Areas of Expertise

Thomas D. Lambros is “Special Counsel” to Janik L.L.P., and focuses his practice on alternative dispute resolution.

During his 34 years as a state and federal judge, Tom achieved national recognition as a pioneer in the alternative dispute resolution movement. As a United States District Judge, he created the Summary Jury Trial in 1980.

As Chief Judge of the United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio, he led the Court in the development of the nation’s most comprehensive ADR program in its role as a Demonstration District under the Civil Justice Reform Act of 1990.

Having now made a career shift from the realm of public judging to private judging, Tom is the founder and chairman of FedNet and The Thomas D. Lambros Dispute Management Center, offering a wide array of dispute management and resolution services. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Alternative Dispute Resolution every year from 2006 through 2013.

For his creative and innovated contributions to the improvement of the administration of justice, by act of the United States Congress in 1995, the Federal Courthouse in Youngstown, Ohio was named The Thomas D. Lambros Federal Building and United States Courthouse in his honor.

  • The American Bar Association
  • The Ohio Bar Association
  • Ashtabula County Bar Association, Past President
  • The Federal Bar Association, Northern District of Ohio, Past President
  • Federal Judges Association, Past President
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Ohio State Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Panel Member for the American Arbitration Association National Mass Torts Panel
  • Member of the National Panel of Distinguished Neutrals, Center for Public Resources
  • Life member of the Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference
  • Former member of the Board of The Judicial Conference of the United States.

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