Bruce A. Edwards Esq. is a pioneer in developing mediation as a tool for resolving commercial disputes in the United States. A professional mediator since 1985, he has mediated over 7,000 disputes throughout the United States, while contributing to a paradigm shift in the legal profession. He has played a central role in establishing the largest and most successful dispute resolution company in the U.S., JAMS, where he also served as Chairman of the Board. In addition to a number of ADR industry related awards received throughout his career, Mr. Edwards received the award of “ADR Champion” by The National Law Journal in 2018.
In addition to using mediation skills to resolve real world problems, Mr. Edwards has devoted a substantial amount of time to sharing his knowledge with others, both domestically and abroad. For the past twenty years, he has taught advanced mediation through the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law, ranked by U.S. News &World Report as the nation’s top academic institution for dispute resolution programs.
He has taught mediation in London, Berlin, Vienna, Cairo, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, Bangalore, Rio de Janeiro, Edinburgh and Kigali. His mediation training in India, sponsored by the High Court of India, brought together for the first time the top fifty mediators in India. More recently, he has provided training to attorneys and judges in Kigali, Rwanda, as part of that country’s efforts to implement mediation in their civil justice system.
In 2014, Bruce Edwards co-founded the Edwards Mediation Academy with his wife Susan Edwards, the first online platform of its kind to offer an interactive mediation-related curriculum to a global online audience.