ADR Program Director Jill Kopeikin
Jill Kopeikin joins the Northern District of California as the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Program Director. In this high-profile position, she is responsible for the policy development, design, implementation, administration, oversight and evaluation of the court’s ADR program, including mediation, early neutral evaluation and the ADR Multi-Option Program.
Kopeikin works closely with the court’s judges, their staff, and the clerk’s office to ensure integration of ADR in the judges’ case management. Other duties include serving as a visible and accessible information source for judges, neutrals, litigants, attorneys, client groups, bar associations, judges and staff from state and other federal courts, academics, law school classes, researchers and foreign judges and court administrators.
An experienced neutral who has been providing ADR services for more than 25 years, Kopeikin has served as a neutral for the California State and Federal Courts, presiding over mandatory settlement conferences and day of court mediations in the California Superior Courts and serving on the mediation and early neutral evaluation panels for the Northern District of California. She has also served as the co-chair and a mediator for her community’s mediation program, and taught mediation theory and practice as an adjunct professor.
Kopeikin brings to her ADR practice a breadth of experience acquired as a lawyer in private practice, having handled a wide range of litigation and counseling matters. She has specific expertise in intellectual property matters, complex commercial business disputes and related employment matters, and has handled a broad range of professional liability, regulatory and investigation matters. Kopeikin has practiced in the State and Federal Courts of California, numerous other states, as well as multi-district litigation, arbitration and international tribunals. She has tried cases to verdict and handled matters on appeal.