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Fred Bennett

Fred G. Bennett, Esq.


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Reina Feazell
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Biography

Fred G. Bennett, Esq. is a highly regarded international practitioner with over 35 years of experience as an advocate, arbitrator and mediator of complex international and domestic disputes. Mr. Bennett is recognized for his ability to manage large, multifaceted and technical cases, and he has specialized expertise handling business/commercial, construction, energy and utility, entertainment, insurance, intellectual property and real property matters. He has served as arbitrator in over 60 international and domestic arbitrations. As both an arbitrator and advocate, Mr. Bennett maintained a global practice managing complex disputes in multiple countries throughout Europe, Asia, North America, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East.

Prior to joining JAMS, Mr. Bennett had an illustrious career with Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, during which time he served as chair of the firm’s worldwide ADR group and as lead counsel in numerous domestic and international arbitrations. In 1998, Mr. Bennett joined Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan as a senior partner and became chair of the firm’s international and U.S. arbitration practice. He is a fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators and the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, former board and executive committee member of the American Arbitration Association and a member of the International Chamber of Commerce Commission on Arbitration and ADR, North America. Mr. Bennett is regularly listed in the Guide to World’s Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration, The Best Lawyers in America and Who’s Who Legal (Arbitration), and has received numerous recognitions as the best arbitration practitioner in North America (2010, 2013, 2014) by Lexology and the International Law Office’s Client Choice Awards.

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • Has arbitrated over 60 international and domestic disputes; as sole arbitrator or chair of tribunal; has taken approximately 25 arbitrations to hearing and award
  • Has served as advocate or arbitrator in disputes employing the rules of almost every major arbitration institution, including JAMS, the International Chamber of Commerce; American Arbitration Association; International Centre for Dispute Resolution; London Court of International Arbitration; International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID); Stockholm Chamber of Commerce; Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre; Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC); China International Economic and Trade Commission; Japan Arbitration Association; national arbitration statutes of countries in Europe, South America and Asia; and ad hoc arbitrations under UNCITRAL
  • Serves on the panel of multiple international institutions, including the Singapore International Arbitration Centre; International Chamber of Commerce panel for commercial and construction disputes; and formerly the panel of the American Arbitration Association and International Centre for Dispute Resolution commercial, construction and aerospace panels
  • Served as the chair of international and domestic arbitration groups of two major global law firms

Representative Matters

Alternative Energy

  • Arbitrated a matter concerning the design and implementation of replacement systems for nuclear power facility
  • Handled a dispute involving alleged design and construction defects of salt-powered energy plant
  • Arbitrated a dispute involving the performance and buildup of chemical deposits at a biomass fuel plant
  • Handled a matter involved alleged defects in the design of windmill gear assembly
  • Arbitrated a wind power dispute regarding performance levels of wind farms located in the Mojave Desert
  • Arbitrated a dispute involving the alleged defects in solar panels manufactured in Israel

Aviation

  • Arbitrated a dispute regarding rights to design and construct certain types of aircraft
  • Handled a dispute regarding trade secrets for aircraft design

Government Contracts/Defense

  • Handled a dispute regarding the development of drones for national defense purposes

Engineering and Construction

  • Arbitrated several disputes involving various commercial venues, including airports, semiconductor plants, casinos and copper mines
  • Handled a dispute involving mobile housing projects in four areas of the Middle East
  • Handled a dispute involving the overhaul of an oil refinery in the Netherlands
  • Arbitrated a dispute involving structural design defects for a Major League Baseball stadium
  • Arbitrated multiple cases involving mixed-use commercial and residential projects, including large condominium projects
  • Arbitrated a dispute involving a mixed casino/office/retail project in Peru
  • Arbitrated a dispute involving delays in public infrastructure project in Micronesia
  • Arbitrated a dispute involving the construction management of an airport in Saudi Arabia

Business and Commercial Law

  • Arbitrated a claim that included the franchise of a major U.S. fast food chain in the Middle East
  • Handled a dispute that dealt with the vegetable products of a U.S. manufacturer in the Middle East
  • Arbitrated a dispute involving the manufacture and sale of medicinal products by a medical supply company
  • Arbitrated a case involving the acquisition of an accounting software company by a private equity firm
  • Handled a dispute involving the supply and distribution of product by a cheese manufacturer in Canada
  • Arbitrated and handled disputes involving partnership, joint venture and shareholder actions
  • Handled disputes involving the design, construction and profit sharing of a hotel chain in the United States and Europe

Entertainment

  • Arbitrated a dispute over film distribution rights between U.S. and German companies
  • Handled a matter involving the creation of a foreign TV series
  • Arbitrated a case involving the breach of a management contract for a television producer
  • Handled a dispute between talent agencies concerning industry hiring practices

Insurance

  • Handled a matter involving coverage of satellite performance problems
  • Arbitrated a case involving coverage of claims of bacterial infection related to a food processing plant

Intellectual Property

  • Arbitrated and handled cases involving intellectual property issues in trademark infringement, patent and trade secret claims, including trademark infringement for aircraft parts, trademark infringement of logos and advertising material, and patent infringement of mobile phone design
  • Handled cases involving unfair competition, including breaches of noncompete clauses, false advertising and misappropriation of rocket technology
  • Arbitrated and handled multiple matters involving the licensing and branding of products, including fitness programs, food products, medicinal supplements and cell phones

Investment

  • Arbitrated cases involving securities and financial structures including structure and sale of debt instruments and company profit-sharing plan
  • Handled multiple ICSID Convention treaty arbitrations in Cambodia, Lebanon, Indonesia and Mexico

