Professional Work History:
Present Occupation: Full-time Arbitrator and Mediator since January 2009 Licenses: Admitted to practice as an attorney in the state and federal courts of the State of New York. Issues: Areas of expertise include: 1) Discipline and discharge, including competency, misconduct, employee theft, violence in the workplace, time and attendance/absenteeism, performance, alcohol and drug abuse; 2) Discrimination issues, including sex and pregnancy, sexual harassment, ADEA, ADA, race, national origin and religion; 3) Contract negotiation and interpretation involving a broad spectrum of issues including employment contracts, executive compensation and non-compete provisions, performance reviews, wage and hour (exempt and non-exempt employees), employee handbooks, military leave, union wage and benefit structures, payroll tax obligations, unemployment issues, health insurance. Experience dealing with Department of Labor complaints and general enforcement of state and federal employment laws; 4) Other commercial contract expertise includes independent contractor relationships, agency, consulting, non-disclosure, commercial loans, intellectual property, equipment and commercial leasing, escrow, assignments, security agreements and corporate organization and governance documents. Previous Work Experience: 1996-2008 - General Counsel, Mark Ross & Co., Inc. Responsible for all legal affairs, including all employment-related matters and grievances; internal dispute resolution; extensive experience in contract interpretation and drafting and a wide variety of commercial matters. 1988-1996 - General Counsel, Bafill Construction Corp. Managed all legal affairs for union shop. 1985-1988 - Senior Associate, Frankfurt, Garbus, Klein & Selz Worked on both entertainment and litigation sides of the firm, with emphasis on television, publishing and First Amendment matters. 1982-1985 - Associate, Dechert, Price and Rhoads Commercial litigation in state and federal courts.
Dispute Resolution Experience
Rosters: American Arbitration Association Labor Panel American Arbitration Association Mediation Panel New York City Department of Education/United Federation of Teachers, Local 2, AFT, AFL-CIO 3020-a Panel MTA New York City Transit/Transport Workers Union Local 100 Bituminous Coal Operators' Association/United Mine Workers of America Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service NY Public Employment Relations Board Mediation Panel SEIU Local 32BJ and Realty Advisory Board Employment Mediation Roster New Jersey State Board of Mediation New York Public Employment Relations Board Pro Bono Panel Suffolk Public Employment Relations Board Cornell Workplace ADR Roster New York Supreme Court, Commercial Division Mediation Rosters for New York, Suffolk, Queens and Westchester Counties New Jersey Courts, Roster of Mediators for Civil, General Equity and Probate Cases (statewide) Bay Shore School District Section 75 Panel; Part 137 Fee Dispute Program (arbitration and mediation) Certified Mediator, Community Mediation Services, Queens, NY Conciliation Panel of Nassau County Bar Association Grievance Mediation Committee of the Nassau County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts MediateArt Program
Cornell University Dispute Resolution Training (Course titles and dates taken)
Essentials of Labor Arbitration and Conflict Resolution (June 2009) Employment Mediator Training (October 2009) Employment Arbitrator Training (November 2009) What Labor Arbitrators Need to Know About Unions (November 2009) Ethics in ADR ( December 2009) Labor and Employment Arbitration Award Writing (April 2010) Evidence in Arbitration (April 2010) Other Cornell Courses: Building a Career as a Workplace Neutral (August 2009) The Law of Equal Employment Opportunity (September 2009) Preparation for Collective Bargaining (October 2009) Effective Collective Bargaining (October 2009) Labor Relations Law (December 2009) Fundamentals of Human Resources (March 2010)
Other Dispute Resolution Training
Cornell University ILR School Labor Arbitrators Development Program, Scheinman Institute of Conflict Resolution (Certificate 2011) FMCS, Becoming a Labor Arbitrator (October 2010) AAA University, Managing Your First Arbitration (September 2009) Arbitration Training Institute, American Bar Association (4 day program, February 2009) Joint Committee on Fee Disputes and Conciliation Arbitrator Training (December 2008) Mentored by Arthur Riegel, Howard Edelman, Dick Adelman, Bob Douglas, Margery Gootnick Commercial Mediation Training (NYS Bar Association, March 2010) Mediation Apprenticeship, Community Mediation Services, Inc. (certified January 2010) Advanced Mediation Support and Development (Center for Mediation in Law, Winter 2010) Elder and Adult Family Mediation Training (October 2009) Intensive Mediation Training, Center for Mediation in Law (May 2009) Certified Professional Mediation Training, John Jay College (Spring 2009) MediateArt Training, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (June 2009) Custody and Visitation Training, Community Mediation Services, Jamaica, NY (June 2009) Basic Mediation Training, Woodbury Institute at Champlain College (January 2009)
Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA, Executive Board Member, LI Chapter; Member, NYC and NJ Chapters) Society of Federal Labor and Employment Relations Professionals American Arbitration Association (Dispute Resolution, Labor and Employment Sections) New York State Bar Association (Dispute Resolution, Labor and Employment Sections) New York City Bar Nassau County Bar Association (ADR and Labor and Employment Committees) Association of Conflict Resolution New York State Dispute Resolution Association
FORDHAM UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW Juris Doctor, 1982 GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY Bachelor of Arts, 1979
Available upon request.
Labor Arbitration: $1600/day Employment Mediation: $500/hour Employment Arbitration: $500/hour Fees: Travel time and study and writing time Cancellation Policy: Per diem charged for cancelled hearing dates unless notice is given no less than 21 days prior to the hearing date.