John McCauley

Arbitrator and Mediator at J McCauley & Associates


John (Jay) McCauley is an arbitrator, mediator and arbitration consultant. He is a fellow and Board member of the College of Commercial Arbitrators and a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) . He is an honors graduate of Harvard Law School and a former litigation partner of a large, Los Angeles based, international law firm. He is an editor of the Fourth Edition of the College of Commercial Arbitrators Guide to Best Practices in Commercial Arbitration and a contributing author of the Third Edition of that work. He has been iisted in Best Lawyers in America, in the field of ADR for more than a decade, and was honored by the publication as “Lawyer of the Year” in the field of Mediation for the San Jose region in 2013 and for the Los Angeles region in 2021. He has been a commercial arbitrator with the national roster of the American Arbitration Association since 1998, where he serves on the Large Complex Case, Commercial, Real Property and Construction, Employment, and Healthcare Panels, as well as on the roster of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR).

Work History

Partner, McCauley & Associates 1990-present; Partner, Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker, 1987-90, Associate, 1983-87; Associate, Tuttle & Taylor, 1980-83 Former Resident Professor of ADR and Chair of the Arbitration Program, Creighton University Law School, 2011-13; Adjunct Professor: KU Law School, 2021; UMKC Law School, 2009, 2010, 2019, 2020, and 2021; Pepperdine Law School, spring and fall semesters, 2007; Loyola Law School, 1997-02


