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Lester Levy

Lester J. Levy, Esq.

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Lester J. Levy, Esq. has served as a full time neutral for more than 20 years.  Renowned as a mediator, arbitrator, settlement master/ombudsman, and special master/referee for complex matters that span a wide variety of areas of law, Mr. Levy uses his legal, analytical, and conciliation skills to craft the best possible resolution of each case.  Known for his ability to quickly identify key issues and to recalibrate dynamics between the parties, Mr. Levy is called upon to assist clients with their most difficult matters, often when prior efforts have proven unsuccessful.

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • Bankruptcy – Preferences, fraudulent conveyances, pre-filing settlements, consensual plans re future claims, priority, corporate governance and liability, insurance coverage
  • Business/Commercial – Securities, antitrust, banking, commercial contracts, franchise agreements, general partnerships, sales of businesses, government contracts, whistleblower, false claims, qui tam, fraud and other business torts, tax, insurance coverage
  • Class Actions – Consumer, financial services, insurance, product liability, mass tort, employment, telecommunications, discrimination, governmental services
  • Employment – Executive compensation, wrongful termination, race, gender and age discrimination, wage & hour, FLSA, FMLA, ADA, insurance coverage
  • Environmental – CERCLA/Superfund, RCRA, Clean Air Act, Clean Air Act, Natural Resource Damages (NRD), Prop 65, enforcement, USTs, wastewater discharge and pretreatment, stormwater damage, landfills, PRP allocations, pesticide runoff, RI/FS investigation and remediation planning, environmental insurance coverage
  • Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith – Professional liability, personal injury, property damage, auto, fire loss, environmental including excess pollution policies, asbestos, disability, life, health, subrogation, title, workers comp, reinsurance, bankruptcy, insurance bad faith, attorneys fees
  • Intellectual Property – Patent, copyright, related licensing agreements, trademark, trade dress, trade secret and unfair business practices
  • Land Use – NEPA, CEQA, urban planning and development, zoning, easements, variances, building setbacks, animal habitat and native species, mitigation
  • Product Liability – Design and manufacturing defects, class actions, property damage, insurance coverage
  • Real Estate – Real property transactions, broker liability, breach of contract, eminent domain, environmental contamination and remediation
  • Toxic Tort – Asbestos exposure and injury, lead, mold, airborne and water borne releases, drinking water contamination, personal injury and property damage, mass torts and class actions, diminution in property value

Representative Matters

Please see Mr. Levy’s specialty bios for in-depth examples of representative cases he has mediated and arbitrated cases in specific areas

  • Energy & Environmental Trailblazer, National Law Journal, 2016
  • "ADR Swiftly Compensates Parties in Mass Actions and Toxic Tort Cases," New Jersey Law Journal, April 12, 2016
  • "Mediation Can Accelerate Cleanup," New Jersey Law Journal, March 7, 2016
  • Fellow, College of Commercial Arbitrators
  • Founder, JAMS Class Action and Mass Tort Settlement Program
  • Registered Mediator, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York
  • Adjunct Professor, Alternative Dispute Resolution, University of San Francisco Law School
  • Member, ADR Panels for the Northern California Federal District Court, and the Superior Courts of San Francisco, Marin, Sonoma, and San Mateo Counties
  • Member, ADR Panels for the Bankruptcy Courts in the Districts of Delaware and the Southern District of New York
  • Former Vice Chair & Member, Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Committee, Tort Trial & Insurance Section of the American Bar Association
  • Chair & Member, ADR Committee, American Bankruptcy Institute, 2005-2008
  • Vice Chair, ADR Committee of ABA Section on Environment, Energy and Resources (SEER)
  • Founder, JAMS Environmental Judicial College
  • Trained in mediation/negotiation at Harvard Law School (Roger Fisher, author of Getting to Yes)
  • Written and lectured on ADR to Bar Associations including the ABA, IBA, law firms, private companies, and law schools throughout the United States
  • “A Comment on Communication and Complex Case Mediation,” Daily Journal, September 17, 2010
  • "Mediator Creates Healthy Settlement Environment," ADR Profile, Daily Journal, March 23, 2007
  • Munger, Tolles & Olson, San Francisco and Los Angeles, California, 1986-1994
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Irving R. Kaufman, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 1985-1986
  • J.D., magna cum laude, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, 1985; Chief Articles Editor, Cardozo Law Review
  • B.Mus., San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 1981, Classical Guitar Performance and Composition

Counsel Comments

    • Video-Levy on adjudicating class action claims
    • “Lester’s honest and direct style creates a trusting relationship and open dialogue with attorneys and their clients. He transforms the most complex and emotionally challenging disputes into a process the parties can use to constructively resolve their differences. He quickly identifies the key issues, sets a course of action including a range of possible settlements, then gets it done.”
    • "...There are a lot of people who are not in the courtroom...that ought to be thanked, in particular, Mr. Levy, the special master, who, from my observations...has done an outstanding job shepherding this through, a very lengthy, time-consuming, difficult litigation because of the number of parties; and he simply has done a wonderful job, bringing this to a resolution."   

      - Federal Judge

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