New York University School of Law J.D., 1980; University of Pennsylvania B.A., 1976.
Thirty-four years of experience as a civil litigation attorney specializing in business disputes before federal and state courts, government agencies, arbitration tribunals and mediation forums focusing on large and complex matters. Business disputes have involved distributors and dealers, partnerships, joint ventures, real estate owners and developers, banks and other financial institutions, medical practices, manufacturers, retail establishments and individuals involving business contracts, business torts, executive employment agreements, restrictive covenants, unfair competition, sales of businesses, business dissolutions, commercial real estate, and international matters. (lead counsel for defendant solarium manufacturer and distributor in Massachusetts federal court involving claims of breach of contract and unfair trade practices; jury verdict for defendant and award of counterclaims); (lead counsel for defendant tax services provider in New Jersey Superior Court involving claims of fraud and breach of contract; jury verdict for defendant); (lead counsel for owner of Argentinian jet aircraft distributor brought by prior owner alleging interference with contract and related claims; after three week bench trial in New Jersey Superior Court, decision in favor of defendant); (lead counsel for plaintiff in New York federal court involving claims of breach of ISDA Master Agreement; favorably settled); (lead counsel for plaintiff/counterclaim-defendants in action involving commodities investment consulting agreement, including contract, fiduciary duty, securities and commodities claims; partial summary judgment granted and affirmed on appeal; successful bench trial of remaining claims); (lead counsel for major bank trust company in defense of federal claims involving international indirect securities holding systems; dismissal of claims and affirmance on appeal by Second Circuit); (lead counsel for defendant in commercial lease dispute; after bench trial, decision in favor of defendant); (lead counsel for defendan
Served as mediator in over 100 business disputes involving business contracts, executive employment agreements, post-transaction obligations, and failure to provide services. Disputes have arisen in financial services, manufacturing, distribution and retail sales, construction, business equipment and consumer products, and religious institutions. Able to analyze and assess strengths and weaknesses of parties' positions and establish rapport and credibility with the parties. Persistent in efforts to get the matters resolved. Extremely high success rate. Mediated over 100 business to business and employment matters arising out of disputes between parties to various purchase and sale agreements and business contracts (multi-million); breach of executive employment agreements between financial institutions and other businesses and their former employees (multimillion); supplier and purchaser of computer technology products ($1.5 million); religious institution and former catering and restaurant vendor ($1 million); real estate owner/developer and consultant/broker concerning commissions and services rendered ($600,000); buyers and sellers for failure to provide conforming goods ($2 million); law firm and former partners (multi-million); financial institution and individual investors ($500,000); buyers and sellers of businesses; claims between EEOC, retail employer, former employees and ethnic based rights organization; employment discrimination (age, race, gender, disability, sexual harassment, whistle-blower); violation of restrictive covenants and other post-termination obligations. Also mediated the negotiation of complex business contracts between parties. Mediated insurance claims arising from Superstorm Sandy.
Writings: "Exploring Duty of Good Faith in Mediation Proceedings," NEW YORK LAW JOURNAL, 2011; "Arbitrator, Impartiality and the Duty to Disclose," NEW YORK LAW JOURNAL, 2011; "The Duty of Good Faith in Mediation Proceedings," NEW YORK LAW JOURNAL, 2010; "Protected Activity under Title VII Retaliation Claims," NEW YORK LAW JOURNAL, 2004. Speaker: "Arbitration: The Preliminary Hearing," American Arbitration Association Webinar 2014; "Arbitration Award Writing," NYSBA Arbitration Training, 2011, 2012, 2014; "Arbitration of Employment Disputes," New York State Bar Association Annual Meeting, 2011; "Preparing for Mediation," New York State Bar Association, 2009; "Employment Mediation," New York County Bar Association, 2010, 2003, 2001.