James F. Humphreys Complex Litigation Center

The mission of the James F. Humphreys Complex Litigation Center is to provide federal and state judges, court administrators, lawyers and public policymakers with comprehensive information about complex litigation in the United States and alternative methods for managing such cases fairly and efficiently. The Humphreys Complex Litigation Center seeks to educate both the legal and lay community about the key policy questions presented by complex litigation by sponsoring seminars, symposia, conferences, innovative courses, and public lectures. The center also will pursue its mission by supporting legal and empirical research into the causes of complex litigation, the proper management of such litigation, and effective methods for settling such cases or resolving the cases through various alternative dispute resolution systems such as arbitration or mediation. 


The center is embarking on an ambitious program, holding several major bench-bar-academy conferences annually. We launch our initiative with a two-day conference, which will provide an advanced curriculum for the next generation of MDL transferee judges. More than 50 federal judges and 75 lawyers experienced in mass-tort MDLs will discuss practices that have worked well and not so well, led by six professors. The conference has been rescheduled for March/April 2021 because of the coronavirus. The rescheduled conference date will be determined in fall 2020.  

The James F. Humphreys Complex Litigation Center hosts many events throughout the year. Check back frequently for new events.

Scholars Council

To help achieve its mission, the center has established a scholars council, consisting of 25 of the nation’s premier scholars from law schools around the country. The council and center will work with judges and practitioners to improve the administration of justice in complex litigation. The center will also serve as a clearinghouse of articles and papers, highlighting the council’s scholarship in complex-litigation matters. 

About James Humphreys

James F. Humphreys graduated from the GW Law School at George Washington University in 1978 and immediately went on to begin his own law firm -- renamed as James F. Humphreys & Associates, L.C. a year later, in 1979. For over 38 years, Mr. Humphreys has been serving individuals in the great state of West Virginia and other states on wrongful death, serious personal injury, and mesothelioma cases. Aside from being a recognized lawyer, Mr. Humphreys continually gives back to his alma mater and his community through programs like this scholarship fund and initiatives at West Virginia University and his hometown high school, Nitro. He also serves on multiple boards including the West Virginia Association for Justice, the Public Justice Foundation and is a two-year chairman on the Brain Injury Association of America board of directors. Jim Humphreys served on the George Washington University Board of Trustees from July 1, 2006 to June 30, 2018.

Mr. Humphreys helped establish the James F. Humphreys Litigation Complex Center at GW Law in 2005. The center provides aspiring career experts like federal and state judges, court administrators, lawyers and public policymakers with comprehensive information about complex litigation in the United States.

James F. Humphreys, JD ‘78, credits GW Law for making his career possible and continues to give back to his alma mater. In 2012, Mr. Humphreys pledged $1,000,000 to create a scholarship endowment that will financially assist a GW Law student every year. The scholarship is made eligible to GW Law students, with preference going to local, low-income West Virginia students. Endowed scholarships create a lasting legacy of support by providing funds for financial aid in perpetuity.