Sara Kula

ADR Training
The Science of Fairness (SDNY) Getting Past Impasse (SDNY) AAA Higginbotham Fellowship (including Mediation Process Overview and Role of the Mediator; Setting the Stage for Effective Mediation; Facilitating Communication; Issues Identification and Setting the Mediation Conference Agenda; Applying Settlement Building Techniques; Ethical Dimensions of Mediator Influence; Character Traits of an Excellent Arbitrator; Arbitrator's Role and Authority; Arbitrator Ethics, Practice Standards and Disclosures; Labor and Employment Arbitration Law and Practice; Preparing for and Conducting a Preliminary Hearing; Managing Evidentiary Hearing Issues; Writing the Award and Post Hearing Issues; International Arbitration Law and Practice; Drafting ADR Clauses; Building a Career in ADR) Building a sustainable ADR program (NYSBA) Best Practices in Employment Mediation (JAMS) Mandatory Arbitration of Employment Disputes (Littler) Advanced Mediator Training - The extent (or limit) of Mediator Influence to Effect Settlement (AAA) Southern District of New York Mediation Training University of Pennsylvania Law School ADR Clinic.

Professional Training
University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D. 2003 University of Rochester, B.A., 2000 Wolf, Block, Schorr and Solis-Cohen, 2003-2005 Littler Mendelson, 2005-2011 Town Sports International, LLC, 2012-2015 DelBello Donnellan Weingarten Wise & Wiederkehr, 2016-Present

Professional Experience
Represents and advises employers in all aspects of employment law. Specialties include wage and hour, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, disability accommodations, leaves, and restrictive covenants. Has litigated numerous individual cases and class-actions in these areas. Regularly drafts employment agreements, commission agreements and policies, separation agreements and offer letters. Also represents employees in negotiating employment and separation agreements, and in pursuing claims of alleged discrimination and harassment. Experience with industries in retail, restaurant and hospitality, insurance, finance, construction, and more.

ADR Experience
AAA Employment Mediation Panel, 2016 - present. Mediation Panel for the Southern District of New York, 2012- present. Advisory Committee Member for Southern District of New York, 2015-2017. 2015 American Arbitration Association Higginbotham Fellow.