Retired Judge Irma E. Gonzalez, the first Hispanic woman appointed to the federal bench, is joining JAMS San Diego Resolution Center as an arbitrator and mediator, the company announced Monday.
Ms. Gonzalez's legal career spans more than 30 years, serving as the Chief Judge from 2005 to 2012 for the United States District Court for the Southern District of California before retiring in October. Prior to being appointed to the federal bench in 1992, she worked as a U.S. Attorney and in private practice.
"Judge Gonzalez is highly respected by counsel for her fairness and deep knowledge of legal issues," said Chris Poole, JAMS president and CEO, in a press release. "She is known for her balanced and skilled approach to resolving even the most complex and contentious disputes. We think she will make an excellent addition to our panel."
Poole said that Ms. Gonzalez will serve as an arbitrator, mediator and special mater in a disputes involving business/commercial, civil rights, class action/mass torts, employment, environmental, intellectual property, maritime/admiralty and securities.
"I believe my federal experience has provided me a great foundation to help parties resolve their disputes," Ms. Gonzalez said in a statement. "I look forward to starting a new professional chapter in my life and joining the talented panel at JAMS neutrals."
Ms. Gonzalez, who earned her undergraduate degree from Stanford University and her law degree from the University of Arizona College of Law, was appointed to the bench by President George H.W. Bush.
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