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Fair Outcomes, Inc.
241 A Street
Boston, MA 02210
T. 866 257-9000
F. 978 367-1256
info [at] fairoutcomes.com

Who We Are


Steven J. Brams

Steven J. Brams is a founder and the Chairman of the Advisory Board of Fair Outcomes, Inc. Dr. Brams is a game theorist and political scientist at New York University's department of politics, and is best known for his work on applying game theory to voting systems and to systems involving fair division. Dr. Brams is one of the independent discoverers of approval voting and was, along with Alan Taylor, a co-discoverer of the first envy-free solution to the n-person cake-cutting problem. The Brams-Taylor solution to the cake-cutting problem solved what had been one of the most important open problems in contemporary mathematics. With Taylor, he is a co-inventor of the "Adjusted Winner" system, a patented fair-division procedure now being offered by Fair Outcomes, Inc. He is also, along with James F. Ring, a co-inventor of the patented "Fair Buy-Sell" system that is currently being offered by the company. He is the author or co-author of fifteen books, the most recent being Game Theory and the Humanities: Bridging Two Worlds (2011).

Dr. Brams earned his B.S. at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Politics, Economics, and Science in 1962. In 1966, he went on to earn his Ph.D. in Political Science at Northwestern University.

He worked briefly in U.S. federal government positions before taking an Assistant Professor position at Syracuse University in 1967. He moved to New York University in 1969, where he is a Professor in the Department of Politics. He is a Guggenheim Fellow, an American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow, and was president of the Peace Science Society in 1990-91 and the Public Choice Society in 2004-2006.



John McGann

John McGann is an attorney and serves as Vice-Chairman of the Advisory Board of Fair Outcomes, Inc. He has devoted a substantial portion of his career to improving claims management practices and is a founding member of (and serves as General Counsel for) the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance ("CLM"), an organization that is dedicated to modernizing and improving such practices. He has held executive-level positions for major insurers and has worked as a partner at national law firms, focusing on improving efficiencies through the use of innovative technology. He was one of the earliest adopters of electronic invoicing technology within the legal field, which allows clients to aggregate invoice and performance metrics data, generate litigation management reports, evaluate the effectiveness of outside counsel, implement cost reduction strategies and evaluate internal staffing choices.

After completing a clerkship for a Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court Mr. McGann entered private practice and concentrated on the defense of architects and engineers. After leaving private practice he held a variety of legal positions with national insurers in the areas of environmental coverage and litigation management, including serving thirteen years as Chief Claims Counsel for OneBeacon where he had responsibility for staff counsel, panel counsel, coverage counsel, environmental and extra-contractual litigation. In 2010 he re-entered private practice as a partner with a national defense firm where he concentrated on national program management, insurance coverage and general liability litigation. He currently serves as Head of Litigation and Vendor Management for insurer XL Catlin.

An attorney for more than thirty years, Mr. McGann is "AV" rated by Martindale and is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. He is a graduate of Bowdoin College, University of New Hampshire Law School, and has completed management training programs at the Wharton School of Business and the London Business School. He was the 2008 Chair of the ACC Insurance Staff Counsel Committee and, in addition to serving on the CLM's Board of Advisors since 2006, also currently serves on the Board of Advisors for Wolters Kluwer's ELM Solutions.



James F. Ring

Phone: 866-257-9000, ext. 701

James F. Ring is a founder and the Chief Executive Officer of Fair Outcomes, Inc. He is also an attorney and a co-founding partner of the law firm of Chu, Ring & Hazel LLP. Over the course of his legal career, Mr. Ring focused on serving as an advocate and advisor for business clients involved in formal legal proceedings, crisis management, contractual negotiations and events involving a substantial risk of litigation. He has devoted a substantial portion of his career to the study of conflict, strategy, and non-cooperative bargaining behavior, and has extensive experience in the design and administration of simple and complex bargaining systems. He is the inventor of the Fair Proposals and Fair Reputations systems and is a co-inventor, along with Steven J. Brams, of the Fair Buy-Sell system.

After graduating cum laude from Suffolk University Law School in 1983 and completing a judicial clerkship, Mr. Ring joined the law firm of Bingham, Dana & Gould (later known as Bingham McCutchen LLP) as an associate in that firm's litigation area, where he began working with his current law partners, John H. Chu and William A. Hazel. The law firm of Chu, Ring & Hazel was formed in 1995. In 2006, he and his partners co-founded Fair Outcomes, Inc. in order to provide on-line access to game-theoretic bargaining systems and promote further collaboration between game theorists, computer scientists, and practicing attorneys.

