John E. Sands, Esq.

Arbitrator and Mediator
425 Eagle Rock Avenue
Roseland, NJ 7068
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Professional Work History:

1972-present: Full-time arbitrator and mediator of employment law, ERISA, and labor-management disputes (part-time from 1972-1982). 1973-1982: Professor of Law, Albany Law School of Union University. 1970-1973: General Counsel, New York City Mayor's Office of Labor Relations (representing management). 1965-1970: Law firm partner in Schulman, Abarbanel, Perkel & McEvoy (representing unions, employee benefit plans, and individual employees). Involved in employment law issues as an advocate, a professor of law, and as an arbitrator and mediator since 1965. As a partner in a law firm representing individuals, unions, and employee benefit funds and as General Counsel of the New York City Mayor?s Office of Labor Relations, litigated and advised concerning employment, employee benefit, labor, and contract law issues. As a professor of law, taught employment law, labor law, insurance law, constitutional law, collective bargaining, labor arbitration, and dispute resolution courses. Over thirty years? experience as arbitrator and mediator in more than 4,000 employment and labor cases covering the full range of employment discrimination (including race, gender, age, religion, national origin, and disability), sexual harassment, contract interpretation, employee benefit, trustee deadlock, withdrawal liability, executive compensation, and disciplinary issues. Served exclusively as a neutral since 1973.

Dispute Resolution Experience

More than 4,000 cases as arbitrator and mediator of workplace disputes involving a wide range of issues, including race, age, sex and disability discrimination, sexual harassment, whistle-blower, executive compensation, employee benefit, wage and hour, and other statutory employment-related claims. Facilitated resolution of racial dispute among faculty of a state university's college of law. Mediated creation of joint, labor-management industry-wide program for mediation and arbitration of sexual harassment and other unlawful employment claims and for impartial facilitation of interactive process of determining reasonable accommodations for qualified employees with disabilities. Facilitated interactive process of determining reasonable accommodations for qualified employees with disabilities for numerous employers and individuals. Served as impartial fact-finder/investigator of sexual harassment and race, age, and gender discrimination complaints for numerous employers. Facilitated executive termination negotiations. Court-appointed Master of employee benefit issues. Provided external ombuds services for several large employers.

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


Other Dispute Resolution Training

AAA Labor Arbitrator II Training, New York, 12/03; Alliance for Education in Dispute Resolution, Employment Law Mediator Training, Potomac, 9/00; Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Breaking Through Impasse: Advanced Mediation, New York, 1/02; Faculty, Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations/National Academy of Arbitrators/AAA, Arbitration of Statutory Employment Disputes, New York, 5/98; various other ADR training, including more than 30 years' on-the-job training as arbitrator, mediator, fact-finder, and facilitator of workplace disputes.

Professional Associations

National Academy of Arbitrators (Region 2, Past Chair); New York State Bar Association (Labor and Employment Law Section, Past Chair); New Jersey State Bar Association (Labor and Employment Law Section, Executive Committee; Alternative Dispute Resolution Section); Association of the Bar of the City of New York (Labor and Employment Law Committee, Past Chair); American Bar Association (Section on Labor and Employment Law, Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution, Employee Rights and Responsibilities Committee); Association of American Law Schools (Labor Law Section, Past Chair); Industrial Relations Research Association (Capital District Chapter, Past President); President (2013) and a Governor (2006-13) of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers; Sidney Reitman Labor and Employment Law Inn of Court (Master of the Bench).


Princeton University (AB-1962); Yale University (JD-1965).


Littler Mendelson, P.C. (Management) New York Office: Terri Solomon, Esq. 350 Park Avenue - 14th Floor New York, NY 10022 212-583-2662 New Jersey Office: David Rosen, Esq. One Gateway Center Newark, NJ 07102 973-848-4700 Smith & Mullin, P.C. (Plaintiffs) Neil Mullin, Esq. and Nancy Erica Smith, Esq. Smith Mullin, P.C. 240 Claremont Avenue Montclair, NJ 07042 973-783-7607 Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. (Management) New York Office: Frances M Maloney, Esq. and Dorothy Rosensweig, Esq. 250 Park Avenue New York, NY 10177-0077 212-351-4500 New Jersey Office: Maxine H. Neuhauser, Esq. 1 Riverfront Plaza Newark, NJ 07102 973-639-8269 Sapir & Frumkin LLP (Plaintiffs) Donald Sapir, Esq. and William Frumkin, Esq. 399 Knollwood Road, Suite 310 White Plains, NY 10603 914-328-0366 Michael J. DiMattia, Esq. (Management) Ross & Hardies 65 East 55th Street New York, NY 10022 Outten & Golden LLP (Plaintiffs) Wayne Outten, Esq. 1740 Broadway New York, NY 10019-4315 212-245-1000 Grotta, Glassman & Hoffman, P.A. (Management) Stanley Goodman, Esq. 75 Livingston Avenue Roseland, NJ 07068-3701 973-992-4800 Gerald J. Resnick, Esq. (Plaintiffs) Deutsch, Resnick, Green & Gramigna 959 South Springfield Avenue Springfield, NJ 07081 973-258-1000 Ty Hyderally, Esq. (Plaintiffs) Law Offices of Ty Hyderally 96 Park Street Montclair, NJ 07042 973-509-0050 John E. Higgins, Esq. (Plaintiffs and Management) Nixon Peabody, LLP 30 South Pearl Street Albany, NY 12207 518-427-2650 Alan Pearl, Esq. Dawn Davidson Drantch, Esq. Alan Pearl & Associates 6800 Jericho Turnpike, Suite 218 East Syosset, NY 11791 Christopher Mills, Esq. Collier, Jacob & Mills, PC 580 Howard Avenue Somerset, NJ 08873-1167

Fee Policy

$550.00 hourly rate Mediation Compensation. Hourly for all time spent providing services, including telephone conferences with parties, review of documents, travel, and other activities necessary to prepare for, attend, and conduct mediation sessions. A four-hour minimum will apply to any day on which mediation is scheduled to occur unless more than two weeks' notice of cancellation is provided. Reimbursement of reasonable expenses.