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William H. Levit, Jr.
Arbitration and Mediation
250 EAST WISCONSIN AVENUE SUITE 1800
MILWAUKEE, WI 53202
In a professional career spanning over 50 years, including service as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer in New Delhi, more than 4 decades as a trial lawyer based in New York City and Los Angeles with a major Wall Street law firm, and then Milwaukee and 4 years as General Counsel of a Fortune 250 multinational corporation combined with extensive work over more than 40 years as a neutral, Mr. Levit is highly regarded as a skilled and experienced arbitrator and mediator. He has had training for and conducted virtual proceedings.
Yale graduate magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa; MA International Relations University of California Berkeley; and LL.B Harvard Law School.
Mr. Levit's legal work has taken him over 50 years to state and federal courts and arbitral tribunals throughout the United States as well as to courts and tribunals in other countries.
Throughout his professional career Mr. Levit has taken an active role in many not-for-profit institutions in the communities where he has lived, including serving by appointment of the Wisconsin Governor as a Trustee for 12 years of one of the 10 largest public pension plans in the U.S. with AUM of over $100 billion.
Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators; Fellow (FCIArb) and Chartered Arbitrator, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (London), International Mediation Institute Certified Mediator (The Hague) and others…
A member of the American Arbitration Association's Commercial; Large, Complex Case; International; Employment; M & A; Joint Venture and Mediation Panels; various CPR Panels as well as others…
William H. Levit, Jr.
Levit ADR LLC.
250 EAST WISCONSIN AVENUE
MILWAUKEE, WI 53202
Mr. Levit has acted as chair, sole arbitrator, emergency and wing arbitrator in well over 100 commercial disputes, both domestic and international, under a variety of rules and arbitral regimes including the American Arbitration Association, the International Centre for Dispute Resolution, the International Chamber of Commerce, the CPR International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution, the New York Stock Exchange, NASD, UNCITRAL, and other ad hoc rules and procedures. More often than not he has served as panel chair or sole arbitrator.
The cases Mr. Levit has arbitrated have involved a vast array of parties and industries. His first case was as sole arbitrator in 1977 in Los Angeles in a dispute between a well known Hollywood starlet and a prominent national securities firm. Within the past few years parties from Japan, Korea, India, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Germany, Qatar, Canada, Venezuela, Mexico, Finland and Italy as well as the United States and Puerto Rico have appeared in arbitrations before him. The subject matter has been quite diverse, including contract disputes; artificial intelligence; trade regulation; franchise and distribution rights; breach of warranty; executive employment disputes; ERISA, all types of employment discrimination, a wide variety of consumer disputes; professional liability; law firm partnership disputes; accounting disputes; mining; corporate, joint venture, LLC and partnership disputes; securities; private equity; insurance and reinsurance; healthcare; medical devices; hospital mergers; real estate development; mortgage loan servicing; software and other technology disputes; and intellectual property including patent licensing.
Mr. Levit's work as a mediator is equally wide ranging in terms of the number and nature of the businesses and disputes he has dealt with but his mediation case load has a decidedly domestic emphasis to it. He is a Certified Mediator by the International Mediation Institute in The Hague. Mr. Levit has mediated scores of complex commercial disputes ranging from a high nine figure take or pay contract case; to a five party securities/investment advisor/investor dispute; to pharmaceutical licensing disputes; software disputes; franchise and product distribution disputes; LLC and shareholder disputes; an aircraft purchase and sale dispute; Native American law disputes; various kinds of insurance and reinsurance disputes; employment disputes; a multi-party condemnation case; real estate disputes; to a dispute involving a family office and one of its clients and asbestos claims.