Profile
David W. Ichel
Current Employment
  • Company:
    X-Dispute LLC
  • Position(s) and Responsibilities:

    Principal: Arbitrator, Mediator, Special Master.

  • Address:
    2627 S Bayshore Dr
    Suite 2105
    Miami, FLORIDA 33133 United States
  • Cell:
    917-837-5529
  • Email:
  • Website:
    www.x-dispute.com
Previous Employment
  • Company:
    Simpson Thacher Bartlett LLP
  • Position(s) and Responsibilities:

    Retired at the end of 2015 after 37 years, 29 of them as a partner. One of the founders of the Simpson Thacher Bartlett insurance practice. Litigated insurance, insurer insolvency, financial services, contract, mergers and acquisitions and other complex commercial and product liability matters.

  • Company:
    Duke University School of Law
  • Position(s) and Responsibilities:

    Senior Lecturing Fellow (2011-present). Teaches Complex Civil Litigation. Editorial Board ( Chair 2019-20)of Judicature, the more than one-hundred-year-old publication devoted to best practices in judging and the rule of law .

  • Company:
    University of Miami School of Law
  • Position(s) and Responsibilities:

    Adjunct Professor (2018 -present). Large Scale Litigation. Member of Advisory Committee of University of Miami Class Action and Complex Litigation Forum.

Credentials
  • Attorney:
    Yes
  • Education:
    Duke University ( 1971-75)
    Duke University School of Law ( 1975-78)
  • Degrees:
    BA 1975, summa cum laude, phi beta kappa
    JD 1978, with distinction, Duke Law Journal
  • Designations:
    Member of ARIAS-US, FCIArb, AAA Commercial and ICDR, ICC-USCID, Federal Arbitration ( FedArb) , CPR panel of neutrals; Life Member of the American Law Institute since 1993; Board of Visitors, Duke Law School (Chair 2009-14); Board of Mobilization for Justice Inc. (1994-present; Chair 2000-02; emeritus 2019-); Editorial Board of Judicature ( the 100+ year publication for judges on best judicial practices and the rule of law) ( Chair 2019-20).
Work Experience
  • Law Firm (Insurance/Reinsurance Practice): 37 years.
    Partner: 29 years. Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP ( 1985-2014)--a co-founder of insurance practice
    Associate: 7 years. Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP ( 1978-85)
    Counsel: 1 year. Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP ( 2015)
  • Independent/Other Relevant Experience: 5 years.
    Independent/Unaffiliated Arbitrator, Umpire and/or Mediator: 5 years. X-Dispute LLC
Breakdown of Experience
  • Product Liability
    15%
  • Environmental/Pollution
    15%
  • Financial Guarantee
    10%
  • Contract Wording
    10%
  • Life
    10%
  • Commercial Liability
    10%
  • Insolvencies
    10%
  • Directors &, Officers
    10%
  • Third Party Administrator
    5%
  • Professional Liability/Errors &, Omissions
    5%
By Market
  • U.S. Market:
    80%
  • U.K. Market:
    10%
  • Bermuda/Off-shore Market:
    10%

Insurance vs. Reinsurance: 90/10%
Treaty vs. Facultative Reinsurance: 10/90%

Mediation Experience
  • Number of Mediations
    As Mediator: 35+
    As Counsel: 20+
Arbitration Experience

Number of Arbitrations

As an Arbitrator: 6

As an Umpire: 2

Arbitrator Experience
Number of Arbitrations
4
Appointed as an arbitrator.
2
Acted as an arbitrator through the organizational meeting or the arbitration has only reached this stage and the resolution of significant pre-hearing motions.
Umpire Experience
Number of Arbitrations
1
Acted as an umpire through the organizational meeting or the arbitration has only reached this stage.
1
Acted as an umpire through the organizational meeting or the arbitration has only reached this stage and the resolution of significant pre-hearing motions.
Biography

David W. Ichel, FCIArb, serves as an arbitrator, mediator and court-appointed special master for complex commercial disputes, including insurance and reinsurance disputes. He was a long-time partner at Simpson Thacher and Bartlett LLP ( New York), where he was one of the founders of Simpson Thacher’s insurance practice and litigated complex insurance, reinsurance, insurer insolvency and many other large financial services, commercial and product liability cases for 37 years.

In addition to the ARIAS-US panel, David is a member of the AAA National Commercial, ICDR and Mediation Rosters, the ICC-USCIB panel of arbitrators, Panel of Distinguished Neutrals of the CPR Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution and the Commercial Mediation and Arbitration Panel of Federal Arbitration Inc. (FedArb). He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

David teaches Complex Civil Litigation at Duke Law School, where he has taught since 2011, and teaches Large Scale Litigation at the University of Miami School of Law, where he has taught since 2018.

David has served as a Chair and party appointed arbitrator in ICC, AAA-ICDR, JAMS, FedArb and ad hoc arbitrations.