Theodore Katz

Hon. Theodore H. Katz (Ret.)

JAMS Mediator, Arbitrator, Referee/Special Master, Neutral Evaluator

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Hon. Theodore H. Katz (Ret.) served as a United States Magistrate Judge in the Southern District of New York for 21 years.  In that capacity, he supervised pretrial activity and discovery in hundreds of complex commercial, employment, FLSA, and civil rights cases. In many of these cases he addressed issues related to attorney’s fees and class actions.  At JAMS Judge Katz has continued to address similar issues in his capacity as a Special Master in both federal and state court proceedings. 

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

Representative Matters

Since joining JAMS in 2012, Judge Katz has served as Special Master in a variety of federal and state court cases.

  • 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
  • Giray v. Ulukaya, Euprhates, Inc. and Chobani, Inc. (Sup. Ct. N.Y. Cty.) - Plaintiff in this action contends that she has been wrongfully deprived of a substantial ownership interest in the yogurt business known as Chobani. Judge Katz is serving as a Special Master overseeing documentary discovery disputes
  • Served as an arbitration special master addressing privilege and other issues related to document production in an FLSA collective and class action proceeding
  • Presently serving as a discovery Special Master in a complex proceeding in the Commercial Division of the New York Supreme Court - In Re: Part 60 RMBS Putback Litigation (No. 777000/2015) - involving dozens of consolidated cases in which there are fraud as well as contractual claims against many major financial institutions, arising out of the sponsorship, servicing, sale and insuring of mortgage-backed securities
  • Completed Virtual ADR training conducted by the JAMS Institute, the training arm of JAMS
  • 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
  • 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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