H. Warren Knight, 83, a retired Orange County judge who in 1979 founded a private mediation and arbitration service in Santa Ana that has since expanded to offices across the country and to Canada and Europe, died Nov. 15 at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach of complications from lung disease.
His death was announced by his company, which is now based in Irvine and known as JAMS the Resolution Experts.
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Within a decade of its founding, Knight's company had expanded to Los Angeles and San Diego. It later merged with a similar Washington-based mediation firm and opened offices in cities across the United States, as well as in Toronto and London. It has affiliates in Italy, the Netherlands and Ireland.
Knight was born Oct. 16, 1929, in Charleston, W.Va., and received bachelor's and law degrees from the University of Virginia. He came to California while serving in the Marine Corps in the late 1950s.
He was a partner in a private legal practice in Santa Ana before being appointed to the Orange County Municipal Court in 1971 by then-Gov.
Times staff reports