Former U.S. District Court Chief Judge James Holderman joined JAMS in June 2015 after serving for thirty years on the federal bench in Chicago. During his judicial career, Judge Holderman resolved more than 10,000 cases in all areas of federal jurisdiction. After joining JAMS, he quickly became a highly sought-after mediator among lawyers across the country. Plaintiffs’ counsel, defense counsel, and in-house counsel who have mediated with him have repeatedly sought to retain him again.
Prior to joining the judiciary in 1985, Judge Holderman was a successful trial and appellate lawyer specializing in federal litigation as a partner with a predecessor to the law firm now known as Dentons, and served as an assistant U.S. attorney where he received multiple awards for distinguished service. He is widely respected for his work ethic, his legal knowledge, his wealth of experience, especially in intellectual property, class action, and complex cases, and the practical way he approaches resolving disputes in the best interests of all concerned. During his first year with JAMS, he successfully mediated more than $10 billion of asserted and potential claims, primarily in class actions and intellectual property cases. His secret to success has been the help and support from numerous people throughout his life and professional career. James received his B.S. from the University of Illinois and his J.D. from the University of Illinois, College of Law. He was a recipient of the Lewis F. Powell, Jr. Professionalism and Ethics Award and the Linn Alliance Leadership Award by Richard Linn Inn of Court in 2015, the Distinguished Service Award by Lawyers Lend-A-Hand Foundation, Distinguished Service Award by Chicago Bar Association, and Advocate for Diversity Award by the Diversity Scholarship Foundation in 2013, the Distinguished Intellectual Property Professional of the Year Award in 2012, among many others.
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