Hon. Richard A. Levie (Ret.)

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Arbitration

Judge Levie has extensive experience as an arbitrator in single and tripartite cases in a variety of subject matter areas. He has served as the panel chair in numerous cases and also as a party-appointed neutral in tripartite cases.

As an arbitrator, Judge Levie works closely with the parties to develop a case management plan that, taking into account the uniqueness of each dispute, results in an efficient, cost-effective, and expeditious way to conduct the arbitration. Using his many years of litigation and judicial experience, Judge Levie has developed a reputation as an arbitrator who promptly decides discovery and dispositive motions and renders well-reasoned awards.

In addition to his arbitration and mediation work, Judge Levie has served as special master for discovery and privilege in a number of cases, including a criminal case. From 2000 to 2004, he was the special master for discovery, privilege, and case management purposes in the case U.S. v. Philip Morris et al. where he supervised a team of three attorneys and issued over 200 reports and recommendations.

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Representative Arbitrations

  • Contract interpretation/application:
    • Served as a party-appointed neutral in matter involving challenge to proffered settlement agreement
    • Served as arbitrator in cases involving interpretation of law firm and other professional partnership agreements
    • Served as an arbitrator in several cases involving franchise agreements
  • Discrimination:
    • Served as arbitrator and panel chair in nine cases involving allegations of gender discrimination in the securities industry arising from settlement of a class action
    • Served as arbitrator in twenty-two cases involving allegations of equal credit discrimination arising from settlement of a class action
    • Served as arbitrator in case alleging violations of FMLA and ERISA
    • Served as arbitrator in gender discrimination case
  • Employment: served as arbitrator in cases involving employment in housing-related businesses, wrongful termination and discrimination
  • Fair Labor Standards Act: served as arbitrator in case alleging retaliatory wrongful discharge violation of the FLSA
  • Financial institutions: arbitrated a contract dispute involving tens of millions of dollars between two large, national financial institutions
  • Government Contracts: served as a party-appointed neutral in a large government contracts case
  • Healthcare: neutral on a panel of arbitrators on a multi-million dollar contract dispute between two large health care providers; arbitrated contractual disputes between physicians and healthcare facilities
  • Personal injury: arbitrated 25 cases involving various forms and causes of personal injuries and death
  • Retail Credit Transactions: served as arbitrator in cases involving alleged violations of federal and state laws in the automotive and banking fields
  • Technology: neutral on a panel of arbitrators dealing with a contract dispute over the provision of technological services
  • Transportation: served as panel chair in contract disputes involving transportation matters where the relief sought was valued at hundreds of millions of dollars and equipment

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • JAMS – Member of the Board; Chair of the Ethics Committee and member of the Executive Committee
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • 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
  • Former 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

  • 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

Background and Education

  • 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

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