Mr. Levin’s practice is primarily directed to international disputes, mostly in arbitration, but also in litigation. He has served as counsel and arbitrator in numerous disputes under the AAA, ICC, ICDR, and ICSID rules. His primary areas of expertise are antitrust, competition, IP, joint ventures, and construction, with industry expertise in energy, chemical, retail, real estate, arts, and sports. He has also handled in the competition area major M&A deals, having led the negotiations and antitrust analyses of international joint ventures and acquisitions, and antitrust compliance issues as well.
Practice & Background
Mr. Levin is a member of the International Arbitration Institute, the Association Suisse De L’Arbitrage, International Council for Commercial Arbitration, and other organizations relating to international arbitration, as well as the Arbitration Commission of the International Court of Arbitration (ICC), the Task Force on Arbitrating Competition Law Issues and the Task Force on Reducing Time and Expense in Complex Arbitrations.
A respected arbitrator, Mr. Levin has been awarded as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He has been named to the Panel of International Arbitrators for the International Centre for Dispute Resolution, AAA, and ICC. Mr. Levin is also a member of the Center for American and International Law’s List of Energy Arbitrators and a member of the American Arbitration Association Roster of Neutrals, as well as the LCIA database of arbitrators in London and several other institutions throughout the world, includingWIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization),KLRCA (KualaLumpur),CRCICA (Cairo),VIAC (Vienna) and the Arbitration Center at the Institute of Modern Arbitration (Moscow). Richard has also been named to the Tech List at the SVAMC (Silicon Valley), a peer vetted selection of “the world’s leading technology neutrals,” and is profiled on the Global Arbitration Review Arbitrator Research Tool (GAR ART).
He received his B.A. from Tulane University in 1967 and his J.D. in 1970 from Georgetown University, where he was a member of the law journal Law and Policy in International Business. Following law school, he clerked for the Honorable John C. Godbold, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit. After his clerkship, he was an associate at another firm in New York City. He is a member of the Texas Bar and the Dallas Bar Association.
Mr. Levin has substantial pro bono experience representing children with learning disabilities in their legal issues with their schools. He is a member of COPAA (Parents, Attorneys, and Advocates).
Mr. Levin’s recent engagements include acting as:
- Lead counsel for a major oil company in large RICO action filed against the client involving ownership of mettalocene technology. Case won on motion prior to trial.
- Lead counsel for large French industrial company in business tort dispute in powder metallurgy industry. (More than $1B damages alleged in several expert reports). Case won by summary judgment.
- Lead counsel in major ICC arbitration (Geneva) involving failed joint venture in Argentina (construction industry). Case tried under Argentine law. Award issued favorably.
- Lead counsel in large intellectual property ICC arbitration in London (off-road vehicle industry). Case settled favorably after several rounds of memorials, discovery under the IBA Rules on Taking Evidence, and expert testimony on antitrust and competition law defense before hearing on merits.
- Lead counsel involving a challenge to a merger by the Department of Justice between a large French industrial company and a US company involving a Second Request. Involved cross cultural issues of privilege, language, and presentations to the Department of Justice, as well as expert presentations. The result was a favorable early termination of the waiting period with no divestitures.
- Lead coordinating counsel for cases in Europe and the US involving an estate and business entities brought by the heir seeking ‘forced heirship’ under French law, including allegations of ownership relating to a villa in the South of France and allegations relating to an historical donation of art to an international museum.
- Lead counsel for local government entity in Mexico for claim asserted for loss of government concession under Chapter 11 of the Nafta Treaty under ICSID rules.
- Sole arbitrator under AAA/ICDR Rules of a major complex dispute in the animal and livestock health products industry, involving antitrust, intellectual property and contractual issues. Case included numerous discovery matters and hearing on the merits, after which an award was issued.
- Arbitrator in several disputes under AAA, ICDR, and ICC aegis.
Mr. Levin’s community, civic and charitable activities include being a:
- President’s Advisory Council member of the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts
- member of the Board of Directors of the Housing Crises Center of Dallas
- former member of the Executive Board of the Dallas Opera
- former member of the Board of Directors of the Dallas Opera
- former member of the Board of Directors of the American Friends for the Salzburg Music Festival
- former member of the Board of Governors of the Dallas Symphony
- former member of the seven person “Building Committee” for the Meyerson Symphony Hall, whose work includes the selection of architect and acoustician, visiting concert halls at home and abroad and interviewing prospective consultants, and acting as owner’s representative in the construction of the hall
- former member of the Corporate Committee of the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts
- former member and First Vice-President of the Board of Trustees of the Historic Preservation League
- former member of the Landmark Committee of the City of Dallas
- former member of the Board of Trustees of the Arts Magnet School
- former member and Deputy Vice-Chairman of the Management Committee of the Arts District in Dallas, a 17 person board, to oversee and approve applications for construction in the Arts District area of downtown Dallas
- former chairman of 13 member Task Force to investigate the feasibility of a Multi-Purpose Performing Arts hall for the Dallas Opera and Dallas Ballet
- graduate in the Leadership Dallas Class of 1993.
Awards & Accolades
- Mr. Levin was awarded as Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
- Mr. Levin is listed in the “Guide to the World’s Leading Commercial Arbitration Experts.”
- Mr. Levin is listed in “The Roster of International Arbitrators,” 2d Ed. (Smit, Carbonneau, and Mistelis, Juris Publishing).