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Jeffrey G. Benz, Esq., Appointed as Mediator for FIFA Football Tribunal

Jeffrey G. Benz, Esq., Appointed as Mediator for FIFA Football Tribunal

Mediators appointed to provide efficient dispute resolution option for parties and stakeholders

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Los Angeles – JAMS, the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services worldwide, is pleased to congratulate Jeffrey G. Benz, Esq., FCIArb, CEDS, on his recent appointment as a mediator for the FIFA Football Tribunal. Mr. Benz is one of two FIFA-approved American mediators out of the group of 19 individuals.

Mediators were appointed as part of an ongoing effort by FIFA to provide the option for parties and stakeholders to resolve disputes through mediation. This mechanism will allow for parties to resolve conflicts in a swift and efficient manner.

Jeffrey Benz has decades of experience within the international sports law space that he can leverage within this role to help support FIFA and the related disputes. We congratulate him on this appointment and believe he will be a tremendous asset to the organization, as he is on our JAMS panel.

- Chris Poole, JAMS CEO

Mr. Benz joined JAMS in 2016 as a mediator, arbitrator and special master after a career serving on numerous specialty ADR panels for international, sports, technology and entertainment claims. His sports and entertainment background includes five years as general counsel of the U.S. Olympic Committee. He has arbitrated more than 200 doping and sports discipline and qualification claims, including reporting to the Court of Arbitration for Sport for domestic decisions in USADA v. Bruyneel, which was the only arbitrated case in relation to Lance Armstrong. 

Among his clients, Mr. Benz is lauded for his creativity and passion for sports law. He draws from his background as a former competitive athlete to bring high energy and unwavering persistence to each case that he oversees. He is admitted as a barrister in England and Wales and as a lawyer in California, Colorado, Hawaii and New York.

About JAMS – Local Solutions. Global Reach.

Founded in 1979, JAMS is the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution services worldwide. JAMS successfully resolves and manages business and legal disputes by providing efficient, cost-effective and impartial ways to overcome barriers at any stage of conflict. JAMS offers customized in-person, virtual and hybrid resolution services locally and globally through a combination of industry-specific experience, first-class client service, the latest technology and highly trained mediators and arbitrators.

With a roster of over 400 neutrals and 29 locations, JAMS resolves thousands of the world’s important cases every year. JAMS neutrals are adept at managing the resolution process whether they are conducting in-person, virtual or hybrid hearings.

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