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Clifford Bloomfield

Clifford D. Bloomfield

Case Manager
Stacey Harrison
T: 202-533-2021
F: 202-942-9186
1155 F Street, NW, Suite 1150, Washington, D.C. 20004

Clifford D. Bloomfield is available to conduct cases virtually. JAMS is equipped to provide virtual ADR services on a variety of online platforms, including Zoom, Microsoft Teams, WebEx, and more.


Cliff Bloomfield is an arbitrator at JAMS, and is a JAMS employee. Mr. Bloomfield started his legal career as a litigator at both large and boutique New York law firms, representing clients in matters ranging from complex commercial disputes to personal injury cases. In 2009, Mr. Bloomfield began a clerkship at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York and soon realized that he preferred adjudicating cases to litigating them. After clerking for three judges in that court, while also volunteering in the court’s Office of the Pro Se Law Clerk, he served as a clerk at U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. In 2016, Mr. Bloomfield joined JAMS as an associate, where he has assisted neutrals and analyzed arbitration law.

At JAMS, Mr. Bloomfield has assisted some of JAMS’ top arbitrators, helping to draft awards and orders and assisting with case management issues, while also serving as a resource on federal and state arbitration law, arbitrator provider rules and best practices. Regarding the latter, he has written a number of articles on substantive arbitration issues, including two chapters in the Practicing Law Institute’s Arbitrating Commercial Disputes in the United States. In addition, he was the project attorney for the New York City Stop & Frisk Joint Remedial Process.

After years of practice, and an even longer “apprenticeship” with sitting federal judges and top arbitrators, Mr. Bloomfield now practices as an arbitrator while still maintaining his association with JAMS. Thorough, patient and pragmatic, he is known for his ability to cut through extraneous matters and zero in on the truly determinative issues by utilizing tremendous organizational and analytical skills. According to leading JAMS arbitrators, “Cliff is smart, highly analytical and able to parse the most difficult problems to arrive at thoughtful solutions.” “His legal analysis is first rate: nuanced, careful and always on-point. Cliff’s writing is excellent: clear and logical. He understands the arbitration process and is very capable in managing it.”

Mr. Bloomfield is dedicated to ensuring the fair and efficient resolution of disputes. He takes to heart the ethical duty to “ensure that all Parties understand the Arbitration process, the Arbitrator’s role in that process, and the relationship of the Parties to the Arbitrator.” He will ensure the parties are heard, understood, treated respectfully and provided a clear, plain-language explanation of his rulings.

Representative Matters as a Litigator

Employment and Intellectual Property

  • Pharmaceutical company alleged to have breached employment contract by former researcher who alleged that the company failed to honor its agreement and stole his intellectual property
  • Breach of employment contract litigation brought by hedge fund’s former marketing director
  • Client accused of violating federal employment laws such as ERISA and the WARN Act
  • Software developer alleged to have breached a covenant not to compete
  • Company accused of trademark infringement
  • Served, as part of UPENN’s Civil Practice Clinic, as co-lead counsel in an employment discrimination jury trial in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Securities and Common Law Fraud

  • Defended bank and securities firm in suits by insurance companies that lost substantial capital in an infamous Ponzi scheme
  • Securities fraud cases involving underwriters
  • Regulatory inquiries

Consumer and Antitrust

  • Consumer antitrust class actions brought against credit card association
  • Supervised debt collection practices at law firm to ensure compliance with statutes and regulations, including the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and the Fair Credit Reporting Act

Torts/Personal Injury

  • Lead counsel during discovery, during evidentiary hearings and at trial in personal injury cases, including medical malpractice and negligent supervision

Bankruptcy and Other

  • Represented secured lender in bankruptcy-related litigation
  • Drafted amicus curiae brief arguing that Georgia’s voter ID law was unconstitutional
  • Provided pre-publication legal advice to local newspapers as part of a “Libel Hotline”

Representative Arbitration Support

  • Assisted with arbitrations in matters including:
    • Complex commercial: Disputes among members of an LLC, and disputes arising from mergers and other corporate transactions, the purchase of distressed assets, a putative art sale, a supply agreement, non-payment of a business loan and with respect to an attorney fee-sharing agreement
    • Labor and employment: Discrimination and wage claims, breach of a non-solicitation agreement and disputes arising under employment agreements, including entitlement to earnout payments and whether an employer was required to advance attorneys’ fees in a pending litigation
    • Consumer: Telephone Consumer Protection Act claims
    • Securities: “Blue Sky” claims arising under state securities laws
    • Intellectual property: Trade secret misappropriation claims under state and federal law
  • Drafted awards and orders addressing issues related to arbitrability, discovery, spoliation and sanctions, exclusion of evidence, privilege claims, expert witnesses, protocols for remote arbitration, summary disposition, liability and the award of attorneys’ fees and arbitration costs
  • Assisted discovery master with report and recommendation regarding privilege disputes in a multidistrict litigation
  • Served as the project attorney for the New York City Stop & Frisk Joint Remedial Process
  • Drafted policy memorandum regarding remote arbitration
  • Serve as a resource regarding federal and state arbitration law, ethics and the rules of arbitration providers

