Jeffrey G. Benz
Jeffrey Benz is an accomplished international and domestic commercial arbitrator and mediator, with a focus on entertainment, sports and technology. He is a former General Counsel of the US Olympic Committee, former counsel to independent film producers and directors, and former athlete, he is one of only 400 Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) arbitrators and mediators worldwide. He is among the most frequently selected American sports and entertainment arbitrators. Benz has served as a neutral in several hundred large and complex arbitrations and mediations before the major administering global institutions, including in the US, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Switzerland, and the UK, including the Hong Kong International Arbitration Commission, Beijing Arbitration Commission, China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC), Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration, London Court of International Arbitration, ICC-USCIB, Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), Sport Resolutions UK, and Rugby Football Union (RFU). He is a member of the first Sino US Joint Arbitration Tribunal formed by JAMS.
In 2016, the BBC noted Mr. Benz is “widely regarded as amongst the most experienced judges” in world sport. According to Who’s Who Legal 2018 UK Bar, he is “’widely recognised for his first-rate arbitration practice’ and clients note he is ‘in a class of his own’ when it comes to complex sports disciplinary disputes.” He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the College of Commercial Arbitrators and a CEDR Accredited Mediator. He is also an adjunct professor on dispute resolution at Pepperdine University Law School's Straus Institute.