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 conducted hundreds of large and complex arbitrations and mediations involving telecommunications issues, dissolutions of technology joint ventures, software developers and their customers, international licensing issues, FDA regulatory matters, trade name and personal privacy rights.

Representative Mediations

  • Contractual claims between producer and film distributor
  • Dispute between investors and producers of a documentary film series
  • Dispute between recording artist and record label
  • Dispute concerning loss of valuable entertainment industry product by a bailee
  • Disputes between owner of cartoon properties and licensee
  • Intellectual property (copyright and trademark) disputes in the computer manufacture and jewelry manufacture businesses (both involving trans-national relationships)
  • Partnership dispute in video distribution business
  • Trade name and personal privacy right claim by sports celebrity against advertiser and agency
  • Trademark and trade name dispute between competing US and international manufacturers of shoes

Representative Arbitrations

  • Contract dispute between drug sponsor and clinical trials company involving technical, regulatory and performance issues (tripartite)
  • Contract dispute between generic drug manufacturers involving regulatory and performance issues (tripartite international arbitration)
  • Contractual and warranty claims between manufacturer of high-tech power plant and distributor
  • Contractual claims by owner of syndicated cartoon properties against distributor
  • Dispute between international partners of film production and distribution business
  • Dispute between software developer and customer (privacy and performance issues) (tripartite)
  • Disputes between competing CLEC and ILEC under Telecommunications Act of 1996 Interconnection dispute between regional and national carriers
  • Disputes between talent and agencies (SAG, JAMS and AAA administered arbitrations)
  • Dissolution and post-dissolution trademark and contractual claims among members of musical group
  • Dissolution of technology joint venture (tripartite) (see Ajida Technologies, Inc. v. Roos Instruments, Inc., 87 Cal. App. 4th 534 (2001))
  • International licensing dispute in winter sports industry
  • Post-acquisition accounting dispute between web-hosting company and internet service provider (tripartite)
  • Shareholder dispute over ownership of software development company (see Hightower v. Superior Court (O'Dowd), 86 Cal. App. 4th 1415 (2001))
  • Various disputes between resellers and major carriers
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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