Biography of Jim Reiman


Jim Reiman - Reiman ADRArbitrator and mediator of domestic and international commercial disputes. 18 yrs experience as a trial and commercial transactions attorney practicing in Chicago, IL law firms followed by 15+ years as CEO, chairman and board director of public and private companies in the US, UK and China. Understands business issues (and the economics and metrics of such) from the perspective of a senior manager, board director and owner, as well as the legal issues as a senior attorney representing domestic and international businesses. Started legal career as a commercial litigator trying cases in State and Federal Courts in the US. Former member of the Trial Bar of the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Legal Experience

Deep experience negotiating, documenting and litigating agreements regarding the purchase/sale of goods (including complex computer, manufacturing, and other commercial and industrial equipment); real estate (including purchase/sale/leasing agreements, construction agreements and disputes, development and TIF projects, and financing via debt and equity transactions); unfair competition disputes and agreements; non-competition agreements and disputes; theft/misuse of trade secrets; work-out and financing matters, and; partnership/joint venture agreements and disputes. Qualified instructor and exam grader for Chartered Institute of Arbitrators membership. Retired Member of Trial Bar of the US District Court, Northern District of Illinois.

ADR Panels


  • American Arbitration Association (AAA): Commercial Roster, Mergers & Acquisitions/Joint Ventures Roster
  • American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA): Neutrals Roster
  • Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois: Commercial Calendar Mandatory Arbitration Program
  • Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA): Public Arbitrator
  • International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR): Panel of Arbitrators
  • International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution, Inc. (CPR): Insurance-Policy Holder Coverage, Real Estate, and General Commercial Panels
  • Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA): Commercial Arbitrators’ Roster


  • American Arbitration Association (AAA): Commercial Roster
  • American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA): Neutrals Roster
  • Circuit Court of The Twelfth Judicial Circuit, Will County, Illinois
  • Circuit Court of The Nineteenth Judicial Circuit, Lake County, Illinois
  • International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution, Inc. (CPR): Insurance-Policy Holder Coverage, Real Estate, and General Commercial Panels

Special Recognition / Certification / Leadership

  • Fellow: Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (2014 – Present)
  • Assessor – International Arbitration: Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (2015 – Present)
  • Qualified Arbitrator (Q.Arb): ADR Institute of Canada  2015 – Present
  • Board Leadership Fellow: National Association of Corporate Directors 2011 – Present
  • Chair Elect – American Bar Association, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, Dispute Resolution Committee (2017 – present)
  • Vice Chair, Training – Chartered Institute of Arbitrators North America Branch (2016 – present)




Reiman ADR
January, 2014 to Present

Through Reiman ADR, Jim Reiman provides domestic and international arbitration, mediation, facilitation and other alternative dispute resolution services to corporations and individuals. Reiman ADR may be engaged directly or through a facilitated ADR service provider such as the American Arbitration Association. Please use the Contact Us page to inquire about availability.


University of Oxford, Saïd Business School
2016 to Present

Teaches and coaches senior executives and attorneys in the skills and art of domestic and international negotiation as part of the Oxford Programme on Negotiation at the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School, Oxford’s executive education program designed for senior executives from private, public and non-profit sectors, including CEOs, board directors, senior civil servants, military officers, political and educational leaders, officials of multilateral organizations, and NGO executives.


TCA Limited
2015 to Present

Member of international negotiating and education teams of TCA Limited, a UK based specialist international advisory firm that provides Western companies with real-time guidance to help them achieve better outcomes for their business negotiations in China and other East Asian countries.


Aerofficient LLC
January 2000 – 2015

Aerofficient creates and sells aerodynamic enhancing devices that reduce the fuel consumption of heavy duty tractor trailer trucks.

  • Conceived and patented new product concepts and formed a business venture to manufacture, market and sell the products to the US trucking industry. Assembled and managed engineering and business teams, and managed supplier and vendor relationships.
  • Co-inventor of multiple US issued utility patents and multiple EU and other country patents

EBT Mobile China
January 2002 – July 2011 – Shanghai, China

EBT Mobile China is one of the China’s largest retailers of cell phones. As of January, 2013, EBT has 400+ stores. EBT is the No. 1 Authorized Reseller of China Mobile Shanghai and one of the largest Apple Premium Resellers (APR) in East China.

