Richard Chernick, Esq.

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Health Care
Richard Chernick, Vice President and Managing Director of JAMS' Arbitration Practice, has arbitrated and mediated numerous health care and medical malpractice cases involving issues such as benefits disputes, insurance coverage, ADEA claims, contract and billing disputes. These disputes involved individual health care professionals, medical groups, insurance companies, medical service, and product providers.

Representative Mediations

  • $50 million break-up fee in a multi-billion dollar health care industry merger
  • Constructive discharge claim by Chief Operating Officer of large hospital complex
  • Contract renegotiation of provider relationship between regional hospital group and major medical insurer
  • Coverage dispute concerning recall of blood products by blood processing business
  • Dissolution of medical practice and related medical research business
  • Wrongful discharge claim by senior hospital executive
  • Wrongful discharge claims by employees of medical group

Representative Arbitrations

  • ADEA claim by employee of blood processing business
  • 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)
  • Dissolution of medical partnership and related medical testing company
  • Insurance policy benefits disputes (definition of coverage); experimental/appropriate treatments/medical necessity
  • Medical billing disputes involving insurance coverage issues
  • Racial discrimination claims by nurses against health care company
  • Wrongful discharge claims of non-medical employees of hospital complex (med-arb)

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Recognized as an “ADR Champion”, National Law Journal, 2016-2017
  • 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 SuperLawyer in the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2010-2016
  • 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"

Background and Education

  • 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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