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Hon. Richard A. Levie (Ret.)

T: 202-942-9180


Available to hear cases nationwide.

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Hon. Richard A. Levie (Ret.) is widely respected for his ability to manage and resolve the most complex cases.

ADR Experience and Qualifications

Judge Levie mediates, arbitrates, and serves as a case evaluator and special master in a large variety of complex business and commercial disputes, including: anti-trust, business commercial, employment, professional liability, insurance, health care, technology, contracts, tort, executive compensation, franchising, partnership product liability, patent, ERISA, accounting, bankruptcy, telecommunications, class actions, and construction cases. He has more than three decades of experience handling complex business and related cases as a litigator, judge, and neutral.

  • As a mediator, Judge Levie draws on his professional experiences, ability to relate to people, creativity, and tenacity to work exhaustively with parties and counsel to reach a resolution
  • As an arbitrator, Judge Levie works with counsel to develop a comprehensive case management order that is appropriate to the particular dispute. He then guides proceedings in an efficient, expeditious, and cost-effective manner towards hearing and decision
  • As a special master, Judge Levie works with the parties to develop a case management order to move cases forward in an efficient and cost-effective way and to resolve discovery, privilege/work product protection and electronic discovery disputes

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Representative Matters

  • Contract: mediated disputes involving real estate, computer, and technology contracts, food distribution, construction, art production, and insurance. Arbitrated cases with national and international corporations in the areas of: health care, product distribution, franchise agreements, credit card practices, government contracts, software development, computer technology, transportation, securities accounts, and law firm partnership agreements
  • Medical Malpractice: mediated medical malpractice claims against health care providers and institutions in a variety of medical specialties; mediated multiple personal injury and death cases in a variety of medical specialties; used innovative techniques to achieve resolution beyond solely compensation
  • Legal Malpractice: mediated cases against small, medium, and large law firms involving allegations of malpractice in the fields of construction, technology, telecommunications, and issues such as: conflicts of interest, settlement advice, statutes of limitations, and trial decisions
  • Accounting/Auditing Malpractice: mediated multiple alleged malpractice claims each involving millions of dollars arising from problems relating to conduct of audits and advice relating to treatment of items on financial statements; arbitrated lengthy case involving alleged failure of audit to find fraud leading to losses asserted to be in the tens of millions
  • Law Firm Dissolution: mediated cases regarding departures of a single lawyer and multiple lawyers from existing firms
  • Health Care: mediated cases with allegations of injury to and death of residents of long term group homes and assisted living facilities; mediated dissolution of dental practice; arbitrated contractual disputes between employees and health care providers raising allegations of gender discrimination, wrongful discharge, and violations of ERISA and FMLA
  • Employment: mediated discrimination cases involving small and very large national corporations in the consulting, accounting, software, retail, and legal fields with allegations of: wrongful termination, retaliation, sexual harassment, hostile work environment, and discrimination based on age, gender, and national origin; arbitrated employment cases alleging wrongful discharge, retaliation, and allegations of violations of federal, state, and local statutes
  • Family Law: mediated complex and contentious family matters involving annulment sought on the basis of fraud, division of marital and non-marital assets, spousal and child support
  • Discrimination: mediated disputes arising from allegations of racial discrimination in credit applications and real estate transactions. Arbitrated gender discrimination claims brought against a large corporation in the securities industry and equal credit discrimination claims against a government agency
  • Personal injury: mediated matters dealing with automobile collisions, elevator injuries, lead paint, tainted blood, products liability, construction site accidents, and electrical shock. Arbitrated personal injury claims resulting from automobile collisions and exposure to asbestos
  • Anti-Trust: mediated a dispute between a large, multi-national corporation and a domestic corporation
  • Special Master: Served as special master in fifteen civil cases and one criminal case including the largest civil RICO action ever brought by the United States [U.S. v. Philip Morris et al., (Kessler, J., D.D.C.)]; two very large anti-trust merger cases [U.S. v. AT&T/T-Mobile (Huvelle, J., D.D.C.); U.S. v. US Airlines/American  (Kollar-Kotelly, J., D.D.C.)]; 3 consolidated anti-trust cases involving healthcare facilities [UPMC v. Highmark, Royal Mile v. UPMC & Highmark, (Conti, CJ. W.D. Pa.) and very large False Claims Act qui tam case [U.S. v. Education Management Corp. (McVerry, J. W.D.Pa.). Duties included development of case management orders, resolving procedural, discovery, and privilege disputes and development of trial protocols. The Philip Morris case alone involved the issuance of more than 200 Reports and Recommendations and the supervision of three full-time attorneys

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • JAMS – Member of the Board
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2014, 2015
  • Past President & Board member, Academy of Court Appointed Masters
  • Program Co-chair, 2010 on adjudicating and resolving e-discovery disputes
  • Selected for inclusion in the E-Discovery Special Master list approved by the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • Recognized as one of the "500 Leading Judges in America," by Lawdragon Magazine, 2006
  • Past Fellow and Past Member of the Board of Directors, College of Commercial Arbitrators
  • Program Co-chair, 2009 CCA National Meeting
  • Board of Directors and Instructor, Einstein Institute for Science, Health, and the Courts, 1997-2002
  • Adjunct Professor, George Washington University School of Law, Washington, D.C., 1987-2003
  • Served on the faculties of the National Judicial College, National Institute for Trial Advocacy, the Attorney General’s Advocacy Institute, and the Trial Advocacy Workshop at Harvard Law School. Topics include: management of complex cases, alternative dispute resolution and settlement, pretrial, injunctions, and summary judgment
  • Publications and Presentations:
    • Contributing Author, Best Practices-College of Commercial Arbitrators Guide to Best Practices for Commercial Arbitrators
    • Co-Author: "New ADR Process Provides Valuable Tool for Corporate and Outside Counsel" Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, September 2006
    • Co-Author: "Want to Make Everyone a Winner: Use Mediation for IP Disputes," Philadelphia Intellectual Property Association, Spring 2006
    • Faculty, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, "Arbitration Litigation," May 2010
    • Faculty, Sedona Conference Webinar on Special Masters for eDiscovery Management and Dispute Resolution, April 2010
    • Presenter, “The Growing Use of Experts & Neutrals in E-Discovery,” Georgetown Advanced E-Discovery Institute, 2008
    • Licensing Executives Society Presentation, "Mediation and Arbitration-Saving Time and Money for Counsel and Clients," February 2006
    • D.C. Bar CLE Presentation, "Getting the Most Out of Court Mediation & Commercial Divorce"
    • Presented programs and talks on mediation and arbitration techniques and advocacy to the D.C. Bar, American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section, U.S. Department of Justice, law firms, government agencies, and other organizations in Washington, D.C., Chicago, New York, and Philadelphia
    • Presented talks on "Recent Trends in Alternative Dispute Resolution," to solicitors and barristers in the United Kingdom

Background and Education

  • Mediator/Arbitrator, Special Master, and Case Evaluator, JAMS, 2004-Present
  • Mediator/Arbitrator, ADR Associates, LLC, 2000-2003
  • Associate Judge, District of Columbia Superior Court (1985-2000); Presiding Judge, Civil Division and Multi-Door Dispute Resolution Division (1998-2000)
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals, (sat by designation) 1994 and 1997
  • Litigator, Department of Justice (staff attorney, Special Litigation Counsel, Senior Litigation Counsel) and Commodity Futures Trading Commission (staff attorney, Special Counsel, Chief Counsel)
  • Private Practitioner, Washington, D.C.
  • J.D., George Washington University School of Law
  • B.A., Dickinson College