Academic/Professional Bio

New York City Bar Association

  • Speaker, “Presentation on Court-Annexed ADR at the In-House/Outside Litigation Group,” NY City Bar Association, May 2013
  • Speaker, “How To Negotiate Successfully in a Cross-Cultural Environment,” International Legal Training Conference, October 2011
  • Panelist, “Negotiation, Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution – How to Negotiate Successfully in a Cross-Cultural Environment,” October 2011
  • Panelist on Settlement Counsel Discussion, November 2010

Erie County Bar Association – Buffalo, NY

  • Presenter, Three-day Commercial Mediation Training (24 CLE credits), The Buffalo Club, October 2015;


  • Speaker, “The Mediator’s Art,” NDNY Mediation Training, Utica, NY, November 2013

Queens County Bar Association

  • Presenter, “Effective Representation in Mediation,” Queens County Bar Association, May 2014

Pennsylvania Bar

  • Presenter, Philadelphia Commerce Program of the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County– Judge Pro Tem Training Session, Pennsylvania Bar Institute Conference Center, September 2013


  • Presenter, “E-Discovery and Dispute Resolution,” produced for, October 27, 2015
  • Presenter, “Special Tips for Representing Parties in Mediation,” produced for, October 27, 2015
  • Presenter, “General Mediation and Negotiation Theory,” produced for, February 20, 2015
  • Presenter, “Preparation for Mediation,” produced for, February 20, 2015
  • Presenter, “Communication Skills,” produced for, February 27, 2015
  • Presenter, “Opening and Join Session,” produced for, February 27, 2015
  • Presenter, “Caucuses,” produced for, March 6, 2015
  • Presenter, “Risk Analysis,” produced for, March 6, 2015
  • Presenter, “Impasse Breaking,” produced for, March 13, 2015
  • Presenter, “Mediation Ethics,” produced for,  March 13, 2015
  • Presenter, “Effective Representation in Mediation,” produced for, 2015 & 2010
  • Presenter, “Effective Representation in Mediation,” FBA ADR Section Webinar, April 2013 & June 2014
  • Presenter, “Effective Representation in Mediation,” Rossdale CLE, June 2014

Apart from the above activities as a facilitator, trainer and teacher, I have also attended numerous programs on ADR over several days at various of the ABA’s Annual Convention, and at the Dispute Resolution Section annual meetings.

Other Bar Committee work has offered significant learning opportunities.
NYCLA’s ADR Committee has monthly luncheon meetings typically featuring a
speaker on an ADR topic. Since approximately 1992, I have participated actively
as a committee member, as CLE Chair, and ADR Committee Chair, where
speakers and the discussion generated – while not role plays – nevertheless to be a
fertile source of ADR learning. The same is true (although with lesser frequency)
from participation in NYSBA and ABA ADR committees.

In addition to the above, my pre-law involvement in undergraduate and
graduate studies in the Comparative Study of Religion sensitized me to the
importance of open listening, dialogue, cooperation and tolerance, which is an
essential precondition to mediation skills.

VI. General Pertinent Business or Legal Experience:
Bar or Law School lectures, CLE Programs, Presentation of ADR
Education & Training:

