Hon. Richard A. Levie (Ret.)
is widely respected for his ability to manage and resolve the most complex cases.
ADR Experience and Qualifications
Judge Levie mediates, arbitrates, and serves as a case evaluator and special master in a large variety of complex business and commercial disputes, including: anti-trust, business commercial, employment, professional liability, insurance, health care, technology, contracts, tort, executive compensation, franchising, partnership product liability, patent, ERISA, accounting, bankruptcy, telecommunications, class actions, and construction cases. He has more than three decades of experience handling complex business and related cases as a litigator, judge, and neutral.
- As a mediator, Judge Levie draws on his professional experiences, ability to relate to people, creativity, and tenacity to work exhaustively with parties and counsel to reach a resolution
- As an arbitrator, Judge Levie works with counsel to develop a comprehensive case management order that is appropriate to the particular dispute. He then guides proceedings in an efficient, expeditious, and cost-effective manner towards hearing and decision
- As a special master, Judge Levie works with the parties to develop a case management order to move cases forward in an efficient and cost-effective way and to resolve discovery, privilege/work product protection and electronic discovery disputes
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- Allocation cases: Sole neutral making eligibility determinations and responsible for overseeing the allocation of $3.3 billion as part of a settlement between the United States Government and a class of Native Americans (Cobell v. Jewell); Lead neutral of a team responsible for developing distribution criteria and allocating $100 million of a fund for annuitants injured when the Executive Life of New York company became insolvent
- Sports: Selected by the National Basketball Players Association to arbitrate disputes between players and agents and between agents governed by the NBPA Regulations Governing Player Agents. Preside over hearings and pre-hearing procedures largely relating to contract issues and the relationship of the parties. Handle appeals of NBPA decertification of player-agent proceedings
- Contract: mediated disputes involving real estate, computer, and technology contracts, food distribution, construction, art production, and insurance. Arbitrated cases with national and international corporations in the areas of: health care, product distribution, franchise agreements, credit card practices, government contracts, software development, computer technology, transportation, securities accounts, and law firm partnership agreements
- Medical Malpractice: mediated medical malpractice claims against health care providers and institutions in a variety of medical specialties; mediated multiple personal injury and death cases in a variety of medical specialties; used innovative techniques to achieve resolution beyond solely compensation
- Legal Malpractice: mediated cases against small, medium, and large law firms involving allegations of malpractice in the fields of construction, technology, telecommunications, and issues such as: conflicts of interest, settlement advice, statutes of limitations, and trial decisions
- Accounting/Auditing Malpractice: mediated multiple alleged malpractice claims each involving millions of dollars arising from problems relating to conduct of audits and advice relating to treatment of items on financial statements; arbitrated lengthy case involving alleged failure of audit to find fraud leading to losses asserted to be in the tens of millions
- Law Firm Dissolution: mediated cases regarding departures of a single lawyer and multiple lawyers from existing firms
- Health Care: mediated cases with allegations of injury to and death of residents of long term group homes and assisted living facilities; mediated dissolution of dental practice; arbitrated contractual disputes between employees and health care providers raising allegations of gender discrimination, wrongful discharge, and violations of ERISA and FMLA
- Employment: mediated discrimination cases involving small and very large national corporations in the consulting, accounting, software, retail, and legal fields with allegations of: wrongful termination, retaliation, sexual harassment, hostile work environment, and discrimination based on age, gender, and national origin; arbitrated employment cases alleging wrongful discharge, retaliation, and allegations of violations of federal, state, and local statutes
- Family Law: mediated complex and contentious family matters involving annulment sought on the basis of fraud, division of marital and non-marital assets, spousal and child support
- Discrimination: mediated disputes arising from allegations of racial discrimination in credit applications and real estate transactions. Arbitrated gender discrimination claims brought against a large corporation in the securities industry and equal credit discrimination claims against a government agency
- Personal injury: mediated matters dealing with automobile collisions, elevator injuries, lead paint, tainted blood, products liability, construction site accidents, and electrical shock. Arbitrated personal injury claims resulting from automobile collisions and exposure to asbestos
- Anti-Trust: mediated a dispute between a large, multi-national corporation and a domestic corporation
- Special Master: Served as special master in fifteen civil cases and one criminal case including the largest civil RICO action ever brought by the United States [U.S. v. Philip Morris et al., (Kessler, J., D.D.C.)]; two very large anti-trust merger cases [U.S. v. AT&T/T-Mobile (Huvelle, J., D.D.C.); U.S. v. US Airlines/American (Kollar-Kotelly, J., D.D.C.)]; 3 consolidated anti-trust cases involving healthcare facilities [UPMC v. Highmark, Royal Mile v.UPMC & Highmark, (Conti, CJ. W.D. Pa.); a very large False Claims Act qui tam case [U.S. v. Education Management Corp. (McVerry, J. W.D.Pa.) and several cases involving privilege determinations including a $600million tax refund case (General Electric Co. v. United States (D. Conn.). Duties included development of case management orders, resolving procedural, discovery, and privilege disputes and development of trial protocols. ThePhilip Morris case alone involved the issuance of more than 200 Reports and Recommendations and the supervision of three full-time attorneys