Richard A. Levie, (Ret.)


Attorneys Fees
Civil Rights
Class Action
Family Law
In-Camera Review
Mass Tort
Multi District Litigation
Personal Injury
Product Liability
Professional Liability
Settlement Administration

A full-time ADR professional, Judge Levie serves as a special master/discovery referee in large, complex cases with the goals of assisting the parties and the judicial officers to whom the cases are assigned. He is appointed by judges and called upon by parties to handle significant and challenging cases. Judge Levie is very experienced in:

  • Deciding discovery and privilege disputes involving both governmental and private claims of privilege
  • Developing procedures to govern discovery in an efficient and productive manner
  • Drafting case management orders to fit the particular case
  • Preparing reports and recommendations
  • Reviewing complicated, voluminous documents
  • Conducting in-person and telephonic conferences to resolve discovery and deposition disputes
  • Monitoring and evaluating procedures with the parties, and providing appropriate guidance on ways to maximize the efficiency of the discovery process and, when appropriate, reach agreement on important issues in lieu of filing motions
  • Working with the parties to develop and propose to the judge trial procedures to maximize the efficient presentation of evidence and issues at trial

Case List

U.S. v. Philip Morris et al., (Kessler, J., D.D.C.) - Special Master for discovery and privilege in the largest civil RICO action ever brought by the United States. In this case, where the United States sought $280 billion in disgorgement and other equitable relief against the major tobacco manufacturers and two related trade groups, Judge Levie was the Special Master for almost 4 years during which time he supervised a full time staff of three attorneys; reviewed tens of thousands of pages of documents; evaluated exhaustive numbers of claims of work product and privilege by both the government and the private parties; issued extensive case management orders for discovery and proposed trial procedures; conducted at least monthly in-person status conferences with counsel to keep discovery focused and moving expeditiously; issued nearly 200 Reports and Recommendations dealing with discovery, procedural matters, and claims of work product and privilege.
U.S. v. AT&T/T-Mobile (Huvelle, J., D.D.C.) – Special Master for discovery and privilege in an antitrust action to bar the merger of AT&T and T-Mobile.
U.S. v. US Airways/American Airlines (Krollar-Kotelly, J. D.D.C.) - Special Master for discovery and privilege in an anti-trust action to bar the merger of US Airways and American Airlines
U.S. v. Education Management Corp. (McVerry, J. W.D.Pa.) – Special Master for discovery, ediscovery, privilege, and development of a case management order in a $33 billion dollar qui tam case brought by the United States for alleged violations of the False Claims Act
UPMC v. Highmark, Royal Mile v. UPMC & Highmark, (Conti, CJ. W.D. Pa.) - Special Master for discovery, e-discovery, and privilege in related anti-trust cases involving healthcare providers
Cobell v. Jewell, Sec’y of Interior, (Hogan, J. D.D.C.) – Special Master to oversee distribution of $2.4 billion dollar settlement fund
FFWPUI v. Moon, (Josey-Herring, J., D.C. Super. Ct.) – Special Master for discovery and privilege in case involving governance of the Unification Church
APCC Services, Inc. et al. v. AT&T Corporation, Sprint, and Qwest, (Huvelle, J., D.D.C.) - Special Master for discovery and privilege in a series of telecommunication cases between telephone companies and owners of payphones over the proper amount of compensation due
United States v. McDonnell Douglas, (Friedman, J., D.D.C.) - Special Master for discovery and privilege in a criminal case with Reports and Recommendations issued on a bill of particulars, grand jury material, Brady information, procedures on handling classified information under CIPA, and other discovery issues
United States v. Duke Energy (UARG), (Kay, D.D.C.) – Special Master for ruling on claims of privilege in connection with documents responsive to a subpoena issued to a third party in an environmental third party subpoena action
Jnah v. MarriottJnah Development S.A.L. v. Marriott International Hotels, Inc., (Facciola, M.J.- D.D.C.) - Special Master to rule on numerous documents in a pending ICC arbitration matter to which work product and attorney client privilege were interposed

Honors Membership Awards

Best Lawyers in America, 2014
Past President, Academy of Court Appointed Masters
Program co-chair, 2010 on adjudicating and resolving e-discovery disputes
Selected for inclusion in the E-Discovery Special Master list approved by the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
Recognized as one of the "500 Leading Judges in America," by Lawdragon Magazine, 2006
Fellow and past Board of Directors, College of Commercial Arbitrators
Program co-chair, 2009 CCA National Meeting
Board of Directors and instructor, Einstein Institute for Science, Health, and the Courts, 1997-2002
Adjunct Professor, George Washington University School of Law, Washington, D.C., 1987-2003
Served on the faculties of the National Judicial College, National Institute for Trial Advocacy, the
Attorney General’s Advocacy Institute, and the Trial Advocacy Workshop at Harvard Law School. Topics include: management of complex cases, alternative dispute resolution and settlement,pretrial, injunctions, and summary judgment

Publications and Presentations:
Contributing Author, Best Practices-College of Commercial Arbitrators Guide to Best Practices for Commercial Arbitrators
Co-Author: "New ADR Process Provides Valuable Tool for Corporate and Outside Counsel" Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, September 2006
Co-Author: "Want to Make Everyone a Winner: Use Mediation for IP Disputes," Philadelphia
Intellectual Property Association, Spring 2006
Faculty, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, "Arbitration Litigation," May 2010
Faculty, Sedona Conference Webinar on Special Masters for eDiscovery Management and Dispute Resolution, April 2010
Presenter, “The Growing Use of Experts & Neutrals in E-Discovery,” Georgetown Advanced EDiscovery Institute, 2008
Licensing Executives Society Presentation, "Mediation and Arbitration-Saving Time and Money for Counsel and Clients," February 2006
D.C. Bar CLE Presentation, "Getting the Most Out of Court Mediation & Commercial Divorce"
Presented programs and talks on mediation and arbitration techniques and advocacy to the D.C. Bar, American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section, U.S. Department of Justice, law firms, government agencies, and other organizations in Washington, D.C., Chicago, New York, and Philadelphia
Presented talks on "Recent Trends in Alternative Dispute Resolution," to solicitors and barristers in the United Kingdom


  • Mediator/Arbitrator, Special Master and Case Evaluator, JAMS, 2004-Present
  • Mediator/Arbitrator, ADR Associates, LLC, 2000-2003
  • Associate Judge, District of Columbia Superior Court (1985-2000), and Presiding Judge, Civil Division and Multi-Door Dispute Resolution Division, (1998-2000)
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals, (sat by designation) 1994 and 1997
  • Litigator, Department of Justice (staff attorney, Special Litigation Counsel and Senior Litigation Counsel) and Commodity Futures Trading Commission (staff attorney, Special Counsel, Chief Counsel), 1971-1972; 1976-1985
  • Private Practitioner, Washington, D.C., 1973-1976
  • J.D., George Washington University School of Law, 1969
  • B.A., Dickinson College, 1966