mquinn@jamsadr.com

Martin Quinn

Specialties

Antitrust
Arbitration
Attorneys Fees
Bad Faith
Business/Commercial
Class Action
Discovery
E-Discovery
Environmental
Healthcare
Insurance
Intellectual Property
Multi District Litigation
Partnership
Patent Infringement
Professional Liability
Real Estate

Martin Quinn has been appointed by numerous federal and state judges to act as a special master or referee to make recommendations on significant motions, to supervise discovery, and to accomplish settlements. He has a special expertise in the efficient management of e-discovery. He is a past President of the national Academy of Court-Appointed Masters.

Case List

Martin Quinn has acted as a special master or referee in the following recent matters:

  • Special Master in an MDL class and individual actions in San Francisco involving antitrust claims against manufacturers of LCD flat panels
  • Discovery master in a federal MDL action in Los Angeles involving a group of about 100 lawsuits alleging infringement of patents for interactive telephone technology
  • Discovery referee in a corporate governance lawsuit involving a computer lock business between U.S. and Israeli parties
  • Compliance Dispute Officer to supervise terms of complex settlements of two nationwide class actions brought by physicians against major health insurance companies
  • Discovery referee in insurance coverage action by a Roman Catholic diocese against its liability carriers to obtain coverage for priest abuse lawsuits
  • Special master for settlement purposes in three multi-party federal court CERCLA actions dealing with contamination in Chico, California
  • Discovery referee in complex dispute between Texas and California real estate developers
  • Discovery referee in state-wide representative action against clothing manufacturers for alleged mistreatment of workers in Saipan garment factories
  • Discovery referee in multi-party insurance coverage dispute between manufacturer of asbestos products and dozens of insurance companies

Martin Quinn’s expertise in e-discovery law and technical issues enables him to guide parties to accomplish e-discovery efficiently, speedily, and at the lowest possible cost

  • Act as neutral e-discovery expert in the Toyota unintended acceleration MDL litigation
  • Ruled on numerous e-discovery issues in an MDL group of about 100 patent infringement cases, including selection of search terms, form of production, privilege review and cost-shifting
  • Ordered the imaging and analysis of hard drives by a neutral expert in an unfair competition case to determine whether wholesale deletions had occurred
  • Worked with counsel in a trademark infringement case to manage and resolve disputes regarding the scope, form and timing of production of electronically stored information

Honors Membership Awards

  • Sedona Conference: E-Discovery Dispute Resolution Program for Special Masters & Mediators, January 2010
  • President, The Mediation Society, San Francisco, 2011 - present 
  • Past President, Academy of Court-Appointed Masters, 2009  
  • Member, American Health Lawyers Association
  • Adjunct Professor, Hastings College of Law
  • Author of articles on ADR, including:
    • E-Discovery in Arbitration, "Rules for ADR," California Lawyer, May 2011
    • “E-Discovery: Succeeding with a Special Master,” California Lawyer, April 2010
    • “Managing Discovery in Patent Cases: Best Practices,” Law 360, February 2009
    • “Exercise Dilligence When Preparing for Corporate Mediation,” Corporate Counsel, September 2006
    • "How to Succeed with Discovery Referees," Association of Business Trial Lawyers of Northern California Report, November 2004
    • "Recipe for Success in Arbitration," The Recorder, March 2004

Education

  • Panelist, JAMS, San Francisco, 1996-present
  • Partner, Rogers, Joseph, O'Donnell & Quinn, San Francisco, 1981-1996
  • Partner and associate, Pettit & Martin, San Francisco, 1971-1981
  • LL.B., Harvard Law School, 1967
  • B.A., Harvard College, 1964