Special Master

“Firmly delivers without alienating.”

In complex cases, parties can agree to, or the court can appoint, a Special Master (or referee) to help them move their case along. Special Masters help the parties resolve discovery disputes or help settle some of the legal issues so the trial can be more efficient.

Special Masters often decide discovery disputes. Usually, the Special Master will recommend a solution to the Court. The Judge can accept the recommendation and make it a final order of the Court.

Parties can give the Special Master as much authority as they want. This can make the process go faster. Parties can also stipulate to make a Special Master’s decision on any issue “binding” or final.

In addition to her experiences deciding such matters as a judge and arbitrator, Barr has been appointed by federal and state court judges to be a Special Master in many cases. She has ruled on a number of complex discovery issues as well as other, more substantive matters.