Meet the Arbitrator

Janice L. Sperow

Arbitrator. For over 25 years, Janice Sperow has served as an Arbitrator in more than 175 disputes. As a full-time arbitrator, she specializes in efficient, cost-effective, and timely proceedings. Her arbitration philosophy emphasizes streamlined discovery, no costly discovery motion practice, pre-hearing logistical and strategic planning, and focused oversight of the hearing itself. She brings these skills to bear in all her arbitration expertise areas, including intellectual property, trade secrets, commercial, employment, consumer, finance, and business torts. In addition to ROSE, she presides in cases operating under several jurisdictions and rules, including the American Arbitration Association (AAA), the Financial Industry Neutral Regulatory Association (FINRA, formerly NASD), the National Association of Arbitrators and Mediators (NAM), and the Better Business Bureau (BBB). She is qualified to serve on specialty rosters including: commercial, expedited, financial services, employment, and consumer panels. Ms. Sperow has overseen cases ranging from single day hearings involving low five figure damages to multi-jurisdictional, multi-party, class action, month-long hearings with more than $2 billion in exposure. Given her organizational and leadership skills, the parties have chosen Janice to serve as the arbitration panel chair in over 95% of her arbitrations. Ms. Sperow also presides as a Judge Pro Tem for the San Diego Superior Court. Previously, Janice Sperow served as an arbitrator and arbitration Chair for the Bar Association of San Francisco and was also appointed by then San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown to serve as the Hearing Officer for San Francisco Municipal Railway Public Transportation System (MUNI).

Experience.  As a litigator and arbitration counsel for over 30 years, Sperow participated in over 1000s of arbitrations and trials. Significantly, she handled two of the then largest arbitrations in history. She started her career as a judicial extern to Chief Judge Clifford Wallace of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit while still in law school and, upon graduation, clerked for Judge Richard J. Cardamone of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Janice then joined Morrison & Foerster (MOFO), a 1000+ attorney, full service international law firm with 16 offices worldwide. There Janice specialized in intellectual property and trade secret cases. She also handled all types of general, commercial, and employment litigation and arbitration matters. Ms. Sperow left MOFO to join Celia Ruiz to form Ruiz & Sperow and became the firm’s Managing Partner specializing in arbitration, litigation, counseling, and training for a large variety of private and public sector clients. Janice personally handled all of the firm’s litigation and arbitration while in the San Francisco and Emeryville offices. Ruiz & Sperow retired its practitioner practice in 2015, but both partners remain active arbitrators and mediators.

Education & Educator.   Janice served the University of San Diego Law School (USD) as an adjunct professor teaching advanced legal writing and analysis and other courses. Ms. Sperow graduated from the University of California at San Francisco, Hastings College of the Law, summa cum laude, second out of over 400 students and from the University of California at Berkeley, magna cum laude with High Honors.

Community & Recognition.   Janice served as pro bono committee member and chair of MOFO’s participation in the San Francisco Community Legal Services Program and received the State California Board of Governors’ Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Legal Services Contributions. She was also active in national, state, and local bar associations. At the national level, Janice served as the President of the National Association of Women Lawyers and on the ABA Commission of the Status of Women in the Law, among other positions. At the state level, Janice served as the Vice-President of the California Women Lawyers as well as member of the Executive Committee, the Board of Governors, the Chair of CWL Health Care Task Force, and Educational Foundation. She received the California Women Lawyers President’s Award and the State of California Senate Certificate of Recognition in Honor of Outstanding Community Service, the local PTA Award for Outstanding Community Service, and an Award for Outstanding Sexual Harassment Training from Coronado Naval Base.

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