EXPERIENCE

ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION  

HARVARD LAW SCHOOL – Program on Negotiation                                        2011

      Certificate in Mediation

 

US DISTRICT COURT, Eastern District of New York                                          1999-Present

  • Mediation panel member for over 20 years, settling lawsuits regarding contract disputes, federal      statutory claims

  • Member of the Mediation Council, providing advice to the program director.

US DISTRICT COURT, Southern District of New York                                        2011-Present

  • Mediation panel member for over a decade, working to settle a wide variety of lawsuits in contract, tort, real estate, civil rights, and employment

  • Member of the Mediation Advisory Committee, which provides guidance to the full panel on ethical and legal matters as well as supports the Program Director on a variety of issues of interest to the Court

ARBITRATOR – AMERICAN ARBITRATION ASSOCIATION                            2022-Present

  • Panelist on the AAA National Roster, Commercial and Consumer Panels.

SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK                                         2015-Present

  • Certified panel mediator, multiple counties, commercial and civil dockets.

TRAINING

  • Advanced Mediation Personal Injury  - Two Day - NY State                          2022

  • American Arbitration Association - Arbitration Training                                  2022

  • Mediating Under the ADA - SDNY                                                                 2021

  • Anti-Racism and Mediator's Role - NYSRDA                                                2020

  • Mediation Advocacy in Maritime Cases - NY County Lawyers Assoc.          2014

  • FLSA Employment Mediation Training - EDNY                                              2016

  • Advanced Mediation Training - Two Day- EDNY                                            2001

 

 

EDUCATION

BOSTON UNIVERSITY, Boston, MA                                                                    1984

    Bachelor of Science in Journalism

GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY LAW CENTER, Washington, DC                        1987

    Juris Doctorate

USC VITERBI SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING, Los Angeles, CA                           2021

    Aviation Safety and Security Management Certificate

                                   

ADMISSIONS

  • States: New York, Texas, District of Columbia

  • Federal Courts: 2nd Circuit, 3rd Circuit, Southern District of New York, Eastern District of New York, Northern District of New York, Western District of New York, Northern District of Texas, Northern District of Illinois, Western District of Wisconsin

 

TEACHING

THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, Los Angeles, CA                   2021-Present

  • Instructor in the Aviation Safety and Security Program, teaching law and safety.

                                   

REPRESENTATIVE CASES

  • 1993 World Trade Center bombing case – defense of Hilton Hotel and its insurer

  • Defense of pilot’s estate in multiple fatality S76 loss, including Bryant family, at Calabasas, CA

  • The September 11 MDL - defense of the Portland, ME airport

  • Insurance coverage prosecution of intellectual property dispute between Apple Computer and   Apple Records

  • Prosecution of airline’s claims for ground collision of two Boeing 777s at JFK, New York

  • Defense of MRO firm for crash at Wichita of King Air into FSI headquarters - multiple deaths,     massive fire loss and destruction of numerous simulators, with resulting lawsuits in five states

  • Prosecution of life insurance policy claim by beneficiaries for denial on lapsed policy

  • Prosecution of federal lawsuits for individuals affected by violations of ADA and gender discrimination statutes

  • Defense of USAir for Flight 403 crash into LaGuardia Bay

  • Defense of United Airlines for Flight 232 crash at Sioux City, IO

  • Defense of various industry stakeholders in helicopter litigation, including:

    • S58 crash into the Raytheon building in Los Angeles during external load work;

    • Bell 407 fatal crash involving the Virginia State Police during Charlottesville protests;

    • Bell 407 multi-state litigation re fatal crash in Smoky Mountains on sightseeing flight;

    • S76 Blackhawk multiple crashes involving government contractor defense;

    • A-Star accident with Bambi bucket during fire suppression flight in Alaska 

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