Jill R. Sperber, Esquire

Sperber Dispute Resolution, Inc. and Judicate West
P. O. Box 3662
Dana Point, CA 92629

Phone: 805-391-4237
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Jill Sperber has been involved in the mediation and/or arbitration of disputes, including cases ranging from general business and personal disputes to complex, high-stakes, and multi-party matters. In addition to her judicial clerkships at the Central District of California and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, complex litigation work, and extensive ADR experiences, Jill Sperber’s business and legal acumen coupled with her tenacity and thoughtfulness ­­­­­­­have established her in the alternative dispute resolution arena.

Ms. Sperber quickly comprehends and analyzes complex legal issues and intricate business considerations. She poses deliberative and challenging questions to both sides on all aspects of a dispute in her search for an equitable resolution. Ms. Sperber has a unique talent for connecting with individuals, entities, and counsel on matters of all complexity. Her focus and creativity, combined with her understanding of the ADR process, enable her to engage the parties in the ADR process and test the opportunities for resolution.

Ms. Sperber is significantly involved in both pre and post ADR session efforts, including designing the protocols and structure for the process. Not only does she carefully review the materials in preparation for each ADR session, she frequently works with the parties, and as appropriate, their insurers, in advance on critical issues to ensure that their in-person ADR session will be conducted as efficiently and effectively as possible. Where matters do not resolve during the scheduled ADR session, Ms. Sperber tenaciously conducts ADR follow-up work, continuing the mediation process with telephonic caucus sessions, and when appropriate, working with the parties in connection with mediator recommendations.

Ms. Sperber also serves on the Mediation Panels for Judicate West and for the Central District of California.

In addition to helping parties reach satisfying monetary resolutions, including settlements ranging from five to ten figure values, Ms. Sperber has played an integral role in cultivating resolutions involving innovative and effective non-monetary settlement components. Fusing the skills she honed as a judicial clerk, litigator and a neutral, she candidly identifies and analyzes the key legal issues and the practical business implications of the underlying dispute while her affable nature quickly puts parties and counsel at ease.
Ms. Sperber’s judicial clerkship experiences, complex litigation work, and extensive ADR practice ­­­­­­­have established her as a neutral in the alternative dispute resolution arena.

Types of Cases Mediated

  • Americans w/Disabilities Act
  • Banking
  • Business
  • Civil (general)
  • Commercial
  • Construction
  • Contracts
  • Discrimination
  • Employment
  • Environmental
  • General Mediation
  • Harassment
  • Insurance
  • Landlord - Tenant
  • Organizational
  • Partnership Dissolutions
  • Professional Fees
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Real Estate
  • Securities
  • Tax
  • Torts
  • Workplace

MEMBER: 2014



Before launching her alternative dispute resolution practice, Ms. Sperber had practiced exclusively for the last several years as a neutral in the Irell & Manella Alternative Dispute Resolution Center headed by former U.S. District Court Judge Layn R. Phillips. During that time, she served as mediator, arbitrator, co-mediator, and liaison to arbitration panels. Her alternative dispute resolution efforts have included anti-trust, class action, derivative, employment, multi-district litigation, intellectual property, insurance coverage, securities, subprime lending, and real estate disputes. Ms. Sperber has helped parties reach equitable resolutions, overseeing settlements which total in the billions. Prior to committing to a full-time ADR docket, for nearly ten years, Ms. Sperber litigated high stakes, complex business matters, including intellectual property, contract, real estate, employment, securities, regulatory, and white collar matters, at Irell & Manella and at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (NY). She also has worked as settlement counsel. Ms. Sperber served as a law clerk to the Hon. Gary L. Taylor (Ret.) of the Central District of California, and the Hon. Ferdinand F. Fernandez of the Ninth Circuit, as well as an intern to the Hon. Leonard B. Sand of the Southern District of New York.


• Columbia Law School
- Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
- Senior Articles Editor,
Columbia Business Law Review

• University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Practicing in California

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