Judge Jan Adler draws upon more than 40 years of legal experience to help resolve complex disputes. He served as a Federal Magistrate Judge for over 15 years and as Presiding Magistrate Judge the last two years. During that time, he presided over approximately 2,000 civil matters as a settlement judge, handling all types of civil litigation matters. Prior to his bench appointment, Judge Adler spent 25 years as a trial lawyer litigating complex civil matters, including securities class action, derivative, antitrust, and consumer fraud cases.
By tapping into his extensive litigation and judicial background, Jan Adler brings the requisite knowledge and experience to tackle any legal dispute, deploying a unique repertoire of resolution strategies and tactics to help all parties achieve satisfaction. Since his retirement in 2018, Judge Adler has developed a reputation as a private Mediator who is patient, hard-working, intelligent, and compassionate.
In his spare time, Judge Adler enjoys traveling and hiking, listening to music, following NCAA and professional sports, reading, and community service, including serving as a Director of Jewish Family Services of San Diego.
"He was very good at conveying the realities to the client."
- Attorney on a Business Partnership Dissolution
"Judge Adler helped navigate the very difficult dynamics of the mediation with poise and determination, and assisted us in getting over the finish line."
- Attorney on an Employment Wage & Hour Class Action case
"Very hard working Intelligent mediator. He is exceedingly patient with all parties and the various nuances and fact patterns of their case. He settled a very difficult case for me for over ten million dollars working through the evening and into the next morning on his own personal time. I would not hesitate to use him as a private mediator"
- Attorney who settled cases before Judge Adler
"Judge Adler is an outstanding mediator who not only understands the human frailties and often heightened emotions of litigation, but uses his calm and assuring demeanor to facilitate meaningful and productive dialogue in assisting the parties to get to a deal. He is smart, kind, and decisive in his approach."
- San Diego Litigation Attorney
"We really appreciated the collaborative approach."
- Attorney on an Antitrust: Commercial matter
"Judge Adler is thoughtful and thorough – he takes the time to fully study and understand complex and new areas of law and he is well qualified to mediate a wide range of civil cases. He is kind and compassionate and ensures that every litigant has a voice at the table, but never hesitates to deliver difficult messages about the risks and weaknesses in a party’s case. Judge Adler is a superb mediator."
- Attorney who settled multiple cases before Judge Adler
"Judge Adler went into extra innings for us finishing up around 8 pm, PST while he was mediating out of Boulder, Colorado. It was a very difficult case with extensive coverage issues and very emotional injuries suffered by two minor children. He handled it like the pro he is and did a fantastic job for all involved"
- Attorney on a PI Sexual Assault Matter
"Judge Adler was well prepared and guided us well through the process. He is a very effective
- Attorney on an Employment Misclassification Class Action case
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