Relevant Clerkship Work

  • Worked on decisions related to:
    • Securities: Class certification, materiality, loss causation and scienter in cases arising under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (including securities fraud related to the publication of false London Interbank Offered Rates and the failure to disclose predatory practices in a dark pool trading platform), as well as application of the Trust Indenture Act to the removal of parent guarantees in suits brought by bondholders against firm
    • Employment: Discrimination and wage claims
    • Personal injury: Claims under the Jones Act and the Death on the High Seas Act
    • Arbitration. Confirming an arbitration award and enjoining or compelling arbitration
    • Bankruptcy: Topics such as the constitutional limits of bankruptcy court authority; mandatory abstention; the automatic stay; customer status under the Securities Investor Protection Act; claim subordination under section 510(b); discharging claims in chapter 11; denial of discharge under section 727; chapter 11 plan confirmation, including feasibility, cramdown and the absolute priority rule; chapter 13 plan confirmation; asset sales under section 363, including the interplay between the Bankruptcy Code and the Tax Injunction Act; enforceability of prepayment consideration clauses; the use of cash collateral when the lender holds an absolute assignment of rents; the impact of post-petition payments on the secured status of a creditor; and the enforceability of a guarantee entered into by a debtor’s principals
  • Provided information to pro se parties in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York’s Office of the Pro Se Law Clerk

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Past Member, Election Law Committee, New York City Bar Association
  • Past Member, International Law and Practice Section, New York Bar Association
  • Past Member, Penn Advocates, University of Pennsylvania
  • Past Board Member, Equal Justice Foundation, University of Pennsylvania

Bar Admissions

  • New York, First Department, 2002
  • U.S. District Courts, Southern District of New York and Eastern District of New York, 2005

Selected Publications

  • “Arbitrating Commercial Disputes in the United States,” Chapter 3: The FAA Statutory Framework (co-authored with Michael D. Young), Practising Law Institute, 2020
  • “Arbitrating Commercial Disputes in the United States,” Chapter 10: Discovery (co-authored with Michael D. Young), Practising Law Institute, 2020
  • “Professional Perspective: Remote Hearings and Depositions in Commercial Arbitration” (co-authored with Robert B. Davidson), Bloomberg Law, 2020
  • “Resolving Insurance Claim Disputes Before Trial,” Chapter 1: Binding Alternative Dispute Resolution and Insurance Claims (co-authored with Michael D. Young), ABA Book Publishing, 2018
  • “Interim and Emergency Measures in International Commercial Arbitration: Time to Say Goodbye to Irreparable Harm and Likelihood of Success on the Merits,” New York Law Journal, 2018
  • “Ethical Considerations for Effective Deposition Defense in New York,” Taking and Defending Depositions 2009 289 (co-authored with Partha P. Chattoraj and Alon M. Markowitz), Practising Law Institute, 2009
  • Associate, JAMS, 2016–2021
  • Law Clerk to Hon. Shira A. Scheindlin, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 2013–2016
  • Law Clerk, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of New York, 2009–2013
    • Hon. Carla E. Craig, 2013
    • Hon. Jerome Feller (Ret.), 2012–2013
    • Hon. Elizabeth S. Stong, 2009–2012
  • Associate, Markowitz & Chattoraj LLP, 2008–2009
  • Associate, Law Office of Marshall E. Bloomfield, 2007–2008
  • Associate; Paul, Weis, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP; 2004–2007
  • Associate, Clifford Chance LLP, 2001–2004
  • J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School, 2001
  • B.A., cum laude, Cornell University, 1997

Counsel Comments

    • “In working with Cliff on a project with the invocation of a variety of privileges and work product protection, I found Cliff's organizational and analytical skills coupled with his excellent writing abilities extremely helpful in preparing a decision on each assertion of privilege or work product protection that was not challenged.”
      - Leading JAMS arbitrator

    • “Mr. Bloomfield’s/Cliff’s ability to think through legal problems is first rate. His analysis is nuanced, careful and always on-point. And, his writing is also excellent -- very clear and very logical. He understands the arbitration process and will be very capable in managing it.”
      - Leading JAMS arbitrator

    • “I have worked with Cliff on numerous arbitrations of varied subject matter, some of which involved novel and esoteric legal issues. Cliff consistently demonstrated an ability to cut through extraneous matters and zero in on the truly determinative issues. He enjoys untangling complicated factual and legal landscapes, does thorough legal research, and writes clearly and persuasively. Cliff is soft-spoken, patient and pragmatic.”
      - Leading JAMS arbitrator

    • “Cliff is smart, highly analytical, and able to parse the most difficult problems to arrive at thoughtful solutions.”
      - Leading JAMS arbitrator

    • “Cliff Bloomfield is an extraordinarily gifted and hardworking lawyer and I am delighted to see that he’s becoming a JAMS neutral. He is a great legal writer who brings a formidable knowledge of the law and keen judgment to all his matters. I could not recommend him more highly to parties seeking an arbitrator.”
      - Leading JAMS arbitrator



Practice Areas

  • Antitrust & Competition
  • Arbitration
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business & Commercial
  • Civil Rights
  • Employment Law
  • Federal Law
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Personal Injury/Torts
  • Professional Liability
  • Securities
  • Special Master/Discovery Referee


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