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Member Profile: R. Wayne Thorpe

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JAMS Atlanta
1201 W. Peachtree St.
Suite 2650
Atlanta, GA 30309
Email: Click for email

Tel: (404) 588-0900
Fax: (404) 588-0905

GA Chapter:

R. Wayne Thorpe regularly travels out of state to Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee

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ADR Services Include:

Mediation; Arbitration; Early Neutral Evaluation; Med-Arb; Discovery Referee; Special Master


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R. Wayne Thorpe has substantive case experience in the following areas...

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R. Wayne Thorpe, Esq. has been a full-time ADR professional affiliated with JAMS since 1998, with additional neutral experience for ten years before that. He has ADR experience in all kinds of civil disputes, including class action, mass tort, MDL, and other high stakes and complex cases. Mr. Thorpe has taught ADR in law schools for several years and has devoted substantial efforts to various bar, pro bono, and professional activities related to ADR. He was a litigation partner at Alston & Bird until 1998.

Wayne has has acted as mediator, arbitrator, special master, case evaluator, or other neutral in over 1,500 cases of various types in Georgia and 15 other states. 

Full bios found at


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

Memberships & Affiliations

  • International Who’s Who of Commercial Mediation 2012-15; Best Lawyers in America 2015 Arbitration Lawyer of the Year, 2012 Atlanta Mediation Lawyer of the Year; Named in Georgia Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America for ADR for several years 
  • Member, Georgia Commission on Dispute Resolution, 1997-2002, appointed by Georgia Supreme Court
  • ABA, Dispute Resolution Section: Chair, August, 2010 to 2011; Section Officer and member, Section Council, 2001-2012; Chair, Ethics Committee, 1997-2002; Drafting Committee, Model Standards of Conduct for Mediators (2005); Co-Chair, 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 Board of Directors
  • Fellow, American College of Civil Trial Mediators
  • Fellow, College Commercial Arbitrators
  • Adjunct Law School Professor, University of Georgia and Georgia State University,
  • Member, CPR Panel of Distinguished Neutrals
  • Member, American Health Lawyers Association, Panel of Dispute Resolvers 
  • Member, US Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution National Roster
  • Member, National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD, now FINRA) Roster of Mediators and Arbitrators
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation;
  • Fellow, Atlanta Bar Foundation


call Mr. Thorpe's office, 404-588-0900


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R. Wayne Thorpe is a member of our GA chapter, Georgia Academy of Mediators & Arbitrators, the state's premier roster of certified attorney-mediators. The NCASCM profile includes more specific local information, such as counties and regions served, and can be visited directly at


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