WALNUT CREEK, CA—JAMS, the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services worldwide, is pleased to announce the addition of Hon. Barry Baskin (Ret.) to its panel.
Judge Baskin was appointed to the Contra Costa County Superior Court in 2002. For 20 years, Judge Baskin served on the bench, where he served in almost all divisions of the court. He served six years in the civil division, handling complex cases, including class actions.
From 2019 to 2020, Judge Baskin served as presiding judge and helped steer the court through the pandemic. Prior to that, he served as assistant presiding judge from 2017 to 2018 and spent eight years on the Executive Committee. His last assignment on the bench was a second term in the civil division, where he handled complex litigation, construction defect litigation, class actions and a variety of other matters. He is the first person appointed to the bench in California who was born, raised and trained in South Africa.
Based in the Walnut Creek Resolution Center, Judge Baskin will serve as an arbitrator, mediator, special master/referee and neutral evaluator, handling class action and mass torts; intellectual property; entertainment and sports; employment; estate, probate and trusts; personal injury; real property; construction; and construction defect disputes.
Prior to joining the bench, Judge Baskin had a successful career handling complex civil litigation. Beginning in 1979, Judge Baskin was the managing partner of his family’s law firm, Baskin & Partners, in South Africa. His practice consisted of business litigation and family law. In 1987, he emigrated from South Africa. He was admitted to the California Bar in 1987 and joined Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro. He served in the firm’s antitrust and intellectual property group. In 1989, he joined Farrow, Bramson, Baskin & Plutzik and became a partner in 1990. Until his appointment to the bench, he served as lead trial counsel in the area of complex civil litigation, representing both plaintiffs and defendants.
Judge Baskin received his law degree from the Oliver Schreiner School of Law at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.