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Richard Neville

Hon. Richard E. Neville (Ret.)

Case Manager
Deborah Lewis
T: 612-332-8225
F: 612-332-9887
333 So. Seventh St., Ste. 2550, Minneapolis, MN 55402


Judge Neville brings over 40 years of judicial and legal experience to his JAMS practice.  Since joining the company in 1999, the Judge has handled hundreds of arbitrations and mediations from small business disputes to multi-party, complex matters.  As a licensed pilot, Judge Neville brings special expertise to bear on aviation matters.

The aviation industry has turned to Judge Neville for its ADR needs in the following areas:

  • Government and private sector contract disputes
  • Products liability
  • Federal regulatory challenges
  • Professional liability
  • Personal injury/Torts

Representative Matters

  • Claims against airline carriers, aircraft and engine manufacturers, and the United States
  • Decided multimillion dollar contract matter involving manufacturing error in aviation interior fixtures that caused goods to fall out of compliance with FAA regulations
  • Claims of defects and inaccuracies in manufacturers' maintenance and repair manuals
  • Defective and inadequate maintenance, including alleged failure to monitor and replace life-limited parts in rotor aircraft
  • Dispute between airline manufacturer and avionics QCS manufacturers for FAA and European clients
  • Liability of fixed-base operators
  • Matters involving claims of pilot error including controlled flight into terrain (CFIT), flight into adverse weather conditions, unsafe landing and take-off at high-density altitude airports, and operating an aircraft beyond its capability
  • Product defects in general aviation aircraft, including allegations that design led to uncontrollable oscillation of surfaces (flutter); alleged defects in design of tail assembly and engine failures
  • Owned and traded commodities; Associate membership at Chicago Board of Trade
  • Professor, Alternative Dispute Resolution, University of Chicago Law School, 1999-2000
  • University of Kansas, Law and Organizational Economics Institute: study of economic concepts integral to legal disputes, including business evaluations, GAAP principles, finance, and federal reporting requirements, 1997-1999
  • Judge, Criminal Division and Commercial Litigation Division, Circuit Court, Cook County, IL, 1986-1999
  • Partner, Walsh & Neville, Civil and Criminal Litigation, 1972-1986
  • Licensed pilot with active interests in sculpting and mountaineering
  • J.D., DePaul University Law School, 1966
  • B.A., DePaul University, 1965



Practice Areas


Available nationwide


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