Representative Cases Business/Commercial • Arbitration of claim for alleged breach of a 20-year development and operating agreement between an supplier of an large “outsourced” acute psychiatric services unit and a community hospital located in Washington DC (Panel Chair) • Arbitration of claims of misrepresentation brought by the purchaser of a private for-profit career college with several campus in Florida (Panel Chair) • Arbitration of a derivative claim for fraud and accounting and appointment of a receiver brought by minority shareholder based on alleged patterns of unjustifiable expense allocation and fraudulent transfers among eight cosmetic manufacturing and distributions companies having partial common ownership (Sole Arbitrator) • Arbitration of a Claim for Securities Fraud and Improper Dilution of Shares brought by a large investor in a $50 million dollar real estate cemetery development company located in Mexico City (Sole Arbitrator) • International Arbitration among British, Israeli and U.S. investors for alleged breaches of the parties’ development agreements, fiduciary duties and capital call obligations in a large eight-phase commercial real estate development project in Las Vegas (Neutral Panelist) • Arbitration of claim of breach of agreement between a marketer and a debt solution company involving resolution of proper distribution of proceeds generated from services provided to clients delivered by the marketer (Neutral Panelist) • Arbitration of a claim for fraud between an investor and a limited liability company specializing in collateralized lending to borrowers in the solar power industry (Neutral Panelist) • Lead counsel representing minority partners in a general partnership dissolution action under the Revised Uniform Partnership Act, where the underlying assets were 1,000 acres of citrus holdings in the San Joaquin Valley. • Lead Counsel representing the American manufacturer of kidney stone lithotripters in a multi-million dollar action for breach of distributor agreement covering Europe and the Middle East Class Action • Arbitration of Wage and Hour Class Action involving a nationwide membership fitness company (Sole Arbitrator) • Lead Counsel defending officers and directors in multiple securities fraud class actions • Mediator in approximated three-dozen Wage and Hour Class Action cases • Author of article “What is Special about Mediating Class Actions?” Construction • Arbitration of claim for alleged breach of a joint venture operating agreement in connection with an unexpected need to use extensive concrete channels and holding ponds in lieu of a simpler “wide street and berm” system to meet entitlement requirements for the handling of water flows in a 190 acre desert recreational development project in Southern California • Lead counsel defending or prosecuting construction disputes, including disputes involving: tilt-up building construction defect; wastewater discharge; mold; window seepage; subcontractor lien; and scope of construction manager duties under AIA contract provisions Employment • Mediator, approximately three-dozen class actions involving alleged violation of wage and hour laws • Mediator, several hundred wrongful termination or constructive termination actions, including actions for sex, age, race, religious, and sexual preference discrimination, whistleblower, and “failure to accommodate” disability matters • Arbitrator, approximately 50 wrongful termination matters, and 12 wage and hour matters Environmental • Mediator, multi-party dispute among public and private entities involving mitigation of cross-jurisdictional environmental impacts of several major residential development projects under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) • Lead counsel defending a large refuge disposal company in a major CERCLA action brought by the EPA against the client, whose disposal activities accounted for about 50% of the volume of a superfund site, at the time ranked 7th on the EPA list of priorities • Lead counsel defending an international Construction Company in a $7 million dollar administrative proceeding before the California Water Quality Control Board arising out of pumping of allegedly contaminated ground water into Newport Bay during site preparation Healthcare Law • Arbitration of multiple cases involving claims for medical malpractice (including cases for alleged failure to diagnose cause of serious malady, allegedly needless election of risky procedure; and surgical failure) • Arbitration of a nine-figure claim for rescission and restitution by a major pharmaceutical company against a single product drug development company for alleged misrepresentations concerning the likelihood that a cancer-treatment drug undergoing Phase III clinical trials would obtain FDA approval (an adjudication that included analysis of statistical evidence of viability of the drug) • Arbitration of a $75 million claim for in breach of contract by a manufacturer of patented blood-separation devices used in blood plasma collection centers • Arbitration of claim for breach of operating agreement involving a large physician-owned medical office building (Sole Arbitrator) • Hearing Officer, Judicial Review Committee (adjudicating fairness hearing determining whether a surgeon should retain hospital privileges) • Lead counsel defending the former executive director of the University of California, Irvine, Medical Center in more than 90 cases filed in connection with the unauthorized embryo transfer scandal involving the UCI Center for Reproductive Health Insurance • Arbitration of a large claim for breach of indemnity and defense obligations brought against a major Directors’ and Officers’ (D & O) insurance company (Panel Chair) • Arbitration of claim of breach of insurance coverage obligation and bad faith brought against a major title insurance company by owner of eight parcels of ocean-front property in Maui, Hawaii (including resolution of off-record native Hawaiian title claims in the form of historical access rights to privately-owned ocean property, and appraisal of mega-value properties) (Neutral Arbitrator) • Arbitration adjudicating 16,000 significant discrete claims for medical insurance coverage under a capitated care contract between a large Northern California-based hospital system and a large HMO (assignment involved designing a successful case management mechanism using creative bifurcations to try all claims within two years using a total of only 18 hearing days) (Sole Arbitrator) • Coverage Counsel representing a waste disposal company in connection with the enforcement of coverage for environmental claims under 30 years of CGL policies issued