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Just. James H. Gilbert (Ret.), Mediator & Arbitrator, Eden Prairie, Minnesota.

Just. James H. Gilbert (Ret.)

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Gilbert Mediation Center
12700 Anderson Lakes Parkway
Eden Prairie, MN 55344
Tel: (952) 767-0167
Fax: (952) 767-0171
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Recognized to Minnesota Chapter for Mediation & Arbitration

Regularly travels out of state to: South Dakota

Other ADR Services: ADR Training/CME, Court-Appointed Neutral (Special Master), Discovery Referee, Fact Finding, Med-Arb, Mini-Trial Judge
Video Conferencing
  • Practice Commenced2004
  • # of MEDS (as of 21/6/24)1000
  • # of ARBS (as of 21/6/24)30
Current Practice
Online / In-Person


Justice Gilbert , Gilbert Mediation Center has 6 conference rooms available, free parking, lunches provided, Zoom capabllities or at your offices if all parties agree.

James H. Gilbert is a former Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court. He is a former certified trial lawyer (1997 – 2004) and was named Distinguished Jurist of the Year for 2004 by the Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers of Minnesota. In 2000 he also received 97% of the votes in the Minnesota State Bar Association Preference Poll.

A member of Meshbesher & Spence, Ltd. from 1972 through 1998, Justice Gilbert served as the law firm’s managing partner from 1984-1992, and as its chief executive officer from 1996-1997. Appointed in 1997 by former Governor Arne Carlson as an Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court, Justice Gilbert then garnered 69% of the vote in a statewide election to become elected to the position in 2000, where he served until 2004. As an Associate Justice, he reviewed more than 5,000 petitions, participated in more than 800 decisions and authored numerous opinions, concurrences and dissents.

As both a trial attorney and Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court, Justice Gilbert has many years of practical experience with diverse cases including commercial litigation, real estate, corporate and business law, insurance, employment law and discrimination. He has completed both Arbitrator I – Fundamentals of the Arbitration Process and Arbitrator II – Advanced Case Management Issues with the American Arbitration Association and was a member of the American Arbitration Association National Roster of Neutrals from 2004-2008, past Chair of the Minnesota No-Fault Insurance  Arbitration Commission 

John Marshall School of Law, International Moot Court Competition involving Information Technology and Privacy Law, Chicago, Illinois, 2002 to 2018

Case Experience

  • ADA Disability
  • Anti-Trust
  • Appellate
  • Automotive
  • Banking & Finance
  • Civil Rights
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial/Business
  • Construction
  • Consumer Fraud
  • Contract Disputes
  • Debt Collections
  • EEOC
  • Eminent Domain
  • Employment
  • Family Businesses
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Land Use/Planning
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Libel & Slander
  • Local Govt./Municipalities
  • Media & Communications
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Partnerships
  • Personal Injury
  • Police
  • Premises Liability
  • Probate
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Fees
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Public Policy
  • Real Estate
  • Religious Institutions
  • Securities
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Software
  • Taxation
  • Technology
  • Title Disputes
  • Trusts / Estates
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Wrongful Death


University of Minnesota, B.A. in political science and a minor in economics  and received a Jurist Doctorate degree from the University of Minnesota Law School, MBA credits in finance,  Advanced studies in appellate writing, New York University School of Law 1998.

Memberships & Affiliations

Justice Gilbert has been licensed to practice law in Minnesota since 1972. He was admitted to practice in Wisconsin courts in 1984, The United States Tax Court in 1978, the U.S. District Court-Minnesota, 8th Circuit Court of Appeals in 1988, U.S. Supreme Court in 1984, and the U.S. District Court-Arizona in 1996. He also is a member of the Minnesota State and Hennepin County Bar Associations, the American Bar Association and the American Bar Foundation, Super Lawyer designation, past Chair Minnesota Judicial Merit Selection Commission 1991-1997, past Chair Minnesota News Council 

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