Judge Jan Adler draws upon more than 40 years of legal experience to help resolve complex disputes. He served as a Federal Magistrate Judge for over 15 years and as Presiding Magistrate Judge the last two years. During that time, he presided over approximately 2,000 civil matters as a settlement judge, handling all types of civil litigation matters. Prior to his bench appointment, Judge Adler spent 25 years as a trial lawyer litigating complex civil matters, including securities class action, derivative, antitrust, and consumer fraud cases.
By tapping into his extensive litigation and judicial background, Jan Adler brings the requisite knowledge and experience to tackle any legal dispute, deploying a unique repertoire of resolution strategies and tactics to help all parties achieve satisfaction. Since his retirement in 2018, Judge Adler has developed a reputation as a private Mediator who is patient, hard-working, intelligent, and compassionate.
In his spare time, Judge Adler enjoys traveling and hiking, listening to music, following NCAA and professional sports, reading, and community service, including serving as a Director of Jewish Family Services of San Diego.
"We had an emotionally driven, and legally complex case. Going into the settlement conference I gave us a 10% chance of resolution. Judge Adler through his persistence and persuasiveness was able to settle the impossible case."
- Attorney on a Complex Dispute
"Judge Adler was great and handled both sides very well."
- Attorney on an Employment Sexual Harassment case
"Judge Adler helped navigate the very difficult dynamics of the mediation with poise and determination, and assisted us in getting over the finish line."
- Attorney on an Employment Wage & Hour Class Action case
"We really appreciated the collaborative approach."
- Attorney on an Antitrust: Commercial matter
"Judge Adler is an outstanding mediator who not only understands the human frailties and often heightened emotions of litigation, but uses his calm and assuring demeanor to facilitate meaningful and productive dialogue in assisting the parties to get to a deal. He is smart, kind, and decisive in his approach."
- San Diego Litigation Attorney
"I really believed there was no realistic chance to resolve our case, but Judge Adler pulled it off. He very diligently studied the briefs and exhibits, demonstrated a keen instinct in identifying the pros and cons of the parties' respective positions, and very delicately handled an emotional client. His approach was perfect for this matter, and had we not chosen to use him personally, this matter would be proceeding to trial."
- Attorney on a Business/Contractual case
"Judge Adler was well prepared and guided us well through the process. He is a very effective
- Attorney on an Employment Misclassification Class Action case
"Judge Adler went into extra innings for us finishing up around 8 pm, PST while he was mediating out of Boulder, Colorado. It was a very difficult case with extensive coverage issues and very emotional injuries suffered by two minor children. He handled it like the pro he is and did a fantastic job for all involved"
- Attorney on a PI Sexual Assault Matter
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