Hon. James Holderman (ret.)

Former U.S. District Court Chief Judge James Holderman joins JAMS after serving for 30 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. He conducted hundreds of successful pretrial mediation conferences and hundreds of trials.

In addition to resolving the cases on his assigned docket, Judge Holderman was selected by the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multi-District Litigation (MDL) to coordinate and resolve numerous complex, classaction, multi-district cases. Before 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.

Judge Holderman 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.

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