Legal and Professional Malpractice

  • Handled matters involving complex real estate transactions, city planning and issues arising from fee payments

Energy and Utilities

  • See matters under “Alternative Energy” above
  • Arbitrated and handled multiple mining disputes, including a dispute related to production and profit-sharing of a gold mine in northern Alaska, a coal exploration dispute in Indonesia and the performance of copper mine in Middle East
  • Handled a dispute involving the overhaul of an oil refinery in the Netherlands
  • Handled disputes involving oil exploration in Peru

Real Property

  • Arbitrated and handled disputes involving complex real estate transactions
  • Arbitrated multiple cases involving mixed-use commercial and residential projects, including large condominium projects
  • Handled multiple matters involving large residential subdivisions in the Middle East
  • Arbitrated a permitting construction dispute involving residential subdivision in Nevada

Satellite and Aerospace

  • Handled a dispute involving a Greek distributor and U.S. satellite manufacturer regarding the franchise contract for use of satellite time for a low-orbit remote-imaging satellite
  • Handled a case involving alleged defects in solar panels on telecommunications satellites
  • Handled a dispute involving the design and deterioration of satellite panels in launched satellites

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member, California Supreme Court Task Force (to study and make recommendations for change in international arbitration law to allow foreign lawyers to appear in international arbitration hearings venued  in California; bill signed into law in 2019)
  • Fellow, College of Commercial Arbitrators, 2017–present
  • Member, National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, 2017–present
  • Chairman, Ready to Succeed Corporation (nonprofit assisting foster children), 2017–present
  • Board of Directors, Town Hall Los Angeles, 2014–present
  • Member, International Chamber of Commerce National Committee on Arbitration for U.S. (U.S. Council for International Business), 1984–2007, 2011–present
    • Chairman, Western Subcommittee, 1989–2006, 2011–present
  • Member, International Chamber of Commerce Commission (U.S. Representative), 2012–present
  • Member, Board of Directors, American Arbitration Association, 2003–2015
    • Member, Executive Committee, 2007–2015
    • Member, Nominating and Governance Committee, 2008–2015
  • Arbitrator, Large Complex Case Panels (Commercial, Construction, Aerospace, Aviation, and National Security), American Arbitration Association
  • Chair, American Arbitration Association Task Force (to amend commercial arbitration rules; rules adopted October 2013), 2013
  • Member, American Arbitration Association Task Force (to create ICDR guidelines for “exchange of information” in international arbitration), 2008, Task Force (to amend ICDR rules), 2014
  • Member, International Bar Association, 2017–present
  • Member, ADR Advisory Board, USC Gould School of Law, 2017–present

Awards and Honors

  • Super Lawyers of Southern California (Alternative Dispute Resolution), 2003–present
  • Who’s Who Legal (Arbitration), 2013–2016
  • “Guide to World’s Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration,” Legal Media Group, London, 2008–2009, 2011–2016, 2019
  • Client Choice Award, Outstanding U.S. Practitioner in Arbitration, International Law Office, 2010, 2014
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2009–2014
  • Client Choice Award, Outstanding North America Practitioner in Arbitration, Lexology USA and Canada, 2013
  • Outstanding Trial Lawyers of America, Chambers USA, 2004

Articles and Speaking Engagements

  • The New AAA Commercial Arbitration Rules, Practical Dos and Don’ts, American Bar Association Annual Conference, 2014
  • Lessons From the Front: Friendly Suggestions From Arbitrators to Advocates; ICDR–CCCB Conference; Bogota, Columbia; October 2012
  • Practical Dos and Don’ts for Corporate Counsel in International Arbitration, ITA Annual Conference, Dallas, June 2012
  • Drafting Arbitration Clauses for Complex IP Disputes, ICC Asia-Pacific Conference, March 2012
  • The Case Against Arbitration—Can It Stick?, Quinn Emanuel Newsletter, November 2011
  • Challenges to Enforcing an International Arbitration Award Under the New York Convention, Cal State Bar Conference (International Arbitration Section), Los Angeles, 2011
  • Practical Challenges of Obtaining Interim Relief (Ex Parte and On Notice) in Arbitrations, ICDR Debates in International Arbitration in the Asian Pacific Region, San Francisco, 2007
  • Editor-in-Chief, Arbitration Trends (quarterly arbitration newsletter of Quinn Emanuel), 2003–2017

Treatises

  • Contributing Author, “The Guide to Energy Arbitration,” Global Arbitration Review, 2016
  • Principal Co-Editor, Redfern and Hunter on International Arbitration, 5th edition, 2010
  • Contributing Editor, Law and Practice of International Commercial Arbitration, 4th edition, 2004

Professional Licenses

  • California State Bar
  • U.S. District Court, District of California, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second, Fifth, Ninth and Tenth Circuits
  • Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, 1998–2019
    • Senior Partner
    • Chair, International and U.S. Arbitration Practice
    • Chair, Defense Contractor and Satellite/Aerospace Disputes Practice
  • Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, 1973–1998
    • Chair, Global Alternative Dispute Resolution Group (Litigation Department)
    • Senior Partner/Partner/Associate
  • J.D., UCLA School of Law
    • Managing Editor, Law Review
  • B.A., With Honors, Phi Beta Kappa, University of Utah

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Practice Areas

  • Arbitration
  • Business & Commercial Law
  • Construction
  • Energy & Utilities
  • Entertainment & Sports
  • Governmental/Public Agency
  • Intellectual Property
  • International & Cross-Border
  • Real Property
  • Telecommunications
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