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David W. Ichel <> X-Dispute LLC

David W. Ichel

Office Phone: 917.837.5529
Cell Phone: 917.837.5529
Email: dichel@x-dispute.com​
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Practice Areas

  • Mediators
David applies 40-plus years of experience litigating, settling and teaching complex commercial litigation at a to helping litigants resolve their disputes. In Mediations, he combines facilitative with evaluative techniques to help counsel and the parties resolve disputes, digging in deeply to learn the case, treating counsel and the parties with the utmost respect and searching for solutions based on carefully listening to and probing the parties and aided by many years of experience.

In Arbitrations, he treats all participants with respect, thoroughly learns his cases and is a good listener.

Here as well, he applies a wealth of experience as a litigator, teacher and neutral under the relevant arbitration rules, applicable law and facts.

The same approach applies to the Special Master role, where he is available to resolve discovery or other disputes or to help settle large scale litigation. For example, as Special Master, he can help the parties resolve disputes over privileged documents without, in most cases, the trial judge having to review the subject documents. This removes burden from the trial judge while also insulating the judge in most cases from exposure to the substance of privileged documents.

David’s specialized expertise includes complex commercial litigation, insurance coverage disputes, contract and fraud claims, securities, corporate governance, product liability and mass torts,. In his 37 years of law practice, he has had extensive experience across a variety of industries, including the financial services and insurance industries, beer, spirits and wine industries, automobile and motorcycle industries and the pharmaceutical industry.


  • JD from Duke Law School in 1978
  • BA degree from Duke University, summa cum laude, in 1975

Bar Admissions

  • • New York
  • • New Jersey
  • • Washington, DC

Personal/Civil Memberships

  • • Arbitration & Mediation Panel Member: FCIArb, AAA, ICDR, FedArb, CPR, ICC/ USCIB
  • • American Law Institute (since 1991)
  • • Editorial Board, Judicature (Chair 2019-20)
  • • Board of Visitors of Duke Law School (Chair 2009-2014)
  • • Board of Mobilization for Justice, Inc. (Chair 2000-2002; emeritus 2018-)
  • • Chair, Product Liability Committee of the New York City Bar Association (2005-2008)


  • • Insurance Coverage
  • • Contract / Commercial Litigation
  • • Class Action and Mass Tort
  • • Class Action and Mass Tort
  • • Product Liability
  • • Securities Litigation
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