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Hon. Irma S. Raker (Ret.), Mediator & Arbitrator, Bethesda, Maryland.

Hon. Irma S. Raker (Ret.)

Diplomate member

Bethesda, MD 20817
Tel: (301) 518-7030
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Recognized to Maryland Chapter for Mediation & Arbitration

Regularly travels out of state to: District of Columbia, Virginia

Other ADR Services: ADR Training/CME, Court-Appointed Neutral (Special Master), Discovery Referee, Early Neutral Evaluation, Med-Arb
Video Conferencing
  • Practice Commenced2008
  • # of MEDS (as of 14/7/24)1400
  • # of ARBS (as of 14/7/24)300
Current Practice
Online / In-Person


Irma Raker has been engaged as mediator and arbitrator since retiring in 2008 from the Maryland Court of Appeals, the State Supreme Court. Experienced as sole arbitrator in breach of contracts, motor torts, construction cases. She has mediated over 600 cases involving construction disputes, employment disputes,breach of contract, defamation, motor torts, medical, legal and dental malpractice, invasion of privacy. Mediated motor tort cases range from matters under $100,000 to millions of dollars; multiparty wrongful death cases involving driver; employer, state and complex insurance issues involving liability and coverage issues. Mediator for Maryland Court of Special Appeals court mediation program. Experienced in multi-party complex litigation. Serving as class action claims adjudicator in 9,500 class member, $190 million dollar settlement. As a trial judge, presided over civil matters and settlement conferences from 1982-1994.

Case Experience

  • Appellate
  • Civil Rights
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial/Business
  • Condominiums
  • Construction
  • Consumer Fraud
  • Contract Disputes
  • Debt Collections
  • Discrimination
  • Elder Abuse
  • Eminent Domain
  • Employment
  • Family Businesses
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labor/Unions
  • Land Use/Planning
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Lemon Law
  • Libel & Slander
  • Local Govt./Municipalities
  • Medical Devices
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Homes
  • Partnerships
  • Personal Injury
  • Police
  • Premises Liability
  • Probate
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Fees
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Damage
  • Public Policy
  • Real Estate
  • Religious Institutions
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Title Disputes
  • Torts
  • Transportation
  • Trusts / Estates
  • Wage & Hour/FMLA
  • Wrongful Death


  • American Bar Association Certification of Mediation, 2007-Present
  • Washington College of Law of The American University, Juris Doctor, December, 1972
  • The Hague Academy of International Law, The Hague, Holland, July, 1959
  • Syracuse University, Bachelor of Arts, June, 1959

Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, 1974-Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association, 1973-Present
  • Montgomery County Bar Association, 1973-Present
  • Women's Bar Association of Maryland, 1974-Present
  • Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia, 1978-Present
  • National Association of Women Judges, 1980-Present, Maryland Chapter, elected
  • Treasurer, 1991; elected President, Maryland Chapter, 1994
  • The International Academy of Trial Judges, 1989-Present
  • National District Attorney’s Association, 1973-1980
  • Network 2000, 1996-2011
  • The Women's Forum of Washington, DC, 2004-2012
  • Cosmos Club, Member, 2008-Present

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