Robert B. Freedman


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Judge Robert B. Freedman (Ret.) – served on the  Superior Court of California, County of Alameda (and previously on the Oakland-Piedmont-Emeryville Municipal Court) and retired from the bench in 2017 after 21 years of service. While on the bench Judge Freedman presided in one of the court?s two complex litigation departments. In this assignment he presided over numerous Judicial Council Coordination Proceedings (the California equivalent of a MDL). In 1998 he received the Alameda County Trial Judge Of The Year award from the Alameda-Contra-Costa Trial Lawyers Association and, in 2012, received the Distinguished Judicial Service Award from the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association. He has served as a member of advisory committees to the Judicial Council of California, including the Civil and Small Claims Advisory Committee, the Information Technology Advisory Committee (formerly the Court Technology Advisory Committee).  Before his appointment to the bench, Judge Freedman was a member of a general civil litigation firm in Oakland and served as the President of the Alameda County Bar Association (1988). Judge Freedman is a member of the Board of Governors of the Northern California Chapter of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers and the Governing Board of the California Judges Association. Following retirement from the court, Judge Freedman joined JAMS where he serves as an arbitrator, mediator and referee in a broad range of cases.

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