Phone: 4042760017

1063 Clifton Rd NE

Atlanta, GA 30307

R. Wayne Thorpe


Full time arbitrator and mediator since 1998.

Current Employer:



R. Wayne Thorpe, Esq. has been a full-time ADR neutral since 1998. He has served as mediator, arbitrator, special master, case evaluator and in other neutral roles in over 1400 cases, in at least 15 states, involving all kinds of civil disputes, including class action, mass tort, MDL, and other high stakes and complex cases.

Mr. Thorpe has handled over 400 cases as arbitrator, adjudicator, umpire, or other adjudicator, as well as at least 30 cases as case evaluator or non-binding arbitrator, including business/consumer, employment, environmental, construction, healthcare, IP/technology, civil rights, and tort cases. Mr. Thorpe actively manages arbitration cases to get them resolved in the most cost effective manner. He frequently serves as chair of tri-partite panels and as a party-appointed arbitrator.

Mr. Thorpe is a Past Chair of the ABA Dispute Resolution Section, and he has been named for several years in International Who’s Who of Commercial Mediation, The Best Lawyers in America and Georgia Super Lawyers. Best Lawyers has named him the Atlanta Arbitration Lawyer of the Year for 2015, Atlanta Mediation Lawyer of the Year for 2012. In 1997 he was appointed by the Georgia Supreme Court to the Georgia Commission on Dispute Resolution. Until 1998, Mr. Thorpe was a litigation partner in a large Atlanta law firm; he has also taught ADR courses in law schools.

Full bios available at www.jamsadr.com

Work History:

JAMS neutral, 1998 to present. Alston & Bird, litigation associate and partner, 1981 to 1998. Hon. Charles A. Moye, Jr., USDC, NDGa, law clerk, 1979 to 1981.


Full bios available at www.jamsadr.com

Representative Arbitrations:

Disputes between community bank and 75 or more borrowers concerning alleged fraud, negligence and other claims arising from loans on mountain lots in North Carolina. Employment contract claim by former CEO against public company in Brazil. Disbursement of settlement proceeds after mediating resolution of environmental claims against a county arising from landfill runoff and contamination. Dispute between large law firm and former partner involving accounting and discrimination issues. Dispute between general and sub-contractors on major military aircraft weapons system. Case between bank and customer over forged checks. Disputes including contract and tort claims among physicians in practice break-ups Complex age discrimination case against major airline. Several whistleblower, discrimination and retaliation cases. FLSA collective actions. Employment dispute over stock options and bonus payment in connection with employer’s sale of business. Numerous securities and other investment claims. Non-compete and tortious interference claims among competitors in jet engine maintenance business. Patent validity and infringement case. Commercial and residential construction cases including multi-party cases. Putative consumer class actions and other multi-claimant cases against financial institutions. Claims against nursing homes for injuries and deaths of patients. Arbitrations of several disputes between computer/software vendors and customers. Class action claims for alleged racial discrimination in providing government loans and benefits: adjudicated 100+ individual claims after class certification and settlement. Party-appointed arbitrator in a variety of commercial cases, including timber sale, sale of printing services, sale of corporate assets, and insurance coverage.


Licensed to practice law, Georgia, since 1979.


Named for several years in International Who’s Who of Commercial Mediation, The Best Lawyers in America and Georgia Super Lawyers. Best Lawyers has named him the Atlanta Mediation Lawyer of the Year for 2012, and Atlanta Arbitration Lawyer of the Year for 2015.


Member, CPR Panel of Distinguished Neutrals Member, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Roster of Mediators Member, American Health Lawyers Association, Panel of Dispute Resolvers Member, US Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution National Roster


ABA, Dispute Resolution Section. Chair, 2010-2011; Officer or member of Section Council, 2001-2012; Chair, Ethics Committee, 1997-2002; Drafting Committee, Model Standards of Conduct for Mediators (2005); Co-Chair, ABA Task Force on Improving Mediation Quality, 2006-2008 State Bar of Georgia, ADR Law Section. Chair, 2003-2004; officer, 2000-2004; chair or co-chair, annual ADR Institute, 2000, 2003 Atlanta Bar ADR Lawyers Section; past member, Board of Directors Fellow, College of Commercial Arbitrators Fellow, American College of Civil Trial Mediators Fellow, American Bar Foundation Fellow, Atlanta Bar Foundation


J.D., cum laude, University of Georgia Law School, 1979; Georgia Law Review, Research Editor B.A., with distinction, University of Virginia, 1976


Case Management and Cost Control for Commercial Arbitration June 2012, ABA DR Section, 7th Annual Arbitration Training Institute

Mediation and Arbitration in Weather and Climate Disputes Fall 2012, Natural Resources & Environment

Effective Use of Mediation and Arbitration in Health Care Disputes July 2011, Bloomberg Law Reports


Member, Georgia Commission on Dispute Resolution, 1997-2002, appointed by Georgia Supreme Court

Adjunct Law School Professor, University of Georgia and Georgia State University, Alternative Dispute Resolution Courses, 1998-2004

Over 100 speaking presentations to bar and ADR professional groups in over 20 states; dozens of articles and papers on ADR topics


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