Hon. James P. Kleinberg
Santa Clara County Superior Court
Hon. James P. Kleinberg (Ret.) joined JAMS following over 11 years as a California Superior Court Judge sitting in Santa Clara County and over 34 years as a federal prosecutor and private lawyer devoted to complex civil litigation. As a lawyer, Judge Kleinberg’s extensive litigation practice included numerous complex cases involving commercial disputes, class actions, securities, antitrust and trade regulation, and intellectual property issues in state and federal courts throughout the nation, as well as Canada, Europe, and Asia. These cases included the representation of high technology companies, accounting firms, agencies of foreign governments, outside directors in securities litigation, sports teams and leagues, and individuals in SEC investigations. His private practice also included domestic and international arbitration within these practice areas. Judge Kleinberg continued his work on complex civil cases while on the bench, acting as settlement judge in dozens of cases. His most recent judicial experience was as one of 18 Superior Court judges in California managing the Complex Civil Litigation Program. Prior to that assignment he was supervising judge of the court’s civil division, as well as presiding over jury and court trials and discovery issues. On the Superior Court he served as an Executive Committee member and chair of the Technology Services Committee. As a lawyer he was one of the founders of the Early Neutral Evaluation program for the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California. That Federal Court has recently appointed Judge Kleinberg to be its first Co-Ombudsperson. Judge Kleinberg was recently honored with several additional awards. He was named the 2014 “Judge of the Year” by the Santa Clara County Trial Lawyers Association, and he received the 2013 “Outstanding Jurist” award from the Santa Clara County Bar Association.
Richard E. Best
San Francisco County Superior Court
Richard E. Best is a Discovery Referee with ADR Services who served as Court Commissioner in San Francisco Superior Court from 1974 to 2003 where he adjudicated discovery disputes including e-discovery issues. Since 1998, he has published a website on civil discovery found at http://California-Discovery-Law.com. He has resolved issues, written and lectured extensively for judges, law students and lawyers, and drafted legislation and rules on discovery for over 30 years. When e-discovery emerged as an issue, he was invited to address the federal rules committee, state supreme court justices, the National Center for State Courts, and the Sedona Conference. In 2000, he formed a statewide committee of lawyers and experts to consider e-discovery rules in California.
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
Magistrate Judge Bernard Zimmerman was appointed in 1995. With party consent, he has presided over a wide range of cases, including patent, trademark and copyright cases, class actions, contract and employment cases and civil rights, personal injury and admiralty cases. He has presided over more than 30 civil jury and bench trials and more than 1,000 settlement conferences. A 1970 graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, he clerked for the Honorable Frederick J.R. Heebe in the Eastern District of Louisiana and then taught law at the Louisiana State University Law Center. Returning to California, he was an associate and then partner at Pillsbury Madison & Sutro where he
had a general litigation practice focusing on media, banking, construction, insurance and business issues. In 1995, he served as Legal Consultant to the Third Constitutional Convention of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. He has taught Federal Pretrial Litigation at Hastings College of the Law. He is a member of the Intellectual Property Inn of Court and has participated in numerous panels addressing issues such as ADR, class actions and discovery.
Judge Curtis E. A. Karnow
San Francisco Superior Court
Judge Karnow serves int he Comp,led Litigation Department of the Superior Court of California, San Francisco County, and is Presiding Judge of the Appellate Division. He received his A.B. cum laude from Harvard University in 1974, and his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1977 where he was an editor of the Law Review. While in private practice, Judge Karnow specialized in antitrust, intellectual property, computer and internet law. He has served on many of California's Judicial Council committees and groups devoted to technology, electronic discovery, rules reform, temporary judges, civics and the law, appellate procedure, sealing records and summary judgement. Judge Karnow has lectured at schools including the University of Michigan Business School, Yale Law School, and the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley, University of San Francisco School of Law, Hastings College of the Law, and he teaches a variety of civil litigation courses to new and experienced California judges.