Hon. Stephen E. Haberfeld (Ret.)

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Arbitration

Hon. Stephen E. Haberfeld (Ret.) is widely respected as a charismatic, talented, and accomplished arbitrator with more than 30 years of arbitral or judicial experience.

He has a reputation among seasoned practitioners for making correct, thoughtful, and well-reasoned decisions and for conducting all proceedings fairly, civilly, and efficiently. Judge Haberfeld is a former U.S. Magistrate Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California and was an Assistant Watergate Special Prosecutor in Washington, D.C.

Frequently selected to resolve complex and highly contentious cases, Judge Haberfeld’s expertise as an arbitrator extends across a broad range of legal areas, including inter-corporate disputes, shareholder, LLC and partnership disputes, contract disputes (including mergers, purchases, and sales of businesses), securities, insurance (including insurance coverage), real estate, environmental, antitrust, and intellectual property and entertainment disputes.

Judge Haberfeld has taught at Pepperdine Law School and has been an instructor at advanced arbitrator institutes. He also has been a lecturer on arbitration to experienced and sophisticated fellow arbitrators.

Representative Arbitrations

  • Arbitrator, consultant, and symposium panel leader concerning the interpretation, application, and enforcement of recent e-discovery amendments to the California Code of Civil Procedure and Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
  • Arbitrator of California statewide wage-and-hour class action
  • Arbitrator of dispute over allegedly discriminatorily coerced departure of nationally-known attorney from famed international law firm
  • Arbitrator of business dispute between competitor/former partners in on-line day trading educational services
  • Arbitrator of business dispute over non-renewal of leading sub-prime unsecured credit card issuer bank's contract for direct marketing services
  • Arbitrator 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 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
  • Arbitrator of business valuation disputes
  • Arbitrator of contract dispute involving famous actress’s compensation as celebrity spokesperson for brand of beauty 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
  • Chair of three-person arbitration panel, contract dispute concerning famous TV comedy star's video distribution rights to favorite skits from famous "Golden Age of Television" shows
  • Chair of three-person arbitration panel, contract dispute concerning international pop star's eleventh-hour cancellation of concerts abroad
  • Chair of three-person commercial panel in dispute concerning "freeze out" of a partner by other partners in connection with construction of a famous Las Vegas hotel
  • 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
  • Arbitrator of contract dispute over abrupt departure to a rival Spanish-language radio station of popular "morning drive" radio personality
  • Arbitrator of dispute over termination of bond trader for insubordination in allegedly failing to timely and adequately cover hundreds of millions in exposure resulting from earlier trades
  • Arbitrator of disputes concerning whether termination of employment retaliatory or otherwise pretextural (e.g., discrimination, whistle-blowing, etc.)
  • Arbitrator of employment disputes concerning alleged violations of corporate duties of loyalty and care (e.g., corporate opportunities doctrine, business judgment rule, etc.)
  • Arbitrator of employment disputes concerning alleged violations of covenants not to compete, trade secrets, and unfair competition by former employees of professional practices and businesses (e.g., medical, motion picture equipment, legal document copying services, etc.)
  • Chair of three-person panel in mock arbitration in connection with nationwide class action employment sex discrimination litigation
  • Arbitrator of dispute over company's allegedly discriminatory refusal to hire "temp" as permanent full-time employee, whose name appeared on U.S. Government list of people disqualified from employment involving interaction with and programs of specific governmental departments and agencies 
  • Member and chair of three-person arbitration panels and sole arbitrator in disputes involving requested arbitral interim injunctive relief
  • Member of three-person arbitration panel in dispute concerning contract termination and trademark infringement claims involving former manufacturer and national distributor becoming competitors in marketing, distribution, and sale of automotive flushes and lubricants
  • Member of three-person commercial panel concerning corporate limited partners' allegations of mismanagement against general partner of wind energy limited partnerships
  • Member of three-person international arbitration panel in dispute concerning contract termination of CEO of cosmetics subsidiaries of famous multinational luxury goods corporation
  • Sole arbitrator and mediator of patent and trade secrets dispute over rights to processes involved in the manufacture of synthetic wood products
  • Sole arbitrator in "Bond girl" contract dispute
  • Sole arbitrator in “Enron”-type action alleging false and misleading accounting and financial information allegedly relied upon in “stock only” sale of private company to public company
  • Sole arbitrator in action 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
  • Sole arbitrator in contract dispute between suddenly successful actress/screenwriter and her former personal manager
  • Sole arbitrator in contract dispute concerning whether an unlicensed LLC could enforce right to real estate brokerage commission
  • Sole arbitrator in contract dispute involving internationally famous cable TV host
  • Sole arbitrator in contract dispute involving sale of U.S. scrap metal to Chinese state-owned steel company
  • Sole arbitrator in dispute concerning whether purchaser could rescind auction purchase of thoroughbred horse discovered to be unfit for racing
  • Sole arbitrator in dispute over whether commercial film director's return to former production company breached contract with and substantially damaged prominent production company
  • Sole arbitrator in dispute over whether prominent downtown LA hotel had right of first refusal to purchase parking operation and parking structure servicing hotel guests’ vehicles
  • Sole arbitrator in disputes involving departing former managing LLC member, who formed business competitive with LLC of remaining LLC members -- concerning corporate opportunity doctrine and business tort issues
  • Sole arbitrator of business disputes involving alleged violations of covenants not to compete, trade secrets, and unfair competition by sellers and former employees of professional practices and businesses (e.g., medical, motion picture equipment, legal document copying services, etc.)
  • Sole arbitrator of class action antitrust settlement fund allocation
  • Sole arbitrator of commercial and residential real estate disputes, including contract, title, easement, and title insurance disputes
  • Sole arbitrator of dispute concerning a major studio's "prequel" rights based on a successful theatrical motion picture, for use in a television series
  • Sole arbitrator of dispute concerning composer's claimed rights to additional compensation for re-released recorded works
  • Sole arbitrator of dispute concerning producer credits in sequels to successful "fright" motion picture "franchise"
  • Sole arbitrator of dispute over demanded return of investment in film which went "straight to video," instead of to theatrical motion picture release
  • Sole arbitrator of dispute over demanded return of mostly diverted investment proceeds deposited in reliance on represented financing to be obtained for listed motion picture projects
  • Sole arbitrator of professional fee and alleged professional malpractice disputes (e.g., legal, medical, accounting, real estate, etc. matters)

Special Master/Discovery Referee, Representative Matters

  • Discovery referee of nationally reported court dispute over allocation of interests in $107 million judgment against well-known rapper and record label

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • 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"

Background and Education

  • 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

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