As of January 1, 2024, Jim begins his twenty-fifth year as a full-time neutral.
He wants to thank all of the attorneys, their clients and claims professionals who have entrusted him with their most challenging cases.
He has now presided over more than 3,000 cases in over 4,000 sessions.
Beginning with the outbreak of COVID-19 in the spring of 2020, Jim transitioned to exclusive use of the Zoom platform for mediations, case management conferences and discovery hearings. He has now done more than 700 Zoom sessions. The results have been impressive from many perspectives: dramatically reduced travel expense and unproductive travel time for counsel and parties, and the ability to directly involve insurance and client decision-makers who might not otherwise be able to participate in person. In addition, use of Zoom has protected participants from so-called “spreader” events where face-to-face contact would expose the participants to COVID, RSV and the current, highly contagious variants of the flu virus, in many cases where the infected participants are asymptomatic until days later. With large numbers of people still dealing with variants of these epidemics in the fall of 2023, it is clear that Zoom will continue to be the best and safest approach to mediation. Accordingly, Jim will be available exclusively via Zoom sessions until such time as the COVID and RSV epidemics baseline return to acceptable risk levels.
Mr. Roberts specializes in mediating complex cases, particularly those involving construction disputes, professional liability, and insurance issues.
Mr. Roberts frequently acts in the dual role of a mediator and discovery referee upon the request and stipulation of the parties in large cases. This dual capacity facilitates a more coordinated and effective case management approach.