Biography

Hon. Richard A. Kramer (Ret.) served for nearly two decades as a well-respected judge in San Francisco Superior Court. For the thirteen years prior to joining JAMS, he presided over cases in the Court's Complex Litigation Department. Lauded as astute and energetic by his fellow judges, he has also been called the "architect of complex litigation" management by attorneys. He is highly regarded for his smart, practical approach to difficult cases as well as his pragmatic approach towards settlement.

During his prestigious judicial career, Judge Kramer presided over all stages of civil cases, particularly those designated as "complex" due to their need for close judicial supervision. He is known for his hands-on management of all phases of the case, including organizing the progress of the litigation, establishing cost-efficient discovery plans and resolving discovery disputes, as well as offering appropriate assistance with settlement. Judge Kramer has heard hundreds of cases involving a wide array of legal issues in such areas as consumer and commercial financial services, employment law, antitrust, unfair business practices, taxation, insurance coverage and allocation, construction defects, interpretation of legislation, judicial review of administrative determinations, drug and medical device mass torts, water rights, environmental claims (including under California Proposition 65), and a variety of complicated contractual and business disputes.

Prior to his time on the bench, Judge Kramer practiced commercial trial law for 24 years in practice areas that included anti-trust, restructuring of businesses in the context of bankruptcy, and general commercial litigation. He tried dozens of cases throughout California and in several states, including class actions, environmental litigation, employment cases, construction disputes, SEC Enforcement Division investigations, shareholder class actions, fraud cases, and banking matters.

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