Richard Chernick, Esq.

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Richard Chernick is Vice President and Managing Director of JAMS’ Arbitration Practice. He has conducted hundreds of large and complex international arbitrations and mediations, employing various rules and before major administering institutions, both domestic and international and venued in the United States and elsewhere.

Mr. Chernick is a member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration and the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a member of the arbitration panels of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Center, the Beijing Arbitration Commission, Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration, Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration, and the Chicago International Dispute Resolution Association (CIDRA).

Representative International Matters

  • Arbitrations
    • Joint development agreement dispute between large pharmaceutical companies over ownership of valuable drug (ICDR, party appointed) 
    • Manufacturing and distribution agreement dispute in distilled spirits business (ICC, party appointed) 
    • Software distribution agreement dispute (JCAA, party appointed) 
    • Software development agreement dispute (HKIAC, party appointed) 
    • International patent license dispute (ICC, chair) 
    • Dissolution of international theatrical entertainment company (JAMS, sole arbitrator) 
    • Construction dispute involving solar power plant (ICC, party appointed) 
    • Directors’ and Officers’ Insurance coverage dispute involving a financial institution and securities claims (ICDR, Chair) 
    • Film finance dispute involving international parties (JAMS, sole arbitrator) 
    • Amusement park development agreement (ICC, party appointed) 
    • Dispute between beauty pageant organizers and country sponsor (AAA, sole arbitrator) 
    • Employment claims of U.S. pilots of non-U.S. airline regarding taxation of foreign-based earnings and alleged recruitment fraud (AAA, party appointed) 
    • Employment termination claim of CEO and Executive Vice-President of International blood processing business (AAA, sole arbitrator) 
    • International licensing and sales dispute in biological health product (ICDR, party appointed)
  • Mediations
    • Legal malpractice claim between United States (U.S.) law firm and international client 
    • Matter involving offshore oil drilling between U.S. foreign operator and foreign working interest owners 
    • Interference with contract dispute related to temporary staffing agency between U.S. and United Kingdom (U.K.) 
    • Numerous debt collection matters, most involving security interests and counterclaims 
    • U.S.-China medical device joint venture dispute (HKIAC) 
    • International banking dispute involving U.S. inbound investments from U.K. 
    • Contract dispute between U.S. and Hong-Kong-based companies involving international air-freight operations 
    • Manufacturing and sales contract matters involving subway railway cars from Japan to U.S. 
    • Disputes involving music publishing and royalties 
    • Several disputes involving video game, software development, and other similar technology agreements 
    • Numerous disputes related to international construction projects 
    • Disputes involving hotel management agreement between companies based in the U.S. and U.K., and U.S and Canada 
    • Supply agreements and intellectual property disputes related to toy, clothing, and medical instruments industries between businesses in U.S. and China 
    • Several disputes involving U.S. employers and foreign employees 
    • Dispute involving scientific joint venture between U.S. and U.K. companies 
    • Supply agreement dispute involving wine and cork industry in Australia 
    • Intellectual property disputes involving consumer goods from U.S. and U.K. 
    • Privacy and tort claims against reality show producer 
    • Numerous disputes regarding profit participation, royalty and distributor agreements in relation to entertainment industry (film and music)

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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