About Us

Arbitrator – Mediator
Member: National Academy of Arbitrators
Post Office Box 11199
Oakland, California 94611
Tel (510) 652-1300 Fax (510) 652-1227
Email: [email protected]

Claude Dawson Ames is an Arbitrator, Mediator and Attorney with over 33 years of Arbitration-Mediation and Fact Finding Dispute Resolution experience in both the  public and private ADR sectors of Commercial, Employment, Labor and Management Relations, Sexual Harassment, Discipline, Wage and Hour issues, and Violence in the Workplace disputes. He also practices Bankruptcy Law in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, where he represents debtors and creditors in Chapter 7 and 11 business bankruptcies. He has represented clients before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; U.S. Tax Court, Bankruptcy Appellant Panel (BAP) for the Ninth Circuit; and is a member of the United States Supreme Court Bar. He received his BA from the University of California at Berkeley (1974) and JD from the University of California, Hastings College of Law (1977).

He has been an Adjunct Professor of Labor Arbitration at the University of Oregon, Labor and Education Research Center, and has extensive background and teaching experience as an Arbitrator-Mediator, Lecturer and Discussion panelist. He is a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators, an elected member to the Board of Governors, and is the former Chairman of NAA’s Nor Cal Region 15. Claude has served for the last fifteen (15) years by judicial appointment as a Mediator and panel member on the United States Bankruptcy Court Dispute Resolution Program (BDRP), Northern District of California. He serves also as a long standing member on the FMCS and AAA Arbitration-Mediation Panels   (Commercial, Employment and Labor) CSMCS and PERB. Claude is a former Board Member of the California Dispute Resolution Council (CDRC).  He is also a proud United States Army Veteran who served honorably in Viet Nam (1968-1970).