Ms. Melissa H Biren
Professional Work History:
2002 to present: Arbitrator and Mediator Full time ADR practice focusing on resolution of workplace disputes in the private and public sectors, including labor and employment cases involving diverse disciplinary, contract and statutory issues in a broad range of industries/agencies. Listed on national, state and local arbitration rosters as well as various permanent panels listed below. Member of the National Academy of Arbitrators. Prior Experience: Over 20 years legal experience in traditional labor and employment matters (including collective bargaining negotiations and handling litigation before various Federal and State courts and agencies and arbitrators. Also served as General Counsel/Chief Legal Officer for American Standard's Worldwide Plumbing Business, GAB Robins/SGS North America and Brink's Incorporated. Admitted to practice law in NY, NJ and CT Publications: Discipline and Discharge in Arbitration, Second Edition, Norman Brand and Melissa Biren Editors-in-Chief (BNA, 2008)
Dispute Resolution Experience
Currently listed on the following arbitration/mediation rosters: American Arbitration Association (Employment and Labor Panels); Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service; NYS Public Employment Relations Board; NYC Office of Collective Bargaining; NJ State Board of Mediation; NJ Public Employment Relations Commission. Present and Past Permanent Panels: City University of NY/Professional Staff Congress; NJ State Department of Education - Teacher Tenure Panel under TEACH NJ; NYS/PBA Disciplinary Arbitration Panel for the Agency Police Services Unit; NYC Department of Education/UFT and NYSED - 3020a Panels; NYC Housing Authority/IBT Local 237; NYC Transit Authority/Transport Workers Union Local 100; Pathmark Stores/UFCW Local 342; Realty Advisory Board on Labor Relations/SEIU Local 32BJ; United Parcel Service/IBT Local 804; U.S. Postal Service/American Postal Workers' Union; Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority/ATU Local 689. Serve as Special Master under the NYC Department of Education/IUOE Local 891 collective bargaining agreement. Named arbitrator in collective bargaining agreements in the building services industry.
Cornell University Dispute Resolution Training (Course titles and dates taken)
Alliance for Education in Dispute Resolution, Employment Arbitrator Training Program (2003) Served as Lecturer for the Scheinman Institute's Labor Arbitrator Development Program, Seven Tests of Just Cause (2009 and 2011)
Other Dispute Resolution Training
ADR specific training: - Civil Mediation Training Program, NJ Office of Dispute Settlement (2002) - NAA Training Program for Newer Arbitrators (2003-2004) - Various AAA Training Programs for Employment and Labor Arbitrators Regularly attend seminars offered by NAA, Bar Associations and other organizations to stay current in ADR practice and in the substantive areas of labor and employment law. Frequent speaker on labor and employment arbitration issues at various professional conferences. AAA Faculty - Managing the Arbitration Process (2012)
Vice Chair: National Academy of Arbitrators, NY Metro Region. Member: NAA, NYS Bar Association (Labor & Employment Law Section); NJ Bar Association (Labor & Employment Law Section); American Bar Association (Labor & Employment Law Section); Sidney Reitman Employment Law American Inn of Court; NJ Labor and Employment Relations Association (past president).
- Albany Law School of Union University, JD, magna cum laude, Albany Law Review. - Harpur College, SUNY Binghamton, BA, graduated with honors, Phi Beta Kappa.
Available upon request.
Employment Arbitration and Mediation: $400 per hour, plus expenses; $2,000 minimum for each scheduled hearing day. $2,000 cancellation fee charged for each scheduled hearing date if canceled with less than 21 days notice (28 days notice if multiple hearing days scheduled). Labor Arbitration - $1,800 per diem fee, plus expenses (Hearing and Study/Writing) Per diem rate cancellation fee charged for each scheduled hearing date if caneled with less than 21 days' notice.