Jeffrey Benz

Door Tenant, 4 New Square

Jeff is a Door Tenant at 4 New Square Chambers, London. As a former General Counsel of the United States Olympic Committee, and former athlete, Jeff's sports credentials are without compare.

Jeff has acted as a neutral or counsel in a wide variety of sports, including, among others, hockey, gymnastics, speedskating, figure skating, football and soccer, track and field, equestrian, table tennis, triathlon, wrestling, tennis, taekwondo, boxing, cycling, sailing, and complex disputes and transactions involving sponsorships, film financings and production, licensing, and live events.

Born in the US, he studied at the University of Michigan and the University of Texas and is admitted to practice before the states courts in California, Colorado, Hawaii, and New York, and a variety of United States federal courts. Jeff also attended a semester at the Queen Mary University of London and the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies during law school and started his professional career as an intern in Lloyd’s Claims Office in London.

Jeff’s UK, and European, practice is devoted primarily to acting as mediator and arbitrator to assist parties in resolving their disputes. Jeff has strong backgrounds in the law governing disputes and transactions in entertainment, sports, technology, and insurance, and he has been involved in general commercial practice his entire career. He is a CEDR-accredited mediator and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and he is a principal mediator and arbitrator with the Agency for Dispute Resolution in Los Angeles. His work as an intermediary or counsel has taken him around the world, throughout the United States, and to Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Switzerland, and, of course, the United Kingdom.

He has extensive practical experience and training (as both counsel and neutral) in arbitration, mediation and other forms of non-court dispute resolution. He is an active, appointed, member of several panels of arbitrators and mediators in the United States, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Switzerland, the U.K and internationally, including the American Arbitration Association, Hong Kong International Arbitration Commission, Beijing Arbitration Commission, ICC-USCIB, and Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Jeff is an active member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the London Court of International Arbitration, the American Bar Association, the Swiss Arbitration Association, and the Sports Lawyers Association (where he is a long-time member of the Board and serves as International Committee Chair).

Jeff is an adjunct professor at the law schools at Los Angeles-based Pepperdine University and Madrid-based ISDE, and he contributes regularly to the literature on dispute resolution and sports law. In 2013, Jeff was named as one of 317 worldwide professionals in the Who’s Who of Entertainment and Sports Law, where he is one of the few neutrals so recognized in the field.

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