Edmund T. Donovan

Attorney-Mediator-Arbitrator-Hearing Officer
204 Columbia Heights
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(781) 591-9195

Professional Work History:

Currently a practicing attorney with specialized knowledge and experience working with labor, workplace and employment law matters and the fiduciary, securities, tax and financial accounting rules applicable to retirement, healthcare, compensation and employee benefit programs.

Part-time Administrative Law Judge with NYC’s Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH). Conduct hearings and write decisions for cases involving alleged violations of local NYC laws and the rules administered by the City’s many different enforcement agencies, including the Departments of Buildings, Police, Fire, Health, Environmental Protection, Parks, Sanitation, Consumer Affairs and the Landmarks Preservation and Taxi and Limousine Commissions, among others.

Impartial Hearing Officer with the NY State Education Department. Preside over hearings requested by either parents or school districts on matters relating to the identification, evaluation or educational placement of a student with a disability, or the provision of a free and appropriate public education to the student as required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

Recently completed 30-year career with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), an international business advisory services firm. PwC partner for nearly 25 years and served as the US Leader for the firm’s Human Resource and Employee Benefit consulting practice with more than 350 lawyers, accountants and actuaries. Provided technical advice and consulting services to domestic and multinational companies on matters involving tax, ERISA and employment-related issues and designed and implemented compensation and employee benefit programs.

Dispute Resolution Experience

Member of the Mediation Panel for the US District Court for the Southern District of NY. Mediate complex employment discrimination, FLSA, Title VII and ADA cases.

Certified mediator at both the NY Peace Institute and the NY Center for Interpersonal Development

Arbitrator with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and the New York City Civil Court system.

Member of the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts MediateArt program.

Cornell University Dispute Resolution Training (Course titles and dates taken)

Employment Law and Workplace Mediation Training: May 1-5, 2017

Other Dispute Resolution Training

Harvard University
Advanced Mediation Workshop: Mediating Complex Disputes, June 2018
Negotiation Workshop: Strategies & Tools for Effective Negotiators, June 2015

Financial Industry Regulatory Authority
Arbitration Training, August 2016

NYC Bar Association
Advanced Commercial Mediation Training, June 2017

NY Peace Institute
Basic Mediation Training, JUNE 2016; Apprenticeship, December 2016-February 2017
Civil Court Mediator Training, December 2017

NY Center for Interpersonal Development
Basic Mediation Training, February 2017
Advanced Practicum, May-June 2017

Brooklyn Bar Association
Small Claims Arbitration Training, April 2017

Professional Associations

Member of New York State and District of Columbia Bars

Admitted to US District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts in NY

Active Member of New York City Bar and New York State Bar Associations (ADR Committees) and American Bar Association

Member of the Association for Conflict Resolution: Greater New York Chapter


George Washington University, National Law Center, Juris Doctor

Adelphi University, B.S. Social Welfare; MSW


Available Upon Request

Fee Policy

Available Upon Request