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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

In his career as a litigator, trial judge, mediator, arbitrator, case evaluator, and special master, Judge Levie has gained vast experience in the handling of complex and complicated professional liability disputes arising from a broad variety of substantive subject areas. 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.

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Representative Matters

  • 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
  • Actuarial Malpractice
    • Mediated case involving allegations of multi-million dollars of losses due to advice from actuaries to a pension plan
  • Architectural Disputes
    • Mediated several disputes between architects and clients over design of architectural changes and compliance with architectural contracts in residential matters
  • Legal Malpractice
    • Mediated three cases each involving allegations of malpractice against law firms in connection with failing to timely file or prosecute patent applications
    • Mediated multiple cases alleging improper advice from counsel, missing of statute of limitations, lawsuit dismissals arising from failing to follow court orders and conflicts of interest; cases involved a wide variety of subject matters including telecommunications, software technology, and real estate
  • Medical Malpractice
    • Mediated multiple cases involving allegations of failure to diagnose, improper diagnoses, failure of physicians to communicate regarding patient care, surgical errors, and anesthesia administration errors with numerous medical specialties and sub-specialties; cases involved either death or catastrophic injury with assertions of substantial economic and non-economic losses
    • Handled case involving claims against a psychiatrist
  • Professional Organizational Disputes
    • Mediated law firm break up and then arbitrated disputes regarding client notification, client assignment, and distribution of fees
    • Arbitrated amount of fees due departing partner
    • Mediated dissolution of dental practice
    • Arbitration of law firm dissolution
    • Mediation of dissolution of business providing medical services
  • 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

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