Description Practicing the law with professionalism is important for a variety of reasons. Hear about some of them, as well as the benefits from the Honorable James F. Holderman (ret.). Contributors Hon. James F. Holderman (Ret.) Former U.S. District Court Chief Judge James Holderman joined JAMS in June 2015 after serving for 30 years on the federal bench in Chicago. During his judicial career, Judge Holderman resolved more than 10,000 cases in all areas of federal jurisdiction. After joining JAMS, he quickly became a highly sought-after mediator among lawyers across the country. Plaintiffs' counsel, defense counsel, and in-house counsel who have mediated with him have repeatedly sought to retain him again.Before joining the judiciary in 1985, Judge Holderman was a successful trial and appellate lawyer specializing in federal litigation as a partner with a predecessor to the law firm now known as Dentons, and served as an assistant U.S. attorney where he received multiple awards for distinguished service.Judge Holderman is widely respected for his work ethic, his legal knowledge, his wealth of experience, especially in intellectual property, class action, and complex cases, and the practical way he approaches resolving disputes in the best interests of all concerned. During his first year with JAMS, he successfully mediated more than $10 billion of asserted and potential claims, primarily in class actions and intellectual property cases. Olivia Luk Bedi Olivia is a trusted advisor on civil litigation matters, especially regarding intellectual property. She has represented individuals and corporations across the country in complex technological matters. She helps clients protect, enforce, and defend intellectual property rights, including patents, trade secrets, copyrights and trademarks. An experienced trial lawyer, Olivia has litigated and tried significant cases before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and other federal courts around the country, and has also briefed and argued patent appeals before the Federal Circuit.Before practicing law, Olivia spent five years as a patent examiner for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, gaining extensive experience regarding the use of procedures available before the USPTO.Olivia devotes a substantial amount of her time to pro bono service. In 2018, she received the Excellence in Pro Bono Service award, presented by The United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and The Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. Her dedication began when she represented a Chicago high school student charged with first-degree felony murder in People v. Shannon, which received national attention after a videotape of the incident went viral. Olivia remains dedicated to her pro bono clients and continues to fight for their cause through petitions and appeals. She received the American Inns of Court's Sandra Day O’Connor Award for Professional Service in 2011 for that representation.Find out more about Olivia here.