Hon. James Lambden

California Court of Appeal, (Ret.)

First District, Division Two

​​Mediator • Arbitrator • Discovery Referee • Appellate Consultant

Justice James Lambden brings to his ADR practice nearly four decades of experience as a trial lawyer, trial court judge and Associate Justice of the California Court of Appeal.

Health Care

Representative Cases

  • Hearing officer in judicial review hearings of Medical Executive Committee proceedings to revoke hospital privileges and implicating licensing. 

  • Mediation of consent decree involving multiple enforcement entities suing to enforce healthcare regulations across the state in assisted living and skilled nursing facilities.

  • Mediations and arbitrations of multiple Payer/Provider disputes involving shifting entities and affiliations, capitation agreements, HIPAA violations pertaining to electronically stored information, and breaches of contract.

  • Arbitration of commercial disputes involving affiliated unions and healthcare workers at multiple hospitals statewide.

  • Mediation and arbitration of fee-for-service disputes under contracts for reimbursement for services provided to patients who are members of health plans.

  • Arbitration of multi-million-dollar claims by national provider of services based on refusal of health plans to reimburse for certain categories of test procedures involving thousands of patients.

  • Claims based on wrongful termination, retaliation, and whistleblower statutes by doctors employed by hospitals.

  • Chairman in panel arbitration of $60 million dispute between national healthcare insurance company and provider of laboratory testing−involving claims of over-billing and fraud−in the context of thousands of patients and hundreds of treatment facilities.

  • $19 million settlement of a dispute between stand-alone, non-profit community hospital and contractor for automated billing and records system. Issues involved receivable collections, Medicare, PHI, HIPAA, etc.

  • $5 million dispute between partners in construction and operation of MRI facility adjacent to hospital.

  • Claims against malpractice insurer for failure to indemnify losses from professional negligence in operation of hospital facilities.

  • Panel arbitration of claims potentially exceeding $10 billion against Board of Directors of manufacturer of robotic laparoscopic devices for lost equity resulting from failure to follow regulations and procedures pertaining to notice of defects as well as injuries resulting from failure to provide instructions for proper use of devices.

  • Multi-day mediation of dissolution of partnership of ten anesthesiologists.