warranty, wrongful
    termination, abandonment, acceleration and delay damages, scope of work,
    change orders and extras, undisclosed subsurface conditions, and
    defaults in payment and performance bonds
  • Judge Ryan has successfully resolved many commercial and
    business disputes. He has mediated and arbitrated numerous franchise
    disputes including cases involving terminations, challenges to add
    points and relocations, advertising and facilities disputes, and
    manufacturer charge-backs. He has mediated and arbitrated disputes
    arising out of the dissolution of closely held family businesses. He is
    highly experienced in resolving insurance subrogation and coverage,
    public accommodation, real estate, landlord and tenant, and other
    commercial disputes.

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Recognized as a Best Lawyer, Alternative Dispute Resolution Category, Best Lawyers in America, 2006-2011

Background and Education

  • Senior Mediator and Arbitrator, JAMS, 1992-present
  • Administrative Judge, Massachusetts Department of Industrial Accidents, 1986-1992
  • General Counsel, Massachusetts Senate Committee on Ways and Means, 1981-1986
  • Foley, Hoag & Eliot, Boston, specializing in civil litigation, labor and employment 1979-1981
  • Deputy Counsel, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, 1978-1979
  • Law Clerk, Chief Judge Alan M. Hale, Massachusetts Appeals Court, 1977-1978
  • J.D., Northeastern University School of Law, 1977
  • B.A., cum laude, Boston College, 1972


Hourly Rate: 400
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