New York University School of Law, J.D., 1982, Cum Laude, Order of the Coif
An attorney for more than thirty-six years with extensive experience, first as an advocate and later as a full-time neutral, in labor and employment law and commercial disputes. During twenty-five years of service as an advocate, represented clients in private practice and subsequently as an in-house counsel and senior vice president, labor relations. Representations included federal and state court litigation, administrative proceedings and arbitrations presenting a broad array of legal issues, which, at times, required serving as mediation counsel. Negotiated hundreds of collective bargaining agreements, often employing mediation as part of the bargaining process. In addition, developed a formal pre-arbitration mediation process that was incorporated into the grievance and arbitration procedure in numerous collective bargaining agreements.
As a full-time neutral since 2006, have conducted hundreds of mediations involving a wide range of claims raised in employment, commercial and other disputes. In the employment context, matters mediated have included, among others: breach of contract; constructive discharge; defamation; disability; discrimination, harassment, retaliation; Equal Pay Act; ERISA; fiduciary claims; FLSA; incentive compensation; independent contractor status; leaves of absence; non-competition and post-employment covenants; prevailing wage laws; reasonable accommodations; reductions in force; wages and wage theft; whistleblower and wrongful discharge. In commercial matters, cases mediated have involved such issues, among others, as: breach of contract; breach of fiduciary duty; consumer fraud; construction claims; derivative actions; conversion; corporate dissolution; foreclosure; fraud; franchise; insurance subrogation claims; landlord and tenant; professional malpractice; quantum meruit; tortious interference with contract and economic advantage; trade secrets; and warranties. Other disputes mediated have concerned claims of assault; civil rights; dram shop law violations; estate and undue influence and fraud; negligent retention; sexual abuse; and wrongful death. I serve on the following panels of arbitrators and mediators: American Arbitration Association (Arbitration: Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits and Pension; and Mediation); Cornell University, Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution (Arbitration, Mediation and Fact-Finding); E.D.N.Y (Mediation); Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (Mediation); Federal Executive Board Shared Neutrals Program; Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service (Labor Arbitration); FINRA (Arbitration & Mediation); National Mediation Board (Labor Arbitration); New Jersey Public Employment Relations Commission (Labor Arbitration and Police and Fire Special Disciplinary Arbitration); New Jersey State Board of Mediation (Labor Arbitration); New Jersey Superior Court (Mediation); New York City
Active in various bar and professional associations, including committee service. A member of the National Academy of Arbitrators. A regular presenter and moderator at employment law programs, including the NYU Annual Conference on Labor. Serve as a judge for student arbitration and mediation competitions, such as FINRA's Annual Dispute Resolution Triathlon and Cornell University ILR School's ADR Scrimmages. Publications: Proceedings of the NYU 59th Annual Conference on Labor: Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation (editor, 2010); Contributor, Barbara T. Lindeman & Paul Grossman, Employment Discrimination Law (4th ed. Cum sup. 2010).