Hon. Joan Zeldon (Ret.)


Areas of Experience

Personal injury, medical malpractice, premises liability, products liability, civil rights, construction, consumer, contracts, employment, environmental, labor union, real property, sports & entertainment, family law including child/spousal support, custody/visitation and equitable distribution.

Professional Experience

  • Senior Judge, Superior Court of the District of Columbia.
  • Presiding Judge, Civil Division of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, 2002-2006.
  • Deputy Presiding Judge, Civil Division of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, 2001-2002.
  • Associate Judge, Superior Court of the District of Columbia, 1990-2011.
  • Conducted hundreds of civil and family law mediations.

Affiliations

  • Former Chair, Superior Court Civil Rules Committee.
  • Former Chair, Superior Court Civil Rules Subcommittee on E-Discovery.
  • Commissioner, Uniform Laws Commission.
  • Member, Board of Directors, Counsel for Court Excellence
  • Member, Drafting Committees of the Uniform Mediation Act, the Uniform Arbitration Act, and the Uniform Drone Act.
  • Board Member, Einstein Institute for Science, Health, and the Courts, and its successor, participating as a faculty member in numerous educational programs involving law and science, including mediation of scientific legal disputes.
  • Member, Bar Association of the District of Columbia.
  • Fellow, American Bar Association.

Education

  • New York University School of Law, J.D.
  • Smith College, B.A., Phi Beta Kappa

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