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Richard Levie

Hon. Richard A. Levie (Ret.)

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Margaret Poppe
T: 202-533-2024
F: 202-942-9186
1155 F Street, NW, Suite 1150, Washington, DC 20004

Judge Levie mediates, arbitrates, and serves as a case evaluator and special master in a large variety of complex business and commercial disputes, including: insurance, healthcare, technology, contracts, professional liability, tort, antitrust, executive compensation, franchising, partnership product liability, patent, ERISA, accounting, bankruptcy, telecommunications, employment, 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-efficient manner toward hearing and decision.

Representative Matters

  • As a mediator and arbitrator with JAMS, Judge Levie has mediated and arbitrated cases that encompass the business/commercial industry's spectrum of disputes including:
    • Arbitration of government procurement dispute involving defense contractors (neutral party appointed arbitrator)
    • Mediation of dispute between a bank and a governmental agency related to the sale of sub-prime loans
    • Facilitation of a settlement between an energy corporation and a citizens’ group relating to the transportation of hazardous materials
    • Mediation of dispute between two companies, including a large multi-national corporation over alleged antitrust violations
    • Mediation of a number of medical and legal malpractice actions in a wide variety of fields utilizing creative ways to resolve disputes beyond the traditional payment of compensation
    • Mediation of contract disputes in the insurance coverage and re-insurance fields
    • Arbitration (panel chair) of contractual matter between two large healthcare providers
    • Arbitration (panel chair) of contractual matter between two large corporations involving claims with a dollar value in the hundreds of millions in the transportation industry
    • Arbitration of several hotel franchise disputes and a food service franchise dispute involving a large national company
    • Arbitration of contract dispute involving design and viability of a product for use in the communications industry
    • Case evaluation for two large corporations in an alleged product defect case
    • Mediated and arbitrated multiple cases involving allegations of violations of real estate contracts and also tenants’ rights
    • Mediation of numerous workplace disputes involving allegations of violation of federal, state and local statutes with both single and multiple plaintiffs and private or quasi-governmental defendants
    • Mediation of alleged breach of contract dispute involving distribution logistics
    • Mediated action brought against actuary for advice given in connection with a pension plan
    • Arbitration of contract dispute involving tens of millions of dollars between two large, national financial institutions
  • 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
  • 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

Counsel Comments

    • "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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