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Stephen Haberfeld

Hon. Stephen E. Haberfeld (Ret.)

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Hon. Stephen E. Haberfeld (Ret.), widely respected as a charismatic, accomplished, and effective mediator and arbitrator, brings a wealth of talent and three decades of dispute resolution experience to JAMS. Judge Haberfeld is frequently selected to resolve the most complex and contentious disputes.

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • Judge Haberfeld has successfully resolved a broad range of complex disputes involving business/commercial, class action, intellectual property, entertainment, insurance, real estate, construction, employment, estates and trusts, insurance, securities, civil rights, and antitrust matters.

Representative Matters

  • Arbitrator of California statewide wage-and-hour class action
  • Arbitrator of "Enron"-type action, based on allegedly false and misleading financial information in connection with "for stock only" sale by seller of closely-held private company to public company
  • Arbitrator, consultant, and symposium panel leader concerning the interpretation and application of e-discovery amendments to the California Code of Civil Procedure and Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
  • Arbitrator of dispute over allegedly discriminatorily coerced departure of nationally-known attorney from famed international law firm
  • Arbitrator of dispute between major studio and author over prominence of placement of claimed "source material" screen credit in motion picture starring Academy award-winning actress and actor and directed by Academy award-winning director
  • Arbitrator and mediator of business disputes concerning corporate governance and alleged violations of duties of loyalty and care (e.g., corporate opportunities doctrine, business judgment rule, etc.)
  • Arbitrator of business dispute over non-renewal of leading sub-prime unsecured credit card issuer bank's contract for direct marketing services
  • Discovery referee of nationally reported dispute over allocation of interests in $107 million court judgment
  • Mediator of dispute between well-known actor and production company over co-ownership and value of co-ownership of copyright of hit network TV series
  • Chair of three-person panel in mock arbitration in connection with nationwide class action employment sex discrimination litigation
  • Mediator of multi-county wage-and-hour class action
  • Arbitrator and mediator of business valuation disputes
  • Arbitrator and mediator of business disputes concerning whether co-shareholder/ LLC member-employee terminated "for cause" or under "morals clause" or otherwise, as affecting primarily valuation of stock/membership interests and other contractual benefits
  • Mediator of nationally reported dispute between East Coast and West Coast organizations bearing similar names, famous for their nationally famous celebrity "roasts"
  • Mediator of dispute between premier motion picture creature creator and leading video game publisher over contract provision governing motion picture deal for successful game involving creator's creatures
  • Arbitrator and mediator of patent and trade secrets dispute over rights to processes involved in the manufacture of synthetic wood products
  • Sole arbitrator in contract dispute involving famous actress’s compensation as celebrity spokesperson for brand of beauty products
  • Mediator of landmark settlement of denial of "special needs" education claims under the federal Individuals With Disability Education Act and related federal and state law
  • Chair of three-person entertainment arbitration panel, contract dispute concerning international pop star's eleventh-hour cancellation of concerts abroad
  • Chair of three-person entertainment arbitration panel, contract dispute concerning famous TV comedy star's video distribution rights to favorite skits from famous "Golden Age of Television" shows
  • Mediator of entertainment and intellectual property dispute concerning alleged misappropriation of concepts central to internationally famous director's theatrical motion picture production
  • Sole arbitrator in "Bond girl" contract dispute
  • Mediator of Internet copyright dispute over texts of management and leadership lessons learned from episodes of hit network reality TV show
  • Sole arbitrator in contract dispute between suddenly successful actress/screenwriter and her former personal manager
  • Mediator of dispute concerning copyright, trademark, and trade dress violations alleged in connection with importation, marketing, and distribution of Chinese "knock-offs" of U.S. IP-protected and manufactured products
  • Chair of three-person arbitration panel in contract dispute focusing primarily on alleged violations of non- competition agreements involving major providers of medical imaging services in Southern California
  • Member of three-person arbitration panel in dispute concerning contract termination and trademark infringement claims involving former manufacturer and distributor becoming competitors in marketing, distribution, and sale of automotive flushes and lubricants
  • Mediator of class action wage and hour dispute and arbitrator of class action antitrust settlement fund allocations
  • Chair of three-person commercial panel in dispute concerning responsibility for large insurance deductible in connection with sale of division by one major corporation to another
  • Sole arbitrator of entertainment dispute concerning composer's claimed rights to additional compensation for re-released recorded works
  • Sole arbitrator concerning insurance coverage issues triggered by title company's material omission in real property title reports
  • Mediator in entertainment/sexual harassment dispute; and mediator in landlord-tenant/civil rights discrimination dispute
  • Arbitrator of business dispute between competitor/former partners in on-line day trading educational services
  • Mediator and referee of highly emotional, contentious intra-familial probate and conservatorship disputes
  • Elected Fellow, College of Commercial Arbitrators
  • Settlement Judge, Nevada Supreme Court, 2003-present
  • Received comprehensive training in JAMS in-house Entertainment Law workshops including, but not limited to:
    • "Net Profjects and New Media: The Future of Entertainment Litigation"
    • "Legal Issues and Developments in Video Game Law"
  • U.S. Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 1988-1992
  • Partner, Haberfeld & Haberfeld, Los Angeles, 1978-1988; 1992-present
  • Partner and Associate, Agnew, Miller & Carlson, Los Angeles, 1975-1978
  • Assistant Watergate Special Prosecutor, Watergate Special Prosecution Force, Washington, D.C., 1973-1975
  • Associate, Harold E. Kohn, P.A., Philadelphia, 1971-1973
  • Law Clerk to Judge Leonard P. Moore, U.S. Court of Appeals, 2d Circuit, New York, NY, 1970-1971
  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 1970 (Article Editor, Harvard Journal on Legislation)
  • Master in Public Affairs, Princeton University, 1967
  • B.A., summa cum laude, UCLA (Valedictorian, Phi Beta Kappa, Regents Scholar), 1965

Counsel Comments

    Counsel and clients praise Judge Haberfeld for his ability to quickly gain the confidence of all parties and to appreciate the central issues involved; for his creativity when called for in resolving even seemingly intractable and the most contentious disputes; and for his fair, efficient, considered and considerate treatment of all participants and matters.
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