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.
"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
"I really believed there was no realistic chance to resolve our case, but Judge Adler pulled it off. He very diligently studied the briefs and exhibits, demonstrated a keen instinct in identifying the pros and cons of the parties' respective positions, and very delicately handled an emotional client. His approach was perfect for this matter, and had we not chosen to use him personally, this matter would be proceeding to trial."
- Attorney on a Business/Contractual case
"I believe Judge Adler was direct and forthright and was able to obtain a more favorable settlement than I anticipated."
- Attorney on an Employment Wage & Hour case
"Judge Adler was great and handled both sides very well."
- Attorney on an Employment Sexual Harassment case
"Judge Adler is a very effective mediator and has settled both of the cases that I have mediated with him."
- Seasoned San Diego Trial Attorney
"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
"Judge Adler is a great neutral. He is very patient with the litigants and has a great temperament. He is also whip-smart and understands issues immediately. "
- Attorney on a Business Fraud and Misrepresentation case
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