Richard Chernick, JD ’70

Richard Chernick

Richard Chernick, a life member of USC Gould’s Board of Councilors, is vice president and managing director of JAMS’s arbitration practice. He is also an adjunct professor of arbitration at USC Gould, where he earned his JD in 1970. Previously, he worked at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher from 1971 to 1994, most recently as a partner. Earlier in his career, he clerked for the Hon. Donald R. Wright, then chief justice of California from 1970 to 1971. Richard has been chair of the dispute resolution section of the American Bar Association; founding president of the College of Commercial Arbitrators; editor of the California Practice Guide Alternative Dispute Resolution, and a founding chair of the ADR committee of the State Bar of California. Over the years, he has been recognized for his skills in arbitration and mediation by National Law Journal, Best Lawyers, Lawdragon Magazine, Southern California Mediation Association, Dispute Resolution Services, California Judicial Council, American Arbitration Association, Daily Journal, Super Lawyer, and Global Arbitration Review.

Richard is a member of KUSC and the Trojan Legacy Circle. He was a USC Alumni Award recipient in 2005. Last year, Richard Chernick gave a historic gift of $13M to the law school for the building.