Mr. Ring is a member of the Massachusetts Bar and the Boston Bar Association and is admitted to practice before all Massachusetts State Courts, the United States District Court of the District of Massachusetts and the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. He has served as a speaker to groups of economists, game theorists, judges, lawyers and students, and has given formal testimony in court proceedings, on strategic issues relating to the management of conflict and crisis. He is also the author of several articles on such subjects.



John H. Chu

Phone: 866-257-9000, ext. 703

John H. Chu is a founder and the Chief Financial Officer of Fair Outcomes, Inc. Mr. Chu is also a co-founder and managing partner of Chu, Ring & Hazel LLP. He began his legal career as an associate at a major Wall Street law firm active in takeovers and mergers and acquisitions. After that, and before forming Chu, Ring & Hazel LLP, he became associated with and was named partner of one of Boston's largest, major law firms and in due course concentrated his activities in that firm's entrepreneurial services group.

Over the course of his legal career, Mr. Chu has represented scores of private and public companies in connection with a range of legal matters, including founder and shareholder arrangements, employment agreements, equity financings, including seed round, private placements, venture capital financings, overseas offerings and initial public offerings, securities law compliance, acquisitions and divestitures, development agreements, joint ventures and strategic corporate partnerships of various kinds. His legal clients have included major business enterprises and individuals engaged in a variety of undertakings. Many of his legal clients are technology oriented - biotechnology, biomedical, internet, semiconductor, medical device, software and telecommunications - while others are involved in the development, manufacture and sale of more traditional products or services.

Mr. Chu graduated from the University of Chicago with a B.A. in Anthropology and he earned his J.D. at the Columbia University Law School. He began his legal career as an associate at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson and then McGarrahan & Heard (now part of Arent Fox Kintner Plotkin & Kahn) both in New York City. He subsequently joined Bingham McCutchen LLP in Boston, where he was a partner in its business area from 1988 until co-founding Chu, Ring & Hazel LLP in 1995.

Mr. Chu is a member of several national and local bar organizations and currently serves on the Board of Discovering Justice, a Boston-based civic and justice educational non-profit organization. He has also served as a Commissioner on the Massachusetts Judicial Nominating Commission and has served as a director or advisory board member of several start-up companies and as a trustee of the Wang Center.



William A. Hazel

Phone: 866-257-9000, ext. 702

Will Hazel is a founder and the Chief Operating Officer of Fair Outcomes, Inc. He is also a partner at Chu, Ring & Hazel LLP. Mr. Hazel's background includes providing tax planning advice, transactional analysis and the development of escrow based solutions for a wide variety of transactions, ranging from real estate transactions to business acquisitions and divestitures and tax-free exchanges under Section 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code. Mr. Hazel also has substantial experience representing clients in tax controversies against the Internal Revenue Service and the Massachusetts Department of Revenue.

After earning his J.D. at the Boston College Law School (magna cum laude), Mr. Hazel served a term as a law clerk to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court, the highest appellate court in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Upon the conclusion of that clerkship, he worked as an associate at Bingham McCutchen LLP, where he became a partner in the Tax Department. He has also served as an attorney for the Massachusetts Department of Revenue, and was appointed and served as the Department's Acting General Counsel and First Deputy Commissioner during 1996.

Mr. Hazel has lectured extensively on tax issues and on the utilization of escrow-based systems to facilitate simple and complex transactions.



Christopher Taylor

Christopher Taylor is a founder of Fair Outcomes, Inc. and serves as the company’s Chief Technical Advisor. He studied computer science and economics at Washington University in St. Louis and also holds a M.S. in Bioinformatics from the University of Michigan. Mr. Taylor played an instrumental role in the original development and implementation of the various online bargaining mechanisms offered by the company. His thorough comprehension of the game-theoretic and legal principles underlying all of the company’s various mechanisms enabled him to envision, develop and implement a set of design principles that underlie the company’s existing systems as well as additional systems currently under development. Mr. Taylor continues to provide highly valuable insights and assistance in the overall operation of the company’s affairs.

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