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Regularly travels out of state to: California, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, TexasOther ADR Services: ADR Training/CME, Discovery Referee, Early Neutral Evaluation, Special Master
- Practice Commenced: 2014
- Total Mediations (as of Jan 2021): 5
- Total Arbitrations (as of Jan 2021): 22
Richard F. Ziegler is an experienced arbitrator in international and domestic matters and an accredited mediator, ncluding for international matters. As a former general counsel of a major multi-national company (3M Company, 2003-2007) and a former outside litigation counsel (Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, 1984-2002, and Jenner & Block, 2007-2019) with extensive experience over four decades in financial, technology-intensive and regulatory matters, Mr. Ziegler is well equipped to manage and fairly arbitrate or mediate complex disputes.
In recent years Mr. Ziegler has served as arbitrator in more than 40 proceedings. His assignments have been roughly evenly divided between international and domestic matters. He has served as chair, sole arbitrator and co-arbitrator in cases administered by the ICC, ICDR, HKIAC, CPR and AAA and in ad hoc panels.
Mr. Ziegler’s proficiency and comfort with the use of technology in dispute resolution proceedings is illustrated by his work as Chair of the Task Force on Remote Video Arbitration Proceedings convened by the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (“CPR”) in April, 2020 to respond to the increased need for remote proceedings caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. CPR published the Task Force’s “Annotated Model procedural Order for Remote Video Arbitration Proceedings” on April 21, 2020. Thereafter, between May and November, 2020, Mr. Ziegler participated in 29 days of merits hearings conducted remotely in five domestic and three international cases, with participants in the latter logging-in from China, Australia, Hong Kong and Austria.
Mr. Ziegler is a Fellow of both the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the College of Commercial Arbitrators. He is a member of the panels of arbitrators maintained by the International Centre for Dispute Resolution ("ICDR"), the American Arbitration Association (Large Complex Case Panel and Aerospace, Aviation and National Security Panel) and CPR (General Counsel Panel; Technology (patent) Panel; Financial Services Panel; Cross-Border Panel).
Mr. Ziegler is ranked in Chambers Global (Band 1) and Chambers USA (Band 2) for international arbitrators based in the United States.
The commercial disputes Mr. Ziegler has handled span numerous industries, including financial services, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, biotech, oil & gas, chemicals, manufacturing, software, professional services and alcoholic beverages. The amounts at issue have ranged from the low millions to more than $1.5 billion. The controversies have arisen from supply contracts, joint venture agreements, merger & acquisition agreements, collaboration agreements, manufacturing agreements, financial instruments, investment management contracts, research & development and marketing agreements, distributorship agreements, recruiting and employment agreements, intellectual property licenses and restrictive covenants. In addition to breach of contract, he has adjudicated claims for alleged breaches of fiduciary duties, fraud, unfair competition, IP infringement, tortious interference with contract, other business torts and assorted statutory violations.
The various merits hearings in which he participated in 2020 included an ICDR-administered dispute involving a $400+ million claim for breach of an investment agreement (co-arbitrator); an ICCadministered dispute concerning claims for breaches of fiduciary duty and an executive compensation agreement totaling more than $100 million (sole arbitrator); an HKIAC-administered dispute over a financial instrument involving more than $130 million (chair); an ad hoc proceeding over a claimed $35 million breach of a biotech collaboration agreement (chair); and an AAA-administered dispute over a claimed pandemic-related breach of an asset purchase agreement involving $1 million (sole).
Mr. Ziegler is committed to helping achieve arbitration’s potential for prompt, cost-efficient and fair dispute resolution. In two recent matters in which the parties jointly sought expedited proceedings, he succeeded in conducting evidentiary hearings and issuing final, reasoned awards within 90 days of his appointment.
Mr. Ziegler also acts as mediator in complex business disputes. He is certified as a mediator in international matters by London’s Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution. His recent experience as mediator includes successful outcomes in mediating a fee dispute between lawyer and client; a “business divorce” between co-owners of an investment firm; a claim for misappropriation of trade secrets in the context of a terminating joint venture; and a dispute between a law firm and a former partner.
- Banking & Finance
- Business Dissolution
- Class Actions
- Consumer Fraud
- Contract Disputes
- Energy Sector (Oil/Gas)
- Entertainment Sector
- Family Businesses
- Health Care
- Intellectual Property
- Land Use/Planning
- Legal Malpractice
- Libel & Slander
- Media & Communications
- Medical Devices
- Mergers & Acquisitions
- Non-profit Organizations
- Product Liability
- Professional Fees
- Professional Liability
- Professional Malpractice
- Professional Negligence
- Public Policy
- Real Estate
- Shareholder Disputes
- Unfair Competition
- Venture Capital
- Harvard Law School , J.D., 1975, magna cum laude, Member, Board of Editors, Harvard Law Review
- Yale University , B.A., 1971, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
Memberships & Affiliations
Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
- Chair, Education Committee, New York Branch
- Co-Director, “Accelerated Route to Fellowship Program” (“ARF”), New York Branch, 2018-19; Tutor, ARF, 2017-2018
- Co-Director, “Comprehensive Course in International Arbitration,” sponsored jointly by CIArb and Columbia Law School, 2019 - present
Member, Board of Directors, International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (“CPR”), 2016 – present
- Chair, CPR Task Force on Remote Video Arbitration Proceedings, 2020
- Member, CPR Arbitration Committee
- Previously, member of CPR Executive Advisory Committee
Fellow, College of Commercial Arbitrators
Member of roster of arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association
Large Complex Case Panel
Aerospace, Aviation and National Security Panel
Member of roster of arbitrators of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution
Member of CPR’s panels of Distinguished Neutrals (General Counsel, Financial Services,Technology, and Cross-Border Panels)
Member, International Arbitration Club of New York
Member, Arbitration Committee, New York City Bar
Member, New York International Arbitration Center
Member, Arbitration and Mediation Committees, International Bar Association
Member, Arbitration Committee, United States Council on International Business
Member, International Council for Commercial Arbitration
Member, North American Users Group, London Court of International Arbitration
Member, American Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Section
Chair, Task Force on BQE Project, Brooklyn Heights Association, 2018-19
Emeritus member, Association of General Counsel Member, Executive Committee, 2006
Member, Board of Trustees, William Mitchell College of Law (now Mitchell Hamline College of Law), St. Paul, MN, 2005-08
- Chair, Audit & Finance Committee, 2006-07
Lecturer-in-Law, Columbia Law School, 1997-2000 (taught seminar “Ethics and Complex
Chair, Committee on Professional Ethics, New York State Bar Association, 1995-98
Member, Board of Directors, Legal Aid Society (New York), 1993-95