by multiple insurance carriers • Coverage counsel representing officers and directors of an aeronautical engineering company enforcing defense and indemnity obligations arising under a directors and officers liability policy in connection with a securities fraud class action filed against the clients Intellectual Property • Arbitration of individual and derivative claims for fraud and waste involving a successful close corporation with international operations in the niche specialty of brokering of licenses to use brand names • Arbitration of clams for unfair competition, theft of trade secrets and interference, seeking and injunctive relief, brought by a national insurance company against one of its high producing former brokers and that broker’s new employer • Arbitration of claims of breach of trade secrets and covenants not-to-compete in involving a manufacturer of a proprietary salmon oil capsule and a large national “big box” pharmacy • Lead appellate counsel for plaintiff in a federal action arising out of a wrongful patent infringement claim, involving an invention used to secure windows in commercial buildings, U.S. Aluminum/Texas v. Alumax Inc. 831 F. 2nd 878 (9th Cir. 1987) • Lead counsel representing a developer of ophthalmic dispenser inventions in a breach of license agreement arbitration brought by a major pharmaceutical company • Mediator, copyright dispute pertaining to design patterns used by a textile manufacture • Mediator, patent know-how license agreement dispute involving the radioactive “seeds” used in treatment of prostate cancer International • International Arbitration among British, Israeli and U.S. investors (as well as multiple alleged bona fide purchasers for value) for alleged breaches of the parties’ development agreements, fiduciary duties and capital call obligations in a large eight-phase commercial real estate development project • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators • Panel Member, International Centre from Dispute Resolution (ICDR) • Participant, The Singapore International Arbitration Academy (an 11-day intensive seminar in International Commercial and Investment Treaty Arbitration), November-December 2013 Professional Malpractice • Arbitration of claim for legal malpractice against a large Los Angeles-based law firm for failure to bring a derivative action or implement an allegedly feasible corporate control strategy in connection with an underlying corporate governance dispute involving a large privately held multi-state enterprise Real Estate • Arbitration of claims for lender liability and breach of joint venture real estate development agreement between a federally recognized Indian Tribe and a Delaware land development Corporation Corporation (including resolution of complex issue of enforceability of an arbitration agreement in the context of applicable tribal law) • Arbitration involving the determination of the fair market rental value of San Diego commercial building • Arbitration of a dispute between a landlord and a restaurant tenant concerning alleged failure of tenant to pay rent; to maintain fire insurance; and to maintain occupancy needed for landlord to obtain fire insurance; and concerning landlords alleged unreasonable withholding of assent to an assignment of the lease to a new tenant • Arbitration of specific performance claim for alleged breach of agreement to transfer large tract of commercial property • Mediation of dispute among partners of a medical facility leased to physicians, concerning rights under a partnership operating agreement. • Mediation of multiple eminent domain matters concerning the fair market value of land condemn by various agencies of the State of California • The Lead counsel representing a limited partnership, in a $20 million dollar secured real property “wrongful foreclosure” jury trial arising out of the foreclosure sale of a 1500-acre parcel of land within the city limits of Los Angeles. • Lead Counsel representing a national automotive servicing company in a trial concerning alleged forfeiture of extension rights on a long-term lease of the client’s central training facility in Sacramento, California. • Member of trial team defending a master-plan developer of 38,000 acres of developed and undeveloped real property in Central Orange County, California, in a $500 million dissenting shareholder action -- likely the largest real estate valuation case ever tried in the United States • Lead counsel representing a general partnership in a multi-million dollar action involving use of letters of credit in secured real property sales transaction. • Lead counsel representing minority partners in a general partnership dissolution action under the Revised Uniform Partnership Act, where the underlying assets were 1,000 acres of citrus holdings in the San Joaquin Valley. Securities • Arbitration of claims for alleged fraud, securities fraud and improper dilution of shares brought by a large investor in a $50 million dollar cemetery development company located in Mexico City and Cuernavaca, Mexico • Arbitration of a claim by an investment broker against a major brokerage company for alleged breach of contractual obligation to not to interfere with the broker’s application to FINRA to expunge an “U-5 regulatory filing” impairing the Claimant’s broker’s license • Substantial prior experience as a litigator defending officers and directors in multiple securities fraud class actions (alleged violations of the Securities Act of 1933 or of Rule 10b-5 of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934)


Extensive professional training in Arbitration and Mediation, ranging from the attending Straus Institute weeklong intensive course “Mediating the Litigated Case” (1998) to matriculating in the National University of Singapore International Arbitration Academy (November-December, 2013)


Active Member of the Bar, California Active Realtor License, California


Named Best Lawyer Magazine’s “Lawyer of the Year” in Mediation for the San Jose, California region in 2013 and for the Los Angeles region in 2021


Private Practice as Arbitrator, Mediator, and Arbitration Consultant 1998-present. Serves on the roster of the American Arbitration Association, the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), USA & M, Alaris, Judicate West and Kaiser OIA


Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, since 2014 Fellow and Board Member, College of Commercial Arbitrators (former chair, Law School Education Committee and an editor of the CCA Guide to Best Practices), since 2011 Distinguished Fellow, International Academy of Mediators, since 2002

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