Melinda Gordon

ADR Training
EDNY FLSA Mediation Training - 2016.AAA/ACESIN Arbitrating in a Digital World: Fair and Expeditious Management of Electronic Discovery, 2016; Eastern District of New York FLSA Mediation Training, 2016; AAA Negotiating and Mediating Health Care Disputes, 2014; AAA Arbitration Fundamentals and Best Practices, 2014; AAA Labor Arbitration I & II, 2014; FMCS Becoming a Labor Arbitrator, 2014; FINRA Arbitration Training, 2014; AAA Disaster Mediation Training, 2013; New York State Bar Association Commercial Mediation Training, 2013; Southern District of New York Mediation Training, 2013; AAA Higginbotham ADR Fellow, 2012

Professional Training
B.A. Rutgers College, Rutgers University 1979; J.D. Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, 1983

Professional Experience
Before deciding to devote herself full-time to an arbitration and mediation practice, Ms. Gordon was Senior Counsel at New York State United Teachers, where she litigated labor and employment matters for over twenty years. Ms. Gordon's previous positions include serving as a chief negotiator of collective bargaining agreements on behalf of the New York State Nurses Association, working as an Assistant Attorney General in the Labor Bureau of the New York State Attorney General's Office and acting as criminal defense attorney for the Legal Aid Society of New York City.

ADR Experience
Ms. Gordon has served dozens of times as an arbitrator in domestic arbitrations and acted as a mediator in over a hundred mediations involving a wide variety of disputes. Her activities and accolades in the fields of arbitration and mediation include the following: Adjunct Professor at Cornell ILR/CUNY Murphy Institute teaching courses on Arbitration, Labor and Employment Law, and Public Sector Labor Law. Ms. Gordon has also been a Guest Lecturer at Cardozo Law School speaking on ADR in the Workplace and a panelist for the Cardozo Law School Labor and Employment Law Society. She is also a former President of New York State Labor and Employment Relations Association ("LERA") and Co-Chaired a program titled "Arbitration: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly." Ms. Gordon has also acted as a mediation coach in training sponsored by the New York City Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association. Acting as a contributing author to the American Bar Association Midwinter reports, Ms. Gordon has focused on the areas of the FLSA and the FMLA. Ms. Gordon is on various arbitration and mediation rosters, including AAA, FMCS, NMB, NYPERB, NJPERC, NJ State Board of Mediation, Port Authority Employment Relations Panel, Pennsylvania Bureau of Mediation, AHLA, FINRA, and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York.