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Barbara A. Reeves, Esq., CEDS

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Barbara A. Reeves, Esq., CEDS (Certified E-Discovery Specialist) is a highly regarded and well-respected mediator and arbitrator. She is a quick study, prepared, personable, creative, and flexible.

As an arbitrator, Barbara Reeves is known to be fair, practical, and not afraid to make tough decisions. As a mediator, she is strong, good at listening and reading people, and a tenacious closer. She is known for her ability to quickly establish rapport with parties and counsel and enable them to recognize their legal risks. She is known for her ability to connect and communicate with clients emotionally involved with their positions and usher parties toward mutually acceptable solutions.

Before becoming a full-time neutral, Barbara Reeves was a litigator for more than 30 years, with the United States Department of Justice, Antitrust Division in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles, a partner at national law firms and Associate General Counsel and Vice President for Southern California Edison and Edison International.

Barbara Reeves is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the College of Commercial Arbitrators, and a certified mediator with the International Mediation Institute. She received her J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School.

Representative Matters

  • Entertainment
    • Mediated claims for copyright infringement involving film and music properties in the US.
    • Arbitrated claim between film producer and investors arising from production of independent film
    • Mediated copyright claims involving video games
    • Mediated copyright infringement claims involving sampling in the music industry
    • Copyright infringement claim involving a television commercial
    • Dispute between recording artist and record label
    • Partnership dispute between current and former partners in entertainment management company
    • Disputes between personal manager and talent
    • Dispute involving union and entertainment industry pension fund
    • Competition clams and licensing disputes among studios using common antipiracy technology
    • Profit participation disputes between talent and studios
    • Profit participation dispute involving several cast members in syndicated program
    • Dispute between actor and sponsor over use of a television commercial
    • Contract dispute involving licensing issues in television syndication
    • Trademark and contractual claims among members of musical group
    • Idea submission claim involving the title song used in a television series 
    • Wrongful termination of an entertainment industry executive
    • Stock option dispute by executive who moved to take a new job and was terminated before vesting
  • Sports
    • SafeSport Arbitration Panel for US Olympic (USOC) 47 sport National Governing Bodies (NGBs)
    • Mediated breach of contract claim between sports channel and cable network
    • Mediated discrimination claims brought by girls’ softball league against a municipality
    • Mediated claims arising out of series of the settlement of an antitrust case involving the single-entity issue of a sports league and its allocation of streaming rights
    • Mediated claims brought by purchasers of elite show jumping horses against sellers for misrepresentation
    • Mediated a copyright dispute between a race track broadcaster and his prior employer
    • Arbitrated claims brought by athletes against trainer for fraud and breach of contract
    • Arbitrated disputes involving claims of abuse of athletes by coaches and others
    • Arbitrated commercial dispute between sponsor and athlete related to sponsorship
  • Honors
    • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
    • Fellow, College of Commercial Arbitrators
    • Fellow, Academy of Court Appointed Masters
    • Former President, Association of Business Trial Lawyers (Los Angeles Chapter)
    • Former board member or chair: Antitrust Sections of the State Bar of California and Los Angeles County Bar Association; ADR Committee, LACBA; Trustee, LACBA, Women Lawyers of Los Angeles 
    • Current and/or former board member of numerous public interest organizations, including Public Counsel, Western Center on Law and Poverty, and a Founder of the Alliance for Children’s Rights
    • Member, California State Bar and the Bar of the District of Columbia
    • Certified E-Discovery Specialist (CEDS), Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS)
    • Chambers National Mediator List - 2016, 2017
    • National Law Journal ADR Champion - 2017
    • "Well Rounded," ADR Profile, Daily Journal, March 26, 2010
    • Recent Publications and Speaking Engagement
    • Speaker at the Emerging Issues Conference of the ABA Health Law Section (2016); California Society of Health Attorneys Annual Meeting (2016); ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee Conference (2017)
    • “A Special Master’s Role in Hospital Merger Cases,” LAW360 (2016)
    • "Whose Arbitration is This, Anyway?", JAMS Global Engineering and Construction Newsletter, Fall 2013
    • Author, Updates to Rutter Group Employment Law Treatise, ADR chapter, 2012, 2013
    • "Litigation Solutions: Referees and Special Masters," Daily Journal, June 13, 2012
    • "It’s Time to Fix Arbitration Discovery," Los Angeles Lawyer, January 2010
    • "Ordered to arbitration? Take advantage!" Advocate Magazine, CAALA, September 2010
    • "As the Economy Stumbles, Employment Discrimination Claims Climb," Employment Law Strategist, Law Journal Newsletters, December 2008
    • Author or co-author of leading articles of ADR, international and domestic commercial arbitration and mediation, and managing costs in ADR; frequent trainer and lecturer on arbitration, mediation and e-discovery
  • JAMS, 2006-Present
  • Associate General Counsel and Vice President, Southern California Edison and Edison International, 1999-2005
  • Partner at major international law firms (Paul Hastings; Fried Frank; Morrison & Foerster), 1981-1999
  • United States Department of Justice, Antitrust Division: various positions including Chief of the Los Angeles office, Trial Attorney, and Special Assistant to the Assistant Attorney General
  • Law Clerk to Judge Alfred T. Goodwin, United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit
  • J.D., cum laude, Harvard Law School

Counsel Comments

    Recognized as "very capable and very responsible," Chambers USA, 2016

    “The breadth of her experience prior to becoming a mediator gives her a sense of how clients react to things”

    “You walk in and right away, you know she’s ready to roll up her sleeves and get into a case with you”

    “She understood and tackled [the issues] quickly. She was very efficient.”

    - Quotes from prominent attorneys

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