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Richard Levie

Hon. Richard A. Levie (Ret.)

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Margaret Poppe
T: 202-533-2024
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A full-time ADR professional, Judge Levie serves as a special master/discovery referee in large, complex cases with the goals of assisting the parties and the judicial officers to whom the cases are assigned. He is appointed by judges and called upon by parties to handle significant and challenging cases. Judge Levie is very experienced in:

  • Deciding discovery and privilege disputes involving both governmental and private claims of privilege and work product protection, electronically stored information (ESI) and eDiscovery issues
  • Developing procedures to govern discovery in an efficient, cost-effective and productive manner
  • Drafting case management orders to fit the particular case
  • Preparing reports and recommendations and preliminary findings
  • Reviewing complicated, voluminous documents
  • Conducting in-person and telephonic conferences to resolve discovery, e-discovery, and deposition disputes
  • Monitoring and evaluating procedures with the parties, and providing appropriate guidance on ways to maximize the efficiency of the discovery process and, when appropriate, reach agreement on important issues in lieu of filing motions
  • Working with the parties to develop and propose to the judge trial procedures to maximize the efficient presentation of evidence and issues at trial

Representative Matters Judge Levie has Handled as a Special Master include:

  • U.S. v. Philip Morris et al., (Kessler, J., D.D.C.) - Special Master for discovery and privilege in the largest civil RICO action ever brought by the United States. In this case, where the United States sought $280 billion in disgorgement and other equitable relief against the major tobacco manufacturers and two related trade groups, Judge Levie was the Special Master for almost four years during which time he supervised a full time staff of three attorneys; reviewed tens of thousands of pages of documents; evaluated exhaustive numbers of claims of work product and privilege by both the government and the private parties; issued extensive case management orders for discovery and proposed trial procedures; conducted at least monthly in-person status conferences with counsel to keep discovery focused and moving expeditiously; issued nearly 200 Reports and Recommendations dealing with discovery, procedural matters, and claims of work product and privilege. Judge Levie continues as Special Master dealing with matters relating to the relief ordered by the Court
  • U.S. v. Anthem/Cigna (Amy Berman Jackson, J. D.D.C.) - Special Master for discovery, e-discovery, privilege, protective order, expert discovery in an anti-trust action to bar the $54 billion acquisition and merger of Anthem, Inc. and Cigna
  • U.S. v. Aetna/Humana (Bates, J. D.D.C.) - Special Master for discovery, e-discovery, privilege, protective order, expert discovery in an anti-trust action to bar the $37 billion acquisition and merger of Aetna and Humana
  • In Re Domestic Airline Travel Antitrust Litigation (MDL - Kollar–Kotelly, J., D.D.C.) - Special Master for discovery, e-discovery, privilege, protective order and expert discovery in an antitrust action against four major airlines alleging Defendants fixed prices for domestic airline tickets by keeping capacity artificially low
  • U.S. v. AT&T/T-Mobile (Huvelle, J., D.D.C.) – Special Master for discovery and privilege in an anti-trust action to bar the merger of AT&T and T-Mobile
  • U.S. v. US Airways/American Airlines (Kollar-Kotelly, J. D.D.C.) -  Special Master for discovery and privilege in an anti-trust action to bar the merger of US Airways and American Airlines
  • U.S. v. Education Management Corp. (McVerry, J. W.D.Pa.) – Special Master for discovery, e-discovery, privilege, and development of a case management order in a $33 billion dollar qui tam case brought by the United States for alleged violations of the False Claims Act
  • UPMC v. Highmark, Royal Mile v. UPMC & Highmark, (Conti, CJ. W.D. Pa.) - Special Master for discovery, e-discovery, and privilege in related anti-trust cases involving healthcare providers
  • Cobell v. Jewell, Sec’y of Interior, (Hogan, J. D.D.C.) – Special Master to oversee distribution of $2.4 billion dollar settlement fund
  • Executive Life of New York – Oversaw a team of neutrals charged with developing criteria for distribution and making allocations of a $100 million dollar fund to severely injured annuitants whose funding source for their structured settlements went into receivership
  • FFWPUI v. Moon, (Mott, J., D.C. Super. Ct.) – Special Master for discovery and privilege in case involving governance of the Unification Church
  • Kubicki v. Medtronic, et al. (Jackson, J. D.D.C.) - Special Master for discovery, privilege and eDiscovery in a product liability case involving an insulin pump and infusion devices
  • APCC Services, Inc. et al. v. AT&T Corporation, Sprint, and Qwest, (Huvelle, J., D.D.C.) - Special Master for discovery and privilege in a series of telecommunication cases between telephone companies and owners of pay phones over the proper amount of compensation due
  • United States v. McDonnell Douglas, (Friedman, J., D.D.C.) - Special Master for discovery and privilege in a criminal case with Reports and Recommendations issued on a bill of particulars, grand jury material, Brady information, procedures on handling classified information under CIPA, and other discovery issues
  • General Electric Co. v. United States - Special Master for review of privilege and work product claims. (Meyer, J., D.Ct.)
  • United States v. Duke Energy (UARG), (Kay, M.J.-D.D.C.) – Special Master for ruling on claims of privilege in connection with documents responsive to a subpoena issued to a third party in an environmental third party subpoena action
  • Jnah v. MarriottJnah Development S.A.L. v. Marriott International Hotels, Inc., (Facciola, M.J.-D.D.C.) - Special Master to rule on numerous documents in a pending ICC arbitration matter to which work product and attorney client privilege were interposed
  • 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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