Hon. Theodore H. Katz (Ret.) is a leading international arbitrator and mediator. He has handled a range of complex cases in financial markets, construction, and intellectual property. He has also served as a special master for complex international cases involving banking and anti-terrorism laws. Judge Katz 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 -- 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, many of which involved international matters:
- Complex Commercial
- Financial Markets
- Art Theft
- Intellectual Property: copyright, trademark, unfair competition
- Civil Rights
- Class Actions
- Fair Labor Standards Act
- Government Regulation
- Professional Liability
- Securities Law
- Simple and Mass Torts
Since joining JAMS in 2012, Judge Katz has served as an arbitrator, mediator, and special master in a variety of international matters, some of which include:
- Arbitrator on matter involving U.S. and Canadian companies over commission payments related to telephonic interactive voice response systems
- Arbitrated matter involving claims of breach of real estate contract for sale of hotel properties in the Bahamas
- Arbitrator on matter involving alleged breach of purchase agreement between French company and U.S. engineering firm
- Served as arbitrator on tripartite arbitration involving breach of contract and governance of a joint venture between multinational companies involved in the trade-in, buy-back, and recycling of telecommunications devices
- Mediated dispute arising under a chemical supply purchase and pricing contract between United States chemical company and multinational water bottling company
- Mediated breach of contract dispute arising out of international trademark licensing agreement
- Mediated contract dispute between real estate investment funds in the United Kingdom and U.S. Investor placement agent
- Mediated dispute between international real estate brokerage firms over unfair competition, tortious interference, and misappropriation of trade secrets
- Mediator in insurance subrogation dispute between British insurance company and United States electrical company arising out of damage to wind turbines
- Mediated dispute arising out of termination of industrial machinery distribution agreement between Italian and U.S. companies
- Wultz v. Bank of China (S.D.N.Y.) - In this federal court action, plaintiffs are seeking to hold a foreign bank responsible for aiding and abetting international terrorism by allegedly facilitating the transfer of funds to terrorists who murdered a United States citizen in Israel. The court appointed Judge Katz as a Special Master to supervise depositions of bank officials both in Hong Kong and New York, and to review related documents claimed to be shielded by bank secrecy laws.
- Chevron Corp. v. Donziger, et al. (S.D.N.Y.) – Judge Katz was appointed to serve as a Special Master supervising depositions in Peru and the United State in this action that resulted in a decision finding that the defendants fraudulently procured a multi-billion dollar judgment against Chevron in Ecuador