Retired Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge James R. Melinson has joined JAMS, The Resolution Experts. He will be based in the company's new Resolution Center at 1700 Market Street where his title will be Chief of Arbitration and Mediation Services, JAMS Philadelphia.
Judge Melinson, who while on the bench devoted much time and energy to settling cases, began resolving complex arbitration and mediation disputes at JAMS beginning September 23.
Judge Melinson retired from the bench on September 10. He became chief U.S. magistrate judge in 1997 and has served as a U.S. magistrate judge for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania since March 1990.
Prior to his appointment to the District Court, he was appointed by Gov. Robert P. Casey to the Superior Court of Pennsylvania in 1988. During his tenure on the Superior Court, he participated in more than 1,000 cases and personally wrote more than 400 opinions.
Judge Melinson was appointed by Chief Justice William Rehnquist to serve on the U.S. Judicial Conference as a member of the Judicial Resources Committee from 1998 until Judge Melinson's retirement.
Judge Melinson has also served in other organizations to improve the judiciary, including the Third Circuit Judicial Council, the Advisory Committee of the Civil Justice Reform Act, the Committee on Magistrate Judges of the American Bar Association (chair), and the National Conference of Trial Judges.
Before his appointment to the bench, Judge Melinson was in private practice and was one of the few lawyers who represented both labor and management in complex disputes. He also served as chief negotiator for the School District of Philadelphia for nine years, general counsel to Whiting-Patterson Co. Inc., chief counsel to the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Local 159, AFL-CIO, special advisor to the U.S. Department of Defense for contract negotiations, and as a neutral arbitrator for the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia.