Jeffrey G. Benz, Esq., CEDS

T: 310-392-3044
F: 310-396-7576
Available nationwide

Jeffrey Benz, Esq., FCIArb, CEDS, is a nationally recognized expert in the resolution of complex and multi-party matters. Mr. Benz has served as a neutral in several hundred large and complex arbitrations and mediations employing various rules and before the major administering institutions, both nationally and internationally. Mr. Benz has been outside counsel (both transactional and litigation), inside counsel, and client, and he brings this well-rounded perspective on dispute resolution to serving as a neutral. 

Mr. Benz is available for arbitrations, mediations, fact finding, early neutral evaluation, and serving as special master or discovery referee nationwide and worldwide. He is a Certified E-Discovery Specialist (CEDS) through the Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists.

Mr. Benz is known for creative solutions, high energy and unflagging persistence to drive solutions. His sense of humor helps with confronting difficult conversations and solve seemingly intractable problems.  As an arbitrator Mr. Benz shapes the process with an eye toward efficiency and fairness, borne of his background as lawyer and client.

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • Mediator and arbitrator of hundreds of simple and complex disputes, including commercial, real property, employment, sports, entertainment, intellectual property, technology, and public law matters, since 2001
  • Frequently serves as chair of tripartite panels of arbitrators or as party-appointed arbitrator or as sole arbitrator
  • Consultant on dispute resolution issues, including clause drafting and dispute system design
  • Serves on numerous specialty ADR panels including international, sports, technology, and entertainment panels, worldwide, including in China and Europe
  • In July 2016, the BBC noted he was “widely regarded as amongst the most experienced judges” in world sport
  • Arbitrated numerous (more than 100) doping and sports discipline and qualification claims (reported Court of Arbitration for Sport and domestic decisions include USADA v Bruyneel (the only arbitrated Lance Armstrong-related case), Sharapova v ITF, Cilic v ITF, ROC v IAAF, Armitstead v UK Anti-Doping, UEFA and FIFA soccer/football cases, and many others).
  • Experienced with litigation, arbitration, mediation, and business practice in China and Europe.
  • Adjunct Professor on Dispute Resolution, Ethics in Arbitration, and Sports Law, Pepperdine University Law School’s Straus Institute (Malibu) and ISDE (Madrid/Barcelona); Tutor, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Regular speaker at CLE events, conferences, and webinars on dispute resolution in commercial, sports, and entertainment cases.
  • Litigator for more than 20 years
  • MBA degree from top business school giving keen insight on complex financial issues

Representative Matters

  • Business/Commercial
    • Early neutral evaluation and fact finding on behalf of the board of directors in a dispute over corporate governance, between shareholders, in a financial services company in the healthcare industry based in London.
    • Arbitrated business dissolution between investors in a Southern California restaurant, including valuation of equity interests and overall business.
    • Arbitrated consumer products sales agreement and licensing dispute involving major producer and distributor of cosmetic products and over $70 million USD in dispute.
    • Arbitrated numerous claims against debt collectors arising under the Consumers’ Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).
    • Arbitrated dispute between large telemarketing company and telephone call automation company relating to provision of services to telemarking company for mass calling to sell products and services to potential customers.
    • Arbitrated dispute between attorney and major provider of online services for attorneys in claim for breach of contract and counterclaims.
    • Arbitrated claims between former students of private for profit universities relating to education in various industries alleging breach of contract, fraud, breach of covenant and good faith and fair dealing, and issues relating to scholarships and loans for students to attend same.
    • Arbitrated numerous claims arising under the Consumer Legal Remedies Act (CLRA) against vehicle dealers
    • Arbitrated breach of contract claims between restaurant supply companies and restaurants relating to various restaurant-related products.
    • Mediated dispute over distribution of food products on spot market, involving claims related to food spoiling, breach of contract, FDA recalls, and similar matters.
    • Mediated pre-litigation dispute between large manager of residential real estate properties nationwide and payment systems company for claims of breach of contract, breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing, and similar claims.
    • Mediated claims for breach of contract, breach of covenant of good faith and fair dealing and fraud arising from an agreement for supplying software services.
  • Entertainment
    • Arbitrated claims of misapplication or misappropriation of funds from collection accounts related to film production.
    • Mediated dispute between prominent successful hip hop songwriter and his business managers arising from contractual claims under management agreement.
    • Mediated dispute between prominent hip hop band and publisher arising from claims of copyright violation, breach of contract, and similar claims.
    • Mediated claims for copyright infringement involving film and music properties
    • Arbitrated claim between class of independent film employees for back pay, wages, penalties, and interest asserted against independent film producer.
    • Arbitrated claim between independent film producer and individual investors arising from production of independent film involving claims of fraud, breach of contract and breach of covenant of good faith and fair dealing.
    • Arbitrated claim between hedge fund investors and film production company arising from production of two films, alleging claims of breach of contract, fraud, conversion, and related claims.
    • Arbitrated claim between nightclub promoter and nightclub owners arising from promotional contract with claims of breach of contract, breach of covenant of good faith and fair dealing and similar claims.
    • Arbitrated claim between major distributor of satellite television content and an authorized reseller alleging claims of breach of contract, fraud, breach of covenant of good faith and fair dealing, interference, and similar claims.
    • Arbitrated and mediated several matters between debtors and creditors in connection with entertainment and intellectual property rights.
  • Employment
    • Mediated numerous claims between employee and employers regarding workplace harassment, gender and other protected class discrimination (race, sex, national origin, and age), and pay inequity, in many industries.
    • Arbitrated workplace harassment, discrimination and pay inequity claims between employees and employers.
    • Arbitrated claim between class of independent film employees for back pay, wages, penalties, and interest asserted against independent film producer.
    • Challenges to reduction in force actions by private employees.
    • Wrongful termination and other disciplinary challenges by employees in various industries.
    • Claims for breach of executive employment agreements and independent contractor agreements.
  • Healthcare
    • Arbitrated claims by hospitals and healthcare providers against large insurers relating to payment of claims.
    • Mediated claims of medical malpractice between patients and physicians.
    • Contractual and billing disputes between hospitals and medical insurance providers involving insurance coverage issues.
  • Intellectual Property/Technology
    • Arbitrated and mediated numerous trade secrets and unfair competition matters.
    • Mediated claims for copyright infringement involving film and music properties
    • Arbitrated dispute between software as a service (SAAS) provider and client relating to delivery of certain customized software with claims under the consulting agreement for breach of contract, fraud, breach of covenant of good faith and fair dealing arising from consultant billing and performance of the software product delivered.
    • Arbitrated dispute between major online marketplace and one of its sellers arising from allegations of breach of the terms of service of the online marketplace.
  • Maritime/Admiralty
    • Claims between sailors and longshoremen arising under the Jones Act and Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act (LHWCA) and under maritime common law relating to injuries and deaths.
    • Claims under bills of lading between shippers, freight forwarders, brokers, vessel owners, and cargo companies, and arising under the Carriage of Goods by Sea Act (COGSA).
  • Personal Injury and Products Liability
    • Arbitrated claims of wrongful death and related torts for the death of a minor in the care of a privately run halfway house facility.
    • Arbitrated numerous claims of personal injury torts, including products liability, against manufacturers of various consumer and heavy industry related products.
    • Claims of invasion of privacy and related torts arising from debt collection activities.
    • Mediated claims relating to wrongful death, personal injury, products liability, and other torts relating to use of consumer products, heavy industrial products, services, and similar cases.
    • Mediated medical malpractice claims between patient and physician.
  • Real Estate
    • Arbitrated multiple claims of breach of contract and fraud in the purchase and sale of residential real estate.
    • Arbitrated claims of breach of contract in commercial real estate leases.
    • Arbitrated complex claims of insurance coverage and causation in land spoliation cases.
    • Arbitrated claims of personal injury related to access to real property.
    • Arbitrated collection cases relating to payments due for rental of residential and commercial property.
    • Arbitrated and mediated claims related to dissolution of real estate investment partnership including valuation of real property and equity interests.
  • Sports
    • Mediated multiple sports disputes between athletes, teams, and others involved in Olympic-related National Governing Body-related sanctioning or governance disputes.
    • Arbitrated disputes involving claims of abuse of athletes by coaches and others.
    • Arbitrated commercial disputes between sponsors and others related to sponsorship of various sports properties.
    • Arbitrated sponsorship dispute between a European professional cycling team and its large European sponsor relating to claims of breach of contract by both sides, with more than $50 million USD in dispute.
    • Arbitrated dozens of selections-related claims by athletes against governing bodies related to their non-selection to compete in international sports events worldwide.
    • Arbitrated dozens of claims of breach of sports-related employment agreements between athletes in many different sports, including football/soccer.

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Fellow, College of Commercial Arbitrators
  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Accredited Mediator, Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR)
  • Certified E-Discovery Specialist (CEDS), Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS)
  • Member, Academy of Court-Appointed Masters
  • Vice President, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, North American Branch
  • Member, American Bar Association (Forum on Entertainment & Sports Law; Litigation, Business Law, Health Law, and Dispute Resolution Sections)
  • Member, State Bar of California (Business Law and Litigation Sections)
  • Member, Hawaii State Bar Association
  • Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member, Association for International Arbitration
  • Member, American Health Lawyers Association
  • Member, California Society for Healthcare Attorneys
  • Member, panel of arbitrators of Court of Arbitration for Sport, LCIA, CIETAC, Beijing Arbitration Commission, Bucharest International Arbitration Center, Sport Resolutions UK, Rugby Football Union, and others.
  • Recognized, Who's Who Legal, Entertainment and Sports Law, Worldwide, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017; Recognized, Who's Who Legal, UK Bar 2017, Leading Barristers
  • Board Member, Chair of International Committee, and Annual Conference Co-Chair, Sports Lawyers Association (SLA)
  • Board Member, National Sports Law Institute; Member, RexSport
  • Advisory Board Member, LawInSport.com, 2013-Present
  • Admitted to practice in California, Colorado, Hawaii, and New York
  • Author or co-author of leading articles on ADR, international and domestic commercial and sports arbitration and mediation, and managing costs in ADR; frequent trainer and lecturer on arbitration, mediation and sports topics around the world.
  • "The Next Generation of Neutrals," ADR Profile, Bloomberg BNA, August 13, 2016
  • Vice Chair, ABA Business & Corporate Litigation, ADR subcommittee
  • Board Member, Institute of Sports Law and Ethics

Background and Education

  • Door Tenant, 4 New Square Barristers, Lincoln’s Inn, London, 2013-Present (mediation, arbitration, dispute resolution, sports, corporate governance, early neutral evaluation/factfinding, investigations, entertainment, technology)
  • Attorney, Mediator, and Arbitrator, Versus Advocates and Benz Law Group, Los Angeles, 2007-Present (general commercial practice, transactions and litigation, sports, technology, entertainment, general counsel services, investigations)
  • Chief Operating Officer, General Counsel, and Secretary, Golden Spear, LLC, San Francisco, Hong Kong, and Shanghai, China, 2009-2010 (technology, software, telecommunications, entertainment, corporate governance, China joint ventures, Chinese law/culture)
  • Chief Operating Officer, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer, and Secretary, AVP, Inc. and AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, Los Angeles, 2007-2008 (sports, entertainment, music, public company compliance, corporate governance, M&A)
  • Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs, and Secretary, A2 Holdings, LLC, Los Angeles, 2006-2007 (sports, corporate governance, investments/M&A, entertainment)
  • General Counsel, Managing Director of Legal and Government Affairs, Chief Compliance Officer, and Secretary, United States Olympic Committee, Colorado Springs, 2001-2006 (sports, commercial transactions/litigation, real estate, licensing, trademarks, corporate governance, employment)
  • Attorney, Coudert Brothers (co-chair and founder of Worldwide Sports Practice Group and member of Litigation and Arbitration practice groups), San Francisco, 1996-2001 (antitrust, commercial litigation and arbitration, patent and trademark litigation, sports)
  • Attorney, Boughey, Garvie & Bushner (successor to Dorr, Cooper & Hayes, later merged with Wilson, Elser, et al.), San Francisco & Honolulu, 1993-1996 (insurance coverage and defense, general liability, commercial litigation, admiralty, maritime)
  • Legal Intern, Lloyd's of London Claims Office, 1992
  • Pepperdine University Law School Straus Institute’s “Mediating the Litigated Case” course
  • M.B.A., University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) Ross School of Business, 2006
  • J.D., University of Texas School of Law (Austin), 1993 (Officer, Board of Advocates; Technical Editor, The Review of Litigation)
  • Certificate, EU, Marine Insurance, and International Trade Law, University of London Queen Mary Faculty of Laws (1992)
  • B.A., University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) (Political Science), 1990

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