Mr. Benz has extensive experience as a litigator, in-house counsel, transactional attorney, outside counsel and arbitrator or mediator in hundreds of matters, spanning more than two decades of practice. He also benefits from his experience as an executive decision-maker and general manager. Mr. Benz also joins JAMS with significant experience serving as a neutral across a wide range of professional, amateur, Olympic and international sports disputes. Mr. Benz’s experience in these diverse roles affords him a distinct and well-rounded perspective on the genesis of business disputes and the broad array of possible options available to resolve them, with a unique ability to connect with business owners, executives, and others, in both emerging and established businesses.
Mr. Benz has served on numerous specialty ADR panels including international, sports, technology and entertainment panels. His sports and entertainment background is deep and hands on, having been General Counsel of the U.S. Olympic Committee (where he negotiated billions of dollars in deals and managed hundreds of millions in litigation), a boxing and television executive, film production and financing counsel and a former internationally-ranked athlete. He also has extensive international experience and has lived in the UK and China, with service as counsel, arbitrator and mediator in a wide variety of international cases.
“Jeff is known for his creative solutions, unflagging persistence and is widely respected by both sides of the bar,” said Chris Poole, JAMS president and CEO. “We’re thrilled to have him join our panel in Southern California.”
“I pride myself on working with parties to collaboratively find a resolution that works for all those involved, no matter the complexities and sensitivities,” said Mr. Benz. “I look forward to joining JAMS and working alongside the talented panel and the excellent case management team.”
Mr. Benz received his B.A. from University of Michigan and his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law. He also earned his MBA from University of Michigan Ross School of Business. He is also a Certified Electronic Discovery Specialist.
Founded in 1979, JAMS is the largest private provider of mediation and arbitration services worldwide. With Resolution Centers nationwide and abroad, JAMS and its more than 300 exclusive neutrals are responsible for resolving thousands of the world’s important cases. JAMS may be reached at 800-352-5267.