Hon. Theodore H. Katz (Ret.)
joined 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. In his capacity as a United States Magistrate Judge, Judge Katz supervised pretrial discovery, addressed procedural and dispositive motions, presided as the trial judge, and conducted settlement conferences in hundreds of employment-related cases involving individual and collective claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act, discrimination claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Rehabilitation Act, and Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as claims under ERISA and claims for bonus compensation, breach of the duty of loyalty, and breach of contract.
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.
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:
- Art Theft
- Civil Rights
- Class Actions
- Complex Commercial
- Fair Labor Standards Act
- Financial Markets
- Government Regulation
- 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:
- Mediated claim by executive for severance pay and buy-out options in acquired company
- Mediated employment action for bonus and other compensation in the financial industry
- Mediated action against employee in financial industry for breach of duty of loyalty and theft of trade secrets
- Mediated case involving plaintiffs who alleged wrongful denial of overtime pay due to misclassification as exempt employees
- Mediated employment contract case arising from plaintiff’s termination “without cause”
- Mediated FLSA and State-law wage claims brought on behalf of class of interns in entertainment industry
- Mediated case involving alleged violation of the Fair Labor Standards and Connecticut Minimum Wage Acts
- Mediated numerous cases involving alleged violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act
- Mediated age discrimination case under the New York State Human Rights Law
- Mediated sex discrimination action under Dodd-Frank
- Mediated claim of disability discrimination relating to college campus access and accommodations
- Arbitrated case involving alleged age discrimination in media company
- Arbitrated case involving attorney’s entitlement to retirement benefits and enforceability of non-compete provision in partnership agreement