Hon. Theodore H. Katz (Ret.)

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Hon. Theodore H. Katz (Ret.) joins JAMS after serving for 21 years as a United States Magistrate Judge in the Southern District of New York -- one of the busiest and most important federal courts in the nation. During that period, he exercised the full range of judicial responsibilities in over 5,000 complex and other cases -- supervising pretrial activity, addressing discovery and attorney fee disputes, hearing substantive and procedural motions, and presiding over civil and criminal trials. Most notably, Judge Katz developed a reputation as an extraordinary facilitator of settlements. He hosted settlement conferences in more than 2,500 cases, ranging across the full spectrum of the federal court docket, including matters involving employment law, the Fair Labor Standards Act, ERISA, intellectual property, securities law, complex commercial cases, insurance, civil rights, and torts.

Judge Katz is known as a patient, thoughtful, and creative settlement judge. He places great emphasis on the human, as well as the business and financial dimensions of disputes, and enjoys engaging with the participants.

Judge Katz served on the ADR Committee of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. He was on the adjunct faculty at Columbia Law School for six years.

ADR Experience and Qualifications

Served 21 years as a United States Magistrate Judge, presiding over trials and several thousand settlement conferences, supervising pretrial discovery, hearing dispositive and procedural motions, in the following areas:

  • Admiralty
  • Antitrust
  • Art Theft
  • Business/Contracts
  • Civil Rights
  • Class Actions
  • Complex Commercial
  • Construction
  • Employment/Labor/ERISA
  • Entertainment
  • Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Financial Markets
  • Government Regulation
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property: copyright, trademark, unfair competition, and patents
  • Professional Liability
  • Securities Law
  • Simple and Mass Torts

Since joining JAMS in 2012, Judge Katz has served as an arbitrator and mediator in numerous  employment-related matters, some of which include:

Representative Matters

  • Mediated case involving allegations of unfair competition and misappropriation of business secrets
  • Mediated anti-trust/commercial dispute case involving licensing fees and royalties for music used in television broadcasts
  • Mediated trademark and patent infringement action involving maternity wear
  • Mediated case of alleged breach of representations and warranties in a licensing agreement
  • Mediated breach of telecommunications contract case involving revenue commitment
  • Mediated claims for breach of contract and fraud related to website development company
  • Mediated breach of contract dispute arising out of intellectual property licensing agreement
  • Mediated asset purchase agreement dispute
  • Mediated case related to class action settlement distributions
  • Mediated breach of contract action involving investment bank fees for advice and assistance in sale of corporate subsidiary
  • Arbitrated matter involving claims of breach of contract under the terms of a real estate sale of hotel properties in the Bahamas
  • Arbitrated breach of contact matter involving Cause Event Buy-Out Right
  • Served as Chair on tripartite arbitration between bank and tax service company for breach of contract, bad faith, and promissory estoppel
  • Served as arbitrator on tripartite arbitration involving claims of breach of contract and fraud related to agreement to support and raise capital for private equity funds
  • Served as arbitrator on tripartite arbitration seeking declaratory relief and damages for insurance claims on thousands of collateralized mortgages
  • Served as arbitrator on tripartite arbitration involving breach of contract and governance of a joint venture
  • Arbitrated breach of contact case involving a hotel credit supplemental payment in real estate transaction

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Recipient, Fortune Society’s Helen L. Buttenweiser Award
  • Adjunct Faculty, Columbia Law School
  • Member, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York Committees on Alternative Dispute Resolution, Judicial Improvements, Pro Se Litigation
  • Member, U.S. District Court, Advisory Panel that Developed Pilot Project Regarding Case Management of Complex Civil Cases

Background and Education

  • U.S. Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1991-2012 (Served as Chief Magistrate Judge)
  • Director, Prisoners’ Rights Project of the Legal Aid Society
  • Law Clerk to the Hon. Robert L. Carter, United States District Judge
  • J.D., Columbia Law School, 1973 (Editor, Columbia Law Review; Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar)
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Brandeis University, 1968

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