  • Developed and Co-Presented Three-Day Commercial Mediation Training for mediators on ADR Panels of Commercial Division of Supreme Court, New York County, 1999 – Present; and Two-Day Advanced Commercial Mediation Training – (Part 146 Approved)
  • Adjunct Professor, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Courses in “Processes of Dispute Resolution – Negotiation, Mediation, and Arbitration” Summer Institute 1998 – present; and “Negotiation,” Spring 2001 – Present
  • Adjunct Professor, New York University School of Continuing and Professional Development, Course in “Fundamentals of ADR,” Fall 1998 – 2001
  • Speaker, “Impasse Breaking Techniques,” Garibaldi Inn of Court for Dispute Resolution, New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators, March 2012
  • NYCLA “Bridge the Gap” lecturer on ADR, quarterly presentations, 1999 –Present;
  • Presenter, PLI “Effective Representation in Mediation,” 2011 – Present
  • Moderator & Co-Chair, “Exploring New Frontiers in ADR – A Fresh Look at Mediation and Arbitration Theory, Practice and Skills,” NYSBA’s Dispute Resolution Section’s Annual Meeting, January 2014
  • Presenter, “The Value of Talking: Mediation in Asian Business Disputes,” Third Annual ICC Asia-Pacific Conference: International Arbitration Trends in the Asian-Pacific Region, San Francisco, CA – March 2012
  • Panelist, Fordham International ADR Conference, “Mediation – A Functional Approach,” June 2011
  • Moderator, NYSBA Dispute Resolution Section Annual Meeting, “Hybrid Processes: Challenges and Opportunities in the 21st Century and Beyond,” January 2009
  • Participated in the International Conference “The Use of Mediation for the Settlement of Commercial Disputes under Modern Economic Conditions” attended by over 150 representatives of small, medium, and big businesses, as well as defense attorneys, practicing lawyers, and government officials was held December 3, 2009, at the Congress Center of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry with the support of the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Embassy, and the Russian Center for Arbitration and Mediation, Russia Chamber of Commerce, Moscow, Russia – 2009
  • Presenter, “The Mediation Workshop,” Presentation with the Hon. Robert M. Levy of a Master Class on Commercial Mediation held at the Russia Chamber of Commerce – Moscow, Russia – 2009
  • Presenter, “Creative and Effective Uses of Mediation and Negotiation,” Presentation to Commercial & Federal Litigation Executive Committee, May 2009
  • Presenter, “Nuts and Bolts of a Successful Mediation/ ADR in Large Loss Subrogation Matters,” Subrogation Litigation Skills Conference, Las Vegas, Spring 2008
  • Presenter, NYSBA Commercial Division Training,  “Mediation Advocacy Training for Women and Minorities,” October 2007
  • Speaker, NASP 2006 Conference…It’s a Jungle Out There! Presentation on “Alternatives to Jury Trial – How To Succeed In Subrogation Without Really Trying,” June 2006;
  • Presentation to Members of the Financial Writers Association, September 2006;
  • Moderator, Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution Annual Meeting, “Winning Through Mediation: Know When to Hold ’Em and Know When to Fold ’Em” January 2007
  • Making the Tough Calls,” Heller Ehrman Continuing Education Legal Education Program, May 2005
  • Panelist “Mediation in Bankruptcy” NYCLA (Joint CLE Program ADR & Bankruptcy Committees)(co-panelists: Bankruptcy Judges Allan L. Gropper and Elizabeth S. Stong, Clerk of SDNY Bankruptcy Court Kathleen Farrell-Willoughby, Adam L. Rosen) November 2004 Panelist “Commercial Mediator as a Deal Maker” (ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Program) Spring 2004
  • Panelist for NYSBA CLE Program “Shall we Dance? Partnering with the courts, neutrals, advocates, and clients: next steps for ADR.” Winter 2004
  • Organized and participated in training of arbitrators for Joint Committee Panel to handle Part 137 attorney client fee dispute arbitrators, October 2004 & May 2003
  • Speaker, on Part 137 and work of Joint Committee on Fee Disputes and Conciliation – NY Women’s Bar Association Annual Meeting, March 2003; NYCLA, March 2002;
  • Program Chair and Moderator for NYSBA CLE Program “Mediation Ethics – What An Attorney Needs to Know” January 2001
  • Panelist on NYSBA Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution Program:“ADR: From Drafting to Resolution,” NYSBA Annual Meeting, January 2000
  • Panelist ADR Day Program 2000
  • Developed and Co-Presented Three Day Intensive Mediation Training for mediators on ADR Panels of Commercial Division of Supreme Court, New York County, and appellate Division, 1st Department, Winter 2000 and Spring 1999
  • Developed and Presented Sixteen Hour Intensive Mediation Training for mediators on ADR Panels of Commercial Division of Supreme Court, Westchester County, December 1999
  • Chair and Co-Presenter, One Day CLE Program “Dispute Resolution – Mediation,” New York University, Midtown Institute, Fall 1999
  • Committee Chair or CLE Chair for following NYCLA ADR Programs: “Navigating the Waters of International ADR: Arbitration and Mediation Essentials” Fall 1999
  • “Employment Mediation” Fall 1999 (A Mediator’s Tips for Effective Representation in Employment Mediation)
  • “Securities ADR: Essential Practical Skills in Arbitration and Mediation” Summer 1999
  • “Impasse Breaking Techniques in Mediation” Winter 1998
  • Guest Speaker on the Accountants’ Role in ADR, Association of Accountants Administrators, Spring 1998, and before the New York Society of CPA, November 1998
  • “Hot Topics in Securities Arbitration” Spring 1998 (co-sponsor to Securities Committee), Spring 1996
  • “How to Represent Your Clients Successfully in the New Mandatory Mediation and Early Neutral Evaluation Programs in the U.S. District Courts”, Spring 1996
  • Panelist (on mediation) for NYSBA CLE Program “Securities Mediation and Arbitration – Effective Advocacy” November 1998
  • Facilitated Training in Mediation Course, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Spring 1998
  • Speaker, Accountants’ Role in ADR, Association of Accountants Administrators, Spring 1998
  • Panelist on NYSBA Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution Program: “Effective Advocacy in Mediation,” NYSBA Annual Meeting, Winter 1998
  • Facilitated Trainings of NASD and Bankruptcy Court Mediators, October 1998 and Winter 1997-’98
  • Presenter on ADR, Supreme Court New York County Commercial Division Judges Luncheon, and at non-exclusively Commercial Division Judges Luncheon, Fall 1997
  • Chair of Breakfast Program, ABA Litigation Section ADR Committee: Implications of the RAND Corporation Report on ADR in the Federal Courts, Summer 1997
  • Facilitated Training in Mediation Course, International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution, Columbia University Teachers College, Winter 1997
  • Panelist, NYS Sup. Ct., NY Co., Commercial Division, Anniversary Neutrals’ Luncheon Forum, Fall 1996
  • CLE Chair for NYCLA Program on Lead Litigation, Winter 1995