Jeffrey Benz is highly distinguished for his expertise in sports arbitrations, with an excellent track record in anti-doping cases.
Jeff is a door tenant with barrister’s chambers 4 New Square in London and a mediator, arbitrator and certified electronic discovery specialist at JAMS in Los Angeles. Formerly a Coudert Brothers lawyer and general counsel of the US Olympic Committee and the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour (where he was also COO), and a former licensed boxing promoter, Jeff is one of the most accomplished and sought-after sports arbitrators in the world. Jeff is a member of the panel of arbitrators for the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), Sport Resolutions UK, JAMS, American Arbitration Association and others. Jeff is chair of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's infractions referral committee and a member of its independent resolution panel. The BBC has recognised that Jeff is “widely regarded as amongst the most experienced judges” on sports cases worldwide. Jeff’s focus is on international and Chinese sports issues, covering discipline, governance, doping and football cases, among others. Jeff was also a member of the Mitchell Special Bid Oversight Commission that investigated the charges of bribery against the Salt Lake City Olympic Games bidders. Jeff is a CEDR and IMI-Accredited Mediator, and a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the College of Commercial Arbitrators. Jeff is an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University School of Law’s Straus Institute, where he teaches international sports law; arbitration; sports dispute resolution; and ethics in international commercial arbitration. Jeff is called to the Bar in England and Wales, and is admitted as a lawyer in California, New York, Colorado and Hawaii, and before numerous United States district and appeals courts.