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
- 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
- Completed Virtual ADR training conducted by the JAMS Institute, the training arm of JAMS
- JAMS – Member of the Board; Chair of the Ethics Committee and member of the Executive Committee
- Best Lawyers in America, 2014-2022
- Past President & Board member, Academy of Court Appointed Masters
- Program co-chair, 2010 on adjudicating and resolving e-discovery disputes
- Selected for inclusion in the E-Discovery Special Master list approved by the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
- Recognized as one of the "500 Leading Judges in America," by Lawdragon Magazine, 2006
- Fellow and member of the Board of Directors, College of Commercial Arbitrators
- Program co-chair, 2009 CCA National Meeting
- Board of Directors and instructor, Einstein Institute for Science, Health, and the Courts, 1997-2002
- Adjunct Professor, George Washington University School of Law, Washington, D.C., 1987-2003
- Served on the faculties of the National Judicial College, National Institute for Trial Advocacy, the Attorney General’s Advocacy Institute, and the Trial Advocacy Workshop at Harvard Law School. Topics include: management of complex cases, alternative dispute resolution and settlement, pretrial, injunctions, and summary judgment
Publications and Presentations
Presenter, D.C. Bar CLE – “Special Masters and How They Can Save You and Your Clients Time and Money,” January 2018
Presenter, Association of Corporate Counsel National Capital Region – “Secrets of a Successful Mediation,” January 2019
Panel Moderator, Mass Torts Judicial Forum, “Using Data Analytics in Litigation Strategy – The Numbers Don’t Lie,” April 2018
Faculty, Mass Torts Judicial Forum, “e-Discovery, new Federal Rules, Special Masters, Technology,” April 2016
- Panelist, “Relations Between Appointing Judges & Special Masters,” Annual Meeting – Academy of Court Appointed Masters, March 2016
- Judges Panel, “New Rules & Rulings,” ACEDS Annual Conference, 2015
- Judge’s Commentary, “Meet & Confer” conference; “Mock Motion to Compel,” ACEDS Annual Conference 2014
- Presenter, “Use of Special Masters in Mass Tort Litigation,” HB Litigation Conferences, 2010
- Contributing Author, Best Practices-College of Commercial Arbitrators Guide to Best Practices for Commercial Arbitrators
- Co-Author: "New ADR Process Provides Valuable Tool for Corporate and Outside Counsel" Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, September 2006
- Co-Author: "Want to Make Everyone a Winner: Use Mediation for IP Disputes," Philadelphia Intellectual Property Association, Spring 2006
- Faculty, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, "Arbitration Litigation," May 2010
- Faculty, Sedona Conference Webinar on Special Masters for eDiscovery Management and Dispute Resolution, April 2010
- Presenter, “The Growing Use of Experts & Neutrals in E-Discovery,” Georgetown Advanced E-Discovery Institute, 2008
- Licensing Executives Society Presentation, "Mediation and Arbitration-Saving Time and Money for Counsel and Clients," February 2006
- D.C. Bar CLE Presentation, "Getting the Most Out of Court Mediation & Commercial Divorce"
- Presented programs and talks on mediation and arbitration techniques and advocacy to the D.C. Bar, American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section, U.S. Department of Justice, law firms, government agencies, and other organizations in Washington, D.C., Chicago, New York, and Philadelphia
- Presented talks on "Recent Trends in Alternative Dispute Resolution," to solicitors and barristers in the United Kingdom
- Mediator/Arbitrator, Special Master, and Case Evaluator, JAMS, 2004-Present
- Mediator/Arbitrator, ADR Associates, LLC, 2000-2003
- Associate Judge, District of Columbia Superior Court (1985-2000); Presiding Judge, Civil Division and Multi-Door Dispute Resolution Division (1998-2000)
- District of Columbia Court of Appeals, (sat by designation) 1994 and 1997
- Litigator, Department of Justice (staff attorney, Special Litigation Counsel, Senior Litigation Counsel) and Commodity Futures Trading Commission (staff attorney, Special Counsel, Chief Counsel)
- Private Practitioner, Washington, D.C.
- J.D., George Washington University School of Law
- B.A., Dickinson College
- "I had a great experience. Judge Levie was so prepared and thoughtful. I thought the technological aspect was seamless. A big money saver for my client to be virtual. I hope you keep virtual mediations!"
- Business Law Attorney
- "Thank you for your facilitation yesterday. You asked the right questions, listened attentively, pushed respectfully but didn’t push too hard or too early, and were patient throughout – just what I expected based on our past mediation. Thank you."
- "I and my client very much appreciate your assistance with this matter. You mastered the issues on short notice, read the parties and counsel perfectly, and deftly guided us to a fair resolution. I have no hesitation about recommending your services to clients in future cases."
- "The Special Master has been effective and professional in resolving, narrowing and/or clarifying the numerous difficult discovery issues in this case."
- "I find Judge Levie to be a rare combination of a good jurist and someone who has the patience to work through complicated problems with often difficult parties. While not always successful, I have always left with the belief that he endeavored to be fair, thorough and left no stone unturned. That is why I return again and again for his services."
- "Judge Levie has what you look for in an arbitrator whether your client is the plaintiff or the defendant--he is a quick study, is fair to both sides, and is extremely efficient in the management of the case. Highly recommended."
- "Judge Levie is particularly thorough and has a terrific ability to reduce complex issues to the simplest of terms."
- "Judge Levie is an outstanding mediator. His trial experience as an attorney and judge is invaluable to the mediation process."
- "Judge Levie is a smart, focused and business savvy mediator. He is inherently creative and results oriented."
- "Judge Levie makes it a priority to be well-prepared for the mediation, and as a result gets to the heart of the issues quickly and accurately. He is a pleasure to work with."
- "My clients have had great success relying on Judge Levie as a mediator in a variety of challenging employment disputes and they have achieved fair settlements, in large part due to Judge Levie's patience, credibility, calm and measured approach to the mediation process, and his respect for the parties and the process. I will continue to recommend Judge Levie to my clients and colleagues as an excellent mediator who works hard to help the parties achieve excellent outcomes in difficult cases."
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