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

Hon. Patrick J. King (Ret.)
brings nearly 40 years of experience, including 26 years as a trial
judge, to his full-time practice at JAMS, providing arbitration,
mediation, civil and criminal mini-trials, as well as discovery and case
management services. His experience as a trial judge handling cases
ranging from complex business disputes to medical malpractice cases
provides him with a unique insight that enables him to resolve a broad
range of complex cases.

ADR Experience and Qualifications

As a JAMS neutral since March 2003, Judge King has mediated and arbitrated a wide variety of cases including:

  • Business/Commercial: accounting, banking, engineering,
    non-competition agreements, breach of fiduciary duty; franchise
    disputes; breach of contract; corporate governance; consumer protection;
    unfair and deceptive practices; shareholder actions; stock options;
    fraudulent business practices; and partnership disputes
  • Construction: residential and commercial construction
    defects; failure to complete construction in a timely manner; and
    unforeseen site conditions in public construction contracts
  • Employment: wrongful termination; age, sex, disability,
    and race discrimination; ERISA violations; breach of non-competition
    agreements; and civil rights violation claims
  • Insurance coverage: insurance coverage and unfair settlement practice issues
  • Intellectual property: patent and trademark infringement, copyright and trade secret cases
  • Negligence: wrongful death; legal, medical, and other
    professional malpractice; premises liability; and various other personal
    injury claims
  • Real property: options to purchase; zoning; and lease violations

Representative Matters

  • Resolved a $100 million ERISA claim against a pension fund manager
  • Resolved a complex series of disputes among shareholders of a closely held real estate development corporation
  • Resolved ERISA claims brought by employees against employer
  • Resolved complex insurance coverage dispute involving weather income stabilization policies
  • Resolved multiple lawsuits between major shopping mall developer and business adversely affected by planned shopping mall
  • Resolved legal malpractice cases
  • Resolved medical malpractice cases
  • Resolved employment discrimination cases
  • Resolved fraud claim relating to purchase of shares in a closely held corporation
  • Resolved real estate dispute involving alleged forfeiture of option to purchase
  • Resolved damage claim brought by investment banker against a corporation for whom banker had arranged a private offering
  • Arbitrated complex multi-defendant medical malpractice cases
  • Arbitrated complex construction defect cases
  • Arbitrated franchise dispute cases

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Former President, Massachusetts Judges Conference
  • Former Chairman, Massachusetts Ballot Law Commission
  • Member, Massachusetts Standing Committee on Dispute Resolution
  • Judicial Excellence Award recipient, Frank J. Murray American Inn of Court, 2002
  • Judicial Excellence Award, Massachusetts Judges Conference, 1997
  • Outstanding Contribution Recognition Award, Volunteer Lawyers Project, Boston Bar Association, 1992
  • Founding Member, Volunteer Lawyers Project, Boston Bar Association (Board of Directors, 1977-1992)
  • Lectured and authored materials for numerous education programs
    for American and foreign judges, lawyers, and law students; contributed
    Chapter 15 (Landlord and Tenant Law) of Volume 14B, Summary of Basic Law, Massachusetts Practice Series (3rd ed.) and to the Massachusetts Jury Trial Bench Book (1995)
  • Involved for more than a decade in international alternative
    dispute resolution programs with foreign judiciaries including the
    People’s Republic of China, Mongolia, Czech Republic, Slovenia,
    Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Nepal,
    Macedonia, and Russia
  • Responsible for U.S. State Department intellectual property rights protection programs in Russia, 2003-2005

Background and Education

  • Associate Justice, Superior Court Department, Massachusetts Trial Court, 1989-2003
  • Associate Justice, Housing Court Department, Massachusetts Trial Court, 1977-1989
  • Trial Attorney, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo
    (specializing in business/ commercial litigation including construction
    defect cases and class-action employment cases), Boston, MA, 1974-1977
  • Managing Attorney, Boston Legal Assistance Project, Boston, MA, 1970-1974
  • Trial Attorney, United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Washington, D.C., 1967-1970
  • Arbitration Training Program, New York, NY, 2003
  • Advanced Mediation Training Program, Center for Dispute Settlement, Washington, D.C., 2003
  • JAMS Mediation Training Program, Orange, CA, 2003
  • Mediation Training Program, Harvard Law School, 2002
  • J.D., Boston University School of Law, Boston, MA, 1967
  • B.A., cum laude, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, 1964


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