Richard Chernick

Richard Chernick, Esq.

JAMS Mediator, Arbitrator and Referee/Special Master

Case Manager
Erica Wu
T: 213-253-9793
F: 213-620-0100
555 W. 5th St., 32nd Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90013


Richard Chernick, Vice President and Managing Director of JAMS' Arbitration Practice, is a nationally recognized expert in the resolution of complex and multi-party matters.

Representative Arbitrations

  • ADA claim by warehouse employee of blood processing company
  • ADEA claim by employee of blood processing business
  • Claim against agricultural employers by multi-employer pension trust under ERISA
  • Claim that executive's demotion was improper in connection with alleged interference in sexual harassment investigation
  • Construction defect claims (residential; shopping center; public works; hotel)
  • Contract and billing disputes between hospital and contract emergency room group (med-arb)
  • Contractual (partnership) dispute between doctor and medical group
  • Contractual and billing disputes between hospitals and medical insurers (various)
  • Contractual dispute between blood products company and European distributor (ICC; tripartite)
  • Contractual dispute between medical billing company and medical group
  • Coverage dispute regarding malpractice/wrongful death claim between doctor and mutual insurer (tripartite; chairman)
  • Disposition of a large contingent fee between present and former partners of a law firm
  • Dispute between developer of convenience center and restaurant complex and general contractor
  • Dispute between excavation subcontractor and prime contractor on large public works project (tripartite)
  • Dispute between international partners of film production and distribution business
  • Dispute between major electrical contractor and estimator (SFO expansion)
  • Dispute between professional sports teams involving a player trade
  • Dispute between residential real property developer and landscape contractor
  • Dispute between school district and prime and subcontractors regarding construction of middle school
  • Dispute over the terms of a major shopping center lease and related damage claims
  • Disputes between competing CLEC and ILEC under Telecommunications Act of 1996 Interconnection dispute between regional and national carriers
  • Dissolution and post-dissolution trademark and contractual claims among members of musical group
  • Dissolution of a family partnership operating a large paper distribution business (tripartite)
  • Dissolution of medical partnership and related medical testing company
  • Dissolution of real estate limited partnership including valuation of residential real property holdings
  • Dissolution of technology joint venture (tripartite) (see Ajida Technologies, Inc. v. Roos Instruments, Inc., 87 Cal. App. 4th 534 (2001))
  • Fraud claim involving the sale of a 205-unit apartment house (AAA; sole arbitrator)
  • Homeowner Association dispute with Developer (construction defect issues)
  • Homeowners Association dispute with Management Company (contractual and management issues)
  • Hostile work environment, sexual harassment and age discrimination claim by architecture school administrator against school and Dean
  • Hotel management dispute
  • Insurance policy benefits disputes (definition of coverage); experimental/appropriate treatments/medical necessity
  • International arbitration of claims of U.S. pilots of non-U.S. airline regarding taxation of foreign-based earnings and alleged recruitment fraud
  • International licensing dispute in winter sports industry
  • Legal malpractice and fee dispute between former client and law firm in multi-million dollar family law representation
  • Medical billing disputes involving insurance coverage issues
  • Mobile Home Park lease dispute
  • Periodic rental adjustment under long term lease (sole arbitrator and tripartite)
  • Post-acquisition accounting dispute between web-hosting company and internet service provider (tripartite)
  • Public works project: dispute between prime contractor and drilling subcontractor
  • Racial discrimination claims by nurses against health care company
  • Real estate partnership dispute regarding disposition of proceeds of sale of assets
  • Residential construction defect claims (multiple)
  • Sale of residential real property: disclosure and fraud issues re land subsidence
  • Sexual harassment and wrongful discharge claims against adult magazine publisher
  • Sexual harassment and wrongful discharge claims against publisher
  • Shareholder dispute over ownership of software development company (see Hightower v. Superior Court (O'Dowd), 86 Cal. App. 4th 1415 (2001))
  • Title insurance coverage dispute (tripartite; commercial property)
  • Title insurance dispute (sole arbitrator; residential property)
  • Wrongful discharge and contractual claims by high-level executive of concert promoter
  • Wrongful discharge claim by magazine executive against major entertainment conglomerate
  • Wrongful discharge of an entertainment industry executive holding stock options in employer
  • Wrongful termination claim by musician against Network
Completed Virtual ADR training conducted by the JAMS Institute, the training arm of JAMS. 

  • Recognized as "Best Lawyers in Arbitration" and "Best Lawyers in Mediation," Best Lawyers, 2023
  • Recognized as "Lawyer of the Year" for Arbitration in Los Angeles, 2020
  • Listed on "Best Lawyers in America," Best Lawyers, 2020-2023
  • Recipient of the "Champion of Justice" Award, Western Justice Center, 2019
  • Recognized as an “ADR Champion”, National Law Journal, 2016-2018
  • Los Angeles Arbitration Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers, 2016
  • Recognized as a Best Lawyer, Alternative Dispute Resolution Category, Best Lawyers in America, 2005-2016
  • Selected as a Southern California Super Lawyer in the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2010-2016, 2019-2022
  • Los Angeles ADR Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers, 2011 and 2015
  • Los Angeles Mediation Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers, 2013
  • Recognized as a leader among world's commercial arbitration specialists, Global Arbitration Review, 2013
  • Recognized as a Top California Neutral, Daily Journal, 2003, 2006-2010 and 2012
  • Recognized as a Best Lawyer, Southern California's Best Lawyers, 2012
  • Recognized as a leading practitioner, Alternative Dispute Resolution Category, Who's Who Legal: California, 2009
  • Selected as an entertainment law "Power Mediator," Hollywood Reporter, 2007
  • Recognized as One of the 500 Leading Judges in America, Lawdragon Magazine, 2006
  • Peacemaker of the Year, Southern California Mediation Association, 1999
  • Griffin Bell Volunteer Service Award, Dispute Resolution Services, 1994
  • Bernard E. Witkin Amicus Curiae Award, California Judicial Council, 1994
  • Distinguished Service Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Responsible Use of ADR, American Arbitration Association, 1993
  • Presidential Award, Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Association, 1993
  • Legal Services Leadership Award, Western Center on Law and Poverty, 1993
  • Norma Zarky Memorial Award, Beverly Hills Bar Foundation, 1991
  • Board member: California Dispute Resolution Council; Western Justice Center
  • Former Chair of the American Bar Association's Dispute Resolution Section and of its Arbitration Committee
  • Founding President of the College of Commercial Arbitrators
  • Founding Chair of the ADR Committee of the State Bar of California
  • Past president, Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, and past Chairman of the Board of Dispute Resolution Services, Inc., the dispute resolution program of the Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Co-presenter, "Drafting and Enforcing Effective ADR Provisions," State Bar of California 84th Annual Meeting, 2011
  • Author or co-author of leading texts on ADR, Employment ADR, and international arbitration and mediation; frequent trainer and lecturer on arbitration and mediation topics. Author of monthly ADR Practitioner column in Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal
  • Received comprehensive training in JAMS in-house Entertainment Law workshops including, but not limited to:
    • Net Profits and New Media: The Future of Entertainment Litigation
    • "Legal Issues and Developments in Video Game Law"

ADR Profiles

  • Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, 1977-1994; (associate, 1971-1976); specialized in commercial litigation and domestic and international arbitration
  • Law Clerk, Donald R. Wright, Chief Justice of California, 1970-1971
  • J.D., University of Southern California (USC), 1970 (Order of the Coif, Articles Editor, S. Cal. L. Rev.)
  • A.B., University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), (English), 1967




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