  • Retained by US and European investors to turn a money-losing China-based wireless retailer into a viable business
  • Led one of the first US – Chinese SOE / Western joint venture dissolutions, successfully unwinding the JV partnership while preserving government relations thereby permitting a successful re-launch of the business
  •  Executed a private placement within 1 year of acquiring the company, and within 2 years successfully listed the business on the London Stock Exchange’s AIM market
  • As Chairman of the publicly traded company, oversaw 2 successful supplemental stock offerings
  •  As Chairman, implemented a pragmatic growth strategy that grew the business from 35 to 225+ stores over 5 years, with potential for substantial future growth
  • As Chairman, led the execution of a successful partial buy-back / privatization transaction following the collapse of the AIM market in Q4, 2008
  • Transitioned from active leadership as CEO to Chairman in 2005, installing a local national as successor CEO thereby creating a foundation as a “true” Chinese company
  •  Facilitated a large investment by a Chinese based fund in 2009, enlarged the Board, and installed a Chinese based chairman to help guide the company through its next period of growth

Kendall College / Kendall Foundation
January 1991 – December 2009 – Chicago, IL

Member of the Board of Trustees and Board’s Executive Committee involved in: planning, decision-making and go-forward strategies related to executive leadership (including two presidential searches), program/curriculum development, and transactional matters. Supported transition from traditional academics into an institution providing a combined BA/BS and professional and career-oriented training.


Spectrum Group International
January 1999 – December 2002 – West Caldwell, NJ

Spectrum Group International (originally known as Greg Manning Auctions), was a NASDAQ listed auction company specializing in fine collectibles.

  • Crafted and managed Internet strategy, global business development plan and marketing infrastructure
  • Structured, negotiated and managed joint ventures and semi-exclusive deals with eBay, Amazon and other leading companies
  • Charged with evaluating an investment stake and controlling position in a Chinese retail mobile phone company. Outlined to Board business and market issues resulting in that company’s poor performance, and recommended strategies for turn-around or divestiture

Various Law Firms
1980 – 1998

Converged legal expertise with business insights and negotiation skills to provide clients with solutions to complex issues involving buy-sell transactions, business development and strategic partnership agreements, product manufacturing / vendor agreements, marketing and distribution activities, and financings.

  • Client companies included those involved in:
    • Next generation integrated voice, data and IT solutions
    • Direct marketing: catalog sales, “As Seen on TV” campaigns, mail order, telemarketing
    • Real estate development: acquisition, financing, and development of warehouse and distribution center projects, retail and mixed-use projects, and high-rise and single family home residential projects
    • Road building and other infrastructure construction
  • Developed exit strategies for small, closely held companies including generational transfers
  • Provided input for legislation and regulation related to the direct marketing industry

Columbia University, Columbia College (BA-1977)
Northwestern University, School of Law (JD-1980)
Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management (Advanced Executive Program, Certificate-1998)

Professional Licenses and Accreditations

Bar, State of Illinois (1980)
Bar, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (1980)
Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (2014)
Fellow, American Academy of e-Neutrals (2015)
Q.Arb., ADR Institute of Canada / ADR Institute of Alberta (2015)


Co-inventor of 19 issued domestic and foreign patents regarding aerodynamic and structural devices for heavy duty truck trailers

Professional Associations
  • ADR Institute of Canada, ADR Institute of Alberta
  • American Bar Association
    • Chair Elect – Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, Dispute Resolution Committee (2017)
    • Vice-Chair – International Litigation Committee, International Law Section (2016)
    • Vice-Chair – Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, Dispute Resolution Committee (2016)
    • Section Memberships: Business Law Section; Section of Dispute Resolution (Arbitration and Mediation Committees); Section of Litigation (ADR / Settlement, Corporate Counsel and Legal Ethics Committees); Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (Dispute Resolution and Professional Liability Insurance Committees)
  • American College of e-Neutrals
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Association of Attorney Mediators
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
    • Board of Directors, North America Branch, 2015 – present
    • Vice Chair – Training, 2016 – present
  • InterNational Academy of Dispute Resolution
    • Board of Directors, 2015 – present
  • National Association of Corporate Directors
    • Board Leadership Fellow, 2011 – present