Hon. Thomas I. Vanaskie

Hon. Thomas I. Vanaskie (Ret.) joins JAMS after a distinguished 24-year career on the federal bench. Judge Vanaskie was sworn in as a circuit judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in 2010. He previously served more than 16 years as a district judge for the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, including a seven-year term as chief judge. In his tenure on the bench, Judge Vanaskie oversaw hundreds of complex cases involving a wide range of practice areas, including appellate, business/commercial, class action/mass tort, employment, federal law, insurance, antitrust, intellectual property, civil rights and personal injury/torts.

Judge Vanaskie is particularly known for his expertise in technology and e-discovery. He is a contributing member of the Sedona Conference Working Group 1 on Electronic Document Retention and Production and Working Group 11 on Data Security and Privacy Liability. From 2001 to 2008, he served on the Information Technology Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States, the policymaking body for U.S. courts. Judge Vanaskie was appointed chair of the Judicial Conference Information Technology Committee by the late Supreme Court Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist in 2005. He was a member of the Third Circuit Judicial Council and presently co-chairs its Information Technology Committee. Since 2007, he has served as an adjunct professor of law at the Penn State and Dickinson School of Law, presenting a course on electronic evidence. In 2016, Judge Vanaskie was appointed by Chief Justice John Roberts to serve on the Judicial Conference Space and Facilities Committee.

ADR Experience and Qualifications

Representative Matters


Class Action/Mass Tort

Federal Law


Civil Rights


Personal Injury/Torts

Intellectual Property

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