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, has arbitrated and mediated many labor and employment related cases involving issues such as wrongful termination, sexual harassment, hostile work environment, retaliation, ERISA and a class action under ADA.

Representative Mediations

  • Class actions under ADA challenging freeway call box accessibility
  • Constructive discharge claim by Chief Operating Officer of large hospital complex
  • Employment discharge and age discrimination claims against major corporations (numerous)
  • Retaliation and constructive discharge claim by law firm associate against firm arising out of sexual harassment claim made by colleague
  • Various ADA and ADEA claims ancillary and wrongful termination litigation
  • Wrongful discharge claim by senior hospital executive
  • Wrongful discharge claims by employees of medical group
  • Wrongful termination and hostile environment sexual harassment claim by employees of ranching enterprise

Representative Arbitrations

  • ADA claim by warehouse employee of blood processing company
  • 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
  • Dispute between international partners of film production and distribution business
  • Dispute between professional sports teams involving a player trade
  • Dissolution and post-dissolution trademark and contractual claims among members of musical group
  • Hostile work environment, sexual harassment and age discrimination claim by architecture school administrator against school and Dean
  • Racial discrimination claims by nurses against health care company
  • Sexual harassment and wrongful discharge claims against adult magazine publisher
  • Wrongful discharge and contractual claims by high-level executive of concert promoter
  • Wrongful discharge claim by magazine executive against major entertainment conglomerate
  • Wrongful discharge claims of non-medical employees of hospital complex (med-arb)
  • 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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