Stephen Haberfeld

Hon. Stephen E. Haberfeld (Ret.)

JAMS Mediator, Arbitrator and Referee/Special Master

Case Manager
Joshua Kroll
T: 310-309-6206
F: 310-396-7576
1925 Century Park East, 14th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90067

Stephen E. Haberfeld is available to conduct cases virtually. JAMS is equipped to provide virtual ADR services on a variety of online platforms, including Zoom, Microsoft Teams, WebEx, and more.


Hon. Stephen E. Haberfeld (Ret.) brings a wealth of talent, accomplishments, and more than 30 years of ADR or judicial experience to each international engagement. He is a former 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.

Judge Haberfeld’s recognized ADR expertise in resolving contentious, complex international business disputes includes contractual, banking, intellectual property rights, and entertainment matters. Judge Haberfeld chaired a distinguished panel on mediation of international disputes at a recent law school symposium on international arbitration.

Representative Matters

  • Arbitrator of international contract dispute between Chinese and U.S. corporations concerning scrap iron shipments
  • Arbitrator of international contractual dispute between European and U.S. corporations, concurrently pending before JAMS and European courts
  • Arbitrator of international dispute involving Jurassic Park exhibit in Republic of Korea
  • Arbitrator of international film distribution disputes under the auspices of ICC and JAMS
  • Mediator of international film distribution dispute between Taiwanese corporation and U.S. film studio
  • Arbitrator of termination of U.S. executive’s employment contract by renowned European luxury goods corporation
  • Chair of three-person panel concerning U.S. bank’s alleged unauthorized withdrawal of Nigerian national's funds
  • Member of panel of former federal judges concerning Asian corporation’s contested U.S. patent rights
  • Mediator of international contract dispute between Israeli and U.S. corporations concerning distribution of wines
Completed Virtual ADR training conducted by the JAMS Institute, the training arm of JAMS. 

  • Chair of City of Los Angeles Special Committee on Investigative Oversight (2020-Present), President (2003, 2x)
  • Elected Fellow, College of Commercial Arbitrators
  • Settlement Judge, Nevada Supreme Court, 2003-present
  • Received JAMS in-house comprehensive training in Arbitration, Mediation, Ethics, Intellectual Property Rights and Entertainment Law
  • Former arbitrator for the Writers Guild of America, West
  • U.S. Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 1988-1992
  • Partner, Haberfeld & Haberfeld, Los Angeles, 1978-1988
  • 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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