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Phone: (213) 253-9790

555 W. Fifth St. #3200

Los Angeles, CA 90013

Richard Chernick


Arbitrator and mediator of large and complex disputes, Vice President and Managing Director of JAMS Arbitration Practice

Current Employer:


Areas of Expertise:

✔ Arts (Fine, Performing) ✔ Automotive
✔ Banking & finance ✔ Biotech
✔ Commercial/Business ✔ Condominiums
✔ Construction ✔ Contract Disputes
✔ Copyrights ✔ EEOC
✔ Employment ✔ Entertainment
✔ Family Businesses ✔ Franchise
✔ Health Care ✔ Industrial
✔ Insurance ✔ Intellectual Property
✔ International ✔ Internet
✔ Joint Ventures ✔ Landlord/Tenant
✔ Legal Malpractice ✔ Licensing
✔ Media & Communications ✔ Mergers & Acquisitions
✔ Non-profit Organizations ✔ Partnerships
✔ Pharmaceuticals ✔ Professional Fees
✔ Professional Liability ✔ Professional Malpractice
✔ Professional Negligence ✔ Real Estate
✔ Securities ✔ Shareholder Disputes
✔ Software ✔ Sports
✔ Technology ✔ Telecommunications
✔ Title Disputes ✔ Torts
✔ Trademarks ✔ Trade Secrets and Confidentiality Disputes


More than 1,000 commercial arbitrations of all types, domestic and international, administered (all major arbitral institutions) and non-administered;

Work History:

Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, 1971-1994, full-time neutral since then; currently managing director of the JAMS arbitration Practice. Adjunct professor of law, USC Gould school of law (arbitration);Chair of the Dispute Resolution Section of the American Bar Association (former); Founding President of the College of Commercial Arbitrators; Founding Chair of the ADR Committee of the State Bar of California


More than 1,000 commercial arbitrations of all types, domestic and international, administered (all major arbitral institutions) and non-administered;


Arbitration training (more than 100 hours) through Dispute Resolution Section of ABA, ICC, JAMS, CPR, AAA, and Pepperdine; mediation training (more than 100 hours) through Dispute Resolution Section, DRS (Los Angeles County Bar Association), JAMS, CPR, AAA, and Pepperdine.


Admitted in California (1/7/71), Ninth Circuit, Fifth Circuit, United States Supreme Court, Court of Claims, all District Courts in California.


Peacemaker of the Year (Southern California Mediation Association, 1999); Griffin Bell Volunteer Service Award (Dispute Resolution Services, 1994) Bernard E. Witkin Amicus Curiae Award (California Judicial Council, 1994) Distinguished Service Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Responsible Use of ADR (American Arbitration Association, 1993) Presidential Award (Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Association, 1993) Legal Services Leadership Award (Western Center on Law and Poverty, 1993) Norma Zarky Memorial Award (Beverly Hills Bar Foundation, 1991)


AAA (Board of Directors and all major panels (1990-2001); JAMS (2001-present); Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre; Kuala Lumpur International Arbitration Centre; SIAC panel of arbitrators


A.B., U.C.L.A. (English) 1967; J.D., U.S.C. 1970 (Order of the Coif, Articles Editor, S. Cal. L. Rev.)


Author or co-author of leading texts on ADR, Employment ADR and international arbitration and mediation; frequent trainer and lecturer on arbitration and mediation topics. Author of monthly ADR Practitioner column in Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal

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